27: Personalized Nutrition for Entrepreneurs: 4 Questions To Start Optimizing Your Eating

Personalized Nutrition for Entrepreneurs: 4 Questions To Start Optimizing Your Eating

Welcome to episode 27 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

I’m excited about today’s episode because we’re discussing the foundational pillars of personalized nutrition.

Specifically, we’re going to highlight four questions that will help you immediately put into place a foundational personalized nutritional program.

These are simple, but yet, very powerful questions if you truly do the work on each of them. We’ll also cover one of the big reasons why entrepreneurs struggle with their nutrition.

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • What’s personalized nutrition
  • One of the biggest reasons why entrepreneurs struggle with their nutrition
  • The 4 questions for personalized nutrition
  • 1 powerful question to ask yourself as it pertains to your health and business
  • And much more

Resources featured in this episode:

  • Email me
  • Join our free health optimization newsletter to begin your N of 1 journey afl.social/join
  • If you’re ready to create a flourishing and thriving life and human system, set up your initial consultation by clicking on this link here.
  • Connect with me on Twitter
  • Connect with me on LinkedIn

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Julian Hayes II 0:00
Welcome to another episode of optimal health for busy entrepreneurs. I am your host, Julian Hayes II second, and today’s episode was inspired by an article discussing the NIH’s efforts to introduce precision nutrition to the world by 2030. And for those who may not be as familiar with the NIH, it stands for the National Institute of Health. What stood out to me, wasn’t the groundbreaking information being introduced, but instead, the initiative brought forth was what stood out to me because by the year 2030, it will be pretty archaic. And so the advice and the initiative, they were asking the right questions. Just the big caveat from it all is that precision nutrition is already here. It’s been here for a long time. I along with my clients I’ve been practicing this for years.

Julian Hayes II 1:03
You see, the foods that we consume are much, much more than something that simply delivers pleasure and satiation at the moment. The foods we consume, they play a central role in our energy production, and our exercise and training performance in our muscle recovery, our connective tissue health, our cognitive health, our rate of aging, our skin, our body composition and much, much more. Food is powerful. You know, in fact, speaking of that point concerning body composition and weight loss, a 33% improvement in weight loss occurred when individuals were following a genetically appropriate diet. According to a 2014 study appearing in the European Society of Human Genetics. That specific result there was the power of leveraging nutrigenomic and nutrigenetic analysis.

Julian Hayes II 2:02
I’m going to create an entire episode or two, dedicated to nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics. Because when developing personalized nutrition, those areas are key because you can optimize areas concerning your appetite, your taste preference, your insulin sensitivity. And what insulin sensitivity means here is that some of us such as myself, tend to have a higher predisposition for blood sugar irregularities if we’re not on top of our everyday nutrition. Another area is macronutrients and think of this as creating the ideal protein, carbs and fat ratio, your relationship with lactose, your relationship with caffeine, some of us are slow metabolizers, some of us are fast metabolizers and that plays a key role also in the connection with sleep. Our everyday metabolism. And there are genetic factors that influence our basal metabolic rate and our mitochondria, along with how can you effectively boost your metabolism according to your unique genetic makeup. And so lastly, another key area of nutrition is dealing with supplementation. Different people have different biochemical makeups, which means that different nutrients are needed at different amounts for support and optimization. And this will obviously prevent you from wasting precious time and money on supplements that aren’t suited for your unique biological makeup. This is personalized nutrition on steroids. And you could even go more precise in this right now. Like like today, not five years from now, and definitely not the year 2030.

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But right now, you can start to integrate this personalized nutrition into your life. But before this level of personalized nutrition, there’s a foundation that you must start to build, which you can do, obviously, starting right now, and we’re going to dive into that. But before we dive into those four questions, let’s discuss nutrition, as it’s concerning with entrepreneurs and high performers. The average individual, they’ll need some motivation to get off the couch to lay off the fast food and other basic issues. This most likely isn’t an issue for you at all. I’m willing to bet that you don’t need platitudes or cheesy motivational quotes to get you to take action, the motivation for better health and performance concerning entrepreneurs and high performing leaders. It’s certainly not lacking. In fact, though,

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it’s the unique challenge of an entrepreneurs life that makes reaching their health and performance goals a little more difficult. It could be unintentionally placing their health on the back burner for more sales and revenue in the business, time management issues, a lack of organization, or current pandemics.

