Restoration Processes to Restore Your Soul

For this last installment of my March theme, Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life, I actually am not going to talk about sleep.  Instead, I am going to focus on other restorative processes that are important for vibrant health.

If we go back and look at our definition of restoration we find it is: “the act of restoring; renewal, revival or reestablishment; the state or fact of being restored.”  So anything we do that helps us re-establish health can be considered a restoring process.  I wanted to highlight a few more for you here.

Restoring your Soul

I want to also emphasize that there is a spiritual component to the restoration process too!  In fact, it might be the most important part of the restoration process.

Have you ever watched young children?  They are full of joy.  They find contentment and wonder in the smallest things.  Climbing in and out of an empty box can be the greatest fun!

As human beings, we come into this world full of joy.  Somehow with all the challenges of the world, we forget that we are supposed to live in joy!  This is why it is so important to take the time to restore yourself, restore your soul.  When you set aside, for a moment, all the responsibilities that weigh you down, you can find a place of freedom.  

The simplest way to do this is to just find a few minutes to connect with yourself through deep breathing.  Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes and breathe in and out.  Focus on your breathing for 1 minute.  It is a quick restoration process. Here is an article for a 1-minute breathing exercise.

If you have more time then breath for longer, connect with your source, pray, meditate, take a long hot relaxing bath. Find a way to let your responsibilities go and relax at least once a week. Once a day is even better.

Be in Nature

There is something that happens when you are out in nature walking and taking in the sights and sounds around you. Breathing fresh air deeply and fully in and out of your lungs is a process of resetting your nervous system, your lungs, and your brain.  The colors in nature have a calming impact too.

Food and Restoration

What we put into our mouths has a tremendous effect on our body's ability to restore itself too. Not only is it important what we put in our mouth's but when and how much too.  Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that eating breakfast reduces the risk of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and metabolic conditions.  You can read more about that here.

Restoration is essential for repair and renewal of our bodies and our spirits.  Sleep is one of the most important restorative processes.  And don’t forget there are other restorative practices that can make a difference in your life as well!

I hope that you are inspired by my monthly themes.  If you are, then share these emails with others and encourage them to be inspired as well. 

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Sleep can Help or Hurt Your Health

After 15 years of practice, I have a healthy respect for how your sleep impacts your health. So we will continue with my theme: Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life.  I’m sure if you knew what I know then sleep would become one of your top priorities!

Persistent sleep debt or sleep deprivation causes a weakening of the immune system.  This can cause the body to be more susceptible to diseases, everything from simple colds to cancer.

Lack of sleep causes stress and the release of hormones that create imbalances in the body.  Stress and lack of sleep can upset your mental balance leading to irritability, lack of focus, memory loss and emotional roller coasters of highs and lows.

Sleep deprivation can cause increases in insulin resistance, a precursor and underlying cause of diabetes and pre-diabetes. (If you want to learn more about how sleep, or lack of it, affects your diabetes then join my free online video course Dr. Dae’s Tips for Managing your Blood Sugars.

Taken together, these things can lead to weight problems which, in turn, can lead to other problems. If you are overweight the excess fat tissue in the around your ears, nose and throat region can cause a problem called sleep apnea.  The excess tissue cuts off the airways causing you to temporarily stop breathing during the night.  Over time, this can become dangerous. Being overweight is not the only reason for sleep apnea but it is one of the biggest.

Sometimes the imbalance you are dealing with can cause the sleep problems.  I specialize in working with women going through menopause.  If hot flashes or night sweats are impacting you then you should read this article, How to Treat Lack of Sleep in Menopause.

So restful and restorative sleep is really important. It can change not only your energy levels but also your health.

I’m not trying to scare you with all these different imbalances!  I just want to give you some understanding about how important sleep is to your good health. So if you are not paying attention to your sleep, you better start!  If you are not getting the sleep you need consider changing your habits.  If you don’t know how to improve your health, schedule a 30-minute Free discovery appointment

If you would be interested in joining my get good sleep newsletter, sign up here.  Once a month you can get an article or video about sleep and health.

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To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Managing Day Light Saving Time - Ideas to Help You Sleep!

I am one of those people who wake up without an alarm (unless I have a 4 am plane to catch and then, yes, I need an alarm).  My body just normally starts stirring at the same time every day about 6:30 am.  I love it!

I have, to be honest, I am not a fan of the daylight savings time change, it throws me for a loop every time.  Whether we are spring forward or falling back it really upsets my circadian rhythms leaving me feeling a little bit off – not quite myself for a week or two after the change.

