Life Style

 

I almost called this post “supplements that made me smarter” and I still kinda want to. This list has quite literally up-levelled my work life. And of course, that impacts personal life so basically we are talkin’ about LIFE.

For many years entrepreneurship has been the pace for me and when this collided with the holistic health world and I realized that probiotics kept me happier and more focused throughout the day, it turned over a leaf I just couldn’t turn back.

From fats, to herbs, to the ways your eyes get treated, to how you honour and harmonize your needs, there are ways to undoubtedly upgrade your biology and show up more attuned to the vibe you want on a daily basis.

What does it take for REAL LIFE improvements to our creative problem solving, overall moods, non-jittery clean burning energy, and likely the most sneaky and sought after, our fierce friend….FOCUS?

 

Here are the best natural supplements I’ve personally come across for these upgrades.

 

While we all need something a little different to “top up” the tank, take note what your main goals are and where you believe your “weakness” is. This makes choosing a supplement strategy so much more effective.

Please note :: If you’re thinking “ill just take a pill and suddenly be a better human” please take a breath. You’re not a problem to fix, you’re already perfect, we are just smoothing any edges you feel in your life these days. No one needs smart supplements, you want them.

Please also note :: Healthy lifestyle practices like eating highly nourishing and easy to digest meals regularly, drinking water, taking multi vitamins and suitable supplements, detoxifying regularly, getting a great sleep, breathing deep, laughing daily, moving your body like you mean it, these are all ways of honouring and up-leveling in sustainable ways. Please put these in place before bringing these on board.

 

“Scientists have discovered that the more we resist temptation, think deeply, or focus intensely, the better we become at doing”

Brad Stulberg

 

Now for the fav’s ….

 

AlphaBrain by Onnit : a stand alone smart supplement, this one is brilliant. With zero caffeine I find this is more effective at actually supporting mental patterns like memory, problem solving, and moods without the jitters or cloudy lines of what is actually just caffeine. Clean ingredients and overall heightened mental function makes it a great addition for most people. All natural, if you’re wanting something to give a gentle kick in the ass to get your work done, I recommend it. Overall, I notice an improvement in speech, thinking speed, and memory. Shop AlphaBrain here.

 

Holy Basil : a big symptom of procrastination and lack of focus is anxiety and overthinking. This sweet (not really, it tastes like hay) herb is perfect for calming the nerves and offering a slightly more pleasant and content headspace. I find this especially great for those of us (where my ladies at?) that experience anxiety during Luteal phase of their cycles. Think soothing but not tired. Its a cool combo. Capsules are recommended because….who likes hay? I like this one.

 

FourSigmatic : I basically gave up regular coffee for four sigmatic because I can feel the difference in my nervous system within a few sips. If you’re looking for heightened mental clarity with a dose of caffeine try their coffee blends, I also really enjoy the Lions Mane stand alone mushroom extract. EPIC for focus, problem solving, and creative work. If you don’t have the best diet, and you’re looking for something to kinda round off your diet with added nutrition and antioxidants, this could be a great direction for you. Explore the varieties here.

 

TruBrain Capsules : this is for the unwavering girl boss. You mean business, you need to show up big time, and you need that loving kick in the ass to do it. This stuff is a little less on the entirely natural side with some added nootropics like piracetam. None the less, its superb and safe in its formulation and I’ve noticed a clear creative “happy” focus from this with what seemed like a lengthened amount of it throughout the day. The boxes come with a “boost” for those days where you need to blow people away with your womanly super powers. Shop TruBrain here.

 

Fish Oil : Foundational, this is something you DO NOT want to sleep on if you’re after increased brain power or health in general. Offering up anti inflammatory properties and of course a dose of fats for your brain, its a foundational piece to your protocol for overall health and of course, brain health. I like this one.

 

Non GMO Lecithin : This stuff is like my secret sauce in most of my smoothies and elixirs. Providing your brain with lubricating fats, its been suggested that it speeds up the rate in which your brain cells can communicate. Lecithin has a long list of other health benefits but when we talk about cognitive function, this stuff can’t be left out. Overall wellbeing and cognitive nourishment. I use a Sunflower Lecithin like this one.

 

MCT Oil : We know that fats help our brains function. So do your damn brain a favour and offer up some high quality, easy to utilize fats for the taking. I sprinkle this on everything, drink it in my coffees (see instastories for this madness) and use it in everything from desserts (sugar free of course) to soups. This one is my fav.

