A double espresso

espressoIt’s 01:54am and I am wide-awake. I was wondering why, because I normally sleep from 11pm to 7am. But, as I just told my wife, who is lying in bed next to me, it might be because of the double espresso I took this afternoon. While I never, ever drink coffee……

It’s amazing how the body works, and what impact its environment has on it. While I am not a specialist in the workings neither of the body, nor on all it’s influences I just wanted to share my experience with it; the body and its sensitivity.

For the majority of my life I have been a (professional) athlete. I first tried some tennis, football and hockey on a blue Monday and then turned to athletics. But in the end I reached the Olympic final (Beijing 2008) in the great sport of canoe slalom. It was in canoe slalom that I reached the most sensitive state with my body.

Being an athlete is great, and especially when you come to a level where your body and your mind are in such a shape that they bring you to a higher state of observation, performance, etc. This state is like walking on a sharp edge. You are on top of your abilities but you can also more easily get out of balance.


While I was very careful in nourishing my most precious asset (the body) there were also rare times where I let go a bit. And the result was immediate. I remember drinking a glass of cola in the evening and not being able to sleep until 2am in the morning due to all the sugar racing through my body. Likewise when I paid a very rare visit to a fast-food restaurant after a long trip home and consequently not being able to sleep until 5am due to all the … well I don’t even want to know what was racing through the body….. It’s crazy how drugged we get by eating or drinking all this sh*t on a regular basis.


But one final impact, which has nothing to do with the food above, but is food for thought anyway, is the impact of inspiration. I remember hardly sleeping for a few days since I felt so inspired, empowered, motivated, energized, etc due to this very cool book I was reading. This story really turned me on and energized me to the fullest. It’s typically an example of mind over matter.

It shouldn’t be any surprise that the intake of food and drinks have big impact on the physical state of your body. It’s something that almost everybody is aware of and takes care of. But my last example makes you think hard of the impact of your brain on your physical state. And that’s something a much smaller group is aware of, and something which is much less obvious than eating and drinking to take care of. Food for thought!

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