New York pulmonologist and sleep specialist Nicholas Rummo of Northern Westchester Hospital's Center for Sleep Medicine says, "The day or two after, people aren't quite alert," he says. "Most people might feel it Monday into Tuesday."

Ahh… you are now seeing why I decided to make March’s theme: Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life.  Yes, I wanted to talk about how to improve your sleep and handle daylight saving time because it impacts all of us (except Arizona and Hawaii, you guys got it right on this one).

"Losing an hour is harder than gaining an hour," says Steven Feinsilver, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "It's sort of like a mini jet lag."

So if you are really feeling this daylight saving time change, or you have sleep disturbances even without the time change, you might want to think about how to get better sleep.

In the last few years, I have noticed that my patients have increasingly included sleep disturbances as one of their top concerns for treatment.  The first step to treating sleep disturbances is to create sleep rituals or sleep hygiene that you practice every night. Our body likes rhythms so when you do the same thing every night it lets your body know that it is time to prepare for sleep.

Here is an article that I have written about sleep hygiene.

Perhaps you would rather have a video about how to get good sleep?  Check this one out instead VIDEO

If you are enjoying my emails and feel they would help someone you know, please forward them.  Sharing is caring (smile).

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Spring Forward - How to Counteract Losing Sleep during Daylight Saving Time

 

 

I want you to take a moment to think about a time when you woke up feeling peaceful, happy, refreshed and excited - ready for the day!  I hope your answer is that you wake up that way every single day! However, if you are like most Americans, over half, then you have sleep disturbances once or a few times per week.

I would definitely consider good, restful and restorative sleep part of Your One Sweet Life! So this month’s theme is Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life. 

Did you know that we have restoration processes every day, more specifically, every night?  Yes, you guessed it SLEEP is one of our most essential restoration processes.

What do I mean when I say restoration?

We don’t use that word “restoration” much, however, it is essential for health.  Restoration is the act of restoring, renewal, revival or reestablishment; the state or fact of being restored.  My favorite definition of restoration is a return of something to its former, original, normal or unimpaired condition.  Simple language, it means getting back to your optimal self.

So this month I am going to share with you, routines and habits that will get you back to your best self.  We will focus on sleep since that is something you do every day but I will sprinkle in a couple of other restorative processes too that impact your health.

Speaking of sleep!!

I want to remind you that daylight saving time starts on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  We will be springing forward which means we will be losing an hour of precious sleep.  For some of us, like me, it’s going to be a painful process. If you think that one-hour will not make a difference, think again!

Sleep directly affects health and safety, Russell Rosenberg, board chairman for the National Sleep Foundation says, “and the sleep loss associated with daylight saving time has been linked to increases in traffic and on-the-job accidents the Monday following the time change.”

Here are 4 tips to help you prepare for the daylight saving time change.

1) Move up your schedule

Start this week by moving your schedule, especially your evening activities, up by 15-minutes each day.  Here are examples of activities that you might consider moving up - eating dinner, doing homework or going to bed.  Here is a sample of how you can make the change gradually:

  • Today, Tuesday go to bed at 10:45 pm
  • Wednesday go to bed at 10:30 pm
  • Thursday go to bed at 10:15 pm
  • Friday go to bed at 10:00 pm
  • Remember, Saturday we lose an hour at 2 am.

2) Take a 45-minute power nap

Plan to take a 45-minute nap on Sunday after the daylight saving time change.

3) Shine the Light In Your Eyes

Before or after your nap on Sunday get some sunlight! Sunlight helps to set your circadian rhythms, your internal clocks.  If it is too cold to be outside with the sun then grab your favorite beverage (non-caffeinated non-alcoholic, of course) and sit in your favorite window for 30 to 60 minutes.  The sunlight can make you want to go bed early.

4) Avoid Hard Liquids

Yep! I said it - avoid alcohol and caffeine for a few days before Sunday, March 12th.  Alcohol and caffeine can interfere with your hormones.  Sometimes they make it difficult to fall asleep but they can also make it more difficult to wake up.  If you are already feeling sleep-deprived, then waking up with less sleep will make you feel horrible!

There you have it: 4 tips that you can integrate into your schedule this week to help you navigate daylight saving time better!  You can be sure that I will be using them!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

 

The Power of Love Heals the Heart

I will conclude this month by looking at The Power of Love from an emotional, spiritual and self-care perspective.

