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Listen to a remastered episode from the archives… Are you waking up and immediately feeling like crap? I could take a guess that it is linked to a few things. One of them being a lack of consistent sleep or even a mildly consistent diet. Today I dive deep in seven different areas you can improve in to feel better overall.
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- 7 Reasons why you feel like crap
- Sleep Habits
- The risk of falling back asleep
- Importance of Water Intake
- Don’t be scared of the past or future
Hey, what’s shakin’, hey, I’m Rick Jordan today, we’re going all in. These are seven reasons why you feel like crap. We’re gonna bust through these today. Are you ready with me? Let’s dive in. Alright, the first one. I found this one out years ago, years ago how much this makes a difference when I dropped so much weight. And all of a sudden people are like, man, you got so much energy all the frickin time. Do you know? No, I do go to my doughnuts here and there, which everybody knows, right? I’ve got this thing I like donuts, but that’s okay. But for the most part 95% of the time, I eat healthy. I’m intentional. Because the first reason why you feel like crap, is you’re eating the wrong foods. There are foods out there with sugar, you eat too much sugar, too much sugar, it’s going to bog you down, you drink too much alcohol, it’s going to bog you down. You’re eating like mostly carbs are going to it’s gonna bog you down, you eat actually, even in the reverse. All those that are like, hey, you know what, let’s just eliminate my carb intake. You know what, there are only two of these who are scientific look this crap up for real. There are only two forms. In the mains, right between carbs, protein, and fats, it actually gives your body energy and that’s carbs and fats. You should not eliminate those unless you have some kind of medical condition. But for the majority of people who are listening, I bet you like almost all you should not eliminate carbs and fats from your diets, but have those in the right amounts. If you want to increase your protein because you’re lifting as I do, I have a higher protein intake, but I still have plenty of carbs and plenty of fats in my diet. That’s how I have so much energy.
One of the reasons anyways, right? Why I don’t feel like crap. And I notice when I do feel like crap, I had a couple of days of eating the wrong foods. Number two, the reason why you’re feeling like crap is because you’re not sleeping well. Now, here’s another thing that I picked up, here’s a tip on how to sleep well, you got to get your ass out of bed in the morning. I set two alarms, this is how I do this, three minutes apart. So like this morning, right? I got up at six o’clock. I do that at the same time almost every single day. That’s another tip for you to sleep well is you have to get your ass up at the same time, every day. The only way you adjust. And this was also I’ve hit the Sleep Doctor on a previous episode before, okay, and the only way that you can adjust or should adjust to get more sleep is to actually go to bed early. So if you need to catch up on something or you’re more tired, you should adjust your time at night and go to bed earlier and still get up at the same time because it gets you in a rhythm. This morning, I got up at six, I had one alarm set for 552. And another alarm was set for 5:55 am. That’s right, I don’t get up at four 330 Like some of these Instagram coaches or celebrities that you see, do what’s right for you.
But I get up at the same time, pretty much every single day. And the other thing that I do besides the three minutes apart on the alarm, is I get out of bed within the first five minutes. If you lay in bed, you risk falling back to sleep that snooze on alarm clocks of nine minutes. It’s crap. It’s horrible because that’s too much time, you can fall back into a stage of sleep by that point in time. And that’s why you’re groggy because you lay in bed, no joke, three minutes apart and get out of for alarms and then five minutes. Get out of bed and set your alarms for pretty much the same time every single day and you will watch yourself start to wake up before your alarm even goes off. That happens so much to me. This is one way that I have energy and how I don’t feel like crap I sleep well. Because if you’re feeling like crap, number two is you aren’t sleeping well. The third one, I throw this at everybody and I actually picked this up from Dave Asprey a while back is my vitamin D levels because the number three reason why you feel like crap is because your vitamin D levels are low. If you look this up vitamin D controls and it contributes to so many different cellular processes in your body. And doctors in the FDA screw that I’m not a doctor, right but if you look up the Vitamin D Council, it’s a nonprofit organization. If you look up the Vitamin D Council, the recommended intake if you’re supplementing vitamin D is 1000 I use per 25 pounds of body weight. So me um 200 pounds.
