Get Your Nourishment from Whole Foods


This month's theme is nourishment
Nourishment is essential for a sweet life. The most common way to think about nourishment is to think about the foods we are eating. Food is vital for our nourishment and our health. Whole foods are essential for health and life. Ask yourself these questions...

  • Do you want to be healthy?
  • Do you want to change the way you eat and still enjoy your food?
  • Do you want to use food as medicine to help you get healthy?

Then you want to eat whole foods. What are whole foods?

Whole foods simply refer to eating foods in their natural state. These are foods that do not contain additives and preservatives, like high fructose corn sugar or flavoring or coloring. These foods have not been highly processed with all the nutrients being removed, like white flour.

Whole foods have a high nutrient density, essential and nonessential amino acids, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, fiber, and micronutrients required for metabolism and restoration. Examples of whole foods are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, or dairy products.

These are why they are so important...

Proteins, both animal and plant-based, are a requirement for daily nutrition and a whole foods diet. Plant-based protein options are nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes. Animal based proteins are any foods that come from an animal like red meat, white meat, poultry, dairy, or eggs.

Vegetables and fruits are healthy sources of fiber and micronutrients. Eat and enjoy them raw, sautéed, roasted, blanched, or pureed. Eat them in as large of portions as possible. Limit dried fruits which can be overly sweet and impact blood sugars negatively.

The best oils are found in nuts, seeds and avocados. Olive, walnut and sesame oils are good for cooking at lower temperatures. Coconut, safflower, sunflower and peanut oils have a high boiling temperature.Others, like flaxseed oil are good for salad dressing but not for cooking because the boiling point is low.

Eating healthy can be fun!!! So try it and see the difference.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

To nourish or not nourish… what are you doing?


According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are two meanings connected with to nourish:

·      "to provide (someone or something) with food and other things that are needed to live, be healthy, etc."

·      "to cause (something) to develop or grow stronger."

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought it was the perfect time to focus on nourishment. Not just food as nourishment, even though that is extremely important. Today, I want to look at all forms of nourishment because it is essential for health, development and growth.

Personally, I love the word nourishment. Doesn’t it sound wonderful?  

There are many ways to be nourished.

·      You can be nourished by loving words, self-care, good friends, and loyal family.

·      Delicious healthy food options feed our healing and healthy lifestyles.

·      Some people feel nourished by going on a hike, riding a bike or playing their favorite sport.

·      Celebrations are a beautiful was to share a special moment in your life with others.

·      Vacations and lazy summer days are nourishing to the mind while relaxing the body.

·      Fresh air, sunshine and anything in nature nourishes all of our senses.

Nourishment is required for a sweet life. Nourishment at every level: mental, emotional and physical is essential for a sweet life.

For today, spend a few minutes thinking about the ways that you nourish yourself and the people closest to you...  What is one thing you could do that would make you feel more nourished?  Think about it and share your thoughts on this post!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Do you want to be right or do you want to be loved?


Relationships can be the source of great joy or heart-break.  Would you agree?  This week I wanted to spend a little time speaking about how you can improve the state of your relationships by asking a simple question whenever you notice the conversation is heading into a place of disharmony or argument.

It is do you want to be right or do you want to be happy (loved)?

As we continue this month’s theme of A Loving Heart creates the sweetest life.  I want to turn to relationships this week.  Sometime create stress and tension in our selves by the way we communicate with other.  You can start detoxing your life by reframing how you have conversations with the people in your life, your family, co-workers, friends and acquaintances.

One of the best lessons I have ever learned was to make the choice between wanting to be right or wanting to be happy in conversations with others.

It is a simple concept, not always so easy to incorporate into actual conversations but with practice it is a life changing idea.

Here is how this works.  When you get into a conversation with someone and you notice that you are starting to get frustrated or angry about the direction of the conversation stop, take a breath and decide is this conversation worth you getting stressed out about?  Most of the time it is not.   Then you have a choice do you want to be right or happy (or keep the loving space flowing through you).  If you want to stay happy then let the other person have their opinion.  You can have your opinion they don’t have to agree.

Yesterday I was talking to one of my good friends who is an awesome doctor. She and I were talking about a funeral that she was debating whether to attend out of state.  She was mad that her siblings and dad were not planning to attend. She was really pissed at them.