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You know, those four issues that I just talked about are part of the dark sides of success that entrepreneurs experience. You’re more in demand, you have more responsibilities. But with all of this said, there is one big reason that isn’t often discussed when it comes to entrepreneurs struggling with their nutrition. And it’s a failure to truly understand themselves. And so I’ll repeat that again. One of the biggest struggles for entrepreneurs, when it comes to their nutrition is that they have a failure to truly understand themselves. Many entrepreneurs, when they look to optimize their health, to create more energy, to build muscle, or to even improve their blood work, they will immediately gravitate toward adding tactics into their life, such as debating between diets of whether they should go ketogenic or carnivore, or paleo or whatever other diets out there. Other tactics could be such as deciding on intermittent fasting, whether it’s for you or not, whether you should do 16 or eight, maybe you should do 20 and four, or 18, and six.

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None of those actions that I just talked about are a detriment or negative to your life per se. But it’s leaving out a critical initial step that must be implemented before anything else. You see the successful entrepreneurs who master their long term health. They begin with an understanding of their own psychology. This is the same as in business with understanding your industry. Your marketplace psychographics and other critical factors that must be into play before you think about product launches or any of that stuff. So with personalized nutrition that delivers the highest performance, think about what’s the goal? Why do you want this particular goal? How do your current day to day operations look? Are you highly stress, or not so much? Because this plays a big part in deciding your nutritional plan, and their relationship with cortisol? Are you a fan of tight structure? Or do you need a little more wiggle room with your day to day eating? Do you like to frequently eat or not? All of this matters. And I can go on and on and on with this. But you get the point. It’s important to diagnose yourself to identify these past tendencies and anticipate the future behaviors and the future obstacles that have a high probability of showing up because doing this work upfront, it helps you get to the root cause and better fail proof your nutritional plan.

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For your entrepreneurial and high performing lifestyle, this initial work, it’s going to create unwavering confidence in yourself, because you have formed certainty by creating a foundation that is precisely tailored for uniquely you, and your unique biology. So without further ado, to build up your personalized nutritional foundation, let’s dive into these four questions.

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So question number one. Why do I eat what I eat? Or simply, it’s your why. So why do we eat? Why do you eat? From a surface level standpoint? This seems like a basic and easy to answer question after all, foods essential to life because it’s going to provide us with the energy to run The various bodily functions that we need to live every day. It’s also going to provide the critical source to the building blocks to grow and repair our body tissues. But after we get past this standard and social, and after we get past this standard and surface-level answers, knowing why you eat is pivotal before moving forward. For a lot of people, eating is simply a source of pleasure for them. That is the number one factor. And to no surprise, a huge proportion of this group is often overweight, has subpar energy, and isn’t remotely close to performing at their top levels. Our daily food choices are often influenced by a myriad of factors, including the social situations that we find ourselves in, our budgets,

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our sleep schedule, our work schedules, our stress levels, and the amount of time that we have to prepare and eat a meal. And with so many distractions and conveniences, it’s easy to get pulled in a nutritional direction that you really don’t want to be in, but you find yourself in due to these little invisible factors that are running in the background. So therefore, as I work with someone and crafting their nutritional plan, we find the reasons why they eat the way they eat. And then we compare it to where they ultimately want to be in life. And we match it up. And if it matches up perfectly, and there’s no issue at all, we’ll move on to the next thing. But at the very beginning, this is really rare. So how do we go about this? You start by getting some buy in with yourself. And you get some buy in with yourself by listing all of the reasons why you must tighten up your nutrition. For some, it’s after receiving their genetic report back. And now being equipped with a more precise way to improve their life after being provided with this blueprint, it gave them a greater sense of awareness and for others, others want to eat the way they want to eat, and want to improve their eating, for confidence, maybe it’s confidence with girls, maybe it’s just confidence within themselves and what they see in the mirror. Maybe it’s to be around later in life for their family and their kids. Maybe it’s to perform better in the boardroom, in the bedroom. Maybe it’s to feel better. The more reasons that you can list for changing and dialing in your choices on a daily basis, the stronger and more likely that it’s going to happen because you have more ammunition for when you go to the battle with everyday distractions and conveniences that are around us.

