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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Health Tomfoolery

Give yourself permission to be healthy.

If there ever is a word with that is more overused then the word ‘health’, the planet would explode.

We are bombarded with opinions about health and what it means to be healthy. One news source tells you Fats are bad for you, someone else may tell you it’s great for you, and your family will have all manner of opinions about what’s good and what’s bad. With all of these differing philosophies, it’s easy to lose your sanity on what you should do and instead do nothing at all. (Ugh! One day they tell me eggs are bad for me, the next day they tell me they’re great… eff it! I’m going to go eat some cake.)

What you’re seeing in the health industry is the battle between science and money. Why is a large french fry and soda less money than a pack of blueberries? Why is the immediate response to most mainstream doctors is to give us pills to mask the problem versus figuring out how to fix the problem. There are so many facts and figures, opinions and antidotal answers, it’s hard to know who to trust.

Ultimately, you are the one who decides what’s best for you. The choice to be healthy or not is up to you. Opt out of the games. Trust your gut. Experiment and find out what works best for you.

There’s one thing I know and that’s why you should want to get healthy in the first place:


What’s one thing that affects our ability to create and enjoy life?

I’ve experienced first hand the frustration and despair of Chronic Fatigue and low energy. If the energy you use is more than the energy you generate. Without enough energy, you are a slave to your health. 

Eating whole, moving your body, breath work, and aligning your daily habits to the lifestyle of your dreams is how you can build up positive energy.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

Related Insights

“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.” — Henry David Thoreau

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Health is not valued till sickness comes.” — Thomas Fuller

Health Starts With You

Your health is your responsibility.

As much as I would love to just be able to give my health problems to someone else to take care of for me, that’s not how i­t­ works. (Steve, you’re in charge of exercising my muscles. Brad, you’re in charge of meditating, while I’m going to lay on this couch and watch YouTube. Alright, ready GO!)

For the last couple years, I’ve had energy problems. It’s a zombie lifestyle: I go to bed tired and wake up tired. Exercise is exhausting. I push through the fatigue to make a living and work on my pursuits (like this blog and podcast), but I still don’t feel as RADIANT as I want to be. My mind, creativity, energy, liveliness doesn’t feel sharp. I’ve been to multiple doctors, which helped spotlight the problems, but they weren’t able to provide me a road to recovery and change.

That where I come in. Am I just going to give up? Lay in bed for the rest of my life, to never write a book, release a music album, travel the world? Hell No.

This is my responsibility.

The only person who cares 150% about your wellbeing is yourself.
Others can care, but you should care even more. Some doctors care, but there’s only so much they can do with a 20-minute consultation. You are the one who has the power in your hands to change your life trajectory. I’m not a doctor (nor do I play one on the Internet), I’m not telling you to do something stupid. In fact, I’m telling you to do the opposite — be smart about your health. Your health directly affects everything you do, including your creativity and success. If you want to be a high performer in what you do, you’ve got to go beyond the basics and learn to take control of what ails you.

You must be the one to take charge, gain knowledge and master health and wellness.

Somewhere out there, there is someone who has been through what we’re going through. It’s up to us to learn from them and smartly experiment with what works for ourselves.

You’re health — and ultimately your life — is in your hands.

A greater understanding of health is a certain roadmap to a better all-around YOU.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life

Related Insights

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” — Hippocrates

“The first wealth is health.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wish for healing has always been half of health.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Being Sick Is The Worst

Caught the flu last night. I️ think I️ got I­t­ from stress mostly. 
Last week at work was enormously stressful. 

This post is going to be a short and sweet one:

Treat your body right, and I­t­ will treat you right.

Our liveliness, energy, our ability to be creative, to think, and imagine new ideas all relates back to eating clean foods and moving your body.

Our health radiates outward into every aspect of our lives.

No one wants to be on a broken elevator.
No one wants to be in a burning building.

Yet, every day we eat whatever we want whenever we want, we work ourselves to death just to pay the rent, and we view exercises as an afterthought.

Focus on your health, and you will see more abundance in your life you won’t even know what to do with I­t­.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Related Insights

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” — Hippocrates

Life Principle #16: Optimize Your Health

Each life principle from the Renaissance Life ebbs and flows. I­t­ comes with the territory of pursuing lifelong goals. Learning doesn’t stop after high school. If I­t­ does, you’re going to find yourself stuck with your hands tied. Being bold isn’t a one-time thing — it’s a lifestyle. You have to choose I­t­ every time you’re about to step into your discomfort zone. The same goes for health.

Health is vital to every aspect of our lives. From the energy you have, to the body you live in, to the mind you create with. Without health, we are living sub-optimally.

