March was a rough month in terms of staying on track with my 4-Hour Workday.
Each day I began with good intentions. But then, after a couple hours of working at my desk, I would lose my concentration and focus. Iâ€™d then get pulled into Facebook, waste too much time and then stop for lunch and to do a few mundane tasks â€“ like empty the dishwasher or swap the wash into the dryer. I would then sit back down at my computer to attempt to finish my list of 6 things to do that day.
Every night, when I laid down my head, I would beat myself up for not trying harder, for not applying myself, for frittering away yet another day. I would fall asleep, mad at myself.
Every day Iâ€™d awake with good intentions and to try again. Yet, the same cycle repeated itself.
I had no clue why, except it must have been been me not focusing or trying hard enough. I mean, what else could it be? What had changed?
Easter Monday I was talking with my husband while finishing my watered-down orange juice. My energy level plummeted â€“ Darrell watched it drop like a rock and I felt it. I needed to lie down on the couch before I passed out.
It then struck me: family members had kindly made a run to Costco for us while they were here at the end of February . I had been drinking the Costco brand of orange juice the whole month of March. The juice was what was different?
Was the change in orange juice brand responsible for my lack of focus and energy? Perhaps, was it also responsible for the numb and tingling in my left foot, which was a new ailment last month? And the vague but persistent headaches.
But how is that even possible?
For the last umpteen decades, my breakfast routinely consisted of whole wheat bread, peanut butter and orange juice from concentrate â€“ and a banana, when they were in a house. That gave me a quick n easy breakfast, which I thought was fairly healthy and balanced, and kept me going until lunch. It was what I knew and what I thought worked for me.
But, since substituting my OJ for water or green tea, I have felt more focused, more clear headed and the most of the strange pains have vanished.
I am deeply relieved that my lack of focus and productivity was not my doing, but rather my foodâ€™s. However, I am now feeling unsettled because what I thought was good for me and worked for me is clearly not. Now I wonder if the general tired feeling that I have felt for ever was because of my food, not so much because of my cerebral palsy, which was one reason for implementing my 4-Hour Workday in the first place.
I now see how what I eat for breakfast is crucial in having a successful 4-Hour Workday.
What is on your breakfast menu? Does it keep you energized until lunchtime?If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.