Healthy eating habits for Entrepreneurs

5 Healthy Eating Habits for Entrepreneurs

Having a healthy mind and body forms the cornerstone that holds up the house upon which a Business is built.

Here are my top 5 healthy eating habits for Entrepreneurs:

Endurance

Endurance is directly related to nutrition and hydration. It is well known that one needs to feed the body proper nutrition for proper endurance. A negative energy balance and muscle catabolism are consequences of physiological stress that often accompanies protein and calorie malnutrition, strenuous physical exercise and physical trauma to name a view.

It is also known that maintaining a positive metabolic energy balance can help to alleviate such problems and also has a sparing effect on muscle catabolism that occurs during strenuous physical exertion causing fatigue.

Many hours are spent training in an attempt to increase fitness and there seems to be a positive link between increased training and increased fitness, but there is also a very fine balance between training, recovery and sports nutrition. Poor nutrition and hydrations can negatively affect performance. Be informed and visit your dietician.

Relaxation

Relaxation is also part of optimal health. It will help your body to recharge and get your stress levels down. Remember stress releases cortisol that can negatively affect your body if your are exposed to increased cortisol levels on a regular basis. One of the results of constant stress is binge eating, mindless eating and weight gain due to excess fat storage. Make sure to choose a great landscape for you to take a walk or light jog, meditate, read, write or just look at as part of a coping mechanism to relax and recharge.

Eat More Chocolate!

Eating more chocolate have positive and negative end results. The cocoa in chocolate can prevent cardiovascular disease especially in patients with metabolic disease because of the rich antioxidant levels in chocolate that protect the body against free radicals. Cocoa in chocolate can also alleviates stress by prompting serotonin production which is a calming neurotransmitter. But to reach a therapeutic dose of cocoa powder to obtain the health benefits mentioned above, one needs to consume a large amount of chocolate to reach that therapeutic dose.

But that will mean that you will consume high volumes of sugar and triglycerides. This can contribute to increase calorie intake and development of cholesterol. To compensate for the increase in calorie intake, there needs to be an increase in daily exercise to prevent obesity, metabolic and cardiovascular risks.

New research proved that excessive consumption of chocolate can cause acne due to the amount of sugar and triglycerides in the product.

The better option in the end will be to be sensible with your chocolate consumption and mostly go for dark chocolate. Do not overindulge in chocolate if the opportunity arises, practice self control.

Use raw cocoa powder and add it to smoothies, yogurts and other foods to give it that chocolate flavour, if you are craving something sweet. This option will ensure you do get the healthy benefits of cocoa and not the cons from commercialized chocolate.

Get Back To Your Roots

We need to get back to our roots and start eating food from the earth again. Highly processed foods are taking over and our bodies are adapting to these types of foods by storing excessive amounts of fat. We are forgetting to include plant sources in our bodies. Remember these foods include fibre, no added sugar, no added fats, no added salt. Fibre controls your blood sugar and helps you to burn fat.

Grow Your Own!

To grow your own spinach in the garden is very easy. Spinach only needs water and sunlight. Spinach is store house for many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties. Spinach is also very low in calories and fats (100 g of raw leaves provide just 23 calories). The leaves have a large amount of soluble dietary fiber. Thus it is recommended in cholesterol controlling and help to control your glucose and insulin levels to help you burn unwanted body fat! Get those fingers green.

AUTHOR: Tanya Alberts RD (SA)

About the author:

Tanya has been providing dietary guidance since 2009 as a registered dietician licensed in South Africa. Her goal is to help patients understand the connection between diet and diagnosis for improved nutritional well being.

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