Ari Rastegar is the founder and CEO of Rastegar Capital, and a “millennial millionaire” who says one of the keys to wise investing lies in good health.
“What people don’t get is, or they don’t think about, is that your body is all you have,” he said. Treating it poorly with bad eating habits is going to impede the performance of the brain. “So if my brain isn’t working, how can I think clearly? And if I’m not thinking clearly, you think I’m going to make the right investment decisions?”
The secret to good health, he says, is that there is no secret. “You eat the things that don’t have labels on them. You eat the boring stuff. That’s the secret. So there’s really no secret. Eat all the stuff that you’ve been told to eat your whole life, like your broccoli.”
Many health experts would agree. Eating more whole foods – those things that don’t have labels on them – is the best way to improve health and prevent disease. To put it another way, it means eating food that is minimally processed; that looks about the same as it did growing naturally.
It also means consuming a lot of plant-based food. “And if you’re having a substantially plant-based diet, if you eat certain types of lean meats, try to stay away from the red meats as much as you can, it’s basic common sense. But the problem with common sense is that not many people really have it anymore; it’s not so common.”
Eating right to stay healthy has allowed Ari Rastegar to put in the long hours it takes to succeed. “The better I treat my body, the better my hormonal function is; my aptitude is higher, I can be awake longer without being tired. Which all plays into the strategies that would make someone successful.”
Interview, May 25, 2016