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So question number two is your what? So what do I eat? We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat”, garbage in, garbage out. And this is true 100% of the time. And the big point here is to think, what am I going to eat? And how is it going to affect me. And by taking a systems approach here, you’ll consider factors such as your microbiome, your body composition, goals, your personal preferences, your genetics, and your cognitive health amongst a few things. Speaking of cognitive health, and concerning your brain, it’s 60% fat. Most of that comes from a omega three fatty acid called dha and dha promotes new neuron growth, which can occur at all ages. And this allows signals to move across those neurons. So to break this down even further into plain speak, this simply allows your brain to operate much more efficiently and effectively. And to stay sharp as you grow throughout the years. These omega three, and now omega six fatty acids, they’re regulating inflammation throughout the body, and your brain, obviously. And this is a focal point of virtually every major chronic disease out there. These two entities, they also regulate your metabolism. They support your daily quality of life and your heart health. So when you have considerations like this in mind, when you think about what to eat, this is a systems approach.

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And this is why you do that because they’re second, third and fourth order effects and consequences for the decisions that you make. So with that consideration in mind, you’ll be mindful as to whether you’re getting enough omega threes into your diet as well. So it’s not just about the protein, and the carbs in. But it’s about the distribution of those nutrients and what it’s doing to your body. So when you’re thinking about what to eat, you’re also considering what not to eat. You’re restricting elements and you’re creating constraints that are ultimately positive as you move forward.

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So question number three is the how, how to eat. So we have our why. And you have your what, and now it’s time for your how, specifically the how-to. One of the big categories here in the how-to is concerning the quantity of food that you’ll consume for your goal, whatever that goal may be. An obvious area that comes to mind is total calories and total macronutrients and the distribution of those macronutrients that being protein, carbs and fat. That certainly fits the bill here. But also though, something as simply deciding on how you’ll approach each of your meals in relation to your options and goals are very important here. And that’s specifically important for those who don’t want to keep up with how much food they eat every day or track their calories using an app or anything. They just want to make smart, healthy decisions on maybe eating three to four times a day. You want to decide how you will go about each of those meals. And so you want to think here, how does what I eat affect my health, energy and performance across my lifespan and my health span? That is macro level thinking. If that’s too overwhelming, or if that’s too big to see right now, and it’s a lot to comprehend. Let’s break this down.

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Think about how it’s affecting your everyday performance. Is your energy where it needs to be or are you doing the same things that you used to do, but they’re now requiring more energy and effort to get it done. Cognition and brain health and other mental acuities are a big area of focus here, especially when it comes to doing things that you used to do, and it takes more energy now, physical performance, obviously as well. So another consideration is related to body composition goals here.

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So question number four, the last one here, you have your why, you have your what, and you now have your how to. And now it’s time to put a bow on everything and think about when you’re going to eat. And some big topical examples that you would think of here that fit here are factoring in your circadian rhythm, looking into chronobiology, and of course, fasting and the various types of fasting that you can do. You’re simply creating a parameter here, a standard of performance of sorts, around when you’ll eat, and when you want eat. For example, you eat between 7am and 7pm And you fast or refrain from eating for the other 12 hours to give your body time to rest, to heal, and to let your body focus on sleep and not digestion at nighttime. And having this type of rule set forth, it saves you a lot of mental energy that can be redistributed to other factors, such as your work, such as your family and your relationships.

