Food – The Final Frontier
‘You are what you eat.’
‘A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.’
‘Rubbish in – Rubbish out.’
And so on.
We all know what we should be eating but why does it seem so hard to control what we put into our mouths and why did God make all the unhealthy stuff taste so good?
The truth is that the most successful people I know, many of whom are personal friends of mine have mastered what I refer to as the final frontier – controlling what they put into their mouths. From this springs massive success in other areas of their lives:
- Business success
- Financial success
- Joy and happiness
- Inspiring others by their example
Look at the below people I know personally for example:
Glenn Smith from the Red Corner Gym
Tony Somers – Master Motivator
Geoff Thompson – Success Guru and world famous writer
Do these guys have some secret formula for eating success?
Do they have supreme self control?
Would you like to know their dirty little secret?
It is their values.
No, it wasn’t a joke. Eating healthily isn’t something they DO – it is something they ARE.
They don’t eat crap because the thought never enters their mind. It is no effort and no sacrifice. Asking them to eat a cream cake would be like asking them to smoke a crack pipe. They would look at you as if you were mad.
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I know I’ve let myself go (for the last 22 years) but when I was training hard in the gym and on the road (most bodybuilder types forget to do cardiovascular work), I felt that it was vitally important to rest, recuperate and eat well.
By eating well I mean the right stuff at the right time. If you’ve read my previous comment elsewhere on this fantastic site, I used to be a skinny 8 stone and built myself up to 14.5 stone of lean muscle mass.
How did I do it?
I ate only wholesome foods and avoided junk food (sweets, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, chips etc etc) and anything with salt, saturated fat or sugar in it.
My diet was meticulous and nothing on Earth would have made me eat the crap I’m eating now.
The secret ingredient is WILL-POWER. Pure and simple. Self-Control.
You see, I was totally focussed on getting big and HEALTHY. Nothing was going to hold me back.
It is the same with anything we do. we have to have a one-track mind to get to where we want to be or even what we want to be. Whether we want to get fit or pass our (Cisco) exams.
Having been around Paul’s various websites, I am getting back to getting better self-control. I want to stop blaming my bad back and get back my health. And I want to start my own business by the time I’m 50.
Goals. Focus. Will-Power. Self-Control.
Though I agree with most of your comments, but if all through life we are tunnel visioned then we miss all thats going around us.
Every now and then we all have to relax fot just that wee bit to enjoy what is happening around us and join in.
I’m not saying that we should all eat fatty, sugary and especially salty things I never take salt on anything, however when we are relaxing treat yourself in some way.
Paul is a big fan of Starbucks, Paul have you never treated yourself to something occesionally 😉
A little now and then in moderation in my view is fine.
P.S forgot to say Yes I watch what I eat and go to the gym twice a week and do not touch alcohol.
Mr goodie twoshoes 😉
It’s fine to eat junk so long as you know it is junk I suppose and if you do eat it, enjoy it.
And as long as you work it off down the gym watching the calories disapear when you are on that tread mill 😉
Everything in moderation. Although eating junk can be a form of suppression.
I am amazed that people will pay so much money to eat bad food.
I’ve been preparing my own food for a while now. I can make inexpensive, healthy food for a fraction of the cost that my collegues pay to eat fatty, salty junk. I have more energy and I feel great!
I agree that how you value your body is a major factor to what you put into your body. It is not a matter of trying to control yourself, it is a matter of respecting yourself enough not to put junk into your body.
I’m taking your advice on this one, Paul. I’ve been considering taking the healthy plunge, but I have always thought about it in terms of deprivation. I’m coming around to the realization that it is truly a life style choice.
Food is such an odd thing. On the one hand, we need to nourish our bodies in order to fuel ourselves, and on the other hand, it is something we do for sheer enjoyment. It is difficult for many of us to find the balance between both of those things. There are many people who can’t understand that what they are eating is killing them.
I study martial arts and have learned how to think that way. It was hard to break bad habits at first, but it has become a way of life for me.
I agree with Jaime. There is a strange relationship that people develop with food. I know people who are really healthy eaters and consider anything that has been processed to be garbage. They truly believe in their convictions.
I admire people who choose lifestyles that include healthy food choices. My girlfriend is vegan and she is very committed to that choice.
I admire those people who live up to what their lifestyle represents. Its like putting on a uniform and honoring the discipline the uniform represents. can you imagine if Freddy roach told Manny pacqioa to stop eating beef, and yet he eats beef stew in front of manny knowing stew is manny’s favorite? he’s sound mad! hahahah!
people really need to put their money where their mouth is, it would seem less hypocritical and society might even start believing religious people for a change. change starts from within in, and it start from each and everyone of us.
The saying “you are what you eat” has some truth to eat. If you don’t respect your body by giving it proper nutrition it would not respond the way you expect it. Take for example you brought yourself a brand new Mercedes SLK, now comes maintenance period and you wanna skim some off the bill so you settle with second best. when the time comes the car breaks down who is to be blamed?