By Kelly Ryan, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
As an entrepreneur you have many hats to wear because at the end of the day, the buck stops with you. To own a successful business, you need to make sure things are done, and done well. That could be anything from operations to accounting, right down to garbage collection if need be.
Running a business takes focus and energy. You need to be productive, efficient, and clear in order to be successful.
On top of this, women are not just female entrepreneurs. We are daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, friends, volunteers, and many other versions of ourselves outside the business. We are stretched in many different directions and we must be on top of our game.
You hear people say that you should take care of yourself, but I disagree. To do everything you need to do in your business and personal life well, you must take care of yourself!
Did you know that most of the top entrepreneurs and CEOs of the world make it a priority to take care of themselves?
Cart and horse
It can be hard when you are busy running a business, taking care of family, and being involved in other activities to take the time to care for yourself.
When you are busy and exhausted it can seem impossible to add self-care to your tasks, but it is a bit of a cart and horse scenario. If you start taking care of yourself, you will be more productive and have more energy, a better mood, and a clearer focus.
Seriously? Show me the proof . . .
Obviously, if you get enough sleep you will have more energy. But did you know that lack of sleep can increase your stress, and if your stress is increased then so are your insulin and cortisol?
Also, visceral fat (the belly fat deep around your organs) grows in response to insulin and cortisol, two hormones that can affect your blood sugar levels, sleep, and memory. When your blood sugar drops, you can feel tired and foggy.
How about food and water? Well, we are made up of a lot of water, and not getting enough leads to exhaustion, moodiness, and headaches. With food, I always say “garbage in, garbage out”: if we put garbage into our bodies then that is what we are putting out.
You need to support your body with all the nutrient-dense and energy-supporting foods that it needs to run optimally. You want dark leafy greens, fatty fish, eggs, sweet potato, nuts and nut butter, seeds, beets, strawberries, broccoli, avocados, bananas, and many other colorful fruits and vegetables. Above all, don’t forget the water!
In the next article, I will talk about some easy tips and tricks to build into an already busy lifestyle. One way to keep your energy up is to make sure you are getting a balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Here is an easy snack to help you get through the afternoon.
Coconut Apricot Energy Balls (from happyhealthymama)
1 cup dried apricots (pitted)
1/2 cup dates (pitted)
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until the ingredients are broken down and look like coarse crumbs. If you pinch the mixture between your fingers, it should stick together. Roll into 1-inch balls. Enjoy!
Kelly is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who helps moms get their energy back and feel great. She believes that it is possible to be a mom, and feel energized, feel like yourself, feel great and love life! As a mom to 2 wonderful kiddos, she wanted to start them off right, keep them as healthy as possible and teach them how to take care of their own health. As a professionally trained Chef and lover of food, she had to undergo big changes in her diet 3 years ago when she discovered that a gluten and dairy intolerance was causing her major health issues that medicine just couldn’t seem to fix. These reasons ignited her interest in natural nutrition. Kelly has completed the Natural Nutrition Program with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Eben Pagan's Virtual Coach program, the Basic Pastry and Basic Cuisine programs at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Ottawa and is certified as ASQ’s Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a member of the CSNN Alumni Association, NLOWE and Healing NL. She is a speaker and health coach inspiring her audiences and clients to feel recharged, energetic and fantastic. Connect with her on Facebook @KellyRyanRHN.