Yesterday, after a long day at work I found myself just shy of hangry. Right before I left the office, I found a bag of potato chips in my drawer. I had to get some gas on the way home, so I inhaled the chips on the way there. I pulled in, wiped my greasy fingers on a napkin and went to pump my gas. Now, switching gears, you must know that my car gets no less that “Supreme” gas. (I hope you read that in that echoey movie announcer voice.) I don’t blink or think twice because this choice is validated by the fact that my vehicle is a performance machine and my car deserves the best. We all know that good gas makes cars go faster and helps keep them out the auto body shop needing repairs.
Well, as I stood there at the pump, it got me thinking…
If I had a Jaguar F-Type or that sexy Mercedes AMG I would treat that baby soooooo good. It would get the good gas, it would get detailed often and be clean all the time. I would probably have it waxed on a regular basis to protect the paint. It would be treated with the admiration and respect that a beautiful and expensive performance machine would command.
Then it hit me.
“We, as humans, are all performance machines!”
I do real good too when I put good things in my body and ease the wear and tear on it. How it is that I will not think twice about paying a bit more to put the good gas in my car then I will roll through a drive through and get a greasy burger? How does that add up if then I expect to stay awake, alert, at a healthy weight and running at 100% while feeding myself food that is essentially void of many of the things I need to function properly?
What if….stay with me here…but what if we started treating ourselves like performance machines?
What if we started putting in the good gas in ourselves so we function better throughout the day and help avoid going to the “shop” aka the doctors’ offices?
Hmmmm…it’s a thought. Let’s explore this a bit more to see what that would look like.
What do we as living bio – organic performance machines need?
It’s simple. We thrive on good food that is high in nutrients. If every chance we had in choosing what we eat we would not even look at processed foods high in sugar, fat or carbohydrates. We would head straight for the “supreme” foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices other than salt and lean meats and fish? We would walk right by the aisles with the high calorie, low nutrient foods with our noses in the air like pfft, as if we would ever put that crap in our bodies.
We shouldn’t let those bags and boxes of processed food fool us. Let’s do our homework and buy things in their natural form that roam the earth or grow from the earth. We can avoid eating food where all the nutrients have been processed out. If we think about it, if we put sludge in our gas tanks would our cars go? We shouldn’t ask our human bodies to do the same.
What else do we need? Sleep and water. We are a nation of dehydrated zombies. We need to rest. It is vital to our overall health and mental sanity. I am so grateful that when nighttime comes I can go to sleep knowing that tomorrow is a new day. After a full night of rest I can start all over again. The day is brighter and easier if I have gotten enough sleep to help fuel me through the day. Don’t just take my word for it. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults between the ages of 26-64 need about 7-9 hours of sleep. Our sleep needs also vary by age, lifestyle, work schedules and stress so you will have to pay attention to your individual needs and get the number right so you function at 100% each day. Also, getting quality sleep is more important than just logging hours in bed tossing and turning. The link above is treasure trove of information regarding how to maintain good sleep hygiene and all of benefits sleeping has.
What else makes us go? Water. Ahhhhh…the lifeblood of humans. I know you have heard that we are made up of about 60% water. Our cells are full of water, in between the cells are full of water, our heart and lungs are almost 70% water (!!!) and there is fluid in our joints and eyeballs and veins. Even our brains sit in a bath of watery brain fluid. Mark my words people, we want that big brain of ours to float and not sink. There are so many benefits to chugging H2O I don’t even know where to begin!! One huge benefit of staying hydrated is it will enhance your physical performance. Did someone say “Supreme gas?!” Say it loud! Guess what else water does? It increases energy and makes our brains go faster and think better. It helps relieve headaches and improves digestion. Guts that move are a good thing let me tell you. Drinking water helps us lose weight and prevents hangovers! While there really isn’t a hard set rule of how much water to drink by the medical community or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the general recommendations for women is approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water — from all beverages and foods — each day, and men an average of approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) of total water.”
Let’s make a deal starting today. Let’s say that over the next four weeks we will work our way up to 60 ounces glasses a day. This is a good middle ground to shoot for. Again your age, weight, sex, general overall health conditions and activity level will determine your individual needs. Did I mention that water helps your skin look dewy and radiant? Oh, okay now I got your attention. Now let’s go pour ourselves a glass and get started!
Remember I mentioned wax jobs earlier? No no, I am not promoting wax for us however I would like to point your attention to sunscreen. Just like a sleek BMW, if we don’t want our paint to fade we will keep it clean and waxed to protect it from the sun. Sometimes we will throw a little protective covering over it too. Well, let me tell you something, with the skin being the largest organ, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and UV protective clothing go a long way in keeping the skin from fading, thinning, bruising and wrinkling. Not to mention it helps prevent skin cancer.
We all need the same care and attention and discipline we would bestow on a beautifully engineered expensive car because, frankly, we are all priceless performance machines. There are millions of processes each day going on inside of all of us and it can only be supported by a foundation of an adequate intake of water, good food and sleep. When we sleep, we repair and rest. We protect our skin so it can continue to protect us. Unlike cars, we don’t have a spare parts store so lets protect what we were born with and be mindful of just how important and awesome our bodies are. This will allow us to make good decisions because it is the best thing we can do for the life of our “engines!”
“Change your mindset and anything is possible.”
Just for giggles, what car would you be?