Julian Hayes II 17:22
So let’s quickly go over those four questions again. Number one, start with your why. Why do I eat what I eat? And after you have your why now, you’re going to decide what do I eat? And after you decide what you’re going to eat, you’re going to describe and think about how am I going to eat what I eat. And lastly, you’re going to think about when am I going to eat and when am I not going to eat? So as I think about all these questions here besides question number one, question number four, when to eat is one of the most powerful tools that you can use to optimize your life and energy. Oftentimes, whether it’s weight issues, or just poor habits in general, the issue stems from a lack of structure. closing your feeding window into the smaller timeframe begins to snip this issue immediately. On the other side of this approach here, of this structure here, this is where you are eating whenever you want, eating whatever you want, and you’re eating as much as you want. And to no surprise, this is a recipe for disaster.

Julian Hayes II 18:42
And you would think why would someone do this, but as you’re walking everyday, down the street, to the office, taking the train, riding an airplane, and you’re in the Western world, you’ll see this everywhere because what I just talked about eating wherever you want, whenever you want, and as much as you want. That is the standard Western nutritional approach. And so as I land this ship one last thing that I want you to consider, above all else, as a high performing entrepreneur, and as it pertains to your nutrition is to ask yourself this question. Does my nutritional plan and framework support the life and business that I’m trying to ultimately create? As an entrepreneur, if you’re like me, when you decided to sign up for this crazy, roller coaster ride that’s filled with uncertainty, stress, chaos at times and, and leads you to questioning yourself.

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Now on a side note, it’s one of the greatest personal development programs there is, but when you decided to start this journey, You most likely decided to start this journey because you wanted to create a business that would support your dream lifestyle. You want it to create a life where you can have the freedom to travel, and to have rich experiences with your family and friends. You want to create a huge impact in this world. And so I want you to view your nutrition through the same lens as your business. Think long term with this. Can you actually see yourself with this particular nutritional framework? Six months down the road? Does this particular plan allow you to run your business the way that you envision it? Does this particular regimen allow you to live the life you desired and to maintain rich relationships seamlessly? And if not, then it’s time to make some adjustments. Despite what the internet might tell you, or that you might see or hear in various places. There’s no one right way to do things. There are multiple avenues when it comes to health optimization and nutrition.

Julian Hayes II 21:03
Properly incorporating a precise nutritional framework will support you and will definitely enhance every facet of your life. It won’t become an obstacle to creating the life and business that you desire. And it definitely won’t create unnecessary friction with your life in business. So with that said, thanks for tuning in to another episode. And until next time, stay awesome and be limitless…peace

26: Why Entrepreneurs and Leaders Struggle With Health and Performance Optimization

Welcome to episode 26 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

I’m excited about today’s episode because we’re discussing why entrepreneurs and leaders struggle health and performance optimization.

In particular, we’re going to highlight three areas that are beneficial in business, but, can serve as a detriment with optimizing your health.

These are counterintuitive truths that ultimately decide whether you’ll reach your desired destination or continually end up flustered.

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why success in business doesn’t equal success in health
  • The critical mistakes successful entrepreneurs and leaders make with health optimization
  • Why the success paradox is so tricky
  • The 3 big reasons why entrepreneurs and leaders struggle with health and performance optimization
  • How to counter each of those potential 3 roadblocks to health optimization
  • And much more

Resources featured in this episode:

  • Email me
  • Join our free health optimization newsletter to begin your N of 1 journey afl.social/join
  • If you’re ready to create a flourishing and thriving life and human system, set up your initial consultation by clicking on this link here.
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Julian Hayes II 0:00
Welcome to another episode of optimal health for busy entrepreneurs. I’m your host, Julian Hayes II The second and today I’m going to discuss what high performing entrepreneurs and leaders don’t get when it comes to health and performance optimization. Now, coaching and advising high performers, and even merely just hanging around them, has bought some interesting insights into my life. You know, confidence is a necessity to succeed in business at the highest levels. You know, if you think about it, I’ve never seen someone with low confidence and low self esteem and low self worth. build something of abundance. You need at least a little touch of narcissism, delusions of grandeur, and pride. And one of my earliest episodes, in fact, was all about the Seven Deadly Sins of health and performance.

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That episode was deep

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and littered with jewels and practical takeaways. It’s one of my favorite episodes to date still, so definitely go check that out.

