Biohacking is a broad term used to define a myriad of activities that all stem from one purpose - the desire to be the absolute best version of ourselves.
For me Biohacking means honing my diet, environment and energy to help me achieve my optimal health. This is cemented in the understanding that what you put inside and keep around your body has a profound impact on your health and wellbeing.
One way to optimise health and immunity is through sleep. I always listen to my body and try to get to be before I get over tired. I don’t expose myself to any blue light in the evenings, usually stopping screen-time around 8pm and using these blocking glasses if I am watching TV late or working on my laptop (Foxman Frames).
I have stopped using alarm clocks as when your circadian rhythms are in tune, you should wake up naturally at the same time every day.
I am also an avid reader and love learning from autobiographies and factual books about food, spirituality, ecstatsis, shamanism, flow states and gut health. I try not to look at my phone past 8pm but this is easier said than done. I have a red light filter on my phone that helps with circadian rhythms too.
I wake up at 6am, drink a large glass of room temp water and do a yoga before I start the day. Find a way to move your body that feels fun, natural and inspiring to you. This could mean dance, cycling, a HIIT class or even a power walk.
Breakfast, I often start my day with a bulletproof bone broth. I have spent 5 years learning about my body and what works for me and what doesn’t. And if I had one piece of advice when it comes to diet, it would be listen to how food affects you; what bloats you, what makes you feel lethargic and what makes you feel energised.
Take the time to eat in tune with your body. For me this is a paleo diet that helps lower inflammation in the body and is organic where possible.
I am pregnant now so where I once used to fast, lunch is now a mindful sit down meal with the family (this has been possible due to lock down). When Im not pregnant I might fast 3 days a week until midday where I finish eating my dinner at 6-7pm and do not eat until Midday the next day when I have a nourishing paleo meal.
To learn a bit more on intermittent fasting and its benefits have a read here.
I start my work day at 9am, being a Mom of 2 boys and with a little one on the way very soon, I try to take time once the boys have woken to engage with them, sit with them whilst they eat and chat to them about the day. Making time for downtime to rest the working mind and enjoy yourself is key to maintaining motivation, energy and the clarity you need in your professional life.
I started my own company in 2015 and so my days are my own to design and I do work I have such passion for that is feels fulfilling and fun at the same time! This is a brilliant hack for life, to do what you love changes everything!
For me, the way to success and joy in my life is through creativity, I put away my laptop away at 4:30pm to fetch kids from school and spend special time with them. We love creating beautiful things together and play as much as we can in this time painting, colouring stones and rocks or learning a new game.
My home is non toxic, which means further than my pantry and fridge I only use organic and natural cleaning products, beauty products and soaps. Another important factor when looking at natural and organic living is your cookware, using kitchen utensils that are free of PFOA, lead, cadmium and BPA. Instead I use stainless steel and ceramic base pots and pans.
In the evenings the kids and I enjoy an epsom salt bath, bathing in salts allows the body to absorb natural magnesium and is detoxing and relaxing at the same time.
As lock down started, I also challenged myself to meditate for 10 minutes a day and this has really been a powerful practice for me. Making sure your internal energy is balanced is also central to your wellbeing.
Not everyday is perfect but practice does make perfect and you have to start somewhere to begin. Feeling that you are living the ideal life you have designed is the most amazing feeling in the world but it takes hard work!
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