Linkswitch: Why is Food Critical to Freelance Success?
Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers. Today is a special edition of Linkswitch for Blog Action Day 2011. We’re taking some time out to consider this year’s topic, which is food.
Lack of access to food in some countries causes devastating famines; however, it’s the opposite end of the pendulum that many freelancer’s need to be wary of. Stress eating can devastate your health and lead to all kinds of problems. Yes these problems can negatively impact your mental energy, stamina, and the success of your freelance projects.
It’s important to learn to eat well, create long lasting healthy eating habits, while enjoying every bite. It’s also helpful to keep your budget in mind when planning your meals. The better we plan our grocery shopping, cooking, and eating habits, the more we can keep us hungry freelancers moving, without falling off balance. Let’s take a look at some helpful articles and resources that will improve your food consumption habits.
Krizia from Eat Smart Age Smart put together this helpful post on avoiding devastating mistakes freelancers and entrepreneurs make when it comes to our diet. Many don’t fully understand the implications of their actions when it comes to their diets. Learn how how what you eat and how you eat it can really affect your productivity. This is a comprehensive article filled with healthy advice.
There are some people who snack in order to enhance their productivity. The following is a list of 20 foods you can eat to improve your eye-sight, improve your performance, energize your brain and keep your day on track. Learn how to increase your mental health with brain charging foods.
Leo Babauta writes great articles on simply improving your life. These diet hacks are clear, easy to follow, practical advice. Leo’s philosphy is to not go on a diet, but rather slowly make changes to your diet. Change one habit at a time, each month for example, and make sure the new eating habit sticks, before moving on to the next change. I’ve personally been working on number thirteen, adding nuts into my diet, but it’s about time to take on another habit change eating goal: probably eating more veggies.
Carrying on with this goal of eating more veggies, I’m considering adding a day each week as vegetarianism day. It’s not that difficult to do. I gradually became a vegetarian in the past, and stuck with it for close to a year. There a lots of tasty veggie dishes and that’s key to sticking with this kind of diet, or even adding more vegetables into your regular eating patterns. Leo has sound advice and encouragement in this article.
For my budget, it’s important to consider food costs. Not eating out is a proven way to save money and also gives you more control over your diet. But where can we save money further. The Simple Dollar blog has a great series that compares frugal options and breaks down actual dollar savings. It’s surprising how much or how little some actions save in comparison to time involved. This article on juicing and blending examines the pros and cons of purchasing a juicer. I had a similar experience where the cleanup involved just wasn’t worth making our own juice. Our juicer is now relegated to a back shelf.
If you want the facts on nutrition, there is no better place than the Mayo clinic’s Nutrition and Healthy Eating information. There are loads of links to dig into. I may be a bit biased here because my sister runs a lab at the Mayo clinic. I really like there Healthy Weight Pyramid in their Multimedia section, which gives an accurate reflection of the level of importance, and quantity, of each food group.
If you’re looking for healthy recipes, or to try your hand with cooking some new dishes, then Epicurious.com is a valuable resource. They have videos that demonstrate cooking techniques as well. I have this on my iPad as an app.
In addition to discussing this year’s topic of food, blogging about it, engaging with conversations with friends, and looking to make personal changes in your life, Blog Action Day is also about helping others. Consider giving to a charity today that is helping with world food problems, like working against famine, training poor farmers, and helping regions that battle food crisis issues. ActionAid is one such group to consider donating to or getting involved with.Blog Action Day 2011 – Discussion on Food
Let us know in the comments how you’re participating in this year’s Blog Action Day? If you’re struggling with overeating, an eating disorder, or actively involved in helping with these issues we’d love to hear your story.
If you’re like me and working on your eating habits in order to improve your overall health and energy, let us know how that is going. Today is a day each year we set aside in the blogging community to deeply consider a topic, discuss it, and take action!