Is your diet affecting your goals

When we put strategies in place to guide the direction of our lives, both personally and professionally, it’s a common misconception that this alone is enough to guarantee success. Although a structure, an end goal, and a path to follow will increase the chance of success, there’s another factor that many people overlook, including myself until recently, and that factor is ‘energy’.

It is your health that determines the amount of energy that you have; your health is your energy.

It was Joseph McClendon III who delivered day 4 at UPW, in his usual hilarious style, but the seriousness of his message certainly came across and his level of passion about the subject of health and energy definitely grabbed my attention.

There was an immense amount of detail covered today, but the biggest take away for me has to be the 12 steps of pure energy. It was incredibly in-depth, but I wanted to share a brief summary as to what this entailed (to fully immerse yourself in this though, I would suggest attending UPW in the future).

The 12 Steps of Pure Energy is separated into 2 parts; part 1 covers the 8 gifts, and part 2 covers the 4 poisons. The 8 gifts include:

1. Vital breathing — Many of us breathe ineffectively, using only half to two thirds of our lung capacity when taking deep breaths, thus limiting the amount of oxygen taken in by the body. We were taught how to breathe effectively using our stomachs as opposed to breathing into our chest, and how effective breathing can actually reduce the likelihood of ill-health.

2. Living water and live foods — With more than 70% of the human body being made of water, it’s important to remain hydrated in order to stay healthy and to provide you with energy — the biggest tip was to drink half of your body weight (lbs) in ounces each and every day.

3. Essential oils — This section focused on healthy fats and the need for them in order to survive. It’s important to differentiate between which fats are healthy fats and which fats will kill.

4. Alkalinity — One of your body’s priorities is maintaining a healthy ratio between acidic and alkaline foods to maintain your health and support cellular life.

5. Aerobic energy — The difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise is that aerobic refers to moderate and controlled exercise that focuses on oxygen whilst burning fat as the primary fuel with a focus on building health, whereas anaerobic focuses on exercises that produce short bursts of power to build muscle mass, such as weight lifting.

6. Nourishment — It’s important to get the proper amount of nutrients for your body on a daily basis, getting the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fibre and water.

7. Alignment and Strength — This section was incredibly interesting, especially as I’m a keen gym goer, but the area that most grasped my attention was the importance of symmetry in the human musculoskeletal structure and how simple exercises can be used to correct and realign poor posture in order to produce visible health benefits.

8. Mind and heart — Aligning your emotions and feelings with not only your goals, but your body, can help to relieve stress; this is incredibly beneficial to your health as stress can cause physiological damage. The biggest take away for me here was around the emotional flooding technique, harnessing positive memories and emotions to create a positive state.

The 4 poisons section includes:

9. Processed fats — Understanding which fats to avoid will place you in a strong position to make positive health decisions when choosing foods; bad fats, or processed fats, can cause negative effects to your body such as poor circulation or high blood pressure, and toxicity.

10. Animal flesh — As a big meat eater this section stood out to me and was a big eye opener as to the damage I could be doing to my body, where we were taught about the negative effects that this source of food can cause, such as cancer and heart disease.

11. Dairy products — The public has been misled around the health benefits of dairy products such as milk, and this section highlighted how this occurred and the real dangers of consuming cow’s milk following its pasteurisation.

12. Acid — We consume food and drink on a daily basis that contains bad acids that damage our cells and enhance the aging process, some of these are things such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, vinegar and drugs (including prescription). A message that really resonated with me was the following:

“When most people get a headache, they take paracetamol, but it makes nao sense as the headache isn’t the problem, something in your diet is the problem. Dehydration can cause headaches, so the solution would be to consume water to replenish your body. Your body is never short of paracetamol, so why would you put it in your body?”

Although I was least excited about day 4 when looking at the contents of the UPW course, it certainly surprised me with the value that it added and the amount of take aways and changes that it has provided me with.

Tying your diet to your goals is something that many people overlook, but following today, it’s going to be one of the biggest areas of change for me.

You can read the previous 3 days from Tony Robbins — Unleash the Power Within Event here — www.jaystaniforth.com

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