Creating Optimal Health for Performance
Does what you see in the image above look like what you’re eating on a regular basis?
Local, in season, organic veggies. Ample natural fats. Moderate, mindfully sourced proteins.
If so, you’re eating food. Eating food is a good thing. Eating things which are not food… not so much.
So if you’re interested in a lifetime of optimal performance and you’re not eating real food, it may be time for a change.
Optimal performance: a level or state of something which is the best one could achieve.
What do you think of when you read the phrase?
A world-class athlete? The CEO of a billion dollar company? An Emmy Award winning actor?
How about performing in each and every category of your life, from work, to being a parent or spouse, sibling, mentor, teacher or, of course, athlete?
How many magazine articles have you read which tell you the same old thing, time and time again?
“The secrets to permanent weight loss”.
“How to curb those afternoon sugar cravings”.
“Tone up those thighs once and for all”.
Or perhaps my very favorite,
“Which trendy diets to nip in the bud”.
Regardless of which expert is writing the article or doing the podcast, do you ever find yourself feeling even more confused or worse, like you must be doing something wrong since everything you’ve tried simply hasn’t worked thus far?
One of the top reasons this could be the case is that often times, we’re not told to listen to the single most important person in the picture, the one expert who really knows us best – ourselves.
Crazy as it may sound, in this day and age we honestly must turn inwards and become our own doctors, for lack of a better word.
At the end of the day, each of us is the only one who knows how we feel and no pre-written diet plan, Youtube workout video or list of the top ten best vegan foods for energy are going to supersede what our own bodies tell us.
Easier said than done?
Maybe so… but if you had the information you needed to interpret the cues your body is desperately trying to tell you, would that change the picture?
Over the past two decades of working with clients, one thing that’s become crystal clear is that with all the influx of conflicting information out there, people are confused.
It’s grown incredibly difficult to decipher which new diet to latch on to, what trend is worth checking out and who’s behind each pearl of wisdom that we come across on our daily dose of media.
Whether it’s the latest cleanse, the newest energy drink or a complete overhaul involving eliminating entire food groups, the light at the end of the tunnel is the knowledge and if we go straight back to basics, in that, the answers are revealed.
And it doesn’t take a degree in nutritional science to sort this out; rather, simple common sense can lead the way, once the journey is begun with a peek into the proverbial Pandora’s box.
In other words, once we’re given the tools to begin questioning anything that doesn’t seem rational when it comes to eat, how much to eat and from where to get it, begins to become so second nature that we no longer need to look outside ourselves for the answer.
Case in point: I went through years of gastrointestinal illness, with several misdiagnoses and subsequent prescriptions intended to address the symptoms of the root cause, which was never deduced by any test or doctor, nor was what I was eating ever questioned.
After my final visit to a GI specialist who told me there was actually nothing physically wrong with me, and that I really just needed Prozac (no joke), I took matters into my own hands and began my own research.
I opened my own Pandora’s Box when I learned that something I’d been eating my whole life which I thought was very good for me, yet was actually toxic to my body (gluten) , was the main culprit for years of distress.
Back in the early 2000s, when I learned about an authentic Paleo approach, is when reality hit hard: if, for my whole life up to that point, I had been under the impression that whole wheat bread (which my mom, a lifelong hippie, had been baking herself), and grains in general were a great source of fiber, carbohydrate and B vitamins, what other foods, (or food by-products for that matter) might also be less than ideal for optimal health and performance?
Or worse, what might be making me ill?
This began the process of beginning to assemble my own tool kit of what I’d need to create my own strategic eating blueprint, my path toward optimal health and performance in life as a whole.
And since then, I’ve had the honor of working with individuals and groups from places all around the world who share a common goal: to get to the root cause of what’s in the way of achieving optimal health and as a result, being able to perform optimally on a daily basis.
The best part?
Since we’re dealing completely with my food-first approach, there’s no risk involved, no wondering about which supplements, powders or pills to take or how often to integrate the latest crazy trend.
And while taking supplements or homeopathic remedies have their time and place, as do prescription medications from functional medicine practitioners if someone’s food story is not in perfect place and position, it would be akin to building a house with no foundation.
With the right education, we can create a feeling of empowerment as we create a strategic eating blueprint designed to support a long and healthy life of vibrant energy, focus and (there’s that word again) performance.
Join me for a unique opportunity to begin paving the way to carve out the first few key steps in creating your own path toward creating optimal health.
Nell Stephenson is a Nutritionist, Chef and Healthy Lifestyle Coach based in Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles). Using her food first methodology, she helps each individual client to develop their personal eating blueprint, tailor made just for their unique needs. She offers a 21 day reboot programs as the first step for clients who are ready to transform from surviving to thriving by creating their personalized path to optimal health.