I’m attending the Kushi Institute’s Macrobiotic Conference for the next few days in Palisades, NY, and just heard Annemarie Colbin speak. She’s the founder of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, plus author of multiple books on nutrition and cookbooks. The talk I attended was about Healthy Bones, to which Annemarie applies what she calls her Three Bears Rules. You’re probably way ahead of me on this already, but here they are:

  • Too much is no good.
  • Too little is no good.
  • You want it just right.

Today she was referring to the amount of calcium we take into our bodies. Too much, like a quart of milk a day–which she admittedly frowns upon; too little–not paying attention to your intake of dairy or leafy greens; or just right–finding out exactly what YOUR body needs and giving it that. I loved what she called an accurate means for measuring your bone strength. She asked for a show of hands if anyone had fallen in the past year and not broken a bone. Many hands went up. Then she asked if anyone had fallen and broken a bone. A couple of hands went up. That, she said, was as good a bone density test as there is.

Being who I am, I can see this set of rules for everything related to owning and operating a small business as well. Too much marketing, networking, goal-setting can interfere with production and quality of your work. Too little of those can result in stasis or disintegration of your business. The test with a healthy body and/or business is discerning what the exact right formula is for you. Although I’d love a doctor’s or consultant’s precise recipe or remedy for a healthy body or business, I’ve known for a long time now that I am the best advocate and practitioner for those formulas.

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