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Wellness Works (11/02/17): Get Focused, Straighten Up and Turbo-Boost Your Breakfast

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Welcome to Wellness Works!

As a nutrition and fitness professional, I’ve created this series to help you achieve a healthful balance between your mind, your body and your fuel. I’ll offer up tips and strategies for mental, physical and nutritional alignment. The way I see it, when those three systems are ready and raring to go, you’ll run your business better than ever!

Your mind

Whether you work from your kitchen, a nearby cafe or in an actual office, staying focused on the project at hand can be challenging. Something more interesting than, say, invoicing, is always just a click, tap or swipe away. Then there’s your friendly neighbor who loves to chat, the quick errand you need to run or the dog who would love a walk …

Here are a few books designed to help build your focus -- both in your professional life and your personal life.

Balance booster:

Too distracted to read these days? Download one of these publications as an audiobook and listen on your break, before bed or during your daily commute.

Your body

For those of us who sit for long periods of time, maintaining good posture and spinal alignment can be a daily struggle. We hunch our back and shoulders, thrust our neck forward -- and wonder why, at the end of the day, we’re filled with aches and pains. Here’s how a few of our community members fight back in the war against constant sitting:

  • Janemanthorpe suggests moving throughout the day and taking little activity breaks every 30 minutes
  • ShanaNiederman swears by her exercise ball chair
  • ParkwayInc recommends a standing desk and bluetooth headset so he can take a break from sitting, even during conference calls
  • Cindy-RoxyIns loves her slanted footrest to help keep her back aligned

Balance booster:

Try one of these suggestions for two weeks, then introduce another modification. Track your response to each change and prioritize the one that leaves you feeling better.

Your fuel

I start every morning with a blended drink of the following ingredients:

  • 6-12 oz brewed coffee, hot or cold. (My current favorite: cold brew!)
  • 1 Tablespoon collagen powder: Collagen is an excellent source of protein. Plus, it gives our skin incredible elasticity -- I think of this as nature’s Botox! It’s also great for our joints, hair, skin and nails.
  • 1 Tablespoon Brain Octane Oil (concentrated form of coconut oil): This oil stimulates your brain to help with focus and even helps prevent crashing and cravings. I am most focused and productive the first half of the day because of this ingredient (you can substitute coconut oil if you prefer).
  • Unsweetened almond milk or your preferred nut milk or dairy milk (use whatever amount makes your tastebuds the happiest).
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

I use either a Magic Bullet or hand blender to thoroughly blend all the ingredients. The drink looks and tastes like a latte, but it’s a fraction of the cost and much more nutritious! With the protein from the collagen, the fat from the coconut oil and the caffeine from the coffee, it’s all I need until lunch time.

Balance booster:

If you’ve been trying to lose weight, replace your usual breakfast with this drink for one month. I switched to this morning smoothie five months ago. Since then, I’ve dropped more than ten pounds and significantly increased my lean muscle mass … and my focus!

Before you go

QB Community members, I am so excited to share my love and passion for all things wellness! If you have questions about your mind, your body and your fuel, please ask in the comments below. I’ll do my best to answer all your burning questions in an upcoming Wellness Works post.

Level 7

@AudreyPratt our breakfast consists of a smoothie also, sometimes a little more too, but for the most part we like the smoothie. 

It is made of cucumbers, kale, frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, protein, spirulina, turmeric, almond milk, maca powder, moringa, and flax oil. :)

Level 7

@jessbru99568 YUMMMY!!! That sounds so good. Those are some serious superfoods you've got in there! What protein powder do you use? I'm always curious about what others are out there. How have these smoothies affected you and your family's health? 

Level 1

This is terrific info - thank you for posting!

Level 7

You're so welcome, @DionneSmith. Thanks so much for checkin' it out! Is there anything you'd like to see in an upcoming Wellness Works post? 

Level 7

@AudreyPratt we use Garden of Life Grass Fed Whey or Organic Pro 30 Plant Based. :)

Level 7

@jessbru99568 Those both look awesome! I'm super sensitive to dairy, (even whey!), but I find grass fed products to affect me less. It's all about quality! 

Level 7

@AudreyPratt almost our whole family is sensitive to any dairy that is not grassfed and raw. And one of my sisters is completely allergic. That's why we use the grassfed and sometimes Plant Based. 

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