By Cliff Harvey ND
I'm a better person when I drink smoothies...
I admit it, it may sound crazy but that's the way it is.
I was recently re-listening to one of my favourite audiobooks (by one of my favourite spiritual teachers) 'Wild at Heart' by Tessa Bielecki. In it she mentions that she is a better person when she flosses. No, not just a person with better dental health, and no, not just someone whose breath smells slightly better than usual, but a better person [fullstop].
In this audiobook Bieliecki explains how flossing sets in motion a whole cascade of things that are in line with the life that she wants to be living, and the person she most wants to be. When she flosses Bielecki prays more, eats better, exercises more and just generally takes care of herself and the world around her in a better fashion.
I consider these types of actions to be 'lynchpin behaviours'. We all have certain things that become part of the ritual of us living our best life and in our best state of health and performance. For Bielecki it's flossing, for you it may be putting your running shoes by the door and for me...it's making smoothies.
The simple reason that smoothies are a lynchpin behaviour for me is that in just a minute or so I can create a nutrient dense meal for breakfast and additional portions to take with me during the day. Lunches and dinners are never an issue for me (as I prepare too much at night so that I have a lunch ready for the following day) but the meals that can occasionally be less than optimal are breakfast and if needed any between meal snacks later in the day. If I have made a smoothie in the morning, with enough to pack away in a thermos for later these meals become complete no-brainers.
And not only does this mean I have a full set of complete, nutrient dense, balanced meals for the day, but this also flows into more desire to train, to sleep well, to wake up early and meditate and more. It's amazing how simple, tiny changes to routines can have a massive flow-on effect to greater health and performance.
What are your lynchpin behaviours?
Cliff's 'Go-To' Smoothie:
2 tsp. Good Green Stuff
2 scoops Clean Lean Protein
100ml coconut cream
2 Tbsp. almond butter
1 cup kale
1/2 cup blueberries
2 Tbsp. olive or hempseed oil
1 tsp. orange flavoured fish oil
Note: Tessa Bielecki is a discalced Carmelite Abbess who has lived the monastic life as a spiritual teacher in the tradition or St John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila for over 40 years.
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