The other day I announced that I’m starting a new blog series. Make sure you read what it is and why I’m doing it. Seriously – that part is important. It will take you 30 second. Read it now if you haven’t already.
My goal is to see just how amazing I can feel if I do everything as close to “best for me” as possible.
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In episode 504 of the Primal Potential podcast, I shared my results from a recent assessment of my microbiome. Based on the makeup of my own microbiome, there are foods I need to avoid, minimize and maximize. Implementing these recommendations is a big part of how I’m pursuing this goal of feeling as amazing as possible. (I’m also sharing how you can get this information for yourself, including a discount code!)
The superfoods that were recommended in my assessment aren’t based on the properties of the foods, they’re based on the population of my microbiome. I think that’s pretty cool. Here are some of mine.
My goal today is to incorporate these. I’m going to have arugula & avocado with my lunch and salmon & broccoli with dinner.
I did NOT sleep well last night. I think it’s because I was hot. I turned off the AC a couple hours before bed and woke up around 2am hot. I got up, used the bathroom and felt wide awake and hungry. I had a small handful of hazelnuts and managed to fall asleep about 90 minutes later.
Do I beat myself up for a handful of nuts in the middle of the night? No. Why not? Because it wouldn’t help. It’s not a pattern or a habit…I woke up, was hungry, ate. The end. No drama.
When my alarm when off at 4:50 this morning, I got up. Why? Because it’s a habit.
I don’t re-negotiate my wake up time with every alarm. The decision is made at night. The promise is kept in the morning. I refuse to start the day by breaking a promise to myself. When I feel super tired upon waking, I get excited about how ready I’ll be for bed that night. Perspective.
5 – 5:30am: Journaling, gratitude, stretching, water
5:30 – 8am: Work!
8 – 9am: Out to breakfast (pictured on Instagram)
- Breakfast bowl with eggs, veggies, bacon and cheese
9am – 1pm: Work!
To give a little insight into my work days: the projects vary. Some days are writing days, other days are podcast days, others are client-work days. Every day includes responding to emails, engaging on social media, interacting with clients in our private Facebook groups and administrative tasks. When I’m working, I practice the discipline of staying off social media and email unless I’m working on social media and email. Minimizing distractions is a key to productivity! This is a huge opportunity for practice!
1pm: Meditate (20 min) and lunch
- Large salad with arugula, cucumber, tomato, romaine lettuce, and hemp hearts. (For more on hemp hearts, don’t miss episode 505 of the podcast!) I didn’t have any salad dressing so I made some on the fly with:
- Frozen avocado from yesterday (thawed)
- Lime juice
- Why no protein in this salad? With the eggs at breakfast and the salmon planned for dinner, I’ve got my protein covered for the day. I often eat only 2 large meals per day (versus 3+) and when I consume 3 meals (like today), I’m mindful to not go overboard on protein.
2 – 3pm: Reading & note taking for my upcoming Masters Club webinar
3:00 – 5pm: Workout!
- Crossover Symmetry
- Shoulder stability
- Foam rolling and lacrosse ball work
- Group warm-up
- Ascending weight back squats 2-2-2-2-2
- Back squats
- Crossover Symmetry
5 – 6pm: That workout kicked my butt. It was hot, humid and HARD. Though I had planned to cook broccoli & salmon for dinner, I left the gym not wanting to cook and really craving cold food. Plus, I was exhausted and didn’t want to do any prep. I drove to one of my favorite local restaurants (The Raw Bar) and got a naked lobster roll to go. Naked = no bun = big cup of lobster with very, very, very little mayo/dressing added. I planned to take it home to eat but my girlfriend texted asking if I wanted to get a drink.
You might be wondering how this ties into feeling amazing:
I want to be the kind of person who spends happy, light hearted, quality time with friends without worrying about food, alcohol or going overboard.
I want to be the kind of person who can sip a great tequila or have a vodka soda (like I did last night) and feel great about it.
I want to be the kind of person who can chat with a friend for hours without snacking or drinking too much and that’s exactly what I did last night. I enjoyed my lobster in the car and talked with my friend for hours over a vodka soda. It was perfect.
I got home around 10pm and went straight to bed, feeling proud and certain that these moments are absolutely part of feeling amazing! It was probably around 11pm that I fell asleep. Here’s to another amazing day (and leftover lobster!)