I take actually 10,000 I use a day because what I should be taking is 8000 I use a day. Unfortunately, I live in Chicago, this is another thing and if you’re in the US, anywhere North really of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, you don’t get vitamin D all year round. In fact, in Chicago, we don’t get vitamin D from the sun. Between about the middle of March and the middle of September every year, which means if you’re going outside, that’s great. It’s a, you know, we get these amazing warm days in October, in March, you know, sometimes even all the way into November in Chicago, but you go outside, you’re not going to get vitamin D from the sun in the majority of America during the winter months. This is also a science because it has to do with the Asmath of the Sun against the ozone layer of the earth. It’s only vitamin B rays, UVB rays that actually give you the vitamin Dinh your skin. If those don’t get through the ozone, which they don’t, when the Azmuth of the sun is at a specific angle, remember the Earth’s tilted and it goes around the sun that way, right? So when it’s wintertime in the northern hemisphere, you’re actually tilted away from the sun. And this is why this happens.
Therefore, you should supplements in order to keep your vitamin D levels a great metric that I’ve used because doctors with MDS will tell you, Oh, as long as it’s above 20 years, okay, right? When I found this out, and I looked at this mine was a seven, a freaking seven when I got myself tested, and doctors didn’t even test me, I wouldn’t get tested myself, found this out. Now I keep mine between 60 and 7010 times the amount that I was another reason why I have so much energy and don’t feel like crap all the time is because I keep my vitamin D level up. This is something to get tested all the time, especially if you’re supplementing because there is a time period where you can actually go into toxicity. With this, you don’t want to do too much. But if you stick to that 1000 I use a day per 25 pounds of body weights, you should be okay. Again, get yourself tested regularly. All right. And remember I said doctors will call you okay, if you’re above 20, the frickin Endocrine Society because this is another interesting point about vitamin D is that it’s actually a hormone. It’s not a vitamin, it’s a hormone. You take this thing, and it actually affects so many different processes of your body since it’s a hormone,
The Endocrine Society in the US actually weighed in and said, You know what, those regular MDs, those general practices, those family physicians are wrong. We want to see it at 40. We call you deficient if you’re under 40. But then, of course, you go into the other things I know I feel good when it’s about 70. And Dave Asprey, as I mentioned, keeps his around that level two, amazing, absolutely amazing. The number four reason why you feel like crap is because you aren’t exercising. I feel this Allah, You know what, I just went through something where I tweaked my back about two months ago, and I had to wait four weeks or five weeks to get back into it, my muscles started feeling horrible. Because if we’re used to all this excitement and movements and energetic stimulation, every single day, I work out like four to five times a week, and it carries over. So the blood was always pumping and circulating through my body in my muscles all over every single day because I would exercise so much. Now you don’t have to lift heavy like I do, right? On my off days, I try to just even just get a walk, no joke. I’ll go outside for 30 minutes to try.
I’m actually even looking into a treadmill from my office, right I have a standing desk, maybe an under one and under desk treadmill or something on the side with an eye with a laptop holder. So I can do that. But I want to get these steps in every day too because that’s what I’m talking about you when your body moves when you move your body, blood flows through your body and gives it life. You have to move as human beings we are meant to move. If you do not exercise you will feel like crap. If you do not exercise regularly, you will feel horrible. The number five reason why you feel like crap is that you don’t drink enough water.
Do you hear me you don’t drink enough water? Look, I got it right here. Right? If you’re watching on YouTube, I got my water right here. I drink close to a gallon a day. I saw this funny thing on Instagram this morning that said hey, you know what, you know, live nutritiously or something like that you need to drink a gallon a day. You know, it’s like eliminating the toxicity from your life drink a gallon of water a day, because you’ll be paying so much that you won’t have time to deal with people’s drama. That struck the I was laughing as I saw that this morning at breakfast. However, water is such an important part of all vital functions of your body again, right? The minimum I would say you know and it varies by size water, and weight of your own body. You know how big you are, how tall you are, how much you weigh all of this stuff. But when I read things about, you know like when Chris Pratt when he dropped so much weight from being on Parks and Recreation into becoming a star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. That dude was drinking an ounce of water for every pound of body weight.
So he was up of like 250 right 250 pounds when he’s trying to drop down he was drinking 250 ounces of water per day and said he was peeing all the time. I read The article in Men’s Health or Men’s Fitness whichever one it was, I don’t remember which magazine it was in or online publication. But he was like I was peeing all the time, it sucked, I will drink at least a gallon of water every single day to stay hydrated. And sometimes it’s not even enough. If you’re drinking less than 64 ounces per day, you are probably dehydrated, which is why you feel like crap. A simple way to get this in, I figured this out when I was dropping weight years ago, a simple way to get this amount in is right, my cup right here is about 16 ounces, right? So even like the size of a regular water bottle, like from ice mountain or rock coffin or whatever, but one of those right when you get up in the morning, right when you get up in the morning, drink 16 ounces of water, then right before breakfast, drink another 16 ounces. That’s right, so that’s before you even eat in the morning, you’ve got 32 ounces down. Now I eat right away in the mornings I always do. So as soon as I get up, I pound down 16 ounces. Then while I’m making my breakfast, I drink another 16 ounces while I’m making cooking my breakfast, which I do pretty much every morning, like 29 days out of 30 a month unless I’m traveling, I’m cooking my own breakfast instead of going out.