 

With so many smart supplements hitting the market all the time, I hope these cut through the fluff, and bring some new ideas to your daily performance protocol.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or shoot me a note.

September 10, 2018 0 comment
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She felt it in her bones.

An exhaustion she only knew how to explain away with excuses.

She would wake each morning, expecting to open her eyes and feel like she had slept for 8 hours {because she had} only to find herself still packing the weight of exhaustion on her eyelids.

She saw it in her dull smile, her lacking lustre skin, and her inability to squeal with excitement like she once had…about anything.

She’d find herself hunched over her laptop most afternoons after a hefty ritual of caffeination, only to stare blankly at the screen and that not so subtle nagging inbox she hadn’t gotten to all week. Her mind twisted and trickled it’s way through her normal daily tasks, each night crawling back into bed only to spend half an hour desperately wandering instagram for some “inspo”.

And her creativity..well that had taken a sabbatical unannounced.

And then Mondays, oh god Mondays.

Her relationships, her work, her patience with herself, were all slowly diminishing.

And.. she was running out of coffee. And wine.

The excuses all sounded so reasonable tho…

“I think I’m getting my period.”

“I’ve been working a lot.”

“Maybe I’m fighting something.”

“The kids have a lot going on.”

“I’m just not happy.” She would say to her partner.

“I’ve just been so busy lately.” She would say to her friends.

And then her damn life coach asked a question she couldn’t step over. “What are you tired of?”

Her shoulders shrank down as the storm she had been holding in her chest started to run down her cheeks, “I am tired of lacing fancy curtains around how I really feel. I am tired of my needs not mattering…to me. I am tired of only having fun on the weekends, if that. I want to be happy, and passionate, and alive like I used to be before life got stressful.”

You see, for months she had been doing a lot.

Choosing to put everything and anything in front of herself.

It started small.

She tried to fit her massage appointments into her work schedule. Unsuccessfully.

When those voices in her head got louder, she ignored them harder.

When she craved more fun, she said “when I’m done work.”

When she wanted to speak up, she thought “naw, just be nice.”

When she desired to “feel-good”, she would share spiritual quotes and “just think positive.”

Self care had turned into a salad for lunch and her only trick for wellbeing at the moment was well… wine.

She was holding so tight just to keep it all together, thinking that anything negative was well…negative so she simply couldn’t let go. But slowly and surely, every time she stepped over her needs, every moment she denied herself what she wanted, every time she didn’t listen or honour herself, she lost a little more sparkle.

And then….with that simple question, something she felt like she been waiting for someone to ask her for months….

She Let Go.

She cried. She said all the things.

She got honest with herself. She got honest with her life.

She stopped trying to avoid, fill voids and carry the burden and started closing the gaps in her life instead.

She took on a jade egg practice.

She started meditating. Especially when she was busy.

She said No.

She said YES.

She did her work. From passion.

She remembered she had a choice. Everywhere.

She drank water. Lots of it.

She started dancing and singing in the shower.

She started looking at herself in the mirror. Really looking.

She remembered her beautiful, bountiful femininity.

She wore lipstick because she liked it.

She drank wine because she wanted to, not because she needed to.

She played. She moved her body. She celebrated herself.

She committed to putting herself first. today. tomorrow. and all the days in the foreseeable future.

She remembered her powerful and sacred connection to life’s rhythms. She remembered who she was.

And along the way she reunited with passion and pleasure as the pathway to what she wanted most in life.

She remembered that when we cut ourselves off from the very essence of what lights us up as women, we feel the dig of each of the 1000 paper cuts and spend the rest of the time simply piling avoidance strategies on top of it. Gradually tuning out our inner knowings and we suddenly find our needs in the category of “optional”. Then life takes place on default and that radiant shine we are known for, gets tucked behind caffeine and “have-tos.”

Now, when she feels the heaviness creeping in with the stress du jour, she lets her hair down, puts on some 90’s R&B and moves her hips. She knows when its time to listen in on herself, honour herself, nurture herself, to let her life be art.

So, if you’re finding yourself in the heaviness of your life, feeling the exhaustion in your bones, remember that if you stop, even for a moment, to simply collect your true self, to shake off the stuckedness, and regroup, nothing {I promise you} will fall apart. In fact, everything may just come together.

September 9, 2018 0 comment
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