Source | INC : By J.T.O’Donnell
All high-performing executives battle with stress. It comes with the territory. And more than a few pride themselves on their ability to cope with high levels of it. (Perhaps that’s you.) Some even claim to thrive on it, stating it’s their ability to manage more stress than the average person that makes them so successful. At least that’s what they believe, until their metabolic system starts failing them. I should know.
Last year, I had one of the busiest, exciting, yet most stressful years ever running my company. Like most Type-A personalities, I chose to fight back. After all, I’m no stranger to stress–and I thought I had the solution. Eat healthy and exercise like crazy. A fitness junkie and instructor for more than decade, I thought increasing the intensity and changing the routine would keep me in peak performing mode–just as it had always done. It worked for a while, but then …
Sick, tired, and foggy-brained (sound familiar?).
Regardless of my best efforts to keep things in check, I found myself sick with a nasty cold I couldn’t shake. I was tired all the time. And, no matter how many cups of coffee I drank, I couldn’t get my brain to focus the way I was used to. I wondered if stress had finally beaten me. That’s when I went “stark naked.”
A new lifestyle plan for high achievers.
I was introduced to Brad Davidson’s book, The Stark Naked 21-Day Metabolic Reset. A long-time personal trainer turned health and wellness coach, Davidson came up with his program after experiencing his own metabolic burnout. In spite of being in top physical shape, he was diagnosed with male menopause at 32 years of age. His doctor told him he had the testosterone levels of an 80-year-old man and wanted to put him on hormone therapy. That’s when Davidson became determined to figure out what was causing his body to fail him. Turns out, the answer was in the way the human body handles stress.