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


Your Thoughts of Lack can be Limiting Your Health

Did you know that you have habits and routines of thought?  These patterns of thought are often so ingrained and unconscious that we are not aware that they are shaping how we view the world.  

For this post -- creating healthy habits and routines -- I want to talk about how our thoughts of lack and limitation color our decision making process about making healthy choices.

Anyone who has known me since was a child or has seen pictures of me when I was young know that I was always involved in sports usually on teams.  It was one of the primary ways that I developed confidence in my abilities.  

BUT what most people don’t know is that I almost gave up on sports when I was in the third grade.  In gym class in elementary school, I had a nemesis --it was this long prickly rope that hung down from the ceiling of the gym.  My assignment was to climb the rope to get to the top and I didn’t believe that I could do it.  

I tried and tried and I couldn’t do it.  It was one of my first defeats in the world of sports that I was so naturally good at.  This was devastating for me.  So the more I tried and was unsuccessful the more I would say to myself, “I can’t do this.  It would be better to give up.”

My physical education teacher, Mr. Jenkins, heard me telling him I can’t every time I approached the rope and one day stopped me in my tracks.  

He said “you, Daemon are no longer allowed to say I can’t.  The only thing I want to hear out of your mouth is I can every time you approach and work on the ropes. If I hear you say anything else will make you do push-ups.”

I was shocked and angry at him for putting me on the spot.  However I hated push-ups so I started saying I can every time I had to attempt the rope.  

I started approaching the rope saying I can climb this rope. I CAN!  After a week of several more tries I was able to climb up the rope.

What changed that created success out of previous failure?

I didn’t grow new muscles in a week.  My determination to keep trying is what changed.  Having the rest of my peers watching to see how I would do and cheering me on changed. Having the teacher giving more tips on how to succeed changed.  

Most important my thoughts and habits of thinking I CAN’T to I CAN, changed.

In retrospect, this was one of the most important lessons I learned about creating healthy habits.  I learned that even though it might seem hard, with the right support (coaching), positive repetitive thoughts, and determination, new habits become easy over time.

Healthy habits can seem hard, they are if you are trying to do them by yourself.  If you want to learn how to change your health, then come to my next free talk to learn about my approach to helping my patient achieve the health they want because we provide, expert care, coaching, and support --physically and mentally --to help you make that change.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Upcoming Talks:
Stress Hormones and Health
August 29, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

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

OR

September 6, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

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


Creating Healthy Habits Can Improve Every Area of Your Life

Creating healthy habits and routines sounds wonderful but it requires commitment and vision to see what is possible beyond what is happening right now. We have to see, feel and imagine with all of our senses the goal of where we are going!

Many people want to have healthy goals but they don’t where or how to start.  The place to start is at the end!  Starting with the end goal in mind helps you create healthy habits that become easy routines for you.  There is where having an expert work with you makes all the difference between wanting to have healthy habits and being able to implement them!

Trust me I know from personal experience.

I was a naturopathic patient before I decided to go to naturopathic medical school to become a doctor.  I have been through all the dietary changes, exercise programs, and meditation practices that I ask you to do.  While they didn’t come easy for me at first, I stuck with them and had a great doctor stepping me through the process until they became easy for me.

In fact, I am still working on making healthy habits and routines but this time it is for my patients.  If I’m honest, my business systems need to be upgraded so I can get a team to work with me and we can provide better quicker service to you.

So last month I started a new coaching program to help me.  Now I have someone telling me what to do like I tell you what to do for your health. I was excited about joining the program and looked forward to all the benefits I would receive from learning these new systems.

One of the conditions of the coaching is to dedicate time each week to learning and implementing the new education and practices.  “No problem,” I thought because I am so ready for this change.  

By the end of week 2, I was an emotional mess! Integrating these new systems was more time consuming than I originally anticipated and I was exhausted with the added workload.  I was feeling like maybe I was not ready for this big step of getting a healthy and strong business.

So, you know what I did?  I called the coaches told them how I was feeling and you know what?  I was not the first person to make that call.  They reminded me of my goals and they reminded me of my progress.  Most importantly, they reminded that healthy habits take time before they become second nature and I could handle this process by just taking one-step at a time.

This is why I include group classes and education in my practice offerings.  As we get healthy, sometimes it can feel overwhelming and that we have to figure it out alone.  In my practice, you are not alone, me and my health coaches are here with you to help you find your footing for creating your healthy habits and routines.  It can make all the difference.  

If you are ready to take your step to create more energy, health and wellness in your life, come to our next class.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Upcoming Talks:
Stress Hormones and Health
August 22, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

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

OR

August 29, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

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


Getting Back to Sleep for the Fall

One of the most important habits to create a healthy life is the habit of restful sleep.  When you and your family begin the day with a restful night’s sleep, you awake alert and ready for the greatness the day has in store for you.  Today I will continue with my theme of creating healthy habits and routines by talking about the habits of restful and restorative sleep for your entire family.

Have you ever suffered from a night of not getting enough sleep?  Perhaps this is a chronic problem for you.  According to the National Sleep Foundation over 40% of Americans report having sleep difficulties more than one night per week.