I listened to the entire story and felt like her reasons for going would cause more stress than comfort and I suggested that she not go.  She got upset at me for offering an opinion.  Here is my choice, I could get mad at her at her tone and yelled at her or I could love her and back out of the conversation.  

Guess what I chose.  I let her continue complain and yell, but it was not at me, it was at her family.  It’s a week later and she decided not to go, for many of the reasons I offered.  

There you go! It can be that simple.

Try it!

Loving relationships are the sweetest part of a sweet life!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Don’t let your Heart Down


From the headline you know I am still totally in raptured with the heart this month.  Why?  Because A Loving Heart creates the sweetest life.  

I literally fell in love with the heart while I was teaching anatomy and physiology.  The more I time I spent thinking about how much the heart does for us, the more I fell in love with it.  It is our life line – our love line too.

The heart acts as an engine or a pump that allows the rest of our body perform its functions. The heart is the only muscle in our bodies that never rests - it is always working for our good, so we can stay alive. As an engine it pumps out 4-5 liters of blood to the entire body every minute (that’s two 2-liter soda bottle's worth of blood every minute). When we choose to exercise it can pump five times that amount.

Its ability to be flexible as the environment changes is amazing. The heart provides nourishment to itself first before supplying blood to any other part of the body. It recognizes that without self-care and nourishment it will not be able to keep all the other parts operational.

When the heart's arteries become blocked it creates new ones to continue to feed itself. Its ability to change and adapt to correct a dangerous situation is life-saving. It has an intricate communication system so that muscle cells can work as a collective to pump at the same time. It understands the importance of collective work and communication to get a task accomplished with split-second accuracy.

The heart regulates itself but can be influenced by positive outside factors from other body systems. It takes new input to change direction for the good quickly. The heart does all of this, yet it is only the size of our human fist.

Why do I share all of this about the heart? I believe that heart health begins with awareness of how fantastic our heart muscle truly is and how it has so many qualities that we as humans find important. I think if we can have an appreciation for what our heart does for us perhaps we will treat it better.

Perhaps when you get a diagnosis of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or coronary artery disease, you will search out doctors who will teach you how to take better care of your heart.

Perhaps you will eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains every day. Perhaps you will become willing to exercise 30 minutes five times per week. Perhaps you will manage you stress to reduce extra burdens for you hearts. Perhaps you will help to extend the life of you heart through changing you behaviors that cause damage to you hearts. Perhaps with this new knowledge of how exquisite our heart is we can change the statistics that one in two women will die of heart disease.

I believe our hearts have a lot to teach us about how to love ourselves better. Are you willing to listen?

If you are ready to listen come to seminar this week and learn!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

It’s All About the Heart


In February you see red and pink hearts in every department store and grocery store window.  Hearts are the universal symbol for love aren’t they? This month’s theme is A Loving Heart creates the sweetest life.  

It is a great opportunity to talk about the physical heart and the spiritual heart in the same month.  So, let’s jump right in!

Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women and men in the United States!

How is that for a catchy AND TRUE headline?

Did you know that your heart is should be your most important concern no matter what your family history?  So many other diseases increase your risk for heart disease that it is worth helping you to understand health problems that you are dealing with now can cause heart disease in the future.

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart attack
  • Circulation issues
  • Atherosclerosis and issues with your blood vessels
  • Coronary artery disease, stints
  • Angina, chest pain
  • Heart value problems
  • Heart failure

Heart disease is manageable and even prevented in many cases from healthy lifestyle factors like healthy eating, appropriate exercise, stress management and proper sleep.  


If you don’t know have a specific plan on how you are going to get your health problems under control, you will continue to get the same results that you have now.  The combination of education on what is the right actions steps, what is your blood work telling you, along with mentoring and coaching is the key to change your results.

If you are curious to know more answers or if you are dealing with any of these diseases mentioned above you owe it to yourself to call and office and sign up for a FREE orientation session to learn how to do just that!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

I will! Will you?


The theme I have chosen for February is A Loving Heart creates the sweetest life.  I often create these posts several weeks in advance of the sending them out so that I can ensure that you have relevant content dropping into your mailbox in a timely and constant fashion. However, as we know life happens on its own schedule and I had such a powerful teaching that I had to bump it up to the front of the queue.

The lesson was when you take ACTION you are always rewarded!  Often it is in ways you never expect or can imagine!