One of the things I love about the heart is that it takes care of itself so it can take care of us. Our heart gives us a road map of healthy behaviors to increase the quality of our lives. I think if we can have an appreciation for what our hearts do for us perhaps we will treat them better.  This is one of the favorite articles I have written about the heart. It talks about the exquisiteness of the heart – a metaphor for life. (http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2012/02/13/the-exquisite-heart-as-a-metaphor-for-life )

You know that I use mindfulness as one of the tools to treat people.  Medical research has started to discover how creating loving habits can actually heal our bodies.  This article shows that people who kept gratitude journals actually reduced their risk of heart disease.  This is such amazing news!  Check it out! (http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2015/12/12/expressing-gratitude-is-linked-to-reducing-heart-disease-risk ).

Gratitude has been shown to shown to help more than just heart health. The University of California, Berkeley has studied over 1,000 people who have been keeping gratitude journals. They have found that gratitude brings the following benefits:

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Greater inclination to exercise and take better care of your health
  • More sleep and feeling more refreshed upon waking
  • Higher levels of positive emotions
  • More alertness, aliveness, and awakeness
  • More joy and pleasure in life
  • More optimism and happiness
  • Becoming more helpful, generous, and compassionate
  • More forgiveness
  • A more outgoing attitude
  • Less loneliness and isolation

So let’s make gratitude part of the love we give to ourselves and to our loved ones.

Love can show up as having gratitude for anything or everything in your life.  If you want to create more gratitude in your life I recommend that you sign up for my FREE 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude challenge.(http://bit.ly/30DaysGratitudeDrDae)

This month has been all about love!  Every month should be that way!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

The Power of Comfort Foods!

So many people use food for comfort and for love! So during this month when we are talking about The Power of Love I want to share stories about food. We generally associate using food to satisfy our emotional needs as a bad or destructive behavior.   Unfortunately, I have heard women in my office jokingly refer to ice cream as their boyfriend!  Explaining that they “cosy” up on the couch with a bowl of ice cream many times per week!

Using food for comfort doesn’t have to be a destructive behavior.  Instead, you can turn your comfort foods into a powerful source of energy for yourself.  Here is how I did it.

When I was in medical school I would come home some Fridays completely wiped out after an exhausting week.  My old behavior was to crave comfort food in the form of warm cheese and bread.  These foods especially in combination, would leave me feeling bloated and sinus-pain ridden every Saturday morning.  I almost felt like I had a hangover without drinking any alcohol.  This made Saturday all-day study sessions even more painful.

Then one Friday, after a particularly tough week, I decided to say no to torturing myself with food.  Instead, I decided I was going to take myself out the best meal I could afford.  I set my sites on a salmon dinner with fresh veggies and apple cobbler for dessert.  I made a choice to treat myself to a lovely nourishing delicious meal. (This is self-care by the way!)

Guess what happened?

I woke up the next day with tons of energy, feeling fantastic.  Why did that happen? I decided to re-define what I considered “comfort food”.  I made the decision to give myself foods that nurtured my body and my soul.  I got fantastic results so I changed my habits to give myself the best food I could afford as my comfort food.

To this day I still make that decision whenever I crave comfort food – I find the tastiest and healthiest food I can and make or buy that for myself.

This month in my Eat More Plants Monthly Community we are focused on the power of comfort foods!  Each week you will get a cooking video with a healthy recipe and variations that teach you how to use that one recipe in multiple ways.  It is the perfect way to love food and your heart at the same time and all for $9.99 per month. (http://bit.ly/EMPcommunity )

I challenge you to try this experiment for yourself and see what your results are.  You might surprise yourself and create a new self-care practice that you love.

Let me know what your favorite healthy comforts are!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Don’t Let your Heart Down

The heart is the eternal symbol of The Power of Love.  This month, one of the ways I will talk about The Power of Love is to talk about heart health.  Our hearts are the essence of our existence, so we have to pay attention to our hearts’ health.  Heart health is not just physical health it is emotional and mental health as well. So during this month, I want to address them all.

In this post, I want to talk about physical heart disease.  It is worth mentioning that heart disease is the number one cause of death in America.  It affects women at the same rate that it affects men.  It is important to have a basic understanding about heart disease.  So I would love to share this article about heart disease. (http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2013/02/08/heart-smart-conversation-the-basics-what-is-heart-disease )

When you go to your doctor make sure you are getting the right tests to know how your heart is doing.  You can go to my heart health checklist to take into your doctor. (http://www.healthydaes.com/dr-daemon-jones-2/2013/02/06/checklist-for-our-heart-february-2013)

Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease so it is important to manage your blood sugars.  If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes take this free course (http://bit.ly/DrDaeDiabetesTips ) to learn how to manage your blood sugar levels and keep them normal.