Insufficient sleep can cause:

  • A weakened immune system

  • More susceptibility to colds and flus

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Insulin resistance

  • Irritability

  • Memory loss or changes in cognition

  • Emotional highs and lows

So it is the perfect time to talk about creating healthy habits and routines because families are starting to think sending their children back to school.  

Many parents are in the frenzied state of buying things to prepare for back to school. Looking at checklist for school supplies or clothes.  

Have you stopped to think about getting your children prepared for habits that will create success for integrating back to school routines?  Sleep should be at the top of the list.

Has this ever happened to you?  

Your alarm goes off and it jolts you out of sleep.  Disoriented, your fumble around the night stand to hit the snooze button for relief, only to have the noise start again a few minutes later.  After 2 or 3 cycles of this you finally crack your eyes open to see that it is later than you thought is was, so you jump or stagger out of bed to make up for lost time?

This is a terrible way to start the day: late, stressed, and behind.  It sets in motion a cascade of emotional, mental, and hormonal events in your body that deplete your body of joy and nutrients.

This can cause your day to start off rushed, late and frustrated.   This could all be avoided by having better sleep habits and routines.

Sleep is important for children too!

Sleep habits are important for children as well as adults.  If children don’t get enough sleep they don’t want to get out of the bed in the morning and this can be a disaster for a morning routine or schedule, especially if you have a tight time schedule for the bus or school opening.

During the summer, many children’s sleep schedules are different than their school sleep schedule.  So about 2 weeks before school starts it is important to start getting your kids back into their school sleep schedule.

Kids need more sleep than adults so makes sure your kids and adolescents are getting 8 hours or more every night.

So begin to move their bedtimes back to the normal schedule so they can get used to going to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day.

Back to the adults:

Once you get the kiddos in bed, your next assignment is to go to your room and get sleep too!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Upcoming Talks:
Stress Hormones and Health
August 15, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

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

OR

August 22, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

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


If you Brush Your Teeth Every Day You can have Optimal Health!

As we move to the end of summer, it is the perfect time to thinks about implementing new routines.  So the perfect theme for this month is creating healthy habits and routines.

A habit or routine is described as a behavioral pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.

As we come back from our vacations and begin to settle back into our normal routines for the fall, it is the perfect time to start habits are part of our new routines. Whether you are a parent of children in grades K- 12 or a college student are getting ready or a federal government is moving back to full steam, so is the perfect time to start new routines.

So many of us think “healthy habits are hard to start or maintain, so why even bother?”  

Here is the truth: We have a set of routines that we do every single day.  Whether we eat breakfast in the morning or skip meals is a routine. Going to exercise class 3 times a week or sitting on the couch and watching TV is a routine.  How we manage or do not manage our stress is a routine.  We have dozens of routines or habits that we do every single day.

I have a question for you – do you brush your teeth every morning?  If you answered yes, then you know how to create a healthy habit and maintain it for years and years and years.

You have the choice to change your routines and habits and change the path of your health today.  All you need to do is to be willing to learn and implement new habits.  What are the habits that have the biggest impact on health?

Lifestyle habits:
Research shows that 70% of chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer can be eliminated by lifestyle changes.

  • Eating habits

  • Sleeping habits

  • Stress Management

  • Movement habits

Make the most significant changes to improve your health.  Understanding the right lifestyle habits for your specific condition(s) makes all the difference for your successful habit building.  

If you are curious about how you can start new routines that create healthy habits for your health, come to my Stress, Hormones and Health Seminar on Tuesday, August 8th.

This class is being sponsored at the Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown Washington DC.

This is a FREE class but spaces are limited so you must call to reserve your spot.  There will be no on-site registration.  Call the office to reserve your spot: 202-681-0705.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


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

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

OR

Stress Hormones and Health
August 15, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm

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


Alzheimer’s disease a robber of independence

alzheimers disease

All month I have been focusing on how to improve your health so you can have the independence and freedom to live your dreams.  I have also been writing about inflammation and how it causes disease in the body.

I want to talk about why it is important to deal with inflammation now to help prevent future diseases.  In the last few years, research has discovered that chronic inflammation in the brain is the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a specific form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease not only takes away independence it takes away the memory of your loved ones and family. This is difficult for the person with Alzheimer’s but it is often devastating for his or her spouse and children.

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, one of the most common forms of dementia.  In dementia your brain is unable to collect and remember your recent past.

Sometimes it can be hard to realize if an older person has dementia because their long-term memory can be intact and they can tell you stories from their youth in vivid detail.  But if you ask them questions about this morning or last week they will just have a confused look and have no idea what you are talking about.

People with Alzheimer’s have these same symptoms but they also have physical decline accompanying their mental decline making it hard to handle daily tasks without help.  Sometimes they can cause harm to themselves or others because of the mental decline, for instance forgetting to eat if someone is not there to monitor them so that they become malnourished over time.

Last month I attended a few programs about Alzheimer’s and I heard stories from spouses and adult children of people living with the disease.  It was heart-breaking to listen to stories of family members losing their relationships with people that are still alive.  Someone with Alzheimer’s can simply become unrecognizable.