Here is what happened. Last week I was attending a business and medical conference designed to help me become a better doctor and a better business woman. A few days before I became aware that during the conference they was an awards ceremony on the last day, and I was nominated for one of the awards.

The category was the I WILL.  Nominees were chosen based on their willingness to commit to their purpose and taking consistent action towards that purpose regardless of the challenges that arise.  

When I joined this community of health care professionals I committed to build a practice (removed ‘to’) dedicated to permanently improve the lives of people that were to health in their lives!- unclear

I have to say I didn’t take in the full depth of the meaning of the award until I was sitting in the audience waiting to hear who the committee had chosen.  In that moment, I realized that people noticed that I had committed to myself, my goals and I had taken repeated actions towards my purpose.  That is so powerful!

When you take action to eat more plants, or exercise four times per week or sit and breathe for 5 minutes to reduce your stress.  No one may notice – at first. However, when you take consistent action day after day and week after week.  Your life begins to change.  At some point, other people will take notice.  They will ask you what you are doing differently.  

When you take action, you become a leader in your community.  It is one of the most powerful ways that you show love to yourself and to everyone you love.  A Loving Heart creates the sweetest life.  

Did you like how I tied that back into the theme for the month?

If you are ready to take the action and love yourself back to health then call to reserve your spot, for the next dinner presentation, Stress Hormones and Health February 15th @ 7:00 pm, space is limited so you MUST CALL, not email, to reserve your spot!

By the way, I did receive the award!  And Yes, I did get up on stage and do the ugly cry because I was so overcome with gratitude to be recognized for my hard work.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Hope is the Medicine that cures it all!


This entire month I have been talking about the power of intentions, the purpose of intentions, practicing intentions.

I have forgotten the most important part about intentions, it is JOYFUL when you have them!!!!!  Intentions provide hope! Intentions are your dreams showing up in the world.

They give you focus!

Having intentions is essential for a sweet life.

If you haven’t created an intention for yourself, give yourself that gift. It is a simple and fun process. Give yourself 15 minutes to write your intention for the month or the year.

Sit in a comfortable space, somewhere you feel relaxed.  Take 5 deep breaths and let your mind dream.  Start writing down what a perfect day would feel like for you.  

·      How much energy would like to have during day?

·      Who would you like to spend time with?

·      How would you live if you were pain-free in your digestion, in your joints?

·      What ways are you moving through the day?

It is just that simple.  Have fun with it! Once you have written it down read it back to yourself.  If you don’t have the health you need to have your perfect day then call to set up an orientation session in my practice to see how I can help you get there!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

What's Your Excuse?


Intentions can be defined as the instructions that people give themselves to perform particular behaviors or to achieve certain goals. Intentions are the culmination of the decision-making process and the signal at the end of deliberation about a behavior. Intentions capture the standard of performance that a person has set themselves, their commitment to the performance and the amount of time and effort that will be expended during action. This is the definition according to Predicting and Changing Healthy Behavior Research and Practice with Cognitive Social models 3rd edition. 

After all, it is the theme for this month: having an intention is essential for a sweet life.

What are the instructions that you are telling yourself about your health? If you are not the weight that you want to be, or the pant size you want to be, or if you are taking medications that you don’t want to take, then you are telling yourself lies about your health! 

I will never lie to you! You are too important for me to lie to you. Your health is too important.  

If you say…

"All I have to do is exercise more, then I will lose weight." You are lying to yourself because if you really knew about the proper exercise and nutrition, you would do it, lose the weight and feel great!

If you say…

"I know that my blood sugars aren’t great but as long as I eat in moderation I will be fine." You are lying to yourself because even moderately high blood sugars increase your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, dialysis and more.

So get real for a minute and be honest ... what are you telling yourself about your health?

Most people lie to themselves because they don’t know what to do or what to ask to change their health. As a result, they live with pain, discomfort and underlying stress about their health. You don’t have to live like that – not anymore.

When you set an intention for health you are taking your first step. Next you have to be open to educating yourself about new ways to get healthy and stay that way. The most important step is to get accurate information and mentoring to get you to your intention.

Call the office to set up time for a free orientation session to teach you how to take control of your health, 202-681-0705.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Hitting the Bulls Eye!


As I was leaving a Christmas volunteering event that I look forward to every year, one of my patient stopped me to share this story with me.

Her HbA1c levels, which are levels that look at blood sugar reading for a three-month period of time had dropped since she started implementing my program for diabetes.  