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But anyway,

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getting back on to today’s topic. I’ve encountered some of the most successful individuals who are crushing it in business. They have average health, their biomarkers are exceptionally average. And so you would think that this ability to be a success in business could directly translate to thriving with their health,

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but not so much.

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While health and business are intimately connected, there are some notable differences

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that are often overlooked.

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You would think that this ability to be a success in business could directly translate to thriving with your health, but not so much. While health and business are intimately connected in the necessary traits that are required for success. There are some notable differences that are often overlooked. At the beginning of building a business, you can adhere to the 8020 philosophy 8020 in your first product launch at 20, and sheer hustle, in fact, can get you to six figures. You can hack your way to a large email list. You can hack your way to building market visibility, you can hack your way to building up twitter followers, Facebook followers, LinkedIn followers, and the list goes on. But unfortunately, there is no hacking of the body. There is no hacking when it comes to optimal health and performance. The traits that made you successful in business, they won’t necessarily make you successful. When it comes to your health. The more action and things that you do in business,

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most likely, the more you’ll grow.

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But with your body and your overall system of health, the more you do, the less you likely grow and positively benefit from it. High performing functions and leaders also struggle with optimizing their health. Due to encountering the success paradox. And I speak on this often. You’ve unknowingly entered into a success paradox where there’s more responsibilities, more expectations, and less time available for yourself. And thus leading to your health not being as prioritize, nor given the precise nurturing that it deserves. And other examples of entrepreneurs struggling with their health for various reasons include being exhausted from handling so many different things in your life, emotions not being managed properly. Your overall stress bucket, it’s running over. You’re avoiding and procrastinating in one area, while overcompensating in another area to mask it. And simply, you’re crazy busy and you’re you aren’t effectively recharging. Having structure to your life. So with that said, let’s get into the three top points when it comes to sabotaging entrepreneurs efforts toward health optimization, and also with each of these, I will share a counter to each point. So number one is the all or none mentality.

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I’m willing to bet

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that being the top performer that you are, you have a strong and steadily growing appetite of ambition. You want to do big things, to make an impact, to forge a meaningful legacy. You’re relentless, and you come off as intense to a lot of people, you make bold choices. You have bold thoughts, sometimes people call them crazy, and you take bold action. You’re on a never ending quest of growth. You move at a very fast pace. And you’re simply either all in or you’re all out. And this type of mentality has made you very successful in business and throughout your career.

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However though,

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when you’re attempting to bring your body back into homeostasis, or even take it to levels of optimization and enhancement, you can’t flip the switch and go into hyperdrive.

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Productivity in business and health

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aren’t the same. You push too hard,

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and you get too aggressive with your health interventions. And you’ll end up pushed back twice as hard. And this can appear in the form of injuries, lab biomarkers that appear good in the short term, that appear to improve in the short term, only to worsen much later down the line. Because when you’re an overachiever,

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and you have this addiction to achievement,

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the hardest thing to do, but most often, the necessary thing to do is to slow down so you can build yourself up stronger in the long run. The all in mentality person. They’re quite competitive, not only with themselves, but with others. And this is good. But if you deviate too far from this, this is when it becomes problematic. And so I’ll give you an example. Let’s say someone that’s on a very strict and controlled diet. And you’ll avoid anything that deviates from the plan by even a fraction. And while this seems great on the surface, if you peel back a few layers, there’s a lot of potential downfalls to this type of persona. Because when you’re overly restrictive with yourself, this leads to a higher probability that you’re going to go overboard the moment that you give yourself some leniency. And the biggest problem here, with this type of persona is the tendency to be a perfectionist.

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And this pattern leads you to feel like

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you blew the entire thing. Should you make one poor choice for that day, or one poor choice that is during that day.

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And this is what we call catastrophizing.

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So with this type of all or none mentality, there’s a counter to this, and it’s simply to

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strive for perfection,

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but be okay, with inperfection.

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I like to think of this as being a college team during March Madness. And the goal during March Madness

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is to simply survive and advance.

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To live to fight another day.

