I remember a long time ago hearing Tom Hopkins, a great sales trainer who I’ve studied a lot, say…
“It’s stupid to be rich and sick”
And you know what? He’s right.
Of course when I first hear this, I was like 19 years old, so did I really care? Nah. It made sense, but I didn’t REALLY understand it at the time. Well, 20 years later, I can tell you that I get it much more than I did back then. Not because I have any issues, because (knock on wood) I’m good, BUT… ‘ya know, my energy levels aren’t quite as high as they were in my early 20’s.
I could sleep for 4 hours after partying, and go to work easily the next morning. Not so much anymore LOL! We want go there, but I will say that as you get older, you certainly start appreciating your health a lot more.
And if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, your ability to perform at your best is crucial. And a lot of that DOES depend on your health and energy levels.
So today, we’re gonna talk about how to get healthy.
Now first, I want to give credit where credit is due, and thank my friend Randy Woody. Randy is a health and nutrition expert who runs bootcamps to help women lose fat, get in shape and stay healthy. Randy at one time was extremely obese, but was able to overcome that and become a competitive bodybuilder and fitness professional.
Anyways, a few years ago, I was sitting in Randy’s gym, listening to him talk about nutrition. Actually, it wasn’t much of a talk, but a rant about how the entire food industry is lying to you. And how everything you see on store shelves is complete garbage. These weren’t his exact words, but that’s what I got out of it.
I’ve never really paid attention to this stuff until that day. Randy opened my eyes to the fact that even when it says “natural” on the box, it doesn’t mean a thing. You need to learn to read the label. And from that point on, my journey into understanding about health and nutrition began.
Now I will say that I’m NO EXPERT at this. But I have been reading and studying this topic a lot. We’ve pretty much got rid of everything in our pantry. And I taught my wife to read and understand the labels. Something I would encourage you to do as well.
Here are my 8 tips and things you can do to feel better, get in shape, have more energy and stay healthy… so that you can enjoy your success for a much longer period of time.
1. Get Rid Of Sugar
I’m sure you’ve heard this before. But listen closely, there’s nothing worst to your health than refined, processed sugar. This is your number #1 enemy, and it will kill you.
It’s not just sugar. When you see high-glucose corn syrup (hgcs), malt, syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, caramel and fructose just to name a few… that’s all friggin’ sugar.
And we are all addicted to it. I was. I drink a lot of tea and have never put sugar in my tea. But I put plenty in my coffee. I used to crave having something “sweet” after every meal. For my entire life. And a few years ago I started noticing that I would have these “mid-afternoon crashes”… it’s all sugar baby.
When you start reading the labels on many of the foods you eat, you’ll be shocked. It’s all loaded with sugar. If you drink pop, soda… if you eat any junk food… STOP. It’s all sugar.
What simple refined sugar does is it goes right into your blood-stream causing a huge insulin spike (sugar rush), and always follows by a crash. This will eventually lead to blood sugar problems, including diabetes. It effects your brain and ability to focus. It causes ADHD.
It also effects your digestive system in a massive way. Ever heard of candida? The bad bacteria in your gut feeds on sugar.
Bottom line, when you eat sugar you’re killing your brain, you’re killing your pancreas, you’re wreaking havoc on your entire digestive system, and you’re ruining your health.
There are sugars that are good for you, as long as you don’t overdo it. Fruits. They’re sugar, but they’re natural sugar. Raw unfiltered honey is a great alternative to sugar. Organic, cold-pressed coconut oil is a nutritional powerhouse and it’s sweet.
And if you think your body needs sugar to turn to fuel, wrong. Your body is addicted to sugar, and uses it to turn into energy. When you stop eating sugar, what your body is going to do, is BURN FAT to turn into energy.
A couple of years ago, I made a conscious decision to STOP eating sweets. For about 3-4 months I didn’t touch a single cookie, candy, pie or anything of that nature. It was really hard the first couple of weeks. That’s when I realized how addicted to sugar we are.