Maybe you would call that a great CHRISTMAS GIFT but I wouldn’t.  I would call that following through on her INTENTION!

When she joined the practice about a year ago it was her intention to reduce her blood sugars, her cholesterol, improve her heart and overall health using natural methods NOT medications.

She held her intention and was open to coaching about her health and the results were in her lab work!  She got her numbers down!

NOW that is the power of her intention! That is the power of setting an intention for health, not a resolution but an intention.  She is a perfect example for the theme for the month, having an intention is essential for a sweet life.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Have you dropped off of your resolution already? Don’t be ashamed, read this…


This month’s theme is having an intention is essential for a sweet life. Intentions are much more powerful than resolutions. Let me show you how.

When I get excited about a goal I get a burst of energy start working feverishly on my project.  Initially, I am completely devoted.  If my project gets stalled or takes longer than I expect, normal life begins to creep back in and my excitement begins to wane.  I might even start to rethink my decision to take on the project in the first place.  This leads me to a decision point of whether I will continue or give up.  If it is  resolution most people give up!

Intentions will help keep you going.

Intentions are a combined with a strong desire to make it happen along with your goal. It is a life changing combination. It’s like the rush of falling in love (with yourself and your dreams)!

Continuing with my goal comes down to the strength of my desire to change my life. Are you hearing what I am saying? As you start to think about a goal for the new year, spend some time really understanding if you have a burning desire to make this change in your life.  Once you have that motivation deeply imbedded in yourself you are already a long way to achieving your goals.

Let me give you an example. 

One of the most common goals is to lose weight yet many don’t achieve this goal.  Success stories shown on the news the people who have achieved their health and weight goals happen because they have a desire beyond just weight.  They have desire to have more energy, to finish building that engine after work, or write that book or just have a wonderful night sleep without a CPAP machine.

Choosing a personally important goal - energy to play with your children, or to be able to sit in an airplane sit without feeling ashamed of your size is a motivating. 

Being motivated with your intention coupled with a specific plan is the transformation.  If you have motivation but need help with your intention and your plan then come talk to me.  My job as your doctor and your mentor is to step with you though the process to the finish line – OPTIMAL HEALTH!

Call to schedule an orientation session to join the practice or come to one of my dinner talks it will change your health, I mean your life forever.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

There Will Be No Resolutions in Dr. Dae’s Practice This Year!


Happy New Year!  I am kicking this year off with action. As you read this email, you will see that I am starting the year off with ways to help you achieve success in your health. I’m all about making change, not resolutions!

Change is simple!  It starts with having a clear intention and a plan.  It doesn’t start with resolutions.  It makes sense that, as the new year starts, you will want to begin making changes to improve your life.  Improving your life always starts with improving your health. Change begins happening when you are truly committed to achieving something.  Intention is talking your vision and setting action to it.  Hence this month’s theme: having an intention is essential for a sweet life.

I’m going to let you in on a SECRET.  I have been setting an intention for my life and my practice for the last 20 years now.  As you read this, I will just be returning from a 4-day retreat at which the focus is to go inward to clearly set intentions for the new year.  No electronics, just time to focus on our inner voice and the purpose for our life. We will be doing life visioning with my mentor, Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith.  It is an awesome experience because it gives me ideas to improve my practice offerings.

What are your intentions for your life coming into 2018? Take about 20 minutes and just write down what is important to you.  This is the beginning of your intention. You don’t have to share it with anyone.  It is probably better if you don’t, as it will give you more freedom to really put down your heart’s desire.  Now think about if you have the energy and health to achieve your goal.  If you don’t, then I see a wellness consult in your future. We can help you understand what you need to do to get to your goal.

Wishing you a sweet 2018!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Using community to help grow your dreams and vision


It is important to have dreams.  It is important to protect your dreams.  It is important to know who in your community you can trust with your dreams.  When you do know who to trust within your community, this will be the Foundation of a Sweet Life.

As the year come to a close it makes sense to start looking forward to new goals and dreams for the new year. Take stock of the past year - evaluate what you did well and what you need to change for the new year. 

One of my favorite activities in January is to make a vision board.  I love it because it is a creative process that you can share with friends.

It is a word and pictorial view of what you want to create in the upcoming year.  Look for pictures, words, or phrases that symbolize your goals and then glue them to a poster board. Pick symbols of positive attitudes or things that you want to manifest in your new year. 