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And you’ll tweak the imperfections as you go along. You’ll tweak the mistakes that you made in the previous game before you go play the next game. And I think about business and writing with myself. If I tried to be perfect to begin with, I wouldn’t be recording this podcast episode right now nor would I have had anything published out in the world, nor would I’ve probably made an impact on anyone. And so when you claim to these things, these ideas, these results that you want,

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but you can’t simply have right now,

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all that does

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is you’re accumulating this tension, and this tension is going to build up and it’s causing unnecessary stress and emotional wear and tear on you that’s affecting your human system.

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So what can we do with this?

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You can simply develop flexibility within your process and your strategy. Be rigid and adamant about where you want to go. This is simply your desired outcome. So be rigid about wanting to lose 20 pounds. Be adamant about wanting to have optimized levels in all your health biomarkers. But be flexible and open minded with the details of how you get to those desired destinations. There are multiple avenues that can all lead you to your desired results. But one path will be more ideal for your specific lifestyle and your unique biology. And this is where testing and leveraging data for precision performance comes into play.

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So step number two.

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The second counterintuitive truth is rigidness and stubbornness. So I’m a creature of habit. And I’m sure you are as well. But at some point in time, we all will hit a plateau with our goals. How you lose your first 15 pounds and get under 20% body fat won’t be the same principles that will help you lose the next 15 and get under 12%. And with health optimization, there are rules and levels to this game here. Someone that’s unbalanced, will have different strategies

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compared to someone that’s balanced.

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And that person will have different strategies compared to the person who is in the enhanced stage of their health optimization journey. The fundamentals can take you far. But for optimization and enhancement, this requires much more than just the basics, so you can’t cling to what got you here. And speaking of that point, a counter to rigidness and stubbornness is to learn how to pivot and to be open to new ideas. So what got you here won’t get you there? That’s a great book, by the way. It’s a must read. As I’m learning right now through life, and it seems like I’m reminded of this every week, it’s essential that you get comfortable with being uncomfortable. And don’t get me wrong with that with that statement there.

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This is harder than it sounds.

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Our brains by default, they will steer us toward our perceived comfort and everyday familiar habits and routines. And at this stage, it’s important to let go of any attachments when it comes to solving your health optimization goals. Commit to being the eternal student. When you pivot or seek help, it’s nothing against your capabilities, nor a slight on you as a person. In fact, pivoting and seeking help is the smartest thing you can do, because you are going to get to the same desired destination much faster, and without the unnecessary frustration and friction that will come along with it.

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And you don’t have to reinvent the wheel,

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just get off your current one and try something different.

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And our third point here is to never let off the gas pedal. Being a successful entrepreneur and leader. One thing that won’t be a question I’m willing to bet

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is your work ethic. Working harder,

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has most likely never failed you in business.

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improving our cognition, optimizing our brain, building muscle, losing body fat, and improving your various blood biomarkers. It’s not as simple as flicking an on and off switch. It’s not as simple as just throwing more darts at the board and hoping that takes care of it. Precision is necessary. But in business, though, more capital, more resources, more people, the business will exponentially grow. But that’s not how health optimization goes. You know, you see our human system. It craves balance, it needs just the right amount for each input of that system. It’s a delicate pendulum. So a counter to never letting off the gas pedal is, of course, to strategically hit the brakes. So if you try to do just more, and just keep doing more, and pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing, you’re going to be disappointed, you’re most likely going to burn out as well. And so in this instance here, your best bet is to slow down, observe, and listen. And it’s not the most sexiest advice. I understand that and that’s what I had to learn too, when I was trying to go from optimize to enhanced. Slowing down, it’s probably not even in your everyday vocabulary, but through experience, most high performers

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who I’ve come into contact with,

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they were teetering on the brink of burnout and were heavily sympathetically driven.

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In other words,

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their body’s needed a lot of regen work before anything else. So before getting to that goal, before taking them to that, to that vision of them being optimized and enhance and healthy body fat levels and optimal biomarkers, we actually had to take some steps back, we actually had to tear the car down

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and build it from scratch.

