Health and wellness are often thought of as two personal attributes that individuals can prioritize to enhance their lives. Certainly, you stand to gain the most benefit from treating your body right. However, we can not forget the inter-connectedness that is inherent in issues of health and eating, especially as it relates to the environment.
I am reading Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. It is a fascinating book of how history unfolded “very differently for peoples from different parts of the globe” going back 13,000 years. I’m just eighty-pages in but the account of the capture of Inca emperor Atahuallpa and his subsequent beheading by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro is mind-boggling.
The encounter between Atahuallpa and Pizarro occurred on November 16, 1532. Atahuallpa’s army of 80,000 soldiers were defeated by Pizarro’s army of 168 soldiers! The fact that 168 soldiers were able to defeat 80,000 is rife with insight about human behavior and patterns and the notion of access (privilege?) you and I should heed in the 21st century. Continue Reading »
The idea most associated with the term “value meal” is that of fast food restaurants bundling menu items together so you get “more bang for your buck”. Not at all surprising, given the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on advertising said meals.
I am thinking about another sort of value — that, which, perhaps ironically, doesn’t carry a price tag. The kind that reflects someone’s ideals and priorities. As an entrepreneur (and even before you took on that role in your life), I am sure you had to define a particular value set in order to crystallize your vision and carve out your particular career path. Perhaps you concluded that you value originality more than order, knowledge over growth, or freedom more so than availability.
And, as I am sure you have learned — or are learning — it’s quite a satisfactory feeling when our day-to-day actions line up with what we value. The same principles can be applied to what we eat.