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A Day in the Life of Jordan Rubin, by Jordan Rubin
Question: What do you eat in an average day, and why?
Upon Waking: 20 oz.. of purified water (I drink between 100-120 ounces of water per day on average.)
Before Breakfast: RAW Meal--Beyond Organic Meal Replacement
Breakfast: 3 omega-3 eggs (Gold Circle Farms) cooked in Garden of Life® extra virgin coconut oil and 2 pieces of yeast free spelt toast (French Meadow) with organic butter
Supplements: With a super busy schedule and a passion for extraordinary health, I take a large amount of whole food supplements. This is an honest response to an honest question. You should only take the supplements that you and your health practitioner deem right for you.
Lunch: Beyond Organic Beef, Fish or Chicken dish; soup (made with real stock and veggies; butternut squash and steamed veggies like broccoli are my favorites.
Before Dinner: Perfect Food® RAW Green SuperFood Drink mixed with water
Dinner: Organic Green salad with organic greens (either store bought or grown in my outdoor home hydroponic system), cucumbers, carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, red onions, 1/2 avocado (one of the healthiest foods on the planet), raw soaked and dried seeds, raw cheese and smoked wild caught salmon (Echo Falls is a brand I like.)
After Dinner Snack: Berries, Sheep's Milk Yogurt (Old Chatham Sheepherder's is the best), Garden of Life® Hawaiian Lehua Honey and vanilla extract
Question: How and when do you exercise?
I exercise 5-6 times per week. I spend between 40-75minutes exercising in my home gym. I use an exercise system called FIT (Functional Interval Training) where I perform short bursts of activity followed by a timed rest period.
An example of one of my favorite workouts is something I call “the Big Five.” The Big Five is an exercise series that uses Russian Kettlebells (kettlebells are traditional Russian cast iron weights that look like a cannonball with a handle) and strengthens the major functional muscles of the body which are often neglected--including the legs, glutes, lower back, abs, and shoulders.
The “Big Five” consists of five exercises, four sets each (20 total sets). Each exercise is a compound or multi-movement exercise involving more than one major muscle group. During a “Big Five” session, I perform four sets of each exercise set to failure which means I do as many repetitions as I can. I try to keep my rep range between 4-9 repetitions per exercise set. After I perform an exercise set of 4-9 reps, I rest for exactly one minute.
After the first few sets, my heart rate is through the roof and I'm panting which means I am experience an oxygen deficit and my lungs are desperately trying to pull in more oxygen.
The “Big Five” is by far the most intense and effective workout I have ever done and I've trained with some of the best in the world over the years. Best of all, it only takes between 35-40 minutes and gets your heart and lungs pumping. The “Big Five” is a great workout for both men and women as it strengthens the body's core muscles.
During the exercises I focus on my breathing by exhaling when I exert myself and inhaling during the negative or concentric portion of the movement. I have streaming video of many of the workouts (including the Big Five) I perform--online at our website www.PerfectWeightAmerica.com .
Question: How do you balance a heavy workload with time for personal reflection, and why is that important?
It is very difficult to stay grounded and keep one's priorities straight when you are a mission-driven individual. Despite my crazy schedule that often takes me half way around the world, I try my best to make time each day to remember why I do what I do and focus on what's important in life.
For a gregarious person such as myself who enjoys being around people, it is so important to get away for short periods to reconnect with my spiritual side and refocus on my life's purpose—to transform the health of this world one life at a time.
Question: Do you "schedule" time with your family?
Being as busy as I am, I do find it necessary to schedule time with my family. My wife and I try to have date nights when possible and I also schedule time with my kids. My biggest challenge is to unplug from my "work"—and unplugging is very difficult. I wouldn't say my work is my life, but rather my life is my work. And since I make it a point to preach what I practice, it is imperative for me to spend time loving those most important to me--my family
Question: What changes when you travel?
Jordan’s Answer: When I travel—which is too often as far as I'm concerned—my schedule can be turned upside down. The key to keeping my health and sanity is to prepare for my trip by bringing SREs (snacks ready to eat) such as our Garden of Life® organic food bars and RAW Meal. I also make sure to find a local health food store and stock up on food for the trip. Since I realize that proper sleep is a key to health, I always try to get a good night's sleep. (This is easier said than done in a hotel bed.) All in all, while I much prefer being at home, I have learned to embrace travel as part of my life's purpose—to empower extraordinary health.
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