Why is it Key to Relax and How to?

Why is it Key to Relax and How to
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Why is it important to Relax and Tips on How to?

We are living times where everything is happening so fast. We are bombarded with media, messages, emails, constantly and it feels that everything carries a sense of urgency.

I got used to having to respond to every message or email I got almost immediately, having to run from one task to the next and always feeling that I was behind and not doing enough. It can be exhausting and I’m sure you know what I mean.

If we are constantly pushing ourselves to do more, must probably our stress levels are high and with it our cortisol.

Cortisol is the fight or flight hormone. It was extremely handy when we had to run from a tiger chasing us back a few thousand years ago. However, nowadays the tiger is the phone, the bills to pay, the email, the unhappy boss yelling, and so on.

And because those stimuli nowadays are almost constantly on, our Cortisol levels are always up.

So, what happens when we are stressed and Cortisol is high? 

When our fight or flight response is on, our body shuts down or compromises certain systems that are not useful when running away from the tiger, like the reproductive system, digestion, and detoxification.

This has multiple consequences for our health, especially when stress and high cortisol levels are chronically high.

Health issues related to high stress and cortisol are lower immune system, infertility issues, digestion problems, overweight, headaches, and many others.

This should be enough reason to consider reducing stress and add some relaxation during your day! 

So, how to relax? In a smart way

For many, this can be challenging, especially when having to deal with the feeling of not doing enough or staying behind.

But, please consider that you are doing it for your health. Also, I have found that relaxation done smartly can make you even more productive and certainly smarter.

Here are my 4 tips to relax during your day.

Start your day with a Morning Routine

I’m a big fan of morning routines. I like to start my day with 20 min of breathing practices and 5-10 min of visualization and mental preparation of my day. I follow it with a good breakfast high in proteins and fat, which keeps me satiated for many hours and keeps my brain working at its best.

Breathwork practice
My daily breathwork practice is my life savior!

Consider having in your morning routine some movement, meditation, hydration, good nutrition, and don’t check your phone for at least 1 hour after you have woken up. You can check my article about Best Morning Routine for a Great day.

Take Breaks During Work

I have found that working for around 1,5 hrs is the perfect time for me to stay inspired and productive. So, I try to take 15 min breaks in between. I go for a walk, have something to eat, tune into nature, or even go for an exercise session.

Choose something nourishing, calming, and relaxing. Avoid looking at the phone or any other screens. Connect with somebody, have a chat, distract yourself.

This way, when going back to work, you’ll be refreshed, filled with ideas, and ready to give it your all for another 1,5 hrs.

Keep nights for calming down and sleeping

During the night is the best time to let your body recover and restore. And if we do a few things, we can ensure to make the most out of it.

First, start by slowing down at least 3 to 4 hrs before going to sleep. Do things that you enjoy. Share quality time with your family and friends, read a book, stretch, take a bath, etc. Minimize phone usage and blue light in general, especially 1 hr before going to sleep. Use dim lights and create a calming atmosphere at home.

Night lights bedroom
Use dim lights at least 1 hr before going to sleep. Make your room as cozy as possible

At home, we like to put calm music and use dim lights. We also start talking at a lower volume and avoid playing active games with our kids 1 hr before putting them to sleep. We take showers, go to the sauna, use comfy clothes, and spend quality time together as a family.

And to ensure a good quality sleep check my article on How to Improve Sleep Quality?

Schedule unplugging time

Make sure to make time for longer breaks from the routine. It can be called holidays or unplugging time.

The main thing here is that you take yourself away from the day to day routine, keep the phone and computer away and preferably go somewhere else than your home.

When we change scenery our brains automatically let go of the ongoing day to day tasks and it becomes much easier to relax. 

Try to choose a place that brings you calmness, nature is great. And make an effort to be mostly with yourself. These are precious moments to reflect, reconnect, get inspired, make decisions, and so on.

Woman Relaxing
Take time to reconnect with yourself, reflect, envision, and mostly rest!

Follow these tips and keep in mind the effects that stress has on your body, and make sure you carve time to relax. This will not only improve your health but will make you a more productive, inspired, and happier person.

I hope you find this useful and if you need any help to make your Healthy Habits stick please contact me. I would be honored to guide you in your journey to a longer, happier, and smarter life!

Until next time, chill!

Daniel

How to Make Cooking Keto at Home Easy?

How to Cook Keto at Home Easy?


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Cooking at home every day is demanding. Having to think about what to prepare, making it, and cleaning the mess, it is a lot of work. That is why eating out nowadays is so popular and for many the first option. 

