Can Good Nutrition Really Affect How Successful You Are In Life?


Let’s face it. Most of us could take better care of ourselves, especially when it comes to our food choices. This is usually doubly true of those with hectic work schedules.

Often life gets in the way and finding the time to really look after ourselves is hard. In today’s fast paced society where not only are we striving for success at work but at home too.

In fact, we are also often striving for the success of others, like our kids. Spending time running them back and forward between numerous sporting events and acting classes in hopes they will become the next Cam Newton or Emma Stone.

But the fact is, maintaining your health should be the most important thing. Above work, above the day to day to-do list. Because guess what, if you’re not healthy, you cannot succeed at home or work.

Eating For Success

Let’s look at a typical scenario: It comes to lunch time, you’ve been working since the early hours and your stomach thinks someone has sewn your mouth closed!

Hunger pangs are raging and cravings kick in for greasy fast food. Of course, this seems more appealing at the time than a salad, but the absence of essential nutrients in that burger can mean your post-lunch productivity will take a hit.

Do you know there are foods which adjust your brain chemistry? Lifting your mood, increasing your focus and leaving you energized? For your busy corporate executive or entrepreneur, a diet packed with ‘brain foods’ is a must.

Which Foods Are The Best For Brain Boost?

Fish – Salmon is particularly good for a brain boost. Rich with omega 3 essential fatty acids and a good source of vitamin B12, both of which are vital for a healthy mind

Eggs – Eggs are rich with protein which contains the amino acid tryptophan which helps make serotonin – the hormone responsible for making you feel happy. Eggs also contain vitamin B12 which aids memory and concentration.

Blueberries Beneficial to memory and learning, blueberries are labelled as one of nature’s superfoods. They don’t just taste great but can protect the brain from stress and damage.

Leafy greens – Your favorite leafy green vegetables are rich in folic acid which is said to fend off memory loss, making spinach an excellent addition to any salad.

Although certain foods (such as those mentioned above) are excellent choices for boosting brain power in order to achieve success, it is important to understand why.

When it comes to nutrition, most people know some foods are good and some are bad. Most people think of this in the most simple terms of how food affects our weight, but it goes much further than that.

Different nutrients have different functions within the human body. Ensuring your diet is packed with the right nutrients can guide you on an unlimited path to success.

Fatty Acids – fatty acids, most notably the omega 3 variety, promote brain health and improve memory.

Glucose – the brain converts the foods we eat into glucose, which it then uses as fuel in order to allow the brain to work at its best and stay alert.

Amino Acids – amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Certain amino acids build neurotransmitters in the brain which control mood, motivation, anxiety, learning and memory.

Antioxidants – Free radicals are created when glucose is processed into energy. This is a natural and important process, however, too high a number of free radicals can be harmful to cells and can cause numerous diseases including cancer. Antioxidants fight free radicals and are important to help your brain stay healthy.

Timing Is Crucial

Not only is good nutrition a factor in how successful you are, but the timing of when you eat could also play a major role. This is why it is important to not allow hunger to dictate your eating patterns.

Breakfast is known for being the most important meal of the day, but the harsh reality is that up to 30% of the population skip it. Research suggests that breakfast consumption may improve cognitive function related to memory, test grades, and for children even school attendance.

Research suggests that the best time to have breakfast is between 7 and 7:30 a.m., lunch between 12:30 and 1 p.m., and dinner between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Although this can be difficult what with sporadic meetings daily, but having rough guidelines of meal structure is certainly beneficial.


A Modern Day Witch Hunt: How Caster Semenya's Gender Became A Hot Topic In The Media

Gender divisions in sports have primarily served to keep women out of what has always been believed to be a male domain. The idea of women participating alongside men has been regarded with contempt under the belief that women were made physically inferior.

Within their own division, women have reached new heights, received accolades for outstanding physical performance and endurance, and have proven themselves to be as capable of athletic excellence as men. In spite of women's collective fight to be recognized as equals to their male counterparts, female athletes must now prove their womanhood in order to compete alongside their own gender.

