Sometimes we need more energy to do a particular task. This week I needed more energy when I got the call from my granddaughter that she was in labor around 11 p.m. So as her Doula, instead of preparing for bed, I prepared to go to the midwives’ clinic where we were meeting for the birth. So I had to switch gears and rev up my energy instead of preparing for a quiet night’s sleep.
So how can we get that extra boost naturally?
Many people turn to drinks like coffee and Red Bull type energy drinks. But these are not natural and overall are not healthy for you.
I am going to share what I did to get through the night without any sleep and to have enough energy to be there for my granddaughter as she went through the birthing process.
The first thing I did was get a few water bottles filled up with purified water. Enough for her and me. Then I grabbed a can of Performance. This is an electrolyte balancing powder that prevents dehydration. It bypasses the stomach and contains three types of carbohydrates for energy and stamina. This was added to the water. It was especially important for her as she needed that extra energy between contractions.
I took a bag of Shaklee Energy Chews to pass around to all of us at the birth. I gave extra to the father of the baby as he had to go to work the next day. Each chew contains a scientific blend of caffeine from natural green tea extract associated with energy and performance, plus key amino acids L-tyrosine, L-theanine associated with mental alertness and focus, energy-releasing B vitamins and vitamins D and C. So each chew boosts your energy naturally.
I also packed a bottle of B Complex. The B Complex promotes cellular energy production and converts food into energy for your cells. This Shaklee B has a unique folic acid coating that makes the nutrient more accessible to promote absorption. So the B Complex was available all night to give an extra boost when needed. Since B’s are water soluble, we could just take them without food.
Speaking of food, when you want to stay awake all night, you don’t want to eat foods heavy in carbohydrates, like those found in sugary drinks, cookies, and processed foods. They provide a fast boost of energy by spiking your blood sugar and then dropping it quickly, followed by a crash. So it best to stay away from those if you want to keep your energy up.
I also brought some 180 Energizing Teas sticks. They are a safe and natural way to get a quick pick-me-up. They contain an exclusive blend of antioxidant-rich green, white and red teas, as well as taurine, which naturally boosts your energy and enhances alertness. Since they are in a powder form and can be added to cold water, that is how we drank it during the night.
The last item in my bag of goodies was Stress Relief Complex. The Stress Relief Complex formula contains ashwagandha, a traditional adaptogenic herb used to help the body adapt to heightened stress. Adaptogens help your entire body gently cope with stress, anxiety, and, of course, fatigue.
So we all went through the night with great energy, thanks to my bag of natural goodies. My granddaughter gave birth to a healthy baby boy (featured in the picture when 2 hours old) completely naturally. Natural birth and natural energy aids, what more could you ask for.
First of all, what is the meaning of sales? The dictionary says, “the exchange of a commodity for money; the activity or business of selling products or services; persuading someone of the merits of buying the product or service that will benefit him or her.”
The Old English definition of sales is “to give, furnish, supply, lend, surrender, give up; deliver to; promise,” and Old Norse is “to flow” and what I was taught is that the root word for sales is “to serve”.
The” experiential” definition is “relating to, derived from, or providing experience; involving or based on experience and observation.”
So putting the two words together means that we can serve the best through offering an experience. Most people are wired to believe what they experience, not what you tell them they will experience. It engages multiple senses at the same time and focuses on an emotional connection.
So our job, if we have a product or service to sell, is to create memorable events and meetings, and engage our prospect emotionally so they can make their own judgments about the product or service. Also, the process of gaining knowledge from direct experience has more of a meaningful and lasting impact. There is a motivating spark that happens when a prospect suddenly “gets it.” And it can be a physical sensation as well.
The most important aspect of the selling process is asking key questions to set the stage for the experiential experience. It’s when you ask the right questions that get the prospect to really think something through, to visualize, to see themselves as the desired outcome, and come up with the solution on their own. When this happens you will see it in their physiology.
Experiential selling is all about the prospect: Putting them in the picture with the product, in their mind. Solving the problem they have and improving their life. You cannot provide a solution until you identify the problem. You must dive deep into the discovery process, and when you do, you get to the right solution that will feel right to your prospect.
Every person is unique. Each prospect is coming from different circumstances, with different experiences and will have different expectations. So our job is to find out as much as possible about the problem that needs solving.
Look for ways to give prospects more hands-on experiences with your product or service, whatever it may be. You may offer either a complimentary service or a product, so the prospect can experience the benefit for themselves and become enthusiastic ambassadors.