Understanding your heart health empowers you to make good decisions about your overall health.  If you find that some of your lab work numbers are not within the normal range, I invite you to investigate new ways to create healthy habits.  There are so many! I’m happy to be a resource for those ideas.  Next time we will talk about loving foods!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

The Power of Love is a perfect theme for any month but I think it is particularly ideal for this one.  Love has the power to heal anything.  So I like to use The Power of Love in my practice and all my treatments. I created YourOneSweetLife.com to show how good lifestyle habits could engender a healthy mind and body. When you can find a powerful emotion like love to connect to your health goals you are more likely to achieve them (and have more fun doing so as well)!

Have you noticed how the people who are most balanced have things they love in their lives? They love their work or their families or love going on vacation every year.  There is at least one area of their lives where love prevails and spills over into everything else.

The most wonderful thing about love is that it is so big and inclusive.  You can love avocados and love walking in the park you don’t have to choose between them. You can enjoy both!  A tremendous part of good health is finding things you love and using them to create a healthy lifestyle.

This month I have some great things to share with you to improve your health and the amount of love in your life.  You can pop over to my website and read my new blog, Your One Sweet Life (http://www.healthydaes.com/your-one-sweet-life), and see how I have committed to finding a sweet moment in every day.

Love can show up as having gratitude for the things and people in your life.  If you want to create more gratitude in your life I recommend that you sign up for my FREE 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude.

(http://bit.ly/30DaysGratitudeDrDae) Each day you will receive an email with a gratitude quote and 2-5 minute gratitude exercise for the day. It has been a great success.

For my diabetes patients, I have created a new FREE course to teach you how to manage your blood sugars.  It is a gift of love just for you!  Enjoy it! (http://www.youronesweetlife.com/courses/dr-daes-diabetes-tip-to-manage-your-blood-sugars-to-normal/preview )

So this month lets focus on creating more love in our lives.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Root Yourself in Gratitude: Change Your Health for the Better

As you can see there are many different tools you can use to root yourself in positive beliefs.  In this month alone we have used self-reflection, problem solving and even eating certain root vegetables to anchor positivity into our lives.

My favorite tool is gratitude!  The definition of gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for, and to return, kindness.  Gratitude inherently fosters good feelings and positive beliefs both in situations and people.

Gratitude is a gift we give ourselves and it creates a more positive mental, emotional and physical life.  It has been proven that gratitude improves our mental outlook and improves our immune system.  So take a few moments to feel gratitude for all that is good in your life.

If you want to learn more about gratitude or want tools to create more gratitude in your life, then join my 30 days of gratitude program to improve your health and attitude (click here).

 

Dr. Dae sighting this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

 

 

Warming Winter Foods can Change how you think Health Foods

If one of your New Years resolutions has to do with eating healthier then Rooting Yourself in positive beliefs is your perfect solution. Winter is the perfect time to eat root vegetables!  (Did you like that play on words?)

Root vegetables are foods that grow underground and that we usually keep in the pantry for quite a while. Examples are sweet potatoes, red potatoes (really all potatoes), carrots, celery, parsnips, beets, celery root, rutabaga, and radishes.  You get the idea.  Just for good measure you can use fun underground spices too like ginger, garlic, and leeks.

Did you know that sweet potatoes actually have chemicals that can improve blood sugar regulation levels even in type 2 diabetics?  So you can eat up this super-vegetable and it can help with weight loss, diabetes, and heart disease.  In my Eat More Plant Membership community we will explore root vegetable recipes and health benefits.  Or you can just use some of recipes from by Eat More Plants.

Dr. Dae sighting this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

How Dr. King can Speak to All of Us!

Today, as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I decided to take a few minutes to read through his quotes to honor his legacy.  I was so touched by so many of his words which focus on our individual character and how it impacts the world.

Today, January 16, 2017, here is the quote that spoke most to me.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2016 I was saddened by the atmosphere of disrespect and disregard for human difference in this country.  During the election process there were people who said they wanted to lead this country but led with ideas of division, separatism, hate and intimidation towards disempowered and vulnerable individuals.

This atmosphere continued after the election and worsened as we saw riots in cities.  There has been a rise in hateful harassment, swastika vandalism,  anti-immigrant, anti-Black, anti-LGBT,  anti-Muslim and anti-woman rhetoric.  (Information taken from the Southern Poverty Law Center.)

It has been heartbreaking for me to hear about incidents in my community where hatred and vandalism have prevailed.  It is in my nature to do something to help alleviate suffering.  It is in my nature to want to create healing and support.  So I have been searching my heart and mind to find ways to bring people together.

When I saw the quote from Dr. King it gave me a moment of inspiration and hope.  It gave me a way to begin to speak to others about how we can begin to change this atmosphere of uncertainly and darkness that so many people are feeling.  It seems so simple. We have to speak about what we believe in.  We cannot just ignore words and actions that we think are hurtful and hateful.  When we do we are passively accepting evil.  And according to Dr. King we are cooperating with evil in our silence.

