I think when it boils down to the nitty gritty you want to be able to serve others in some capacity whether that is through being a mother, father, son, daughter, or through your work. You can not do this if you are not taking care of yourself.
As you learn more about taking control of your health and looking outside of what your conventional doctor can offer you, you may be surprised that they may not be as excited as you are. I have thought about this a lot over the last few years as I work in the hospital and see how the attending doctors and medical residents work with my patients.
Recently, I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, for four days to do a health training workshop. Throughout the whole trip, I only spent $4 on my food and drink. You may be saying, “Wait a minute Brian, how in the world did you survive on a dollar a day for four days?” Well, I didn’t exactly, but I really did only spend $4 the entire trip. How did I do this? Simple, I brought my food with me. If you have thought this is impossible or it takes too much time let me tell you it is possible and it’s worth it.
You may be asking me, so what was the $4 on? It was for the two bags of ice I needed to put in my cooler when I started my trip. I stopped by a Twice the Ice location and filled up my cooler.
Everything I ate over the last four days came from home. I did not even have access to a microwave or stove in my hotel room. I brought my big 100- quart Coleman cooler with wheels. This is very important if you have a big cooler to have one with wheels. A cooler full of food and ice can get mighty heavy at times.
It’s funny, because the other people staying in the hotel bring one small piece of luggage with them and then they see me bringing my stuff in on one of those luggage carts. They seem to look at me like I am weird, but I think it is weird to have to go out somewhere every time you need to eat or drink something and pay high prices for food that is not always the best quality. I love the convenience and frugality of having my food with me. Also, I know what is in my food. This is key!
For my main meals, my wife made my salads (organic mixed greens, organic tomatoes, raw pecans, avocados, and free range hard-boiled eggs), and I brought a few pounds of cranberry chicken salad with me. This way I did not need to cook anything. I have the salads premade and add the chicken salad on top. Other items I brought included coconut oil (to add some good fat and make the meal filling), salt and pepper, and Annie’s Organic Honey Mustard dressing (be conservative with this). Let me tell you, I enjoyed these salads. They were much better and more filling than the salads I would get at a local restaurant, and I served myself. In other words, I did not have the extra cost of tipping on top of eating out. Eating out and waiting on your food to be prepared also takes a lot of time. Time is valuable to me and I am sure, to you as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I like being served and paying for good service. My frustration is, eating out is expensive enough as it is. My second frustration with eating out is that it is almost impossible to find high-quality food to match the high prices you are paying. I believe with the prices you pay at some restaurants you should not have to worry if they are following the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen rules. You should not have to worry about them using organic bread and non-inflammatory oils when cooking your food just to name a few things.
How my food is prepared and what I am eating is important to me, and it should be to you as well. I mean if you are going to pay high prices, then you should get what you pay for. I will admit, there is a lot of confusion in restaurants on what high-quality food really is. I have seen some good options out there, but they are expensive for the most part. This should not be, high-quality food is more expensive, but not that much due to the increased supply in the market recently.
Some of the other items I brought with me included a three- gallon jug of filtered water, a snack bag that included beef jerky, RX bars, Larabars, sardine cans (I know, gross, but so good for you), almond butter, and organic celery sticks.
Other items include my portable blender to make my coffee in the morning, my kettle to warm up the water, Nutpods (non-diary option for creamer), stevia, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper, and salt. This is pretty much it, though; I might have missed a couple of things. Make sure you bring your own personal care products. I looked at the ones in the hotel and they were full of all kinds of chemicals and toxins. Remember, what gets put on your skin gets in your body.
If all this sounds confusing to you or you feel you need some support with eating on the road or eating at home Bethany and I would be glad to talk with you one on one about helping you to take the next steps on your health journey. Do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to talking with you soon and are looking forward to continuing to serve you on your health journey.
To your health,
This morning I was listening to one of my favorite leadership podcast called, Lead to Win, by Michael Hyatt and Co. They had a guest speaker on who mentioned a couple of times that you could not buy more time. I agree with this some, but not wholeheartedly. You will hear others say things like “Well I have only so much time on this Earth, so I might as well enjoy myself while I am here.”
This is a different topic than I usually write about, but one that I am passionate about. As you may know, our current system of healthcare is unsustainable. Currently, health care is one-fifth of our nation’s GDP (gross domestic product). In his book Unconventional Medicine Chris Kresser explains, “One in two Americans now has a chronic disease, and one in four has multiple chronic diseases. Chronic disease causes seven of ten deaths in the U.S. and accounts for 86 percent of healthcare expenditures.”
This article may be surprising to you and give you a different perspective on simplicity in the grocery store. The way I make my grocery shopping easier is by skipping 90% of the products in the store. You might say, “Well, Coach Brian, what’s the purpose in that?” I am glad you asked. The reason for this is 90% of the products in the store are either heavily processed, have a high sugar content, or is not organic (when it needs to be). I could go on.
It is almost the end of January now. How are the New Year’s resolutions you have set for yourself going? Remember those? Or, maybe you called them goals. Study’s show that most goals, or New Year’s resolutions, fail within the first thirty to sixty days. I wanted to write this post as a word of encouragement to you. Health improvement goals are challenging, but just know you are not alone.
I am often reading in books or hearing someone talk about the key to eating healthy is cooking from scratch. I believe this is leaving a lot of information on the table and can be misleading. It is true cooking your food can be a step in the right direction for your health, but you must read your ingredients labels.