Women are used to taking care of the people around them. They are used to seeing to others’ needs first, before their own. This is a habit women tend to continue into their entrepreneurial ventures. There are many reasons this can be a problem.
The one we’re going to touch on today is often a problem is women’s personal lives, too, and that is: Health. We run ourselves ragged, taking care of everyone, doing everything themselves, and that is a great way to get run down and weaken the immune system. You must be serious about nutrition, exercise, and sleep if you’re going to function well as a person, much less a businesswoman.
Let’s start with food. What are you supposed to eat? Boy, everybody is telling you something different! Anti-oxidants were all the rage a couple years ago, now it’s vitamin D. And some new study always seems to be popping up telling us what we once though was good for us, we now know causes cancer. What do you do?
The general rule is, the closer it is to its original form, the better it is for you. So, a salad is healthier than steamed vegetables. Conversely, the farther it is from natural, the worse it is. So, steamed vegetables are better for you than the vegetables in a frozen dinner.
Another general rule is, you should know what the ingredients are. Methyl cellulose, carrageenan, annato, calcium disodium, EDTA,… Know what those are? Well, they’re probably in your pantry, but they were probably never meant to be food.
You can get the help a a nutritionist, too. Of all the major players in Baltimore area health and fitness clubs, only Baltimore Fitness and Tennis and Lifebridge Health and Fitness, both in Pikesville, and the MAC in Timonium, have a certified nutritionist on staff. However, personal trainers at many of the others – Merritt, Brick’s, Gold’s, Canton, Meadow Mill – are often very knowledgable.
Beyond that, listen to your body. What it comes down to is, food is fuel. Keep a journal, write down everything you eat and when, then write how you felt right away, shortly afterwards, the next day, and whenever else you notice something. (Bonus if you’re trying to lose weight. Food journals have long been known to help with that.) You may see patterns showing up.
And one more thing must be said. You’ve heard this a million times, so this will be a million and one, but eat breakfast! And coffee does not a breakfast make. Not even coffee and a bagel. Put some peanut butter on the bagel and we’re getting somewhere. And here’s a radical thought: Sit down to eat.