Before creating a vision board think about your goals in several categories: personal, financial, career, travel, social, and family. Once you find what you want, paste them to a board.  Hang it somewhere where you can see it each morning as a reminder.

Anyone can create this wonderful process.  Share this experience with your community to make it a social experience.  Brings food or something to drink and settle in for a couple of hours cutting and pasting.  This process can take a few hours or a few days depending on how detailed and how big you want to make your vision board. 

It is a fun way to focus on what you want and you can do it with your community.

If creating a board is not your thing then make a book, or write down your goals on a chalkboard.  What is important is to be able to see it every day to remind you what you want to create. Try it and send me a post about your experience.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Embracing the Traditions of Your Community


All holidays have community traditions! If you can find ways to embrace your community traditions, then that becomes a foundation for your sweet holiday.

If you love your holiday traditions, you are probably already in love with the holiday season.  If you have turned away from your holiday traditions, it could be coloring the way you see the holiday.

Holiday traditions are habits that give us a sense of belonging and comfort. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Are you still doing them with our family? If not, why?

One of my favorite traditions has always been decorating the Christmas tree.  When I was a child, it was a big production in our house.  My dad would wake us up in the middle of the night and put us in the car all bundled up.  We slept as he drove us to the country to pick out and cut down a fresh tree.  We would arrive just as the sun was rising, ensuring we got the best tree on the farm.  When we were back home, he set up our tree in the basement near the fireplace.  We would decorate it and then admire it until New Year’s Eve.

In your community, are you continuing your traditions or have you started new ones that you enjoy as much or more?

I have definitely learned that family traditions are special memories that bring comfort and familiarity.  Traditions don’t have be as elaborate as my dad’s but they can still have meaning for you. So, bake some cookies, go caroling with friends, or light candles for advent or Hanukah.  Create Traditions with your community that mean something to you.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Using Community to Reduce Depression


Stress and depression levels rise during the holidays.  People that are involved with communities tend to reduce incidents of depression. The theme of the month is: creating Community is the Foundation of a Sweet Life.

During the holiday season, it is important to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of high stress levels so that you can ward off anxiety and depression. Stress and depression can make for a horrible holiday season. So take time to sit with yourself and be honest with your feelings. If you feel overwhelmed, acknowledge it. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or relationship, give yourself permission to have sad or angry moments.

Don’t pretend to be happy if you are not. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, social networks or churches for support. It is amazing how compassionate and understanding your community can be if you share your emotions and feelings of grief and loss. Others may be dealing with the same thing and may appreciate the opportunity to share their own feelings as well.

If you are feeling really down, you might need to reach out to a health care professional to evaluate you for a more serious problem and support.

Try to maintain your normal schedule as much as possible. Your body likes routines so getting enough sleep, eating properly, exercising and relaxing can help you to stay balanced and not stressed during the holidays.

Enjoy your communities but don’t overindulge or push yourself too hard during the holidays. It can throw yourself off balance, and allow stress and frustration can set in. This can set the stage for anxiety and depression.

When you eat too many sugary sweet foods it can reduce your resilience and you can get sick more easily. It can also make you feel guilty and ashamed when you partake in too many junk foods, desserts or alcoholic drinks. Use your community as your support not food and drink!

Community can be an incredible ally when you are feeling overwhelmed. They can help you stay productive and supported.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Community Makes or Breaks Your Holiday Season


December is the holiday season. It is the time of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza,
New Year’s, and Winter Solstice. It seems like the theme for the month has to be
Community is the Foundation of a Sweet Life.

In the book "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zone Way," by Dan Buettner, he
shows that one of the secrets to happiness is community. Community is not just
the place you live but it includes an environment of economic freedom, high
employment rates, tolerance of your citizens, the quality of your government in
your municipality, the amount of community spaces available for family activities
and exercise, access to the arts, and safety. These are all areas to be
considered as you move into and build a community because they influence your
happiness and your health.

On Saturday, I walked into a building to take a yoga class and at least 4 people
said hello to me before I got to the studio. It struck me that the people here were
open to building community. They were inclusive and friendly. The yoga studio is
located in Takoma Park and anyone who knows that part of DC will not be
surprised to hear that people there are good at building community.
It was actually a lovely experience to be welcomed into the yoga community by
so many people in the class. It inspired me to be a welcoming part of my
community this week.