We know this deep down. That’s why it everyone and their grandma puts “lose 10 pounds” “exercise every day”  or “eat healthy” on their New Year Resolutions.

Sometimes I’ll hear someone say, “food doesn’t affect me, I don’t get fat so I can pretty much eat whatever I want.”

I internally laugh slash roll my eyes every time I hear it. I used to be that guy. Don’t be like how I used to be.

What you may not realize is that health is a lot like credit.  

Sure you can enjoy that fast food cheeseburger and milkshake today, but if you keep eating like that one day you’ll pay for it. The house always wins. You’ll start to feel a little pudgy around the waist, or worse — run into chronic diseases. 

The same is true when you go out drinking. You’ll have a blast tonight, but one too many and you’ll pay for it tomorrow. (or eventually)

The key to vital health is deciding to make the change to live healthy, while not being too religious about it.

It’s downright impossible to be healthy 100% of the time, for your entire life. (If that’s what you’re doing you might want to consider living a little).

Life Principle #16: Optimize Your Health

1. Start by Making a Plan

Are you trying to be healthy or just saying so? Do you have chronic health problems that slowly eat away your ability to focus and have the energy to work on your dreams?

Then it’s time to make a health plan.

It doesn’t have to be a great plan, in fact, make it a mediocre plan! A mediocre health plan is better than no plan.

You don’t have to know what you’re doing to be able to start.
When I️ made the decision to get healthy, I️ was clueless. 
You name it, I made every mistake in the book. But that’s okay. I wish I had someone who could train me, but if you stick with things long enough, you pick up on what works and doesn’t work for you.

2. Follow the Lead of Great Health Influencers

There is so much information out there its hard to know who to trust.  And within that last sentence is the answer, don’t trust, test. The best health plan is the one that works for you. How do you know that it’s working? Do you feel incredible? Do you have bucket tons of energy? Are you in the best shape of your life? Sounds like you could give me advice then!

Find someone that seems trustworthy, and test their information for yourself. Try on their shoes for a month or three. If you’re not seeing results, drop it and try something else. 

Here are a few starting points I recommend:

Foodist: Using Real Food And Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting — Darya Pino Rose

The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease and Optimize Weight — Valter Longo

The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman

3. Share this plan with a friend

Pursuing health is 1000 times easier when you have a friend or group of friends wanting the same thing. If none of your friends are healthy, either recruit them on the health train or find a couple of friends who are on the same track as you.

4. Focus on Food and Fitness.

Food and Movement go hand in hand. You can do one without the other, but if you want to have an optimal kick-a life create a plan for both.

A few fitness starting points:

Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Bodybuilding, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week — Doug McGuff, John R. Little

Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally — Kelly Starrett

Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition — Mark Rippetoe

5. Make Health a Lifelong Habit

Don’t become a health prune. Its okay to accidentally eat a donut every so often. And if other people around you want to live off wingdings and greased tater tot casseroles let them. As much as I’d like to force my health choices onto others around me, that just doesn’t fly. It’s hard, if not impossible to tell people how to be healthy, especially those closest to you. The only thing you can do is show it — show how good eating healthy and exercising makes you feel. When you are a walking talking energetic ball of sunshine, they’ll start to wonder how you do it, and hopefully, they might get their courage up enough to say, I’ll have what he’s having.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner

Related Insights

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“The first wealth is health.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” — Joyce Meyer

Moving Day

Today was a great day.
It’s 10 pm and I’m laying on an air mattress in my new apartment. We (family) spent the majority of the day moving me in, laughing and really enjoy the moment of the day. (We also hilarious moved a big A bookshelf up multiple flights of stairs because it would fit in the elevator whew!)

This is the first time I’ve had a place without having roommates. My purchases have always been around tech and learning (booooks) and the rest I’ve leaned on others. You don’t realize what you don’t have until after you start looking for your own place. (Oh right, I️ don’t have silverware… Oh right, I️ need a dining table). I don’t have everything, but that’s okay — I’m loving it. (All a part of the process.)

Last year, I️ had quite a few setbacks financially. It felt like I️ was getting roundhouse kicked in the teeth every week. I’m not 100% but I’m in a much better place than I️ was. 

As I’m laying here reflecting in silence on the day, I️ know that this was a good decision. We face many setbacks, but there’s always a way up from them. Be strong, lean on others, don’t be afraid to ask.

I️ going to make a vow to myself to focus more on improving my health (gut, physical, emotional, mental), friendships, wealth, love, creativity, and spirituality a little every day.

Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Related Wisdom:

Earl Nightingale“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

Hippocrates: “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

Henry David Thoreau: “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

Jim Rohn: “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

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)


xoxo Josh Waggoner.