Stories can be very powerful sales tools. A well-told story with emotion draws the prospect in, and allows the prospect to put themselves into the story, and take away lessons or ideas that they can use to solve their own challenges. Stories can also help your prospect to experience your expertise and problem-solving abilities.
Ultimately sales are about serving and developing a relationship with your prospect. Keep in mind, people don’t remember what you said, they remember how you made them feel.
With summer right around the corner, it is customary for many people to want to lose a few pounds to get into their bathing suit or go to a wedding, etc. While there are many reasons to want to lose weight, the bottom line is that diets are on people’s minds during this time of year.
The definition of overweight is a person with a body mass index (BMI) over 25. A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. BMI is the Ratio of your Weight (kg) over your Height (in centimeters, square). Overweight can also be defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a health risk. Some hazards of being overweight are high blood pressure, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, joint disease, respiratory problems, atherosclerosis, gallbladder disease, hernias, bladder control problems, psychological problems, and some cancers.
As of today, over 126 billion dollars have been spent on weight loss programs and is rising by the minute. The typical dieter makes four attempts per year to try to lose weight. That’s pretty dismal because it means at least three diets fail, if not all four. On average people spend $800 per year on weight loss. 80 percent of dieters do it on their own, while 20 percent join a paid weight loss group or see a health professional.
Fads are part and parcel of the diet industry. Most diets are nutritionally inadequate, too hard to follow, results are too slow, use unsafe ingredients like stimulants, slow your metabolism which leads to the yo-yo effect. The vicious diet cycle or yo-yo consists of losing both fat and muscle, leading to a reduced metabolic rate and fewer calories being burned with increased fat storage. This leads to the famine response. You then fall off the diet as your body wants to recover the muscle, so then you feast on everything in sight. You regain the weight you lost plus about 5 extra pounds. Then you start the cycle all over again.
Why is this? and What can you do about it?
In many diets on the market, 40% of the weight lost is muscle due to inadequate protein and other essential nutrients. Most diets do not provide enough protein so you lose muscle along with fat. Remember protein builds muscle so it is essential as about 40% of your body’s weight is muscle. For instance, your heart, digestive tract, glands, arteries, and veins are all muscles.
Losing lean muscle sets you up for future weight regain because muscle is what burns calories. Muscle is key to your metabolism. Muscles are your metabolic engine, your calorie burning furnaces. Exercise heats up your muscles so you burn calories faster.
What you want is to burn fat but maintain 100% muscle mass. When you prevent muscle loss you will protect your metabolism resulting in enhanced fat loss leading to weight loss and inch loss. This increases your metabolism and increases your energy. Side effects are lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lower elevated blood sugar levels and it helps to normalize blood pressure. Another beneficial side effect is that the yo-yo effect will be stopped as the body is not searching to replace lost muscle.
As entrepreneurs, we all want to be productive and feel like we are doing the things that get us closer to our goals.
However, we live in a very fast-paced world and each day seems to be disappearing faster. What can happen is that we think we need to be keeping up with the frenetic energy. This is the worst thing we can do. If we keep going without stopping, we are bound to get sick, fatigued or at the very least stressed and in a negative head space. I call this frenetic productivity.
What if we could be productive and feel like we are in the flow? I know this sounds counter-intuitive in this nonstop culture of ours. Well, it is possible when we take the time to structure our day in a more humane way.
First, we want to be aware of our Big Goal and our WHY. Then we arrange our days around this aspiration. This is important to keep front and center, for when the time waster activities show up each day, we can look at our goal and remind ourselves to refocus.
Next, we have to consider the type of person we are. Some of us are night owls and others are the early birds, the larks. Even though there are many productivity books, etc. giving advice on how to structure your day, it is important to put into the equation your internal clock. It is very hard to fight natural impulses. Once you are in harmony with your rhythm, it will be easier to structure your day. So some will start very early and some will start later.
Then we need a plan. Plans can be yearly, monthly, weekly and daily. It is best to do your daily planning the night before. That way you are ready to go first thing.
Set up your planner so you can color code your appointments, then you can differentiate them easily. That way you can easily see your meditation time, your gratitude time, your exercise time and you could even mark in your planner to remind yourself to drink more water. These need to be written into your schedule to keep you in the flow of your day. Highly productive people put themselves into the equation and start their day doing something that makes them happy.
