The Dailyworth.com is a financial media company for women that produces a daily newsletter with very interesting articles. A recent article I read reminded me about one of the concepts we teach in Eat Smart. The article is titled ‘What No One Ever Tells You About Work-Life Balance.’ In the article, business women are asked to share what they were surprised to learn about the notorious pursuit of “having it all.” One of the women commented ‘Put yourself first.’ Although this may seem selfish, especially when some women have multiple children, a husband and/or aging parents to tend to. However, the woman continued to explain how, just like putting your oxygen mask on first in an airplane is necessary, so is taking take of yourself and making sure you are healthy and fit. An unhealthy, unfit, depressed person may be temporarily able to care for others, but the long-term toll it takes on the body and mind are not worth the short-term benefits. Yes, not taking the time to exercise may give you enough time to drive an over-long commute to work or stay up a little later to clean the house, but avoiding exercise for too long will result in decreased health. Nutrition is just the same. Not taking the time to plan healthy meals and snacks will produce hidden health dangers later on. Always taking the easy way out because your time is needed helping others will not benefit yourself or your loved ones. If you are one of those who feels guilty for exercising or spending a little extra money on healthy foods, remind yourself that putting yourself first will help you reach a better life/work balance in the end.