On the other hand, I believe that Health starts in the kitchen. Because what we eat define us, and determine our well-being. And there is nowhere you can eat, except for home, that you will know exactly what is on your plate.

And then if you want to eat a Ketogenic Diet, it requires a bit more of planning and effort in the kitchen to make sure you stay on track. However, it can be quite easy!

So, how can we make cooking Keto at home easy?

I believe that it is possible. I cook for my family every single day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snacks, mostly Low-Carb/Ketogenic. I prepare everything from scratch, with no processed foods and always with fresh ingredients.

Here are my 5 tips to make cooking Keto at home faster, more pleasant, and easier.

Start by Planning your Groceries

First, I would recommend you to get clear on your top 10 Keto dishes. Consider having 2 to 3 types of breakfast 5 to 6 types of lunch and dinners, and a couple of snack options. 

After you know what are your usual go-to dishes, it is very easy to get your groceries planed. You will know which foods to buy after repeating the same dishes a few times.

Every time that you are in the kitchen, keep a pen and paper close by. You’ll start noticing which ingredients start to run low. Write them down right away for your next shopping trip.  

Finally, before going to do your groceries, do a final check-up to make sure you can make those 10 favorite dishes. Write down what you are missing. Don’t trust your memory!

Always go Bigger

When buying your groceries, make sure to buy more than enough. You should be able to cook 2 to 3 meals for each of the 10 dishes. This way you won’t have to go to the groceries too often and you’ll save a lot of time.

Keto Fridge
This is how our fridge usually looks like after going to the shop!

When cooking, make sure that you double or triple your recipes. Food in the fridge stays good for at least 4 days and there is always the freezing option. This way, with one effort you can eat many days.

You can opt to separate your meals in portions in case you will take them with you to work. Or for your kids to have something ready just to heat up.

Make it Easy for Yourself

The least processed foods are always best, however, when cooking for a big family it can take a lot of time. So, it is ok if you use some ready or easier to use options like:

      • Pre-washed clean salad
      • Ready washed and cut vegetables
      • Fish and chicken fillets without bones or skin
      • Ready or almost-ready snacks like:
        • Sliced turkey
        • Frozen berries
        • Yogurt 
        • Seeds and nuts
        • Cheeses
        • Olives
        • Boiled eggs

 Try to always have in your kitchen these options. So cooking or putting together a plate with few things can be easy and fast.

When tiredness hits, improvise!

Related to the point above, when you have run out of options and ingredients start to be low at home, it is good to have the “putting a plate together” option.

This means that you can use whatever is in the fridge, maybe some leftovers, add some cheese, a vegetable or two, few olives, boil a couple of eggs, and voila!

Putting a plate together
Steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cottage cheese, and boil eggs. Easy, Keto, and Nutritious!

This takes a maximum of 10 min and you’ll have a good Keto plate to eat. The main thing is that you follow the points above so that you always have something in your fridge or cupboard to fix yourself and your family a quick meal.

Think in advance

A key strategy to be able to stick to the Ketogenic diet is to be one step ahead in the kitchen. Before ending the day make sure you are clear about what you’ll be eating the next day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Also, make sure you have ready Keto snacks, bread, or crackers to eat with or after your meals. Usually, these take some time to prepare. It’s best if you have them ready from the day before and that you do bigger batches. So that you don’t have to worry about them for a few days.

Keto Chocolate Cookies
Have snacks always ready. These are our favorite Keto Chocolate Cookies!

I hope you find these tips useful. This is what I do every day to keep my family fed and healthy. I won’t deny that it’s a lot of work, but these tips make it so much easier and the reward of healthy kids and a happy wife is priceless!

Wishing you an easy Keto Cooking time! 

Daniel

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What to expect when starting a Ketogenic Diet?


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Let’s say that you have decided to give the Ketogenic Diet a try and you have done your research on How to Get Started.

Changing your diet from a carbohydrate-based diet to a predominantly fat-based diet is a big shift for the body. Depending on your eating history, it’s good for you to be prepared for changes and symptoms that you will experience along the way.

To transition your body to be fat-adapted, it is good to give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks. During this time you will follow, ideally, a strict ketogenic approach, where most of your calories will come from fat (70%-80%), moderate amount from protein (25%-15%), and a minimum from carbs (5%).

During your first month of a Ketogenic Diet, there are different stages. I divided it in weeks, based on what I have experienced myself and with my customers. But, please consider that each person’s experience is different based on their characteristics, past diet, and exercise level.