Instead, we have to talk about what we believe in.  We have to talk about what we are proud of.  If we see a story that is disrespectful of women, we must talk about a story that shows women as an inspiration.  If we hear stories of division, we might share stories of how people in this country have come together to build communities.

What I got from all Dr. King’s quotes is that we have to constantly reinforce love in everything we do: the words we say to one another, the actions we take with the people we know and the people that we don’t know.  We have to decide to live in a loving community and we show love in order to propagate it in the world.

So I am thankful that we have a day to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King because in honoring him today I have found another way to look at our current atmosphere with hope and an open heart.

Live Vibrantly,

Dr. Dae

Your Attitude can Impact Your View Of Life

We are in the second week of January and there is still so much talk about new years resolutions and making changes to our lifestyles and habits.  Once again, it is a perfect time to begin new habits by Rooting Yourself in Positive Beliefs!  In my practice, I have had lots of opportunities to observe the difference between success and failure in making healthy lifestyle changes

Let me give you an example to illustrate how powerful it can be to root yourself in positive beliefs.  Since it is a new year and many of us will make a resolution to eat better, I will choose two patients that came in for weight loss in 2016.

Patient One

Patient One came to the office wanting to lose weight for multiple health reasons.  This patient had tried unsuccessfully to lose weight in the past.  They inaccurately believed that they had no will power over food choices.  Their spouse was not supportive of their goals and they had close friends who joked with them that they wouldn’t last 2 weeks on their new routine. Negative beliefs from their own thoughts and their support networks, swirled around them.  At the end of the month, they reported that obstacles had derailed their efforts to stay on course.  They were feeling discouraged and disappointed.

Now let’s look at another scenario.  

Patient Two

Patient Two is excited for change. They are tired of feeling bad and they are ready to try something that will make them feel better. This patient comes in and tells me they have been looking up meal planning on Pinterest and they can’t wait to try recipes for healthier lunches to take to the office.  We come up with a plan to deal with obstacles they have encountered in the past so they can overcome them this time around. At the end of the month, they report they have more energy and they have even lost a few pounds.

A positive belief is not an airy-fairy hope that things will work out for us.  In my practice we use positive thinking to problem solve difficult or longstanding issues before us.  Once you have specific tools to figure out how to handle your obstacles you can have success in any and all areas of your life.

Thoughts are powerful!  If we include the power of positive thinking as part of our plan then we can achieve our goals.  If you need help in creating your plan, contact the office for a 30-minute discovery call.

Dr. Dae sighting this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Root Yourself in Positive Beliefs

We are completely wrapped up in winter, a time of introspection and self-reflection.  It’s the perfect time to begin again or to begin anew.  So the theme that came to me for this month is Root Yourself in Positive Beliefs! 

With the combination of the winter’s beginning and the first week of the year’s first month, we can’t help but think about creating something new in our life.  It is the resolutions that are the topic of conversation everywhere, at work, at home, with our friends and family.  If you are honest you too have thought about what you want to do differently in this new year.

If we take the time to be quiet and listen to what our inner voice tells us, we can create a new definition of success for our lives.  Choosing a new level of success means you will have to change. Change can be daunting but it doesn't have to be.  We have to look at change as a process to get to success.

When we root ourselves in negative beliefs change is scary, difficult and overwhelming.  This makes whatever we are trying to accomplish even harder. 

However when we root ourselves in positive beliefs change can be fun, an adventure or something to look forward to.  Rooting ourselves in positive beliefs gives us a sense of ease.  Isn’t that what we all want?

Each week of this month we will look at different aspects of how to root ourselves in positive beliefs in every situation and discover how this can help us achieve our health and life goals.  We will take a new perspective on how to set our intentions for health this month!

Dr. Dae sightings this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Picture http://rootcauseseattle.com/

 

 

 

Dr. Daemon Jones – UBCNM

Dr. Daemon Jones, or Dr. Dae, as her patients affectionately call her, left the corporate world to enter the naturopathic medical field.

After 15 years as an ND, she is the author of 2 books and 6 e-books. Soon she is launching a ‘members only’ website with online videos and other resources to serve not just her clients but others in the naturopathic medicine field.

“We need to have more tools in the naturopathic community, so we don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel in our individual practices,” she explains.

“As naturopaths, we love to be innovative. But, we also need to continue to create support systems where we can help one another. I love the fact that some of my colleagues said, ‘Yes. Great! You did this so we don’t have to!’

