(If you happen to be both, you better pay extra special attention.)
Written by our amazing client, Dr. Erin Wiebe, ND
In case you don’t know what a CEO is, it stands for Chief Executive Officer. According to Webster, “they oversee the entire operation of a company or organization”. If we swap out some words in this definition, then it begins to sound like the definition of a mother — a mother is defined as someone who oversees the entire operation of her family’s household. Unfortunately, moms are on call 24/7 and make $0 for the work they do, while the average CEO in Canada makes $150,000. But that’s not my point.
Do you think CEOs can function at their work if they are low on energy, sleep, proper nutrition, and movement? I bet they’d get by for a while, but working under these conditions will eventually lead to burnout. So why, as moms, should we expect any different for ourselves? Some of these things, like sleep deprivation, come with the territory (especially in the early years of motherhood) but proper nutrition and movement are essential for long-term preservation of your health as a mom, especially if you want any energy left over for yourself or your business.
So if you’re a mom and especially if you are a mom who also happens to want energy to live your purpose, you better start acting like you matter as much as (if not more than) a CEO.
Here are some simple tips to get you started. These might seem like basic things, but ask yourself, “How many of these things are you consistent with on a daily basis?” Chances are you are neglecting at least one of these things.
How can we expect to be on-call 24/7 without the proper fuel to get you through those long days (and nights sometimes)? I have talked to countless moms who say they forget to eat or they nibble away at their kids’ leftovers without paying much attention to what’s going in their mouths. Now, if you also happen to be a CEO or entrepreneur, you are even more likely to neglect the importance of optimal nutrition. Entrepreneurs are notorious for losing track of time and forgetting to eat. Your brain cannot manage on low to no energy. Set a timer to remind yourself to eat if you have to. (First ask yourself, “am I hungry now?” before you grab something to eat.) I’ve included a recipe for raw protein power balls to give you some inspiration (please find it below). Make sure that each meal and snack you eat contains, proteins, healthy fats, and fiber. You’ll feel fuller longer and your body will get the fuel it needs to keep going.
This is another far too often neglected foundation for health. We get busy as moms especially if we are also trying to run a business. Dehydration can present itself as hunger (which can lead to overeating) and fatigue (which leads to underproduction and inefficiency). Set a timer every hour to remind yourself to drink a cup of water. Add some lemon or lime to it if you have to. Just avoid the artificially sweetened taste enhancers I’ve seen out on the market. Just drink pure, clean water.
Reach for supportive herbs, not coffee
Drinking too much coffee when you are feeling burned out or tired is like trying to drive a car without oil in the engine. You might get a ways down the road just on gas, but without proper fuel for your engine, your car will burn out. If you feel like you are burning the candle at both ends, I recommend reaching for supportive herbs that can help improve energy, rather than a second, third, or fourth cup of coffee. (Notice I didn’t say you couldn’t have one cup of coffee:) I love Lion’s Mane (which is actually a mushroom, not a herb). This company makes a line of amazing mushroom elixirs that you can add to other beverages or drink on their own. Lion’s Mane helps to improve cognitive health and focus and is a great alternative to coffee when you need a boost in mental energy. (I have no affiliation with this company; I just know they make high quality products that taste good too.)
According to a New York Times article, getting outside and walking in green space can actually re-wire the brain in such a way that it increases happiness and decreases stress hormone. As moms and entrepreneurs, we often get stuck inside. We know we need to send our kids outside to burn energy and be in touch with nature. Do you always join them? What if you knew you would be happier if you did? Are you a mompreneur? Try getting up and away from your computer at least once a day and go outside for a walk. Even 20-30 minutes will make a difference. Instead of worrying that it will mean you won’t get your work done, consider that it will actually make you happier, likely lift your energy, and thus make you even more productive.
Need more support? Consider joining my new online signature coaching program for moms specifically designed to help moms regain the energy they need to be the moms they want to be and have energy left over to live their purpose. This course would be especially well-suited for the mompreneur who struggles to find the energy to keep all the balls in the air.
Sound good? Check out this link to register. We begin November 20, 2017!
Raw Protein Power Balls
2 teaspoons hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 teaspoon Chia seeds
5 tablespoons almond flour
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or alternative)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Extra ground almond or shredded coconut for rolling (optional)
Add all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and then mix together thoroughly using the back of a spoon and a downward pressing motion.
Keep pressing and mixing until everything is moist and evenly combined.
Divide into seven teaspoon-sized parts and roll into balls. The batter can be a bit dry so press firmly as you form the balls.
Pop in the fridge or enjoy immediately.