Your planner could include your current projects and what has to happen to move them forward. List your highest priority activities including the people you want to connect with. You could include people you are waiting on, people to see, items to send out, delegations, a monthly focus, and make sure you leave some space for your new ideas.
Studies have shown we work best in 90-minute segments as our brains need a break after 90 minutes of concentrated effort. At the end of the ninety minutes then that is a good time to stretch and hydrate.
Remember we are living lives full of ingrained habits, emotional programming and cultural reinforcements that need to be challenged daily. So don’t let your old patterns of conditioning suck you back into the frenetic energy of our fast paced world.
The word diet means “a daily allowance” or “a way of life, a regimen”, depending on the origin of the word. In our current vocabulary, it usually is associated with weight loss programs. But a diet can refer to what one eats or drinks daily. So a diet goal could be to get healthy or live longer.
There are thousands of diets. Too many to list. But I thought I would mention some the common ones so you get the idea of the variety of diets out there. Weight Watchers diet, The Zone diet, Atkins diet, Paleo diet, Mediterranean diet, Ketogenic diet, Ayurvedic diet, Bernstein diet, Nutri System diet, Okinawa diet, Feingold diet, Macrobiotic diet, Thermogenic diet, Bulletproof diet, Hallelujah diet, DASH diet, Virgin diet, Dukan diet, Low sodium diet, Alkaline diet, Plant based diet, Juice diet, Hormone diet, Gluten free diet, Vegetarian diet, Vegan diet, Raw food diet, etc., etc.
The typical Western diet or some call it the SAD diet is a diet associated with increased disease. Many studies show that the abundance of over-processed, high-calorie, low-nutrient foods is responsible for a range of illnesses and diseases. The increase of heart disease and strokes, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease is very apparent everywhere we look. The stats are now saying cancer will affect 1 in 2 people. We all know people who are dealing with this diseases or have dealt with them.
So you may be asking, “What diet should I be eating? What is the right one for me?”. There are so many choices and it can be overwhelming with all the advertising we are bombarded with. The advertising takes us outside of our body when we really need to be listening to what our body wants. Every day our bodies require the energy we know as calories in order to function. What is interesting is that we all have different needs.
We are all biochemically individual. What that means is that we are genetically and biologically different from each other. We are all unique and have different dietary needs. Some people need to eat meat and others do best with little or no meat. We all process enzymes, hormones, amino acids, and vitamins differently and we have different metabolic pathways. Also, heredity, constitution, life cycle, and stress contribute to our differences.
That leads us to look at the role environment, stress, food, and emotions all play in our bodies. This is where epigenetics comes in. Previously it was thought our genes were the molecular units of heredity and we were predestined to what we inherited. It turns out that is not true anymore. An outer expression of the genetic data called the epigenome causes the genes to express themselves differently. These modifications affect how cells “read” genes.
What we need to pay attention to is that epigenetic tags react to signals from the outside world. Now research is showing gene expression can be changed by habit, beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, emotions, diet, lifestyle, even unconscious beliefs through the epigenome. The epigenome is flexible and modifies gene expression in response to our environment.
So our individuality really needs to be taken into consideration when looking for the right diet. I have had the privilege of working with many people over the last 40 plus years and in that time have never given the same diet twice.
This month in honor of Mothers’ Day, I am going to address women’s hormone balance.
The hormones of the endocrine system are an essential part of all our womanly functions. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas. Also, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries. In addition to the specialized endocrine organs mentioned above, many other organs such as the kidney, liver, and heart have secondary endocrine functions.
The endocrine system is one of the body’s main systems for communicating, controlling and coordinating the body’s work. It works with the nervous system, reproductive system, kidneys, gut, liver, pancreas and fat to help maintain and control the following:
Growth and development such as preparation of the body for a new phase of life, such as puberty, parenting, and menopause
Metabolism – digestion (including hunger cravings), elimination, breathing, blood circulation and maintaining body temperature (homeostasis)
Sexual function and reproduction
Mood swings and body energy levels
Activation or inhibition of the immune system
Hormones need lots of nutrients. Some of the main ones are protein, B Complex, Vitamin E, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), and zinc. These nutrients are all depleted by stress, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, junk foods, and medications (including birth control).
Protein means “of first importance”. All the cells in the body need amino acids from protein. Hormones included. Our bodies use amino acids (the building blocks) to form the proteins which build everything from muscles and bones, skin and hair, to internal organs and fluids.
