Entrepreneurship used to be something only possible for a select few. The Richard Bransons, the Warren Buffets, they seemed to have a sprinkle of something scarce that wasn’t openly available to the majority.
While they grafted and made incredible choices, mistakes (learning from them in the right way) and a ton of money, the rest of us expected to run through education as standard: school, college, maybe university, and then hopefully, a career. Remarkable careers have always been open to the ambitious, of course, but entrepreneurship never really felt that reachable before.
These days, everyone seems to be an entrepreneur, don’t they? Everyone seems to dream of being their own boss someday, and many seem to be running a business from birth almost! There are many reasons entrepreneurship is much more accessible than it used to be, including, but not limited to:
- Specific business education at the high school level and above
- The ”learn anything on YouTube phenomenon
- Social media as a business
- Personal branding as a business
- A broader “you can achieve whatever you want to achieve” consciousness
- The ability to know more about how entrepreneurs ”did it.”
- Remote working and technology
- More opportunities to earn money in creative ways
Being an entrepreneur is now available to all of us in many ways, or at least, it feels more available.
What Has Entrepreneurship Got To Do With Eating?
Not to be too dramatic, but everything.
The saying ”you are what you eat” is not just throwaway. Although many successful business owners who eat whatever they want, certain eating habits that can enhance entrepreneurship. Or at least, they can make you feel great, which has to be an excellent basis for success.
Seeing as entrepreneurship now an option for many of us, we owe it to ourselves to live successfully. Entrepreneurs must protect the core of their businesses: themselves. So how is it done?
Here are my top tips to help you eat for entrepreneurship:
What About Veganism?
Before you throw a steak at me, stay for a moment and read on, it isn’t as extreme as it sounds! Veganism is possibly a little too on the extreme end for many of us as it involves the entire lifestyle, not just what you eat. On top of a 100% plant-based diet, a vegan doesn’t wear leather, use animal tested products, visit zoos or generally have anything to do with animals used for pretty much anything unless for good.
So, for the sake of not suggesting a radical lifestyle change for now, instead, this point refers to being plant-based in what you eat, eating less meat in general, being flexitarian (eating vegan or veggie when you can). Eating less meat and dairy in any way can be extremely beneficial to both your body and your mind. Here’s how:
- You become more eco-conscious and environmentally responsible, boosting a sense of hope for global change – checkout Cowspiracy documentary to find out more
- Your body may see a reduction in inflammation and other issues, and a boost in areas like productivity and performance – look up the Game Changers documentary to find out more
- You tend to eat more fruit and veggies which is always better for your body
- You could have more energy to fuel success, which is what every entrepreneur needs
Nothing is guaranteed, and any change in diet has to be done responsibly. However, adding delicious fruit and veggie-based dishes to your diet, and cutting down on processed meats and dairy can only be a positive move. For your body, mind, the planet and the animals it is worth a go for any conscious entrepreneur.
Try Making Your Own Packed Lunches
Most entrepreneurs know what it’s like to be strapped for cash. You can’t afford coffee shop and cafe lunches every day, especially if you need some extra money to impress a new potential client with a fancy dinner meeting. So, financially speaking, making your lunch at home makes sense.
Also, by making your lunches, you can ensure you have a much more nutritiously healthy meal at lunch. There’s no fatty salad sauces or fried sandwich components as can be the case with coffee shop offerings.
You can add dips and crudités, yoghurts, fruits, veggies, healthy proteins and all kinds of other goodies. While you’re at it, have you considered batch preparation for the week ahead?
While you make your lunches for the week, you could make your meals for the whole week in one session on a Sunday evening. Meal prepping like this is an extremely effective way to save yourself time during the week, ensuring you have more time and energy to focus on that incredible business you’re growing.
Eat The Best Food For Brain Power
You may have seen a million references to brain food before, and fobbed them off as superfood fads or just another headline with meaningless backing. The question is, why not try adding brain food to your diet?
Rather than shutting down the idea that certain foods could boost your brainpower, and therefore your entrepreneurial power, why not give it a go? You have nothing to lose but a more varied diet, right? And the potential gains could be significant.
In case you do fancy giving brain-boosting food a go, here are some of the main foods that are said to be fantastic for encouraging brainpower, and are perfect for entrepreneurs:
- Fatty fish – trout, salmon and sardines all contain loads of omega-three, which is excellent for your brain, consisting of 50% fat cells.
- Coffee – good coffee has caffeine which wakes your brain up and boosts your mood, and it has antioxidants suitable for the whole body.
- Blueberries – blueberries, or any rich coloured berry have a ton of anti-inflammatory components which are thought to help protect the brain against stress and inflammation. Other blueberry components are also said to boost certain aspects of the mind.
- Turmeric – a bright yellow spice, turmeric is believed to boost brain cells and protect against inflammation.
