Nutrition is taxing? Or is it?
Tax. Interesting? Maybe, certainly to accountants that is, but if you’re reading this then you’re probably not an accountant. How about nutrition, is that interesting? Somewhat, to most people, but it’s usually not on your radar all the time. Now, food, well, that’s a constant. Everyone has to eat.
Bare with me with on this, it’ll make sense by the time you hit the bottom of this blog…
Food, and in a broader sense, diet is a provocative topic and will always continue to be. By diet, I am talking about what you habitually eat and drink 3/4/5/6 times a day, and it’s essential for survival. If you go without food for long enough, you will die, no exceptions apply.
People treat their nutrition reactively
An interesting observation that I’ve made over the years in which I have been involved in nutrition is that people treat it reactively for the most part.
By this I mean that if they feel thirsty, they drink something, if they feel hungry, they eat something.
This may not actually be the best approach to nutrition, yet I understand the rationale behind this, particularly given the busy lives that we all lead.
Tax can be similar, a lot of people don’t do their tax returns until the day it’s due, and this is where the nutrition and accountancy can tie in so beautifully. The old adage, prevention is better than cure is accurate in both nutrition and accountancy.
Let’s stick with nutrition for this post though. The link between your diet, nutrition, and your health is clear and evident. Many people underestimate just how strong this link is, but few would disagree the relationship exists.
Can animals show us the way?
Now consider your actions, are they proactive or reactive, take water for example. All land mammals drink water very soon after waking up in the morning, yet many humans don’t, and in fact they often drink caffeinated drinks, which have a diuretic effect, that causes a net loss of water, leading to dehydration. Dehydration leads to problems, decreased productivity, headaches, stress, lower energy levels and so on.
Think about the above paragraph for a moment, do you drink water upon waking or soon after? Do you know if you are dehydrated? What do you do if you become dehydrated?
In many cases, people don’t even know that they are dehydrated and attempt to solve their problem by treating the symptom rather than the cause, a headache for example, typically by popping a paracetamol or ibuprofen. Absolutely, the symptoms disappear but if this occurs repeatedly then long term damage can occur.
A much better solution would be to treat the cause of the problem before it even has a chance to present.
The same is true with accountancy, planning and adopting a proactive approach broaches problems before they occur, and that’s important – particularly when money is concerned, and in some cases, fines and possibly even prosecution.
However, as a health educator I feel it fair to say that I am biased towards suggesting that your health is more important than your wealth, although both are important.
The question to ask yourself is do your run the most important business of all, your body, as well as you run your business? Food for thought, perhaps.
Adam Stevens is a Nutritionist, Health educator, Food specialist, who empowers people to control their own health.