That has been the reality for Caster Semenya, a South African Olympic champion, who has been at the center of the latest gender discrimination debate across the world. After crushing her competition in the women's 800-meter dash in 2016, Semenya was subjected to scrutiny from her peers based upon her physical appearance, calling her gender into question. Despite setting a new national record for South Africa and attaining the title of fifth fastest woman in Olympic history, Semenya's success was quickly brushed aside as she became a spectacle for all the wrong reasons.

Semenya's gender became a hot topic among reporters as the Olympic champion was subjected to sex testing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). According to Ruth Padawer from the New York Times, Semenya was forced to undergo relentless examination by gender experts to determine whether or not she was woman enough to compete as one. While the IAAF has never released the results of their testing, that did not stop the media from making irreverent speculations about the athlete's gender.

Moments after winning the Berlin World Athletics Championship in 2009, Semenya was faced with immediate backlash from fellow runners. Elisa Cusma who suffered a whopping defeat after finishing in sixth place, felt as though Semenya was too masculine to compete in a women's race. Cusma stated, "These kind of people should not run with us. For me, she is not a woman. She's a man." While her statement proved insensitive enough, her perspective was acknowledged and appeared to be a mutually belief among the other white female competitors.

Fast forward to 2018, the IAAF issued new Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development) that apply to events from 400m to the mile, including 400m hurdles races, 800m, and 1500m. The regulations created by the IAAF state that an athlete must be recognized at law as either female or intersex, she must reduce her testosterone level to below 5 nmol/L continuously for the duration of six months, and she must maintain her testosterone levels to remain below 5 nmol/L during and after competing so long as she wishes to be eligible to compete in any future events. It is believed that these new rules have been put into effect to specifically target Semenya given her history of being the most recent athlete to face this sort of discrimination.

With these regulations put into effect, in combination with the lack of information about whether or not Semenya is biologically a female of male, society has seemed to come to the conclusion that Semenya is intersex, meaning she was born with any variation of characteristics, chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals. After her initial testing, there had been alleged leaks to media outlets such as Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper which stated that Semenya's results proved that her testosterone levels were too high. This information, while not credible, has been widely accepted as fact. Whether or not Semenya is intersex, society appears to be missing the point that no one is entitled to this information. Running off their newfound acceptance that the Olympic champion is intersex, it calls into question whether her elevated levels of testosterone makes her a man.

The IAAF published a study concluding that higher levels of testosterone do, in fact, contribute to the level of performance in track and field. However, higher testosterone levels have never been the sole determining factor for sex or gender. There are conditions that affect women, such as PCOS, in which the ovaries produce extra amounts of testosterone. However, those women never have their womanhood called into question, nor should they—and neither should Semenya.

Every aspect of the issue surrounding Semenya's body has been deplorable, to say the least. However, there has not been enough recognition as to how invasive and degrading sex testing actually is. For any woman, at any age, to have her body forcibly examined and studied like a science project by "experts" is humiliating and unethical. Under no circumstances have Semenya's health or well-being been considered upon discovering that her body allegedly produces an excessive amount of testosterone. For the sake of an organization, for the comfort of white female athletes who felt as though Semenya's gender was an unfair advantage against them, Semenya and other women like her, must undergo hormone treatment to reduce their performance to that of which women are expected to perform at. Yet some women within the athletic community are unphased by this direct attempt to further prove women as inferior athletes.

As difficult as this global invasion of privacy has been for the athlete, the humiliation and sense of violation is felt by her people in South Africa. Writer and activist, Kari, reported that Semenya has had the country's undying support since her first global appearance in 2009. Even after the IAAF released their new regulations, South Africans have refuted their accusations. Kari stated, "The Minister of Sports and Recreation and the Africa National Congress, South Africa's ruling party labeled the decision as anti-sport, racist, and homophobic." It is no secret that the build and appearance of Black women have always been met with racist and sexist commentary. Because Black women have never managed to fit into the European standard of beauty catered to and in favor of white women, the accusations of Semenya appearing too masculine were unsurprising.

Despite the countless injustices Semenya has faced over the years, she remains as determined as ever to return to track and field and compete amongst women as the woman she is. Her fight against the IAAF's regulations continues as the Olympic champion has been receiving and outpour of support in wake of the Association's decision. Semenya is determined to run again, win again, and set new and inclusive standards for women's sports.