Whole foods nutrition is the foundation of her practice. In the early days, she discovered her patients were upset by the idea of giving up certain foods, and they didn’t know what to replace them with. Paying attention to her patients and what they need always inspir

es Dr. Dae to new ways of doing business.

So she started demonstrating healthy recipes.

“Cooking demonstrations show people that change is actually simple, and that these healthy foods taste great!” Not only did cooking demos win her clients over to a healthier lifestyle, she found them a great way to promote her practice.

A local cancer and chronic disease support center often sponsored her cooking demos. The eager attendees started asking for the recipes. This led her to write her first cookbook, Daelicious Recipes for Vibrant Living. Her second book, Eat More Plants, helps explain the connection between various vegetables and fruits and their health promoting properties.

 

As Dr. Dae innovates, her practice evolves.

“Washingtonians are busy people.  I am finding they do not want to come in for face to face contact as much anymore, so I am looking for new ways to bring the information to them.”

She sees patients now 2 days a week, and spends her other days out speaking in public or working on her video projects.

“I’m so much happier now.”

“My practice has always changed based on what my patients are requesting of me. What are they asking of me? How can I provide it to them? How can I do it in a way that makes me feel excited and creative?”

One day Dr. Dae will convey information by filming a video, the next day she may do it in a one-on-one meeting. The following day Dr. Dae may deliver the same information to 30 people in a classroom. It may be the same information, yet the diversity of tasks and settings makes her job new and different on a daily basis. “It’s stimulating,” she enthuses.

Choosing naturopathic medicine and UBCNM

Dr. Dae was unhappy in her corporate job. She made an appointment to consult with a naturopathic doctor, not because she was sick, but because of her general malaise. After one visit with a naturopathic doc, she was fascinated. She loved what she heard about the lifestyle changes that could get her back to loving her life. “I love naturopathic medicine, and the different ways we can express it, how we can help people get better. We can be creative, I have learned about how to help people.”

She initially enrolled in Bastyr University in Seattle and transferred to University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) to be closer to home when her mother became very ill. She found the transition very easy and UBCNM very accommodating to the transfer. “I made friends in the class behind me as well as my graduating class, as I complete the requisite courses. It was an opportunity to meet and make a lot of friends.”

Learn more about Dr. Dae:

See Dr. Dae’s books & ebooks

Take Dr. Dae’s “5 Quick and Healthy Meals” Free Mini Course

 

This article was originally published https://aanmc.org/success-stories/dr-daemon-jones-ubcnm/

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: What You Don't Know Can Kill You

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! It is time to bring attention to a female reproductive cancer that kills more women than other female reproductive cancers. Ovarian cancer takes more lives each year than breast cancer yet it does not have the same amount of exposure in the news and media.

If ovarian cancer is caught early there is a very high survivor rate. Because of this excellent news it is important to have early detection for it. During this month we in the medical community want to raise your awareness about your reproductive health.

Ovarian cancer is not a common cancer however it can be deadly because women sometimes do not detect any symptoms or their symptoms can be confused with other disorders.

If is caught early, before it spreads outside of the ovaries, there are treatments to put it into remission. If it is caught after it has metastasized and traveled outside of the ovaries, the survivor outcomes are much lower.

How can ovarian cancer be detected?

First and foremost, you have to trust your intuition about your body. If you feel that there is something wrong or you are having vague symptoms go to your primary care physician or gynecologist for an evaluation.

It is better to go to your doctor and find out it is just a stomachache or irregular periods, than not to go and find out a year later it is ovarian cancer.

Take notice if you experience any of the following symptoms for longer than a month:

  • Gas or bloating, a feeling of fullness in the pelvis
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
  • Menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Bleeding from the vagina
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Unexplained back pain that gets worse

What are the next steps?

Your doctor will perform a physical and pelvic exam to identify the problem. Lab testing, ultrasounds, or biopsy may follow to confirm the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made your treatment options can include surgery or chemotherapy.

Ovarian cancer is a very treatable cancer if it is caught early.  So if you are not feeling quite right and this situation continues for months at a time, be proactive and ask for more testing to find the answers to why you are not feeling well. It can make all the difference in your health!

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones

Squashing Out Negative Beliefs - October 2016 Theme

have decided to create a theme for each month and have articles, videos, and recipes that reflect my theme.  This month's theme is Squashing Out Negative Beliefs.  Since it is October, of course from a food perspective my thoughts turn to pumpkin and squash recipes.  Spiritually it makes sense to squash out negative beliefs to make room for gratitude coming into November!

The cooking videos for our Eat More Plants Community will revolve around simple recipes to cook pumpkin, butternut squash, spaghetti squash and acorn squash.  If you are interested in learning how to make my Curry Pumpkin Soup sign up for the free trial and see the cooking demo.

