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How to Effortlessly Be a Superhuman, Starting Now

July 22, 2016

Omie Robin Berzin, M.D., is a functional medicine physician and the founder of Parsley Health. Her intention is Vitality, the energy that springs from living in balance. Here she talks about creating what you’re capable of.


I just got bit in the neck by a scorpion. I am OK, and because of this fact, I am determined to be a superhuman. This, and make wellness a priority.

Not in a hardcore, militant, stringent sort of way. But in an effortless way. I am determined to make my life easier. Here it goes.

What I mean is that I am determined to give myself all the tools I need to begin each day with affirmation, enthusiasm, clear intention, and focus.

This is where performance meets balance. It’s about mind-strength, not ab-strength. It’s about calm, not intensity. It’s about experiments, not punishments. It’s about choosing to make wellness a priority.

We all have things we want to achieve. So what’s your strategy for making both happen at once without feeling like a failure if you don’t post up at the gym every day at 6 a.m.?

Here are my 5 simple strategies for being an effortless superhuman. Hint: It’s about working smarter, not harder.

1. Clear the decks
I’m starting off with a simple detox. Like, tomorrow. Based on my 7-day program, I’m going booze/gluten/sugar/ dairy-free not for my waistline but for my brain. We all have our boozy days–let’s face it. Now I need mental stamina, and nothing clears the fog like a short and sweet cleanse. 

2. Make fear a commodity
I was lucky on my last vacation to spend some serious hours practicing yoga and meditating. In both practices, I worked on manifesting fearlessness. Do you ever feel like fear and self-doubt are like an old item of clothing that you keep buying and selling back to yourself in a weird vicious cycle? Don’t sell yourself fear and don’t buy it. Meditate on releasing it for good.

3. Live the N of 1 principle
The “N of 1” refers to the fact that in any study, the N (otherwise known as the denominator) is usually a huge group of people (a necessity in order to draw broad conclusions). But in life, the N is always 1–a.k.a. YOU.

For example, if artificial sweetener doesn’t cause cancer in 9 out of 10 rats, the N is 10, but from the perspective of the rat that gets cancer, the N is 1–the odds were 100%.

This doesn’t mean freak out about getting cancer. It means that at the end of the day, nothing can tell you about your body like experimenting with it does. My experiment will be intermittent fasting 16 hours a day 2 days per week. I’ll have dinner at 8 p.m. and not eat again until noon the next day, a max of 2 days per week, just to see what happens to my focus and metabolism.

4. Hack your habits
My habit is to skip exercise when I get super busy. I am about to be super busy. So I am scheduling yoga into my Google calendar like a meeting and making sure I get there three days per week as a gift to myself.

What’s your habit of cutting yourself short? How can you hack making it a true priority to put yourself first?

5. Ask for help
Sometimes I try to boil the ocean and take on the world, instead of leaning on the people who support me to help me be 100 times more productive. If your answer is “I’m soooo busy” when people ask how you are, you need help, and you need systems in place so that you’re not living under water.

This month I am asking for help from everyone so I can create the things I am capable of. What do you need help with?

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