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5 Healthy Habits Smart People Use To Function At Their Best

by Athletic Greens - 4 weeks ago

Being at the top of your game and working like a well-oiled machine is something you take pride in. Lately, though, you don’t have your usual verve.

Everything feels a little off. Your energy is lacking, your mood is low, you’re finding it hard to concentrate and you’re not feeling mentally sharp.

All of which is making you stressed about what you’ll miss out on if you can’t get your mojo back.

Take a deep breath, it’s possible to turn things around. And we’ve summed up how you can do it, like this:

  1. Why You’re Not Performing At Your Peak
  2. Signs Your Poor Diet Could Be Affecting Your Performance
  3. 5 Healthy Habits To Living Your Best Life
  4. How Meal Planning Can Help You Tie It All Together

Why You’re Not Performing At Your Peak

Having an overwhelming number of commitments and responsibilities could mean you’re not getting enough sleep.

 

At night, you’ve probably been tossing and turning due to stress. According to the Centre for Disease Control, more than a third of the population doesn’t get enough zzz’s.

 

Also, with such a busy schedule, something has to give. And often it’s things like eating a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle habits, like fitting in exercise, that go awry.

 

You’re forgetting to take your daily vitamins. Some days you’re resorting to eating fast food.

 

You’re getting sick more often and you can’t afford to take any downtime. But without taking the rest you need and giving your diet and habits a makeover, you keep falling under the weather.

 

Signs Your Poor Diet Could Be Affecting Your Performance

When you eat well, go to the gym, and get enough sleep, you feel unstoppable. But when your diet takes a nosedive, the symptoms will start to show.

By mid-afternoon, you feel your eyelids feeling heavy from grogginess. Your sharpness feels dulled and you find yourself distracted and irritable. Getting headaches has become a regular occurrence.

As for going to the gym, you don’t have the energy to, and you can’t remember when you had a night of uninterrupted sleep.

These symptoms negatively impact how well you can perform, but you can’t invest a lot of time to heal yourself. Taking time off in the form of sick days is something you can’t afford to do.

Besides, taking time off means that you will have to catch up when returning to work.

Not being focused and alert day after day is adding up to lost productivity.

Your job requires you to meet specific targets and when your mental and physical strengths are drained, you simply are unable to make those goals. Which, ultimately, could mean being passed over for a promotion.

5 Healthy Habits To Living Your Best Life

Health is wealth, and once you get your body and mind into its best shape by trying these strategies, you can get the most out of life.

1
Start By Re-establishing Good Sleep Habits

A regular sleep routine is beneficial to your health, so set a bedtime and wake-up call you can stick to, aiming for seven to nine hours of sleep.

Your reward will be feeling more mentally sharp, having a better ability to make decisions and being present and alert.

Research findings show most Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes a night. To quantify it, an estimated $63 billion is lost in work productivity due to sleeplessness annually according to a 2011 report by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

2
Feed Your Body The Vitamins And Minerals It Needs

Go back to basics and make sure you’re getting your daily servings of fruits and vegetables (for women 19 to 50, it’s seven to eight, and for men, it’s eight to ten).

A cookbook focused on vegetables may inspire you. Alternatively, sign up for a regular delivery of organic local produce to give you a nudge to eat seasonal fresh foods.

3
Stock Up On Smart Ways To Back Up Your Nutrition

Get into the habit of taking a multivitamin, and develop a kit of supplements for your personal health requirements.

Our best efforts in the kitchen often aren’t enough when it comes to giving your body the nutrients it needs. Consider adding a green supplement to your routine.

A tablet form is more convenient to take on the go, however, in a powder form, your body doesn’t have to process the tablet.  

Also, powders don’t need to have filler ingredients added to them like tablets and capsules do so you’re only getting what you pay for and no unwanted surprises.

4
Support Your Digestive System With The Right Foods

Boosting your levels of vitamins and minerals is a moot point if you’re not digesting them well.

Eating foods like pineapple and papaya, which contain the enzymes bromelain and papain, help your body to process protein, while ginger can help manage bloating and settle the stomach.

5
Give Your Immune System Some TLC

When your immune system is run down, and you’re forced to take time off, you miss out on important moments. You can’t afford that downtime.

Strengthening your immune system will allow you to work effectively and efficiently so you can enjoy life.

With 70 percent of the cells composing your immune system found in your gut, caring for it is crucial. Adding a probiotic to your supplementation regimen will help ensure the good gut flora are flourishing and, as a result, strengthening your immunity.

Remember taking care of your most important client—you—first is how you can ensure you’re focused and prepared to function at your best and, of course, enjoy everything life has to offer.

 

How Meal Planning Can Help You Tie It All Together

Looking at the above suggestions, you may be a bit daunted by how you piece all these elements together and stay on track.

 

It’s only as difficult as you make it, and planning in advance, or ‘meal planning’ can get you making progress in leaps and bounds.

 

You don’t need to be a nutritionist to master meal planning. At its heart, it’s really just a process of planning what to eat in advance, for the coming days, week or month.

 

Whatever you already do to feed yourself, is a basic form of meal planning, so you’ve got this. But don’t stop reading yet!

 

When people talk about meal planning, they typically mean something much more organized.

 

A meal plan usually involves a list of the meals you intend to eat over an allotted time period, say, a week, plus the list of groceries you will need in order to prepare those meals.

 

In this case, it can also include any vitamin and mineral supplements you want to incorporate – this can help you remember when to take them, and when you’ve already taken them.

 

The idea of a good meal plan is that this allows you to shop once, and feed yourself for a whole week. When you’re monitoring your antioxidant intake, you can also use a meal planning template to map out your servings in advance.

 

Meal planning can take all the stress out of healthy eating.

Some people fill out their weekly meal planner template, do their shopping, then prepare and freeze a week’s worth of food in one day, say, Sunday.

 

If you’re really confident, you might want to draw up an outline for the week, but mix it up according to how you feel on any given day.

 

There is no right or wrong way to meal plan. Ultimately, the right meal planning method is the one you can stick to, and this is different for everyone.

 

Don’t spend too much time and energy trying to perfect it before you even begin, but do read our very informative article on how to get started with meal planning.

 

And download your FREE meal planning template below!