2) B Complex
If you are deficient in Vitamin B, that affects the brain and nervous system (you can’t think, feel uptight, etc.) and the lack also affects the hormones thus creating PMS symptoms, menopausal and menstrual problems, and even birth defects. The lack of B can also affect the immune system, the health of your skin, and cause junk food cravings.
GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) is essential for hormones as that essential fat is a necessary raw ingredient for prostaglandins to be produced within the body. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that play a part in many of the biochemical and metabolic processes of the body. A good fatty acid metabolism benefits some very important aspects of our health such as maintaining a good blood pressure, low cholesterol levels, preventing inflammatory and immune system conditions such as arthritis, allergies and some skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis, and also improving the strength of the keratin-dependent tissues such as our nails and hair.
A deficiency in essential fatty acids also seems to stimulate the overproduction of a hormone in women called prolactin that can lead to the severe mood changes commonly referred to as pre-menstrual syndrome, or PMS. GLA appears to have a beneficial effect in the treatment of PMS, and some other conditions such as breast discomfort and preventing osteoporosis.
4) Vitamin E
Vitamin E acts as an estrogen antagonist and has progesterone-like properties. Vitamin E regulates prostaglandin production and can alleviate menstrual cramps. Vitamin E is reported to alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause, from vaginal dryness and hot flashes, to breast tenderness and nervousness. Vitamin E is a hormone normalizer. It appears to have a stabilizing effect on estrogen levels, increasing the hormone output in women who are deficient and lowering it in those who are prone to excess. Vitamin E protects cells, including the cells of the immune system and boosts immune activity. Vitamin E lowers blood glucose, is an energy promoter and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is required for the metabolic activity of 300 of the body’s enzymes and is considered essential for cell division and the synthesis of DNA and protein. These enzymes are involved in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol. Zinc is also critical to tissue growth, wound healing, taste acuity, connective tissue growth and maintenance, immune system function, prostaglandin production, bone mineralization, proper thyroid function, blood clotting, cognitive functions, fetal growth and sperm production. Adequate zinc can help pre-menstrual syndrome, pregnancy, and lactation and post-menopausal health.
Hope all you mothers have a wonderful, healthy Mother’s Day.
We all have 24 hours each day. At least eight hours of that time is spent with some form of work. That amount differs for each individual depending on what type of work they are doing. Some entrepreneurs can have longer hours because they love what they do so much, it doesn’t feel like work. Others though, feel overwhelmed by everything they have set out to do in a day.
Within that time frame set aside for work, everyone wants to make the best possible use of their time. Especially entrepreneurs, as the more effectively they use their time, the more success they experience. We label this productivity.
The biggest thing that gets in the way of productivity these days are distractions. Smartphones or any type of personal technology, emails, phone calls, social media, instant messaging, browsing, noise and interruptions from other people/family are examples of some of the current external distractions.
Distractions can be internal as well. Feeling sleep deprived, dehydration, physical discomfort, self-doubt, worry or anxiety, fear or other emotional states, resistance, and especially not being clear on our vision/mission/goals are examples of internal distractions.
In our North American culture, not only are we less productive, we are estranged from our creativity and our spiritual journey with all the distractions. Or another way of looking at it is we are keeping ourselves distracted so we won’t look at the spiritual side of ourselves. Distractions can be a great excuse.
Since total health to me means physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, then I am going to suggest four productivity hacks that will keep you more balanced while being productive.
Meditation is an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as having a calming effect. Benefits include: being mindful of your breathing, relieving stress, trauma and anxiety, calming the amygdala (the fight or flight trigger), counteracting aging, improving concentration, relieving depression, reducing insomnia, improving the immune system, increasing energy, improving communication skills, enhancing empathy, improving health, and refreshing the mind. Great moments of inspiration and creativity can come from those still spaces during meditation where you can hear your inner guidance.
Gratitude connects you with creative thought and brings you closer to the source energy. Gratitude aligns you with abundance and increases your faith.
Hydration – water is important for the brain. It improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain, improves memory, counteracts mental fatigue, and maintains the balance of body fluids. Water also energizes muscles and keep joints more lubricated, helps your skin look good, improves the quality of sleep, keeps your bowels moving and aids kidney function, and eliminates toxins. Bottom line, when you are hydrated you have more energy and it boosts your creativity.
Exercise boosts energy, improves mood, reduces stress, releases endorphins, improves self-confidence, boosts brainpower, sharpens your memory and increases your creativity.