Right and then before every other major meal, meaning before lunch, and before dinner, you drink 16 ounces before each of those three meals every single day. So that one when you wake up and those other three, right there you have 64 ounces, a half a gallon, just with that one little trick, you can actually get in half of what your intake is, if you want to down a gallon every single day. It made it super simple for me because I tied it. This is an important thing in life. If you want to start a habit form a good habit, and tie it to something else that you’re already doing. So when I drink water, I tie it to my meals I’m already eating better up to you could tie water intake to each of your meals and then just sip water the rest of the day. That’s it. It’s super simple to do it that way. I hope that helps you. That was number five, you don’t drink enough water. Number six is going to get deep. Okay, are you ready for this? A reason you feel like crap is because you live in fear. A reason you feel like crap is because you live in fear. I’m going to expand on this in another episode, because fear is one of the six basic emotions, right? But here’s something that’s interesting. You cannot be scared of the past. You can’t be scared of the past. Also, you cannot be scared of the future. It’s impossible to be scared of the future. You can’t be scared of the past, because the past already happened. It’s done. And you can’t be scared of the future because it hasn’t happened yet.
There’s no way no possible way for you to know what exactly is going to transpire in the future. Because you can realize right now in the present, you have complete control over what’s going to happen tomorrow. And 30 days from now and a year from now. And 10 years from now it’s up to you to choose. Yes, I’m getting pumped up here because you cannot be scared over anything in the past or anything in the future. Fear is an emotion right now, in the present. If something is happening to you right now, in the present, by all means, be scared. It’s a healthy emotion. When it’s focused on right now, it’s meant to do that because fear can drive you to new levels. When you feel something like that right now, fear can actually keep you away from bad things. It’s meant to do that when you feel it right now. But it cannot do anything for you, according to the past or the future, because it doesn’t apply fear does not apply to the past or the future, only two right now to do good things for you. If you are constantly living in a state of fear, right now, you are not choosing to make a change or react to what’s coming at you to make a positive step forward and you’re choosing to live in it. If fear cannot apply in the past or the future. That means fear is meant to be momentary and temporary right now so that you can do something with your current conditions right in the present so it doesn’t last longer than you want it to the number seven reason why you feel like crap, is you don’t practice gratitude. This is the last one today. You don’t practice gratitude. Stuff is always going to hit you I want you to listen to my voice here. Stuff is always going to hit you in life. Things are going to come up I talked about this in a previous episode that I you as to say that you can absolutely control everything. You can’t. That was a stupid way to me,
I’ve grown since then. You can’t control everything. There’s stuff that can just blindside you like it like cancer and all these other things that are just completely out of your control. The majority of it is in your control, though. And still, no matter what you’re going through, it doesn’t matter. Because there are still things to be grateful for. There are always things to be grateful for. If stuff is really sucking right now, you’re still breathing. Do you think things are hitting you hard right now, you probably had a good day last week that you can think of. If you got people in your life right now that are just annoying the crap out of you. There’s probably at least one person in your life that you don’t want to live without. Or the reason you feel like crap is that you keep yourself from feeling grateful. You choose to keep yourself from feeling grateful. Today’s a day, you can shift that. Today is the day that you can actually start writing these things down every single night before you go to bed. Some people keep a gratitude journal, right? Or you can keep it in the notes on your phone. It doesn’t matter what but, or even just go through it in your mind. It’s cool to write it down and actually go back and see these things. Because then you can flip through it in those times when you feel like it’s the darkest around you and you can start to read things because sometimes it’s a little hard to think about that when you’re when you’re deep in the crap. It’s a little hard to think about these things. But when you write these down, you can go back and you can start to see Oh man, that’s right. I’m grateful to him. I’m grateful for her. I’m grateful for this in my life. Today’s a day you can make a change. And instead of feeling like crap, you can feel good again today and every day forward. Go ALL IN.