Eat Your Wealth

“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”

Henry David Thoreau

I love a good thick, crisp health book as much as the next health nut, but I always run into the same issue every time I read one:

How in the bleep am I going to make enough money to live like this and experiment with optimizing my health?

And, more importantly, how can I make more money without spending all my time working and stressing myself out to make money to be healthier?! (Talk about a Catch 22)

I’m reading a fantastic, knowledge-packed book by Ben Greenfield called Boundless. If you can’t tell I’m loving it so far, but I also feel severe cash limited just a couple of chapters in. I don’t have to try all (nor should I) of the recommendations discussed, but if I did I’d already been spending thousands of dollars after page one.

This isn’t a criticism towards Boundless or Ben (love ya bro I don’t know). It’s more of an observation about myself and my current limitations. Limitations I imagine are all too familiar with a lot of the folks out there reading this.

To be super healthy, we need to afford it. And to work on the creative ideas, products, connections, and businesses we need to build to create wealth, we need to pay for better health.

There are no easy answers.

All we can do is:

Do what we can.

Sleep is free. Walking is free. Breathing is free. Water is freeish. Fasting is free. Cold showers are free. Pushups are free. It doesn’t make them easy to do, but we do have access to them.

We can start with the essentials. By focusing on eating a variety of whole foods and treating our bodies and minds right with rest and downtime, we can optimize over time.

Build over time.

We might not be able to afford all the nifty health bells and whistles, but we can at least do what we can start with the essentials and as we figure out ways to build wealth, we can put back more into our health and well-being.

Prioritize health.

Of course, don’t be stupid. (I’m telling myself this more than you) Don’t spend money you need for bills to buy another supplement or a bag of spirulina. Any benefits you gain from investing in your health on a budget you don’t have will inevitably be null and void from all the stress and anxiety from not having enough money to pay for rent.

But at the end of the day, health can be a more finite resource than money. I only was able to see that after I had injured myself… expensively.

There will also be another way to make some money, but you can’t also get back your health.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #829

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Pumpkin Growing is Like The Olympics

Let’s say you are a world-renowned pumpkin farmer. (Punk farmer for short)

Obviously, your main mission each year is to win the state fair pumpkin growing contest at all costs.

These are high stakes people.

I mean seriously, are you really going to let Sally from one county over take home the prize  (pie-rise? Get it the prize is a pie?) winning pumpkin medal?

H-to-the-ell no.

You’re going to do whatever it takes to grow the best darn pumpkin the world has ever seen.

So what do you do? You give the pumpkin what it needs. You’re not going to give it beer and bread.

You’re going to make sure your prized pumpkins are watered and cared for.

Same goes for Olympians. 

Competing in the Olympics is pretty much exactly the same things as growing a pumpkin. (No steroids allowed)

You don’t become that chiseled and mentally and physically sharp on beer and sandwiches.

Optimize with food that is best for your body. YSee food as fuel and medicine. Health and training can become your golden ticket to success.

Perhaps you are not running for the Olympics or growing pumpkins, but you are likely pursuing something challenging in your life — creative pursuits, health issues, raising kids etc.

That means to be on your A game. You need to give your body and mind the fuel it needs so you can live optimally.

Don’t just treat your body like its a temple — treat it like a prize-winning pumpkin.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Going Bulletproof

Now Testing The Bulletproof Diet

I’ve been drinking bulletproof coffee for about 5 years now (it’s the bee’s knees), but I’ve yet to go full on bulletproof diet.

My diet typically aligns with a paleo-like guideline, (i.e. whole lotta veggies, grass-fed meats, wild seafood, pasture-raised eggs, no grains, no sugar) but with the occasional Tim-Ferriss-style cheat meal (aka gelato man life). This has worked well for my lifestyle, but recently I’ve felt like I’ve been run over by an oscar myer wienermobile. (🌭)

Turns out I’ve had exposure to mold in my apartment since the winter (😱)

My symptoms of Mold Poisoning (3+ months of)

  • Constant Fatigue, zero energy.
  • Weakness is a strong word, but I don’t feel as strong and vibrant as I should be.
  • Can’t catch my breath
  • Sinus congestion (I haven’t had allergies in decades)
  • Aches and slight sensitivity to light

Aka I’m a hot mess.

E.  eFfing. G.

We don’t realize how much health and our external environment affects us until we’re broadsided by it.

This is unacceptable to me. 

My dreams are too big for me to constantly have no drive and energy.

I’ve got empires to build.

Luckily, The Bulletproof Diet is tailored around mold prevention, energy and mental performance.

This isn’t an endorsement per se, (well except for the coffee!), this is a test.

I’m going to start with going bulletproof for one month, (recording my energy levels periodically throughout the day as I go) and then see what’s what afterward.

I’ll be adding updates on my progress as I go (what I’m doing, why and how), so be sure to check in to the Now Testing blog series.

(Or if you’re interested in joining me for this experimentation, let me know via email or the comments below)

#KeepPursuing,

xoxo Josh Waggoner.