I am a neuroscientist turned health coach who empowers those who've lost hope to take back control of their health with simple nutrition- and lifestyle-based strategies. Using my signature BOSS Mode Framework, we harness the power built into your brain to help you make sustainable lifestyle changes that you love.

Are you the CEO of YOU,Inc? Become the Boss of your Health for a Thriving Business

When you decided to start your own business – did you realize at that time how demanding it would be to get established? Sure, you knew in your head it would be tough, but this was more of an intellectual acknowledgement of the challenges. Until we actually DO something, we can’t truly know the full scope of the toll it takes.

You jumped into it as leaders do, and put together your strategies and tactics and plans to give your fledgling creation wings to soar. Did you also include a plan on how you were going to care for your own personal health and wellness?

Entrepreneurship is the work of your business AND how you show up in your business. Your physical health, mental health, emotional health, social health and spiritual health all form the foundation on which your success is built.

So let’s get you into the CEO seat of You, inc. and dive into the 6 ways that you need to show up as the CEO of your body so that you can be the boss of your health AND your biz. 

Stop the Damage

The skyscraper housing the megacorp that is You, inc. is your body and your first order of business is to stop the damage being done. Everyone would agree that there is no point restoring a building damaged by fire when the cause of the fire is still active. For our body, this means that whatever we are doing that is creating ill-health needs to be addressed. 

You can do one thing and make very large inroads in this effort.  Replace ultraprocessed food (UPF) choices with whole food options as often as possible.  A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that just 4 servings of UPFs a day was associated with a 62% increased hazard for all cause mortality.

Identify ultraprocessed foods: if it has ingredients listed that you can’t buy directly and/or if it has a long shelf life, then it is ultraprocessed. If mold and bacteria want nothing to do with it – then it probably isn’t a living food for your body. 

High Quality Supplies 

There is not a thought or cell or organelle or molecule or atom in your body that doesn’t first come from what you put in your mouth. You can’t create something from nothing. You can’t create high quality goods with cheap materials.

For You, inc., this means eat real food. Setting aside the current food dogma – whatever fresh food you eat should not require an ingredient label. Minimal processing (frozen, cut, peeled, fermented, pickled, sprouted, dehydrated) is fine, as long as no chemicals were added. If I can look at a label and purchase all the ingredients in the store, and theoretically make it at home, I consider that an option, too. 

The point is to have food with real nutrients that are bioavailable and support all of the functions of your body – foods with vitamins, minerals/electrolytes, fat, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates (all the veggies!).  

Maintenance & Repair

Would you rather fly in a plane that has regular maintenance and 1000 point checks, or the one that hasn’t seen a maintenance bay for 30 years?

This is us. Our bodies have built-in mechanisms for maintenance which we don’t use. 

Autophagy is our maintenance mechanism and is only really readily activated under certain conditions: intense exercise and fasting (not eating for a period of time, often 14 or more hours). This process gets rid of diseased, dysfunctional and underperforming cells and parts of cells and recycles them into new undamaged parts and is a critical aspect of physiological housekeeping that is not nearly active enough.

Daily Facilities Management

Janitorial maintenance is a must and you don’t have maintenance staff arrive on the manufacturing floor during production hours. This is our sleep – where we process and consolidate memories, where we hose down the floor of our brain – literally washing out toxins and plaques and tangles with our cerebrospinal fluid.

Certain parts of our brain are put on low power mode so that they can rest and reset for the following day. Our neurotransmitters are replenished and restocked. There are repair workers throughout the body sent out by growth hormone only released during deep sleep that are building muscle damaged by exercise, and fixing any damage and fighting off foreign invaders.

Cognitive deficits are seen when someone gets less than even 7 hours of sleep. Bump up your sleep hygiene and establish a sleep routine.

Supportive Work Environment

This means mitigating stress and increasing resilience. There absolutely must be time freedom built into your day, week, month and year for stepping away. Replenishing your mind, body and spirit. Chronically high stress equates to chronically high cortisol levels which in turn increase inflammation, decrease immunity, disrupt digestion, interrupt sleep and ultimately lead to disease.

Ensure you have some built-in margin and true down time/quiet time for your nervous system to be in your parasympathetic rest and digest mode.

Walk away from your desk and sit with your food and eat it mindfully. Take a walk or do some light exercise. Whatever it is that will bring your heart rate down. There are so many tools available now that can help you get into this stress-less zone.

Have a Security Team

This is our social connectedness. The meaningful relationships and interactions in our life are like a forcefield protecting our body. 

Our social engagement with people is an energy booster and brain healer and protector- thanks to that incredible master hormone oxytocin. In fact, when oxytocin is active, your brain shuts down the cortisol shipment line and tells the workers to go take a break because there are no open orders. 

And boosting oxytocin is fun: 

  • cuddle your loved ones
  • hold hands
  • look your dog in the eyes
  • Reach out to others and thank them 
  • play board games
  • have deep conversations with others where you really connect

Become the boss of your health and put together a plan and strategy and tactics to create a thriving You, inc. Your business will thank you. 

If you want to be supported in becoming the boss of your health, then feel free to check out the link below and hang out with us in my free Facebook Group and take advantage of the weekly live training, guides and resources there.

*The information contained in this article is for educational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard the advice of a medical professional, or delay in seeking it because of something you have seen in this article.

I am a neuroscientist turned health coach who empowers those who've lost hope to take back control of their health with simple nutrition- and lifestyle-based strategies. Using my signature BOSS Mode Framework, we harness the power built into your brain to help you make sustainable lifestyle changes that you love.

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