If you’re anything like me, having energy is one of the most important things in your life.
I know that when I have energy and vitality every other area of my life improves. My health improves, I get more done, I have a lot more fun, I feel happier, my relationships grow…because when you’re feeling tired, sluggish and run down from the moment your alarm shocks you out of your sleep up to the relief when you finally get to close your eyes at night – you never reach your potential, you struggle through the day and you run at 25%.
But I know you feel like you’re so busy and so tired that doing the things you need to do to create more energy and vitality are just too hard, will take up even more of your time so it is always out of reach. I know how you feel because I’ve been where you are and I’ve felt what you’re feeling now.
But I am living proof that you can turn this around…and here’s how:
You can change this really quickly and if I could do it then anyone can. In fact, I’m here to tell you that life is much more simple than you’ve been led to believe.
My journey started in 2004 when I attended a Tony Robbins event called Unleash the Power Within. On the Monday of that event, Tony handed over to a guy called Joseph McClendon who, over the next 8 hours, blew my mind. I knew that to achieve all of the goals that I had set during the event I would need to have MUCH more energy, but I didn’t know how – but by applying Joseph’s strategies I had turned my health around and changing my health changed my life.
Now, after six years of living alkaline and following Joseph’s strategies, I have experienced the amazing abundance that comes from living with health, vitality and energy. I wake up (naturally, no alarms needed) before 6am every day and don’t get tired until late at night. I have not had a cough or cold for years and I feel positive, vibrant and full of health every day. My skin is clear and I feel athletic.
And I know the few simple things you can start doing today that will dramatically increase your energy too.
Over the next few days I would like to share some of these simple rules with you. These are some of the most powerful tools that Joseph McClendon continues to teach today that changes the lives of the people he works with.
So if it is OK with you, I am going to post a few articles that really help you, step-by-step, to improve your energy. They are not hard, and they are not time consuming, but they could make a big difference.
To use Joseph’s terminology, these short series is called “Vitality into Reality: The Rules of Abundant Energy” and here is rule #1:
Rule #1: “Change Your Breakfast, Change Your Life”
Changing your breakfast habits is one of the key, fundamental, life changing lessons I learned from Joseph McClendon.
Hundreds of studies have proven that there is a huge connection between an insufficient breakfast and the quality of your health – including your energy, excess weight and even aging. Have a think now, and write it down if you like (I encourage you to), what have you had for breakfast for the past five days?
Whenever I ask people this information they usually fall into one of three categories:
1. Breakfast 1: no breakfast at all
2. Breakfast 2: the fast breakfast
3. Breakfast 3: the standard Western breakfast
All of these are riddled with problems.
No Breakfast Makes You Fat and Sluggish
Firstly, when you have no breakfast at all you are getting your body off to the worst possible start. After a 7-10 hour fast (while you sleep) your body is desperate for nutrients and your metabolism has ground to a halt. This starts a vicious cycle immediately in your day. Not only do your cells start to cannibalise to get the nutrients they need (including breaking down bones and muscle) but your body trains itself not to expect food in the morning, so your metabolism gets even slower as your body goes into ‘starvation mode’ – clinging onto any fat it can for energy.
Too many people skip breakfast and it sends your blood sugar and energy levels on a roller-coaster that will end up in snacking, poor diet choices and binging – sending you blood sugar and energy levels spiraling even further out of control. Breakfast eases your metabolism into action, keeping you steady and stable and reducing the likelihood of poor food choices.
Please, please, please don’t skip breakfast.
The Fast Breakfast, Fast Track to Fatigue
You’re in a hurry and you grab whatever you can on your way out of the door, or worse, on your commute. Have a think about these foods – coffee, toast, bagel, sausage roll, pastry…
Do you think these are going to energise your body?! And to compound this, we then eat these foods while we’re on the move which plays havoc with your digestive system.
The (Low) Standard Breakfast
When you think about the typical western breakfast what do you think of? Do you think of ingredients such as eggs, bacon, sausages, cereal, toast, jam, orange juice, milk, fried toast, french toast, pancakes, syrup, coffee, tea…
All, yes, ALL of those foods are very acid forming, will zap your energy, send your blood sugar spiraling out of control and leave you feeling that 10-11am slump, if they don’t already have you snoozing on your commute to work.
Can you imagine how GREAT it would be if you actually felt vibrant and alive in the mornings?!
