Is Food Stressing You Out?

Is Food Stressing You Out?

If you had to rate your level of stress by describing yourself as food what would you be? Are you a healthy well prepared five course meal or are you the proverbial Big Mac, Fries & Super Sized Milkshake?

Awhile back I wrote a post about the 5 most stressful events in life; death, job change, marriage, divorce & personal injury.  The problem with stress is that for the most part it is invisible, and in the case of major life events it is often out of your direct control or absolutely necessary. However, the food we eat, for most people in developed nations, is absolutely controllable and whether we want to admit it or not is directly related to our daily level of stress. An unhealthy body is a stressed out body!

Challenge Yourself to Remove Food Stress From Your Life

What if changing your eating habits for one month out of your life reduced your stress? A mere 28 days for many people is all it takes; my self included. You see, I never ask or recommend my readers to do anything that I haven’t already done myself or researched thoroughly.

My 28 Day Challenge

As one of the biggest meat eaters, BBQ lover and general foodie in my circle of family and friends, I went completely out of my comfort zone this past month and committed to eat as a VEGAN for 28 days. Yes you heard that right! I have never in the past, ever denied myself a quality rib eye steak before in my life. As a temporary VEGAN, that means absolutely no meat, no dairy, no saturated fats and solely surviving on greens, nuts, beans, soy products and vitamins.

So what happened?

After just 20 days, more than stress has melted away from my life. I am 8 pounds lighter, have way more energy, spent WAY less money on food, and every area of my life seems just a little bit better. I will definitely be going back to eating meat, but have a new found respect for food and how it affects me both physically & mentally.

If you are interested in challenging yourself, here are a few food challenge(s) and other resources for you to consider: (the first being a link to the exact 28 day challenge I took part in)

  1. 28 Day Vegan Challenge
  2. Mayo Clinic- Food & Anxiety
  3. 28 Day Diet Makeover (Muscle & Fitness)
  4. Eat Local Challenge ( Going to try this one next!)

If you end up taking a challenge or find another challenge to dig into, please let me know how you are doing, how it has affected your stress levels and or anything else on your mind. Thanks for reading, and please sign up to receive blog posts right to your email so we can stay in touch. (I respond to every email and love to hear your ideas and comments)

Love What You Create- Desktop Background

It is such a simple but powerful statement, “Love what you create…”

It truly applies to everything; your work, your family, your business and ultimately to YOU.

If you connect with this mantra you may like the three desktop backgrounds I created. Just right click any of the images below and click Set As Desktop Background. This way you can easily be reminded every day to indeed love what you create.

Define Failure

Is failure holding you back? Is failure an option?

I was asked a question this week that has dominated my thoughts ever since…

The question was, “What is failure to you?

As a person who sometimes procrastinates on dealing with confrontation, I started asking other people what their definition was. This was my 1st attempt at avoiding the inner conflict of answering the question honestly! Sad…but true!

Here are a few of the responses from various people before I publicly tackle my inner demons:

* it’s like failing a test
* failure is not trying
* truly screwing up
* letting someone down

Now before I go insane, I am going to try and honestly reveal to you, and at the same time answer what my personal definition of failure is! In doing so I hope you can relate,  or at least begin to identify if your own personal definition of failure is in any way holding you back. I’m sure we all are affected differently…

What is failure to me?

* failure is not an option (hear me out)

Unfortunately, over the past decade I have CONVINCED MYSELF  that I’m conditioned  to NOT allow failure as an option. I think ultimately this has been my greatest downfall. On one hand I teach my children they need to fail repeatedly to learn and ultimately succeed! On the other hand, I practice the complete opposite and have never allowed myself to truly fail!

Sure, I have had minor failures and I dismiss them as such. But, have I ever placed it all on the line and RISKED major failure?  NO!

Ok, so if I did allow failure as an option, what would it look and feel like?

* it would mean having to watch my wife and children go with out because I failed
* it would mean I would have to admit failure is an option and indeed possible
* it would mean having to say “I Failed”  to myself, to my family and to the world and actually try and fix any mess I would have created.

At the end of the day I have to go back to a definition given by the most important person in my life, next to my children, my wife! Her definition to me was the most profound…

Tanya said, “Failure is not even trying!”

I have so much to learn :)

This video below says it all!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT4Fu-XDygw[/youtube]

Own Your Own Name Online

I was recently out for drinks with a friend and the conversation led to ‘Googling’ your own name. So I pulled out my trusty iPhone and Googled his name…

First result was his LinkedIn  profile… good start!

The rest of the first page results were related to his name appearing in various charity and foundation Web documents. What can I say, “He is a quality guy!”

Then I asked a simple question, “Do you own your name.com?”

His answer didn’t surprise me, “NO, how do you go about getting that?

The conversation that led from there was me assuring him that it’s not hard, it’s not expensive and if your name is available you would be crazy not to make the annual investment of around $10 a year! So as we finished our drinks, I promised to send him an e-mail that night with a link where he could check to see if his name was available and purchase it at discount.

This is the link I sent him on how to search and purchase your own name online using a service called GoDaddy :  GoDaddy (See & click on image below on what do when you get there)

Now, he is one of the lucky ones and will be picking up his name.com right away! If you have a very common name, like Mike Smith, then it is a totally different conversation. (If you are in that situation should mean an e-mail as I have a few friends in the domain brokerage business you may want to talk to!)