Have you ever stopped to think about all the communities that you are involved
in? There are several: your family, your friends, your church, the alumni of your
elementary, secondary, high schools and colleges, your sorority and your
profession - just to name a few.

During your holiday season what are you doing to be a contributing member of
your community?

Are you signing up to help seniors or families in need? Are you helping your
neighbors put up holiday decorations? Are you preparing to host your family for
the holidays?

The holiday season is the perfect time to reach outside of your normal routine
and become a more involved member of your community.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Gratitude has a Positive Impact on our Physical Health


My last post for the theme of the month Gratitude for Your Sweet Life, focuses on the physical improvements that come from gratitude.

The American Psychological Association's Journal of Spirituality in Clinical Practice published a research study showing that gratitude can have a positive impact on heart disease.

Gratitude is defined as “an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has, as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants.” Gratitude involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of life. It is part of a positive outlook on life.

Gratitude is “also commonly seen as an aspect of spirituality,” said lead author Paul J. Mills, PhD, professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego.

Previous research has shown that people who considered themselves spiritual often had greater overall well-being, including physical health. Mills and his team looked at the role that spirituality and gratitude played for patients with asymptomatic heart failure.

These patients with asymptomatic heart failure had a structural change in their heart because of a previous heart attack that damaged the heart cells. It is considered asymptomatic because they don’t show any symptoms. The doctors chose candidates in the first three months after their heart attacks because that is the critical time for making sure that the heart doesn’t progress to heart failure with symptoms.

The researchers used standard psychological tests and gratitude journals for most days of the week, for eight weeks, along with their regular clinical care.

“We found that those patients who kept gratitude journals for those eight weeks showed reductions in circulating levels of several important inflammatory biomarkers, as well as an increase in heart rate variability while they wrote. Improved heart rate variability is considered a measure of reduced cardiac risk,” said Mills.

Incorporating gratitude into your weekly practice can help your heart emotionally and physically! Try it and let me know how it works for you.

If you are not sure how to start, you can go to my free online program 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Thanksgiving is a Time for Truly Giving Thanks


Thanksgiving is this week and if you are like most Americans you have Thanksgiving Day on the brain for one reason or another.  Perhaps you are thinking about cooking dinner. Perhaps you are thinking about eating dinner.  Perhaps you are thinking about the football games you will be watching or perhaps you are thinking about spending time with your family!

The entire month of November I have been thinking about what I am grateful and thankful for because I know that gratitude changes lives.  This is why the theme for this month is Gratitude for Your Sweet Life.  About 10 years ago I learned the greatest gift we have to offer is gratitude.  The more we can cultivate gratitude the more our hearts and minds change for the better.

Thanksgiving has become a time for reflection and open discussion about the blessings that are constantly being placed in our lives. Being in a state of gratitude helps reduce stress and can improve the quality of your health and your life.

Interestingly, I found two studies on gratitude that I want to share. The first study on college-aged adults was published in the Journal of Research in Personality in August of 2008. It found that “gratitude leads to higher levels of perceived social support, and lower levels of stress and depression."

The second research study related to older women published March 2006 in the Journal of Research on Aging found that older women that felt gratitude towards God created a buffer to stress in their lives.

Now when I think of Thanksgiving, being appreciative or grateful for every little thing I have is what comes to mind first. A wonderful healthy meal is not far behind and it is something I give thanks for every single time it happens!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

You can Have a Sweet Life - even with Diabetes!

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A few years ago, I changed my tag line to Your One Sweet Life because I wanted to create a sweet life for myself and I wanted to teach you to do the same.  As I started to share my vision with others one of the concerns was that my new tag line would leave my diabetes patients feeling slighted.  They would feel upset that I was talking about the sweet life when they weren’t able to eat sweets.

But Diabetes is about so much more than just eating sweets.  Continuing with the theme of Gratitude for Your Sweet Life I want to talk about diabetes and gratitude.  How are they related?

People that have gratitude sleep longer and feel more refreshed which combats the insulin resistance created by lack of sleep. People with gratitude exercise more and take better care of their health.

Gratitude for Your Sweet Life can happen even if you are living with a diagnosis of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease of metabolism and hormonal imbalance.  Impaired insulin response or insulin resistance is a condition in which the body is able to produce insulin but the body doesn’t utilize it properly.