Spiritually squashing out our negative beliefs releases us from our limiting thoughts living our lives in a small way.  Freedom comes from being open willing to look at the beliefs that help us make the decision about how we are going to operate in the world.  Simple changes. like being willing to try a new way home from work, or a new food, or exploring a new part of town can open us up to ideas that we never saw before.

It can be amazing to find a new way home that is 15 minutes faster than the way you have been traveling for years. Trying a new food and liking it can create a healthier lifestyle or better health for ourselves, our friends and our family members in dramatic ways.  Going to a festival in a different part of town can show you new restaurants, new activities and new people that have common interests to you.

Let's enjoy Squashing Out Negative Belief together and share how our life opens up!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Stretch, Strengthen and Satisfy - An Awesome Private Event

Here are some photos from the event.  The really cool and artist ones are from the fabulous Cliff Fenning.

Last night I had the honor of working with Jessica Sandhu and Katelin Haney on their private event, Stretch, Strengthen and Satisfy!  The event was focused on healthy living through, a yoga class, a healthy plant-based dinner with dessert, a biodynamic wine and a community of friends.

Our host, Katelin had a vision of creating an evening with friends that focused healthy living with her girlfriends. She enlisted, Jessica Sandhu, a wonderful yoga instructor to help her plan the event.  What unfolded was a spectacular event! That started with ladies arriving to hear guitar music being played by, Rosebud. 

The Artist, Rosebud Ireland, playing while the ladies are coming in for the evening and during dinner.

 

They had the option of protein and ginger lemon shrub (non-alcoholic) as a light snack before a one-hour yoga class. 

A small energy snack, like protein balls, can be a great pick me up before a workout.

 

Yoga class had music by Jordan while Jessica taught an awesome vinyasa class.  

Jessica, showing an asana as she teaches the yoga class

While the class was in progress, in the kitchen there was a team of volunteers pitching in to create the meal.  Truth be told we were there way before the class.  There is no way that I could have pulled off the meal without Leny and Marina.  They were awesome and kept me on track and on schedule.  Having help made playing in the kitchen so much fun.

Marina and Jordan helping to prep desserts before the event started.

After class, I spoke about seasonal fall dishes that we created for the event.  It was a completely plant-based focused on recipes from my book Eat More Plants. It was wonderful to have the ladies open to a plant-based meal that was filling and delicious!  Many were happily surprised that they felt satisfied and energetic after the meal.  They loved the tea and whole food desserts as well.

Dinner is served, Simple Salad, Minty Lentil Salad, Brown Rice risotto with nuts, Roasted Root Vegetables.

It was an awesome event where everyone invited was nourished for a few hours.  What a spectacular girls night out!  I was honored to focus on the food with most of my recipes being the featured as the foods.

One of the best ways to get healthy and stay that way to share healthy living in your community.  If you are interested in creating a healthy event for your friends or family contact us to find how we can help you!

This is how to create #YourOneSweetLife.com.

Live vibrantly,

Dr. Dae

 

 

Why Lentils are One of My Things Favorites to Cook

Food Name: Lentils

When I first started to eat a plant-based diet I really didn’t know how to prepare beans and legumes so I was missing out on an important source of proteins and soluble fibers in my diet.  My friend and fellow naturopathic Paul Rizza introduced me to green lentils and it changed my life!  Lentils are one of the simplest legumes to make they only take about 30-40 minutes in the pot! 

Health Benefits:

Lentils are considered legumes and are a fantastic source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Soluble fiber is important in maintaining appropriate cholesterol levels and support heart healthy living.  Insoluble fiber supports digestive health, reduces constipation and other digestive complaints.  Lentils are a great source of protein especially for those who are looking for a plant-based source of protein.  The combination of fiber and protein supports maintaining blood sugar levels which is good news for all diabetic patients.  There are many micronutrients found in lentils as well especially magnesium, folate, and iron.  These nutrients support cardiovascular health, menstrual abnormalities, and some issues related to issues related to fatigue.

Remember that it is important to eat a balanced diet to make sure you get all the vitamins and nutrients required by the body.  Information referenced from whfoods.org.

How to pick a good/Storage

Here is an important tip whenever you are preparing beans or legumes then you need to wash them before you put them in water to cook.  They come from the earth just like fruits and vegetables so since you wash those you should wash your lentils too!

Dry lentils you can store up to a year.  Cooked you can keep in the refrigerator for a week.  In the freezer, they will last for up to 3 months.  Be sure to store then in an air tight container so they will last and won't get freezer burn.