So, what to expect when starting a Ketogenic Diet?

Week 1:

During this week usually, you are excited about the change but usually is also the hardest one. Carbohydrate’s withdrawal symptoms are real. You might experience flu-like symptoms such as:

    • Headache
    • Runny nose
    • General tiredness
    • Mental fogginess
    • Dizziness  
    • Bodily pains

During this week, make sure to have plenty of resting time, drink lots of water, and supplement with electrolytes, especially magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

If you are used to exercising regularly, some light exercise might help to accelerate the adaptation process. Try not to push yourself too hard because you might find yourself without much energy. But don’t worry, it will return!

Week 2:

The body starts to get used to using fat as fuel and the grey cloud is lifting bit by bit. You are also getting more confident in the kitchen with new dishes, ingredients, and food substitutes.

At this stage, it’s great to start looking for recipes that inspire you and that substitute your favorite foods from the past. Things like Keto bread, crackers, and sweets are great resources to have always ready to accompany, end your meals or snack.

Also, you might start to lose the first kilos/pounds. The first stage of weight loss its mainly accumulated liquid in the body that is released when burning the carbs/glucose storages. Important: drink lots of water and use electrolyte supplements!

Water with sliced lemon
Get a minimum of 2 Lts – 64 Oz. of water per day!

This is a good time to start exercising a bit more regularly. Find the right intensity for you so that you end your workouts feeling good. Still not the time to push too hard. Exercise can help significantly to get you fat-adapted at this stage.

Week 3:

This is usually when you start to feel the best and when the routine of the diet kicks in. You get used to the food and your new daily meals start to feel like your normal lifestyle.

Usually at this point sleep starts to improve and also mental clarity. You might feel more alert and with more energy in general. Also, your appetite and cravings start to lower and you might find yourself not hungry in general.

You might still experience some bodily pains at this point, but don’t worry, it will pass! Keep on supplementing and drinking plenty of water. Also, listen to your body and rest as much as you need to.

Same as the previous week, keep on exercising regularly, at least 3 times during the week. Energy and strength levels might have started to improve during your workouts, but if it hasn’t yet, do not worry. Exercising is the hardest time for the body to use fat as fuel and it might need an extra 1 or 2 weeks to get adapted to its new fuel source.

Week 4:

During this week you should be already using fat for fuel and gotten fat adapted (it might take 1 to 2 extra weeks depending on the case). 

Once the transition has happened you should be feeling all the benefits of a Ketogenic Diet. Weight loss should be progressing at a rhythm of 500 gr to 2 kilos per week if you have some extra weight to lose.

Scale
If you want to lose weight, keep track of your progress on a weekly basis!

Your mental clarity should have improved, as well as your energy levels. You also might be experiencing better night sleeps and needing a bit less sleep than before. And waking up in the mornings should be easier.

Keep notice of the changes and remember what you have gone through. Also make sure you have enough recipes, ideas, and a good plan so that you are always one step ahead of your eating and also possible cravings.

Sticking to a Ketogenic Diet is a huge accomplishment that comes with big rewards. Ideally, during this month you also have worked on your mindset and have a clear and strong reason WHY you want to eat this way. If you are faced with temptations, cravings, or emotional eating moments, remember your BIG reason(s).

I hope you find this useful, and if you need a personal plan and advice to transition into a Ketogenic Diet and a Healthier Lifestyle, contact me. I’d be honored to guide you towards a longer, happier, and healthier life!

Wishing you all the best!

Daniel

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Coronavirus quarantine: What to do at Home?

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Things to do at Home while in the coronavirus quarantine

Now that we have to stay home and go through the quarantine time hoping to stop the coronavirus from spreading any further, it faces us with the next challenge.

What do we do at home with all the extra time that we have? How do we keep on living even if we can’t leave our homes? And how do we stay healthy, physically and mentally?

Here is a list of things to help you adapt your normal life to your home-based life. Also, some ideas on new things that you can try at home now that you have the time for it.

Keep a similar rhythm and routine as your normal life:

By keeping a routine you will use this time productively. There are many things I am sure you had been thinking in the past of doing at home that always got postponed because of lack of time. Well, now you have the time!

Instead of staying on the sofa the whole day, indulging on Netflix, which can be nice for one or two days, use this time productively.

Have a daily schedule, keep waking up at your normal time, don’t skip meals, schedule time for work, time for exercise and time for relaxation. This way your day will go by faster and you feel that you have accomplished something.