This month, November is dedicated to diabetes awareness. I focus my education on how to use lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management to change the course of your diabetes for the better.  Over the years I have mentored hundreds of people, helping reverse their diabetes and pre-diabetes back to normal.  It comes from using a systemic and holistic approach to diabetes instead of just using medications to mask the symptoms.

If you want to learn the truth about how to treat the real cause of diabetes then sign up for my upcoming seminar on Stress Hormones and Health. Call the office to sign up for the free dinner seminar this month, November 28th.  The seminar is free but you must call to reserve your spot, 202-681-0705.  If you cannot RSVP by email just talk to a member of the staff to confirm your seat and your dinner reservation.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Gratitude has a healing power for body and mind


When I was growing up my Grammy always told me to be grateful for what I had.
Since I always did what my Grammy told me to do (she was a nursery school
teacher!), I was grateful.

So since I was a child, I have always tried to be grateful for gifts people have
given me, grateful when I achieve my goals, grateful for the good in life.
As I have gotten older have learned that true gratitude is being grateful for all that
life has to offer. The good things AND the challenging things. This is the true
test of gratitude.

The theme for this month is Gratitude for Your Sweet Life. Gratitude is defined as
thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation. It is a feeling or attitude in
acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. 
At the end of November, we turn our attention to the holiday of thanksgiving and
we give thanks for all the food and family at the table. I challenge you to take the
entire month to give thanks for all the things that you have, including the
challenges that have shown up in your life.

No matter how challenging your life might seem there is still space for gratitude.
Do you have running water or food in your home? Then you are in better shape
than our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.

Can you breathe fresh air in your neighborhood? Then you are better off than
our friends in northern and southern California that are dealing with the after
effects of the uncontained fires.

Can you hug a family member because they live with you or near you? Then you
are better off than the 10-year- old child that is under threat of deportation
because she needed gall bladder surgery.

Spend a few minutes to fill your heart with gratitude for what you do have.
Having Gratitude for Your Sweet Life can change your attitude, physical health,
your immune system, your mental state, your optimism and your happiness.
Take a journey with me this month and learn how gratitude is essential for life.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Do you Need a Jump Start for Your Healthy Habits?

Have you ever wanted to create your healthy habits and routines but felt like you need a jumpstart to get you moving in the right direction?

This is why so many people are wildly searching for a detox.  They want something to make them think they are making progress toward their health goal.

A detox plan can mean different things to different people.  It can be accomplished in many different ways.  The common denominator of a detox plan should be to get rid of toxins in the body. 

Our Organs of Elimination

Our bodies handle detoxification processes every single day. Our organs of eliminations: liver, kidney skin and lungs that support detoxification by getting rid of waste products in our body.  Our organs of elimination have specific responsibilities to help get rid of these toxins. 

  • Our lungs help us to breathe out gases like CO2 which if found in to high a percentage in the body could cause harm and shut down our body. 

  • Our skin releases toxins through our pores to keep us healthy and vital.  Our skin also protects us from the pollutants from getting into our body easily. 

  • Our liver processes our toxins and render them harmless and excrete them from our bodies.  Along with our digestion eliminating bowel movements every day to have normal release processes. 

  • Our kidneys also excrete toxins by peeing every couple of hours.

  • I also include our mind as an organ of elimination because it has to get rid of the negative thoughts that we have about ourselves and our world.  If we do not get rid of negative thoughts we can’t create optimal health or possibilities.

Each day our bodies handle toxins or pollutants that enter our body through our mouths, noses, or skin.  It is a normal part of living.  Some toxins we don’t have control over air pollution, chemical pollution, etc…  they are found in our environment and our bodies have to process them.  Some toxins we do have control over like foods additives, preservatives, alcohol and nicotine and we have to process those too.

If we have these organs and they are doing all this work why do we need extra detoxification plans or treatments?

In this fast-paced society where we are eating junk-food and fast-foods, we don’t get enough sleep we experience stress financially, emotionally, mentally and physically, we don’t get enough fresh air or exercise our bodies get overburdened with toxins.  It created bad habits instead of healthy habits.  

So having a jump start program to help you create healthy habits that you can maintain with ease for the rest of your life.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Upcoming Talks:
Stress Hormones and Health
September 6, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

Center for Mindful Living
4708 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 200
Washington DC 20016