A good friend of mine is a health food guru. I just had a conversation with her about starting her own blog about health food. I said, “That would be cool! Then, you could guest blog for me, and I’d get the benefit of your brilliance!”
She responded, “Yeah right, like our subjects even have anything in common!”
I was actually serious about her blogging for me, and if I’m lucky, she might just do it. I also think that our topics have a lot in common. My friend is an expert in food efficiency, and I feel like Bob (Bill felt about Dr. Leo Marvin on What About Bob. Her knowledge is so far superior to mine, and I can only admire.
But what one very specific topic that she preaches is that eating whole foods is more natural for our bodies, and our bodies don’t have to work as hard to digest, and the energy that we eat gets right to the bloodstream and is so much healthier. (OK, now you see why I need her to blog for me about health food!)
So, what does this have to do with bananas and family finances?
Easy! I started mountain biking regularly last year, and it’s a rush. (Many allusions in the book!) But recently I’ve hit a wall, and I haven’t been progressing as well. My routine has been to get up in the morning first thing, get dressed, and hop on my bike, and climb mountains! I wasn’t eating before, however. I’m not a big morning eater. My stomach isn’t ready for food. But after seeing a facebook post by a good friend who is a doctor about the amazing attributes of bananas, I decided to try eating a banana before riding.
The results were amazing. I have a category 3 climb (2.5 miles, 679 feet of elevation, average grade of 5.3%) right from my front door that I’ve been doing recently, and after hitting a wall, I broke through. And boy, did I! I broke my previous best time by 90 seconds.
The difference? It was the banana. I had done the same ride just the day before, and I had worked just as hard, same bike, same clothes, same trail. But I ate a banana.
My friend preaches that whole foods are more healthy for you, that they get more energy to your body quicker. She says that people might think that she’s weird, but once you understand the health benefits, it just makes sense. So what do Homes in Order and whole foods have in common?
Efficiency. Homes in Order teaches you how A dollar saved is five dollars earned, and even better, how Two dollars saved is a thousand dollars earned. When you pay $1 extra towards your mortgage, that $1 goes 100% to you, to your principal, and to debt elimination. It is so efficient. If there were a more efficient way to use a dollar, I’d be talking about that! Once you understand how it works, you’ll want to become financially efficient! It’s a rush.
It just makes sense.