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And so when it comes to top performance and health optimization, the majority of your work revolves around inquiry, not decision making. Doing the preliminary work at this stage is non negotiable.

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And practical examples of hitting the brakes

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is holding off from taking just massive action and going balls to the walls toward a goal. It’s instead, when you decide to hit the brakes. Initially, you stop and you collect some initial data, you collect some initial numbers, as a baseline, to see where you stand right now. So let’s use an example here. You want to improve your cognition, and your brain health, your memory, your focus, and all the various dimensions that comes with cognition. But do you even know how it’s initially performing right this very moment. And so getting an initial picture for the state of your brain and your cellular health leads to you having much more clarity about what needs to be done. And this is saving you work over the long term, because you’re getting more precise with the action steps that you’re going to implement. Because when you have more clarity, you are able to craft such a much much more precise plan that is strictly tailored to to your unique biology. This is living an N of 1 lifestyle. And so with our example here, of someone who’s looking to improve their cognition and their brain health.

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A simple tool

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that I’ve recommended is to get yourself a BrainSpan assessment. And this is going to measure your cell and your cognitive health.

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And a big portion

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of our brain health revolves around your omega six to omega three ratio, and I’m sure you’ve heard of those by now. And so by taking action, such as this assessment here, initially, you’re arming yourself with a report that is detailing your baseline for your brain health and your functioning right now. So this is going to provide you with essential information to make informed and more decisive decisions right now. So you can improve your brain and cellular health overall through simple nutritional and lifestyle interventions.

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And so with that said,

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thanks for tuning in to another episode. And so to quickly hit those points again, three of the biggest mistakes, and that entrepreneurs get mixed up when it comes to optimizing their health and their performance is operating with all or none mentality. Number two is to be they’re rigid, they’re stubborn. And number three is never letting off the gas pedal. These things that I just named, these three things are valuable. When it comes to business, especially at certain stages. You need to have that stubbornness. You need to have that rigidness and that belief in your vision. You need to be relentless, when you’re trying to create something from nothing. And you need to be all in when you’re pursuing a dream. But when it comes to health optimization and precision performance.

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Those things can be the very things

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that cause frustration and prevent you from getting what you ultimately want. So what got you here won’t get you there. So I hope this episode has been of benefit. And until next time, stay awesome and be limitless…peace

25: Sleep is a Skill with Mollie McGlocklin

Welcome to episode 25 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

I often mention that sleep has its strings on every single facet of life. When it comes to optimal health, sleep is the foundational pillar.

And my guest this week, Mollie McGlocklin is here to deliver a masterclass on sleep optimization.

Mollie wasn’t someone who is a naturally great sleeper, it’s something she developed. What initially sparked me to reach out to Mollie was her optimistic outlook along with being a treasure-trove of information when it comes to sleep. I’ve never come across anyone who loves the subject of sleep as much as she does.

I enjoyed this conversation and I think you will as well due to her easy-going spirit along with her impactful advice around sleep. Here’s more information about her:

Mollie is the creator of Sleep Is A Skill, a company that optimizes how people sleep through a unique blend of technology, accountability, and behavioral change. The company was born from “scratching her own itch” after a lifetime of poor sleep habits culminated into a mega-challenging bout of insomnia for months without end. With a background in psychology & human behavior, she went down the rabbit hole to solve her own sleep disturbances without sleeping aids. She became fascinated with chronobiology, and by extension, its practical applications to restore a state of homeostasis not only to her sleep but also to her life as a whole. Knowing the difference between a life with sleep and without, she’s now dedicated her life to sharing the forgotten skill set of sleep.

Listen to the episode here:

In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How she’s handling life during the quarantine and lockdowns
  • What’s glymphatic drainage, how can sleep support it, and why do we care?
  • Her nutrition strategy and overall approach to optimal health
  • Her origin story
  • Why sleep is a skill
  • The connection between sleep, HRV Metrics, and dating (seriously!)
  • Top habits to becoming a great sleeper
  • Beneficial sleep technology
  • The importance of our circadian rhythm
  • And much more

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