Recipes/Fun Ideas about how to use

Lentils are great in soups and salads!   Here a few of my favorite simple recipes to make them.  You can also find them in my 2nd Book Eat More Plants.

  • Green Lentil Soup page 27

  • Pink Lentil Soup page 29

  • Minty Lentil Salad page 52

  • Lentil Quinoa Salad page 60

 

 

Benefits of Eggplant

 

I also realized that many Italian dishes and Asian dishes have great ideas about how to use eggplants.

 

Health Benefits:

Eggplant has many antioxidant activities.  Antioxidants are chemicals that used protect our cells from damage so they are important for reducing disease.  Some of the benefits found in eggplants have been associated with anti-cancer activity.  Interestingly enough they have also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral so they can be important for the immune system support.

The beautiful purple color in the skin is a powerful antioxidant.

When cooking one of the drawbacks is that the skin can be a bit bitter.  This means you might need to add a few drops of maple syrup or stevia to help round out the flavor.

How to pick a good Eggplant

When picking an Eggplant look for shiny skin that looks fresh.  If you see dent or bruises then it is quite possible the flesh underneath will be damaged as well.

How to store an Eggplant

Eggplants are very sensitive to both heat and cold.  Do not cut it until you are ready to use it because it degrades quickly. It is best to keep in the refrigerator crisper uncut and unwashed.

Recipes/Fun Ideas about how to use Eggplant

I have fallen in love with eggplant in sandwiches and casseroles.  They are great in stews too.  Here are a few suggestions.

  • Eggplant Lasagna Eat More Plants page 67
  • Eggplant Envelopes Eat More Plants page 68
  • Roasted Vegetables Eat More Plants page 101
  • Black Bean Chili Eat More Plants page 31

14 Secrets of People Who Live With Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of human emotional experience. However, when your anxious thoughts begin to interfere with sleep, work or daily activities, you need to seek professional support.

According to MedicineNet.com, anxiety is defined as a feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating and feelings of stress.

Common symptoms that are associated with anxiety are a feeling of apprehension or powerlessness, a lingering sense of danger or panic, heart pounding in the chest, sweating, trembling and feeling weak.

People suffering with anxiety disorder may feel ashamed because the wider community doesn’t understand how it impacts their daily existence.

Recurring negative thoughts can show up in daily life. Below are quotes from real people who are living with anxiety. They want you to know what it is like for them.

“I do realize the things I worry about are ridiculous. Even though I’m aware, I can’t just stop it.” — Erika Strojny Myers

“I might look like I’m doing nothing, but in my head I’m quite busy.” — Diane Kim

“You can’t just stop worrying. There is no ‘on’ or ‘off’ switch.” — Kim Derrick-Bené

“Even though we look OK on the outside, our anxiety is wreaking havoc on our insides.” — Cynthia Adams McGrath

“Anxiety and worrying are not the same things.” — Amy Hrynyk

“Just because you don’t understand doesn’t mean my fears aren’t real.” — Vicki Happ

“My mind is my enemy, so I need you on my side. Sometimes I even need you to fight alongside me.” — Erin Farmer-Perrine

The quotes come from the website the mighty.com, “31 Secrets of People Who Live With Anxiety”.

People living with anxiety disorder can also suffer from physical symptoms like being totally overwhelmed or exhausted. Here are some of the thoughts people living with anxiety deal with.

“After a hectic day, especially after being in crowds or dealing directly with multiple people, I have a ‘people hangover’ the next day. I need alone time to reboot from all the energy used. I have to rest and reset my mind. If I don’t, I will become bone-tired, overwhelmed and moody.” — Lisa Shuey

“It’s paralyzing.” — Marlene Pickering

“It’s sometimes so exhausting and distracting that I may be forgetful or unproductive, but it’s not me trying to be thoughtless, lazy or make excuses.” — Anna Powers

Anxiety can even create heart palpations or a pounding in the chest. Here are a few more personal quotes about how this can feel.

“I don’t just ‘get nervous.’ Heck, half the time I’m not even nervous when I’m having a panic attack — I’m anxious. Sometimes it’s for no reason I can identify. When I’m anxious and nervous I recognize some of it is irrational, but I can’t just snap out of it. My mind and body aren’t cooperating with reason.” — Alex Wickham

“All the logic in the world won’t keep my heart from hammering in my chest.” — Rebecca V Cowcill

Everyone feels some anxiety in life. So for someone who doesn’t have an anxiety disorder, it may not seem serious. But an anxiety disorder is difficult to live with.

If you have a friend or loved one suffering with an anxiety disorder, remember these quotes the next time they share their problems with you.

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones