Health Hacks for High Performance

I know a lot of smart women right now, including myself, who seem to be in this dragged out transition period.

Whether it’s looking for a new home, getting our body into shape, starting a family, getting married, sending the kids to college, or starting a new career…..we’re all feeling discomfort.

There’s a fear (maybe of the unknown) that can either paralyze us from doing anything at all or push us to make decisions that are not aligned with our goals and aspirations.

Regardless, the discomfort stinks.

Food, alcohol, and men were always my favorite ways to numb out. Others I know love shopping, TV binging, and web surfing on social media. Either way, they’re all providing a temporary Band-Aid or moment where we can just let go.

Relax? Maybe.

But at some point these “quick fixes” become more and more frequent and we tend to drop the work that really makes us stronger. We stop the actions that actually help us move forward with grace and confidence toward the vision we had of our transformation.

It feels easier to go out for drinks with the girls instead of going to our favorite workout class.

It feels easier to pick up fast food (even if it is a “healthier” option) then making our meals at home.

It feels easier to escape in front of mindless TV, then take the time to prepare for the following day.

They are all easy and “feel good,” but are they really giving us the energy we need to perform at our best?

What about our goals? What about the vision we have of our best self? What about the things we want to attract into our lives? A strong healthy body? Financial freedom? A warm home? Loving relationships? A thriving business that makes an impact?

How do we restore a sense of balance so that we’re moving forward towards these goals without sacrificing our livelihood?   How do we train smarter instead of harder?

“A flower doesn’t dream about the bee. The flower blossoms and attracts the bee.”

Mia Togo said as she was bringing us out of Shavasana.

I was half way in and out of consciousness. Slipping in and out of deep meditation. Somehow, I caught that golden nugget. One of the reasons why I love Yoga…..the philosophy. A great teacher encourages us to think differently by opening us up to the limitless possibilities that exist.

A mental and limiting belief I once had was the idea that happiness is dependent on my external environment and I have to work hard or prove my worth in order to get it.

That’s why transition felt so hard. I questioned my value and believed I had to do more to show I was worthy.

Then when the external world slipped the rug right out from underneath me, I panicked and went into fear based survival mode.  Sabotaging myself all along the way as I resorted back to my “quick fixes.” It was always a struggle.

Today, when my external world feels really dynamic (almost overwhelming), I take actions that help me feel centered and strong. I have a healthy lifestyle in general. But during these challenging times, I need to take my lifestyle to a higher level because I need the energy to navigate through unknown territory. I need to be bright to see through the darkness and attract the “bee” (or support) along the way.

Whereas, I normally do yoga 3-4 days a week, I make time in my schedule to UP that to 4-7 days a week. Even if it’s only a 20 minute practice. It’s the commitment I make to honor and align my mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

When I coach my clients, they come to me to learn how to take better care of their health so that they have the energy to perform at their best.

Here are a few of the hacks or practices we use that make amazing shifts in their energy almost immediately.

  1. Structure Your Day

We feel more confident when we have a sense of control and certainty. Structuring our day provides us that opportunity to plan for what works best for us.

Make sure to include time in your day where you practice activities that strengthen your mind, body, and spirit. The Yogi’s call it sacred rituals. I like to call it healthy personal commitments. Whatever language works for you, we follow a consistent lifestyle practice that elevates us to a higher level.

Going back to the flower analogy. It’s how we water the seed so that we blossom.

 

  1. Eat More Vegetables

Vegetables are life’s natural energy source. This food group is underrated. Our society spends so much energy focusing on eating more protein, less carbs, or more fat. It’s daunting all the diets and research out there. The reality is that vegetables are the magical ingredients to lifestyle enhancement.

  • Vegetables have fiber, which makes us feel fuller and satiated longer. Less cravings.
  • Vegetables provide a wide range of nutrients that feed our cells so that they can function optimally. More energy and higher metabolic rate.
  • Vegetables have a large amount of water to help us stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to fatigue and bloating.
  • Vegetables boost our mood. We feel better when we are well nourished.

What if you don’t like vegetables?

Here are few tips I give my clients:

  • Drink Shakeology. It has 5 servings of vegetables in one glass. It’s a whole foods supplement packed with antioxidants, probiotics, and superfoods.
  • Try sweeter veggies. Jicama, Sugar Snap Peas, and carrots are some of my favorite.
  • Use healthy dips or spreads such as hummus or peanut butter. Remember to be conscious of the serving size.
  • Get creative and find new recipes. Cauliflower Rice, Zucchini Noodles, and Spaghetti Squash are some of my favorites.

 

  1. Exercise    

One of my favorite saying by one of my teachers, Brendon Burchard is “The power plant doesn’t have energy. It generates it.”

When we move our body, we generate energy.

Newton’s first law of motion states, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”

If you want to elevate your energy, you need to move your body.

The benefits are substantial from increasing energy levels, motivation, focus, and mood. We feel more vibrant, stronger, and powerful.

No gym. No problem.

  • Go for a run or a walk.
  • Pop in a workout video. My favorites are Yogaworks online, Uplift Movement, or 21 Day Fix Extreme.
  • Take stretch breaks throughout the day.
  • Go dancing with your friends…..minus the sugary cocktails.

Just move your body more!

These are all practices. I do my best to do them consistently. Keep in mind we also have to be flexible because sometimes things don’t always go as planned. However, the commitment to self-care is always there and we can find ways to modify as we go throughout our day.

Do your best to add these into your day. Try it for 7 days and let me know on social media how it goes!

Want to learn more?

We’re starting a 21 Day Slim Down May 30th.  Includes customized lifestyle enhancements, meal plans, and workouts!  Email deirdra.g.martinez@gmail.com to learn more.

 

 

 

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