Do you feel guided to make a change? Do you have creative ideas that could improve the lives of many people but don’t have the time to execute them?
I’ve always believed that if we are committed to following our Life Purpose we have to make the time for it, rather than wait for the circumstances to change in order to do so.
In my journey to making the time to follow my own purpose, I realised that the food I consumed had a direct relation to my productive capacity; therefore, to how much time I had to dedicate to my purpose.
Giving Up Draining Foods
I realised this by paying attention to the way my physical, mental and emotional well being changed following the food I ate (Read more about how this works here).
In time, I found that:
- Meat makes me feel heavy and lethargic for at least two hours after I consume it.
- Sugar gives me a short-term high, followed by a long-term low.
- Alcohol manufactures a fake state of happiness that’s nowhere close to the happiness I can achieve by myself.
- Smoking makes me high and dizzy, messing up my ability to concentrate.
- Milk puts me in a mental and emotional comma that keeps me inactive for as long as I’m digesting it.
Having made these realisations, in the course of the past five years I progressively gave up all of the above, and replaced them with healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, salads, and smoothies.
New Levels of Productivity
After making these changes I found levels of energy, productivity and happiness that I didn’t even know existed, and I freed up time that I would previously waste in feeling comatose and lethargic, to follow my purpose and make the change in the world that I envision.
There’s nothing more empowering than taking control over your purpose in such a specific level, so that you are the only one deciding how productive you can be at any moment in time.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where our dietary preferences are dictated by the food and media industries, who bombard us with information about what, when, and how often we are supposed eat. Therefore, I understand that changing what you eat can be hard at first, and for this reason I don’t encourage you to give things up cold turkey.
My Challenge to You
Instead, I invite you to take a gradual approach to all this, and start by establishing a relationship between the food you eat and the way you feel, so that you can eventually make the changes that work best for you.
As I result, I challenge you to do the following:
- For an entire day, pay attention to the way you feel before and after you consume something. To do this objectively, note down your level of happiness from a scale of 1 to 10 before and after consumption.
- At the end of the day, go through your list and determine the single food that made you feel the worse after you had it, and the food that made you feel best.
- Rather than ignore this information and go back to your old eating habits, take some time to reflect on the reasons behind these food-body interactions.
Share your findings with me in the comments below and tell me, how do different kinds of foods make you feel?
Why do you think this is so?