- Broccoli – nothing has changed since you were a kid, you still need to eat your trees! Broccoli has a ton of vitamin K which is necessary to form sphingolipids which are a type of fat that is common within healthy brain cells.
- Dark chocolate – good quality dark chocolate of 70% cocoa content or above contains flavonoids that are thought to help with memory, and to slow down age-related brain decline.
Even if you switch the chicken for salmon in your salad one day, or you have a small dark chocolate bar instead of a cereal bar for your mid-morning snack, you’re potentially boosting your brainpower. Sure, it might not be worth changing your life for but, isn’t it worth a shot if only to add healthy variation to your entrepreneurial diet?
Eating For Sleep Quality
If there is one thing most entrepreneurs lack in, it is sleep. Naturally, you’re working all hours to make your business a success, so it makes sense that rest simply is not a priority.
So firstly, I want to encourage you to increase those snoozy hours. It may feel you are more productive with more waking hours, but you’re setting yourself up for a real crash eventually. Sleep deprivation is not a laughing matter and can cause all kinds of horrible side effects such as bad moods, memory issues, overeating or undereating, lowered productivity and even negative physical symptoms.
If you manage to get enough sleep, is your sleep good quality? Low quality sleep can have similar adverse effects, just like not having any sleep at all. To help improve your sleep quality, you can change what and how you eat.
What you eat does impact your sleep quality. Consuming lots of caffeine in coffee, tea, soda and other products throughout the day can keep you up at night, or create restless sleep. If you are sensitive to caffeine, try not to have more than a couple of cups a day, and have them before lunchtime if you can.
Other foods and drinks that can disturb sleep are:
- Spicy foods
- Any food you know upsets your stomach
Certain foods can aid in your sleep quality, including:
- Fatty fish
How you eat is essential when it comes to sleep quality. Predominantly, eating close to bedtime is a bad idea. Eating a meal too large in the evening is also likely to cause an issue. You’ll be benefitting from the energy from food at a time your body wants to put energy into rejuvenation and healing. It is also important not to go to bed hungry as it might keep you awake. Planning the timing and type of meal you have in the evening is a great idea to ensure you have a fabulous night’s sleep.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Your body consists of 60% water, so it makes sense that you need to maintain those fluid levels for optimum vitality. As an entrepreneur, you do not need the side effects of not drinking enough.
When you are dehydrated, your body simply does not run as well. Every system in your body needs to be well lubricated. By not drinking water you could be constipated, you could get a headache, your mood could worsen, you might be irritable, and you might not think as fast. These side-effects can seriously damage your productivity as an entrepreneur.
Take sips of water throughout the day, or switch astringents like coffee for herbal teas without caffeine. Smoothies and soups are also packed with fluids, as well as water-heavy fruits and veggies like cucumber and watermelon.
My last tip is to eat. If this isn’t a lifestyle tip for success, I don’t know what is. So many entrepreneurs skip breakfast and then, find they skip lunch, and before they know it, it’s the evening, and the whole day has gone by without any proper nutrition. Sure, there will be days you barely feel you have the time to go to the toilet, let alone eat a meal. However, this should not be a daily habit.
Skipping meals, especially breakfast, is terrible for your body. It will not help you succeed in your entrepreneurship.
Skipping food can make you tired, feel sick, have a headache, struggle with thinking, and it generally sucks the energy from you. The power every entrepreneur needs to make their business work.
Try following my tip above for batch preparation for your meals of the week, which should help encourage you to eat or at least snack while you’re run ragged making a success of yourself. The benefits of regularly eating in the week are worth a couple of hours on a Sunday night in the kitchen, a podcast on, a glass of something sweet in hand.
Bonus Entrepreneur Success Smoothie Recipe
To help inspire you to fill your body with delicious, healthful ingredients, here’s my special entrepreneur success smoothie recipe for you to try:
- 2 TBSP plain plant-based yoghurt
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- Half a cup of blueberries
- One large frozen banana
- A handful of raw spinach
- A few walnuts
First, put the ingredients in a blender. Then, fill water up to about two-thirds of where the top of the food reaches in the blender. You may want to add less if you like a thicker smoothie. Blend on standard-setting at first, then high power to properly blend the spinach leaves in. Serve!
This recipe makes a couple of servings and is excellent as a morning smoothie, so you could save half for later, or share the pure love with your partner.
Entrepreneurs Can Eat Their Way To Success
As an entrepreneur, you are incredibly focused on getting where you need to make your business successful. Part of that is putting nutritious food into yourself as part of a balanced lifestyle. Self-care is so important when you are the heart of your business. Without you, your business can’t succeed. You are precious.
By following my tips above, and by being more conscious of what goes into your body, you truly can create a recipe for success.