Unleash the power within!

6 simple things that give you more energy right now!

Would you like to have unlimited energy every day?  Would it mean you’d exercise more? Play and travel more? Give more to your work? Use it to inspire, motivate and connect with more people?

Below is my list of top tips from some of the recent health and energy programmes I’ve been on, including the juice fast at YogaBarn in Bali. and Unleash The Power Within, (UPW). They are working for me, and they might just work for your too!

Why not pick one and give it a try? Or pick all seven and you’ll be on an unstoppable force of nature.

1. Move more!

The fastest way to change your energy is to move! Change your physical state. Act like you have energy, and you will feel it. Try it now. Stand up! Shake your body, put your hands in the air and jump a few times! You’ve been sitting down too long anyway. If you are feeling brave, shout “I FREAKIN ROCK” as loud as you can too! That will wake you up.

Your physiology has a profound impact on your psychology. You already know this, right?  Tony Robbins knows it too. That’s why he had us up, jumping, dancing and shouting regularly for 4 days during UPW.  Here’s my video of us at 9 Saturday morning. We look a little crazy don’t we, but we had energy!

2. Breathe more!

The yogis amongst you will have been practicing this one for a while. They call it pranayama. It can be as simple as sitting still and breathing deeply into your stomach for a few breaths, to specific breathing patterns, regularly throughout the day.  My preferred pattern uses the ratio of 1:4:2. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 16, exhale for 8, repeated 10 times. (Listen to Tony describe the 4 in 4 out version here at 1:10:30)  Depending on the pattern you use, It’s an instant de-stresser, and energiser!

3. Poop more!

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Fruit and Vegetables

Why detox and juice fast? Because you don’t want these little guys inside you

I’d never done a juice fast before.  I need to eat every three hours just to stay alive. 6 small meals a day, right? Seven days with no food? How am I going to do that? Why am I going to do that?

I don’t need to lose weight. I eat a normal healthy diet. What am I going to get out of it? And what is it going to get out of me? That was the big surprise.

The most fascinating part of a fast is not just the lack of what goes in one end, but sometimes it’s the observations of what comes out the other.

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Social Enterprise Tour Group

The Best Social Enterprise Tour of East London

If you are looking for the best free self-guided tour of East London, this is my recommended route. I recently worked with the British Council to guide a group mostly Hong Kong citizens around some of the best social enterprises in London. A great group NGO workers, academics, and social entrepreneurs. Get in touch via the comments if you’d like take this tour with me.

FoodCycle

Bromley By Bow FoodCycle is a charity social enterprise that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

We stopped for a talk from Helena Chouchani to learn more about their growing number of FoodCycle Hubs across the UK, and franchising plans for expansion. Of course we stayed for a yummy lunch too!

Bikeworks

Bethnal Green Bikeworks runs a variety of community cycling programmes including employability for disadvantaged groups, all ability cycling, bicycle reuse and recycling, school cycle training and more. As a business it provides cycling services to consumers and organisations – so buy your next bike from here!

We were lucky to have a private tour from co-founder Jim Blakemore. He talked about the entrepreneurial journey, and how their social outcomes can continue to grow as the business grows.

Hackney Pirates

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Tammy Jones

How to Relax in the City – Urban Yoga with Tammy Jones

City life can be pretty stressful sometimes. Rushing between meetings, adding things to your never-ending to do list, checking your emails and Facebook every minute. You know it doesn’t have to be like this, but how do you take time out to relax, reflect and get some exercise?  To do those important things that keep you healthy and happy?

Well you don’t need to quit your job and go to Brazil to have a nice time. That helps, but it’s not the only answer.  You can take time out in your city too.  For me that meant spending a wonderful Sunday upside down and on my head with yoga instructor Tammy Jones.

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How Preserva Mundi’s Natural Insect Repellent Saved My Skin

Talk about lucky. I am now very grateful that I was able to meet Romina Lindemann in Rio.  Romina’s social enterprise, Preserva Mundi, sustainably farms and sells natural products like Neem, and Noni.  I must admit I had never heard of either.  Romina explains more in the video below.

Romina talked me through some of the properties of the Neem tree for agriculture, and personal use.  It helps cattle fight disease.  When they eat Neem, it helps their digestion and it’s properties stop insects reproducing in the cattle dung. Nice.

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It’s proven to help plant roots grow thicker and stronger than if not used, increasing crop yields without chemicals.  Apparently the big agro-chemical companies don’t like this.

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For humans, we can use it for repellent, soap, or also take a few drops of the oil every day, for a healthy digestion (just like the cows).  

Romina invited me to see the farm where it is produced, just out side Belem, in the Amazon region in north of Brazil.  Here I met Romina’s father, Sergio.  Sergio gave me a tour of the farm.

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The farm also produces Noni, a healthy superfood to be consumed daily.  Sergio has a shot of it every morning, as well as 3 drops of his Neem oil.  

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As well as these plants, the farm also grows piraricu – one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.  This prehistoric fish grows about 12kg a year, and Sergio has seen a huge demand grow in high quality protein.  How is the world going to feed 10 billion people?  Sustainably farming fish is one way.  

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Before leaving the farm, I was given a couple of samples of the products.  Neem oil, repellent and soap.  I am so lucky – the week after, I arrived in the Pantanal, in the wet season, and next to water, after the rain.  Mosquito heaven.  

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I covered myself in the repellent every day, and it worked a treat. No bites on neem sprayed areas. In all but the densest clouds of mosquitoes, the repellent has kept the mossies at bay.  

Some of you maybe thinking that only Deet works, and I did have some Deet spray too.  I saved that mostly for my clothes. Deet does work but it is strong stuff, and it’s not good for our skin.

It was really great to have a natural product as well, that I could cover myself with in the morning or after taking a shower, and not feel straight away like a toxic chemical dump.   I recommend you take some neem natural repellent away with you, next time you head to mosquito territory. I may just save your skin too. Thank you Preserva Mundi!