After 4 months, I dropped 20 pounds, without changing a single thing, other than no sugar.
Now, I’ll splurge once a week maybe, if we go out. I’ll have an ice cream every now and then in the summer. But that’s as far as I’ll go.
2. Stop Using Vegetable Oil
This is massive. Any kind of vegetable oil (corn oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, safflower oil, etc…) hammers your arteries big time. It goes through a process called, hydrogenation, (you can read on the label it says – hydrogenated) which means it gets heated up, and it basically turns into poison.
When consumed, it loads your body with Omega 6 fatty acids (not to be confused with the good Omega-3) and that causes inflammation of your arteries. Which by the way is the REAL cause of heart disease and heart attacks. It’s NOT cholesterol. It’s inflammation of the arteries.
And one of the main causes of inflammation is Omega-6, which you get from vegetable oil. Check out the ingredients on all those “healthy and natural” snacks. Canola oil. It’s all crap. There’s nothing natural there, and it will lead to heart disease.
Instead use coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil. These are natural and are great for you.
3. No MSG
Ever heard of MSG (monosodium-glutamate)? Our foods are loaded with it. Even when the label says “NO MSG”. Because there are other names for it now. Yeast extract, glutamic acid, caseinate, natural flavors, gelatin, malted barley, hydrolyzed protein, glutamic acid, broth, corn starch, soy protein, and rice syrup just to name a few.
Why is all this bad? Dr. Mercola calls it the “Silent Killer In Your Kitchen”.
Basically, it’s a flavor enhancer that makes your food taste good. It tricks your brain, by exciting it’s cells. These ingredients are called – excitotoxins – chemicals that stimulate your neuron receptors. Problem is, they kill your brain cells.
How does it hurt you exactly? Where shall we start?
– Eye damage
– Alzheimer’s Disease
And it’s found in many of our foods. Including, sweeteners. Which is why you should NEVER drink diet pop or take any of those yellow or pink sugar substitute packets.
Check out this shocking and eye-opening video by a leading neurosurgeon, Dr. Blaylock for more information.
4. Eat Fat
Eggs (organic and cage-free), salmon (wild-caught Alaskan), avocado, nuts, coconut oil, peanut butter (natural with no sugar added), extra virgin olive oil.
These are just some of the foods with essential fat that your body needs.
By the way, eating real fat will help you keep your heart healthy, your brain sharp, your energy levels more steady and boost your metabolism all at the same time.
Skip the low-fat and fat-free stuff. It’s junk and it ruins your health. Your body needs fat to turn into fuel. Just make sure it’s real saturated fat, NOT trans-fat.
5. Eat Fruits
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, cherries… all are a fantastic source of antioxidants to help you get rid of free radicals in your body.
I’ve never been much of a “fruit eater”, but I found that drinking smoothies will do the trick.
6. Drink Plenty Of Water
Keeping your body hydrated is very important. Also, drinking water will help you flush all those toxins you get from the air you breathe, the food you eat at times, and other chemicals you may be exposed to.
Your body needs to move. Period.
Listen, you don’t need to pump iron in the gym if you don’t want to. Nor do you need to run a marathon. But doing a few push-ups, jumping jacks, squats, and some weight exercises is all you really need.
The key is to get your heart pumping, your blood flowing, and your lungs breathing. Adding some resistance exercises with weights will help build some muscle mass. This helps burn fat and boost your metabolism.
8. Go Outside
Getting fresh air and some oxygen into your body is crucial. I started noticing that I would get a massive boost in my energy by taking a simple 15 minute walk around the neighborhood.
Go for a walk, and you’ll feel a lot better.
Now, look, I’m not perfect. And there are times when you’re not able to stick to all this 100%. But if you just try to do the best you can, and make the best choice that’s available to you most of the time, I think you’ll be ok.
The bottom line is eat well and do some exercises on a regular basis.
Stick to these 8 tips and you’ll be in shape, feeling good and have lots of energy. And there’s a good chance you’ll be healthy for a long time.
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