Why 'Eating Less' Could be the Key to Success in your Business and Life

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How much do you spend on food per week (including takeaways)?
 
Is it over $100 or £100? Do you know how much that adds up to over a year? Close to £5000 or $5000. And that's probably not including the money you spend on eating out.
 
That's a lot of money (especially if you factor in feeding children). In fact, the Early Retirement Extreme website lists annual food spend as one of the big three financial drains that prevent people from retiring early (housing and transportation are the other two). Incredibly, the site also presents a way of reducing your average food spend to only $75 a month (that's $900 a year). This involves mainly eating rice, lentils, beans, tuna sandwiches and lots of vegetables. 
 
This got me thinking. I'm much closer to the £5000 a year figure than the $900. However, at the start of this year, I decided to make a couple of changes to my diet and spending habits.
 
1. I decided to limit the amount of food I buy OUT (this included meals out and sandwiches for lunch), to only 6 a week.
2. I reduced the amount of chocolate bars and deserts I eat by 1 a week (from 4 down to 3 - that means 4 days a week I won't touch any kind of chocolate or sugar based desert).
 
Of course, these are hardly drastic changes. However, I calculated that they save me close to £350 per year.
 
While an additional £350 a year isn't going to change my life, the principle is interesting. It's a total win-win. I get to save money, be healthier and look better (that 1 less choc bar a week DOES make a difference to the abs!). And this is just on a small scale. Imagine if I reduced that to 1 sweet desert/choc a week and limited the amount of food I buy out to only 3 times a week. I'd probably be making savings of close to or over £1000 a year.
 
Furthermore, this is surface level. It doesn't require any changes to my weekly shopping. It only curbs my worst impulses for takeaways and sugar. Perhaps a total overhaul (where I look to cut down on meat consumption and eat more in according with the Early Retirement Extreme diet) would save me over £2000 a year.
 
Now this amount would make a difference. It would save me approximately 60 hours a year having to earn money. That's 60 hours I could transfer over from tennis coaching and seeing hypnotherapy clients, to writing more books, promoting my work, getting more speaking gigs and coaching clients.
 
This sounds great, but it gets even better. You see there's absolutely no catch to making these changes. I wouldn't be any less happy. In fact, my happiness levels would probably increase because I'd be achieving greater success in the work I'm most passionate about.
 
Most people experience a sticking point, though, when it comes to eating less. After working as a hypnotherapist for well over ten years, and helping numerous clients in their attempts to lose weight, I'm well aware that people feel they'll be GIVING SOMETHING UP. It's a sacrifice. However, this is false conditioning.
 
In reality, eating less equals win-win. As I mentioned earlier, you get to save money, feel healthier and look better. Furthermore, you gain the most precious commodity known to man - TIME. By eating less and saving yourself money, you don't have to work as hard to earn money. You don't need to bust your balls chasing promotion, you don't need to make those extra sales calls and you don't need to take on those extra clients. Instead, you can invest all that time you've saved into working on a project you truly care about.
 
And what do you stand to lose? Absolutely nothing! That temporary buzz you experience when gorging on chocolate or eating an exquisite meal is exactly that - TEMPORARY! It doesn't last. You can't take it with you from the dinner table. However, the joy you get from working on the projects you love, and having a positive impact on other peoples lives, gives your self-esteem, confidence and happiness levels a permanent boost.

 

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