living your best life

Living a healthy lifestyle is more than just using essential oils or taking a daily supplement. (Although that's a great place to start!) A healthy lifestyle is rooted in taking care of your body, managing the factors around you as best you can, as well as being proactive in your self and medical care. It's a package deal to help you live your best life. 

 
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Take a Look at This Lifestyle Pyramid

Honestly, I feel like most people live this pyramid upside-down. We wait until we have some diagnosis with a certain medical condition and we are told that we have to do medical care to fix whatever the condition is. We start with medical care and then we go backward down the pyramid thinking, "Oh my gosh. Well, I've got to get rid of my stress and get more sleep. I've got to eat right. I've got to exercise." But really, the above pyramid is set up to help you live your best life. 

We shouldn't wait until we have a problem to start living our best life. If we would actually do this pyramid in the order laid out and focus on the things at the bottom of the pyramid, we would rarely get to the top. And yes, this is coming from an emergency room doctor.

 

I don't want to be my patients.

This is single-handedly the reason I eat and exercise the way I do. It's why I take supplements to help me get in all my greens. I am about to say something that may sound harsh, but I honestly mean it in the nicest way, "I don't want to be like my patients." I see where medical care gets us and I don't want to be unhealthy, unable to move, unable to do what I want to do at 50 or 60. We are so capable of treating ourselves with the right food and exercise now to prevent the disease instead of waiting for the disease process to happen and then trying to reverse it. 

 

Our jacked-up way of consuming food.

We have a jacked up system with the way that we consume food. It's so hard for me when I look at all the food that is available at the store--so much of it is chemical-based. Our bodies don't even recognize the chemical ingredients as food! WHAT! This is why I try really hard to keep my diet as clean as possible. I've fallen in love with the Paleo way of eating because our bodies can recognize these whole ingredients. If your body doesn't know how to process the food (think potato chips dripping in chemicals, delicious but...) your body will jump into an inflammatory state because it recognizes the food as chemicals. Your body goes into alert mode. Your body doesn't know how to process that junk! Our beautiful and amazing bodies were designed to process simple foods--produce, meat, and dairy!

 

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Why I changed my lifestyle.

Honest answer: I was about to have my 35th birthday and I had a little crisis. I realized that I was only 35, I had a 2-year-old and I was struggling to carry him up the stairs and keep up with him. It was a total change of mentality for me and my life and lifestyle and my approach to what I was doing. I realized that I had been so caught up in just keeping up with med school and residency and I was not taking care of me. At all. 

When I turned 35, I joined a gym. I signed up for a personal trainer because I was clueless when it came to what I should be doing at a gym. She asked me what my goals were and I said, "I want to lose weight, be in shape, and I want to be able to keep up with my son." 

I wish that I would have come to this conclusion 10 years earlier. Med school and residency are so stressful, I wish I had found exercise prior to that. 

You know what? When I had this lifestyle change moment, it led to less stress because I had a way to release it. I could get on the treadmill or go out for a run. That adrenaline endorphin rush that you get from a good work out is the best anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, de-stressing medication you can get. There's no other way to get it other than getting a good workout. It doesn't have to be spending 90 minutes at the gym. I go in and do 30-45 minutes of weights, 20 minutes of cardio, and 10 minutes of stretching. 

 

Why do people quit exercising?

I think most people quit exercising because it is hard. It's hard to get up and go do it. It's hard because it takes awhile to see the results--like 2-3 months. But, once you get to the point where you are getting that adrenaline endorphin rush from it, the energy levels finally kick up in your body. This is great because you then have the energy to actually get up and go get your workout on! 

You know, every January I see a ton of new people at the gym. I love it so much! But then, after 3 weeks those numbers drop off significantly because people aren't seeing the results yet. Don't quit!! Give yourself 6-8 weeks and then you won't be able to live without the rush you get from exercise. I promise! It will become a priority in your life. Don't quit!

 


 
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xo,

Dr. Steph