How To Kick Start Your Day, Ignite Your Energy & Create Abundant Health…Immediately
The title says it all, ‘Change Your Breakfast, Change Your Life‘. It is as simple as that. Now I know that you might be thinking that after ruling out the foods like eggs, toast, cereal, milk etc. there is nothing left to eat! But I am here to tell you that there is. There are still SO MANY great breakfast choices and all of those acid, energy zapping ingredients are only common to breakfast because we have been conditioned that way.
Here is the plan…I’ll make it really easy.
Firstly I am going to give you a list of breakfasts for the next two weeks. Then I am going to give you the guidance that will help make it a reality, but here is what I want you to do first.
Right away I want you to stop reading this, grab a pen and paper or open up MS Word and write down how your life would be different if you were waking up at 6am, naturally, each day, full of energy – able to jump right out of bed and then feeling on top of the world, full of vitality all morning. What could you get done with the extra time in the morning? How would it make you feel?
- Maybe you would be able to start that exercise you’ve been wanting to do but never had the time or couldn’t get yourself out of bed in the morning.
- Maybe you get to spend a few extra hours a day with your partner and children.
- Maybe you get to go for a walk and watch the sun rise.
- Maybe you can start to meditate or do yoga.
- Maybe you can use these few hours to work on that business idea you’ve been putting off because you didn’t have time
Giving yourself the gift of time and energy will do more for your life than 99% of anything else you could do. So please follow this short exercise. Doing this is one of the most powerful lessons Joseph taught me, and it worked so well.
Step One: Your New Breakfast Menu Plan
I will start you gently, but what you are moving towards here is a nutrient dense, energising, alkalising breakfast that will have you feeling just awesome in no time:
(note: where the recipes are not obvious, I have linked to these below)
Day 1: Organic oats cooked in a 50:50 mix of water and milk (pref soymilk), topped with banana, a little honey and flax seeds
Day 2: Organic oats cooked in a 50:50 mix of water and milk (pref soymilk), topped with banana, a little honey and flax seeds
Day 3: Slices of avocado, cucumber, tomato and alfalfa sprouts on a slice of wholemeal bread, drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper
Day 4: Scrambled Tofu Mega-Brekkie (see recipe)
Day 5: Alkaline Transition Muesli (see recipe)
Day 6: Slices of avocado, cucumber, tomato and alfalfa sprouts on a slice of wholemeal bread, drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper
Day 7: Organic oats cooked in a 50:50 mix of water and milk (pref soymilk), topped with banana, a little honey and flax seeds
Day 8: Quinoa & Apple Warmer (see recipe)
Day 9: Alkaline Transition Muesli (see recipe)
Day 10: Slices of avocado, cucumber, tomato and alfalfa sprouts on a slice of wholemeal bread, drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper
Day 11: Alkaline Power Smoothie (see recipe) – a smoothie of blended avocado, cucumber, spinach, green pepper and more
Day 12: Organic oats cooked in a 50:50 mix of water and milk (pref soymilk), topped with banana, a little honey and flax seeds
Day 13: Alkaline Power Smoothie (see recipe) – a smoothie of blended avocado, cucumber, spinach, green pepper and more
Day 14: Slices of avocado, cucumber, tomato and alfalfa sprouts on a slice of wholemeal bread, drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper
Here is your action plan:
- Do the vision exercise I outlined above. Do it, do it, do it!
- Print the recipe plan out and stick it on your fridge door or kitchen cupboard door
- Next prepare your shopping list and go and shop for these specific ingredients one week at a time – that way you will have everything you need, ready to go with no excuses.
- Start on a Saturday or Sunday so you can get into the routine at a leisurely pace
- Take some snacks with you to work, such as fruit (pref low sugar fruit such as grapefruit) just in case you don’t get the quantity right to keep you going
- Reward yourself at the end of each successful day
- Read your vision each night before bed and then when you wake up in the morning before you get out of bed – doing this will guarantee you will succeed – so if you seriously want to achieve this then doing this step will guarantee it. 100% guarantee.
Now go for it!
In my next two blog posts to you I will be sharing a few more of Joseph’s most powerful tips – the ones that have really changed my life, so keep an eye out for them. They will also be incredible energy creators, so you don’t want to miss out.
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Stay happy, stay healthy