This also helps to distract yourself from the news and focus on your life and your love ones. This has a bigger impact on health that you can imagine. By feeling positive, empowered and productive your immune system gets stronger. Negative thoughts and habits do exactly the contrary.

Exercise at home:

Exercising, done in the right amount and intensity, can be beneficial for your mind and also for your immune system. It is the easiest and best way to boost your good-feeling hormones. Therefore, if you are feeling down because of being closed at home, move!

Jump, dance, squat, you name it! You can do the exercise of your preference. Make it a challenge to adapt your previous workout to your home. Use your furniture to do bodyweight exercises and heavy items to do weights. You can also check the links at the end of this article if you want to build your home gym!

kettlebells set
Build your own Home Gym and move your body! You’ll feel better!

Start a new business:

There has not been a better time to think about your future career and finances. The world is changing, and this is a clear example of how vulnerable the world economy can be and therefore your finances.

Starting a new business is the smartest thing to do at the moment. Think about it, you have the time for it. If you put the time eventually, you can build a source of income that doesn’t depend on a “permanent” job and if you do it, you can be in control of your destiny.

And because it has to be from your home, the best option is Online Business! If you find this idea appealing, check this link:

Add your name and email and I will send you a Free Workshop to teach you how to create an Online Business from scratch from Home.

Spend time in the kitchen:

Because food is medicine, and we want to stay healthy, spending time in the kitchen is key. Plus, it can be a great way to entertain yourself and learn some new healthy recipes. Get creative and experiment.

Also, take your time and don’t rush through it. Make it a special moment to connect to your food and if you have a partner or kids, get them involved in the cooking process. This can be a great time to share and enjoy a good healthy meal.

Family Cooking
Cook with your kids! It is a great way to spent time together!

Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing:

Your environment is a huge contributor to your mental and physical health. And now that we are at home, making our home extra special makes complete sense.

Start by decluttering, take everything out from closets, drawers, and cabinets. Then, make two piles, the ones that will stay and the ones that will go. After you have selected the things, you want to keep clean and reorganize them.

The things you will let go, put them in boxes and bags and look for a good new home, donate or maybe resell them. This way you can always help somebody else in need.

If we stay focused on the good side of things and make the best out of this situation, we can come out with lots of accomplishments and with new feelings of achievement.

This can be a great time for refocusing our priorities, making new plans for the future and taking full control of our health and life. I don’t know about you, but I want to be in the driver’s seat of my life! I want to choose my destiny! And I want to live a life of purpose and happiness!

Until next time, stay healthy and stay strong!

Daniel

Links to build a Home Gym:

P.S. If you need help to boost your health at this particular time, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m offering Free 15 min consultations to get you started on a Healthier Lifestyle path.

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How to implement Healthy Habits?

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How to implement Healthy Habits?

No matter where you are in your journey, we all can do better towards our health and self. That is how life works, we are constantly improving and expanding!

Maybe it’s improving your diet, or exercising more often, or adding daily mindfulness and meditation practices. Whatever it is, everything comes down to create and implement a new habit.

If you are human, you probably have struggled in the past to change or add healthy habits, as I have. So, here are some tips that have worked for me to start a new habit easier and more effectively:

Become crystal clear Why you want to do it:

No matter what we are trying to change or add in our life, we need to have a clear reason Why!

Usually, we face a point where our inside voice screams for change. And that is the moment to pick up the phone and listen! When you do, ask yourself, why do you want to change? Why do you want to add this new habit in your life? How does your life will improve by making this change? How will you become a better person by adding this new habit in your life?

It’s important that you get clear answers to these questions. They will be your reminders and motivation to stick to your new habit. So, don’t be afraid and go deep in your answers. Think about your long-term health, think about the love ones around you, think about the impact in every area of your life…

Get an accountability team, partner or coach:

We are social creatures and it’s proven that we stick to our promises much better when we have spoken to others about it. When implementing a new Healthy Habit in your life, make sure you share it with friends and family around you. Let them know how important this change is for you and explain your reasons Why you are doing it.

If you feel that you need extra help to stay on track look for a coach. If you have tried many times unsuccessfully to change a habit, probably you need professional help. A good coach will keep you accountable and provide you with the right tools and steps for you to achieve success.

 

Friends group
Find your tribe and announce your change and reasons why!

Use the 2-day rule:

When starting a new habit, for example, to exercise regularly, the 2-day rule means that you won’t be taking 2 days off exercising in a row. At least, you will do that new habit a minimum of every other day. This way you will keep the momentum of the new habit and before you know it, it will feel better to do it than not to.

It is a big commitment! Remember your Why! And because we know that life always gets in the way, you can always plan to have 1 day off your new habit, but not 2 in a row!

Set reminders (obvious and subtle ones):

Obvious reminders are the ones that you can use in your phone or notes that you can leave around your home to “remind you” to do the action needed to implement your new Healthy Habit. Or a partner or friend that can ask you daily how are you doing with your new habit.

More subtle ones are important, especially for your subconscious mind. For example, if you want to have a green smoothie every morning, leave the blender and some ingredients ready on the kitchen counter from the night before. Or if you want to drink more water during the day get a nice drinking bottle and make sure you carry it around everywhere you go. Or if you want to change your diet, start by cleaning all the unhealthy food from your kitchen and fill it with the healthy stuff you want.

Fruits and Water Bottle
Set reminders! If you see it you will do it!

By changing your environment and pre-setting yourself for success by implementing small changes related to your new habit, your mind creates positive associations to your new habit, and therefore you will start creating subconscious pathways for your future behaviors.

These are some tips that have worked for me to implement new Healthy Habits. I have to say that the most powerful one, is the first one. Becoming crystal clear Why you want to do it.

All comes down to your mindset, your character and your commitment to yourself, and to those reasons why you want to change or add a new habit.

If you need professional help to transition into new healthier habits with the proper tools and techniques so it is smooth and effective contact me.

I offer a 15 min Free session where we can discuss your goals, get a clear plan and move forward to conquer your new healthy habits. Just write at daniel@danielherandezlifestyle.com

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Until next time, be healthy and feel good!

Daniel

Can we have it all? A blog on how to create your dream life

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Yes! We definitely can. Not many people have done it. It does require a special attitude and character towards life. But it’s possible.

You probably have around some examples of “successful” people, maybe some people are successful in their career and get to enjoy financial abundance, maybe they have a great love relationship and they always seem happy with their other half, maybe you know somebody that has the freedom to travel around the world. But do you know anybody that has it all?

This has been my dream for the last 15 years and the driver to make me dive into all kinds of personal growth materials, coaching techniques, mindset programming tools, health and well-being methods and so on.

I have become obsessed with the fact that I want all in life. I want to have a beautiful family, I want to have the most passionate and romantic love relationship, I want to have a fit and strong body, I want to have freedom of time and space and I want to have the financial abundance to enjoy a high quality of life. I want it all!

So far, I feel that I have succeeded in many of these areas and I feel confident enough to share what has worked for me so that you can do the same.

Family Picture
My wife and our daughter (second baby on the way!)

This is why I have created Daniel Hernandez Lifestyle and this blog. Through my blogs, videos, and newsletters you will find different tools, reflections, and provoking thoughts to inspire you to create YOUR ideal life.

The emphasis in YOUR life! This is not for you to copy my life or my insights. It’s for you to dive deep inside and define what do you want. 

This is why you will find different focus areas in this blog. I’ll be sharing about Healthy Lifestyle tips and tools, how to build your Character and Emotional Intelligence, tips about relationships (love, social and parenting) and how to create your ideal career and financial abundance.

You must start to believe that YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL! Everything starts in our mind and the beliefs we hold on to.

That is why I will be sharing new ways of seeing things for you to bend your current beliefs and start expanding towards new ways of thinking. To a place where you can have and enjoy all the successes that you deserve in every area of your life.

We are here to make the most out of this one life that we get to enjoy. We are here to grow and expand. We are here to live an extraordinary life. And it is only up to us to define what does that means, who do we have to become to get there, have a clear reason why we want it and then take the actions to get there, consistently, day in and day out!

So to begin, take a moment if you can close your eyes for a couple of minutes, and imagine 5 years from now how your life could be. Where are you? With whom you are? What are you doing? How is your body looking? What are you feeling?

Tropical beach
You can be, do or have whatever YOU want!

You see, our essence is pure love and joy. We are meant to live that way. We are meant to let our light shine and live life happily and joyfully. To do that, we need to start by knowing which life we want to live.

If you want to receive my newsletters click here and sign in. Otherwise, follow me on Facebook to get all the new blog posts or on this site.

And, if you feel that you can use a hand to get clearer on your life dream and also get actionable tips to get started, contact me and let’s get to work!

I wish you a fulfilling happy and wealthy life!

And remember, WE CAN HAVE IT ALL!

Daniel