Alzheimer’s disease currently doesn’t have a cure but researchers now know that the disease can start 20-30 years before the symptoms show themselves.  The lifestyle choices that we make can delay the onset of the disease.  Our lifestyle choices like our nutrition, exercise, sleep, how we manage stress, and stimulate our brain’s cognitive activity can delay the onset.

Yet again the healthy habits I teach you to incorporate into your lives can really make a difference in your health now and into the future.  So come and learn how to transform and improve the quality of life both for yourself and your family in my 8-week workshop.

**If you are currently a member of my practice you already have a reserved seat for this class.  Tuition is included in your package.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

 

 

Getting out of the vicious cycle

inflammation

This month’s theme is that gaining your health is gaining your independence and freedom. 

Today I want to talk about losing weight and diabetes because they are closely linked. (Many - but not all - people that are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes are also overweight).
Almost every person that comes into my practice has a goal to lose weight.  Sometimes it is that last 10 pounds that just won’t come off and sometimes it is much more.

Many people liken trying to lose weight to feeling like a hamster running on a wheel in a cage – never getting anywhere.  This is not independence or freedom - it is the exact opposite!  It is literally being weighed down.

The conversation usually goes something like this….

I have started working out and I am doing it faithfully and the needle on the scale just won't budge.

Or it might sound something like this….

I am doing all the things that I usually do to lose weight but nothing is happening.  I am getting frustrated and so I finally just gave up.

Does this sound familiar to you or have you heard it from a loved one during one of your conversations?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  If you are trying to lose weight or manage your blood sugars and it is not working it is because chronic inflammation is getting in your way.  You can refer back to last weeks post to learn more about chronic inflammation.

You have to address the internal issues and get the cells to be healthy and then the weight literally melts away.

Chronic low-grade inflammation in the body’s tissues is a cause of insulin resistance, weight gain, pre-diabetes and diabetes.  Inflammation activates a chemical response that suppresses an insulin signaling pathway.  In other words, the body becomes less responsive to insulin i.e. insulin resistant.

Being overweight can also cause inflammation.  As you gain weight your fat cells expand and this expansion can cause the cells to not get enough oxygen.  Lack of oxygen causes cells to die.  The immune system’s job is to clean up dead cells and cell debris. Over time this can cause chronic low-grade inflammation.

So this is the vicious cycle: inflammation causing insulin resistance and insulin resistance causing inflammation. What you experience is weight gain and the frustration of not being able to lose it.

So what can you do to change that?

You have to change your mind-set and stop focusing on trying to lose weight. Instead, you need to focus on trying live a healthy and fun life!  When you start focusing on living a healthy life and you incorporate healthy behaviors then you feel healthier and more energetic, you will reduce inflammation and you will lose weight.

If you are ready take a class that will change your life, sign up for my class this fall.

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Here is a testimonial from the class:

I took Dr. Dae’s class over a year ago.  I was very much impressed with her knowledge, her presentation and the practical advice she gave regarding diet, particularly in regard to reducing the intake of meat and the increasing vegetables as the main part of the daily diet.  I invested in her book and her online course, and I must say it was a worthwhile investment.

Taking the course had an immediate impact on my physical well-being.  Indeed, the primary impetus for my taking her class was the gastro-intestinal problem I was experiencing.  My intuition told me that my diet could have something to do with the problem, so when Dr. Dae’s class was announced at Church, I was determined to attend to see if there were any dietary changes I could make that would bring me some relief.

 During Dr. Dae’s presentation, she talked about how a daily glass of lemon water might help to relieve gastric issues.  It seemed likes simple and practical solution that might help my situation.  On the way home, after her class I stopped at the supermarket and purchased some lemons.  The next morning I drank a large tumbler of water into which added the juice of half a lemon.  The impact was immediate; the gastric discomfort subsided.  From that time to today, a glass of lemon water is a part of my daily morning routine.

As I mentioned above I have incorporated other suggestions from Dr. Dae’s course, and I do see the physical results which include lowered cholesterol, weight loss, and more energy, and, of course, virtual elimination of the gastric discomfort I had been experiencing.

Dr. Dae knows her subject matter, and I recommend her course highly to anyone who is interested in changing to a plant-based diet.

Floyd A. Lewis, Jr.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

The insidious thing that steals your Independence

As I mentioned last week, health is independence!  Health gives us the freedom to make ALL of our dreams come true.  When we have health we have the ability to run that marathon, or snorkel in the ocean.  We can spend all those hours building our business.  We have the stamina to chase our children in the yard.

Whatever is important to you, health is the cornerstone of being able to do it. 

Many - scratch that - most of us, take our health for granted until we wake up with aches and pains or not feeling well.  Or worse, we feel just fine until we go to the doctor and find out we are sick.  Some lab test reveals that something is not working right and we are told we have a disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, pre-diabetes or cancer, just to name a few.

Do you know what all of these chronic diseases have in common?

Their starting point is chronic inflammation.  Chronic inflammation turns normal healthy cells into sick and diseased cells.  For example, inflammation can cause blood vessels to weaken, allowing cholesterol to lodge in them and create plaque, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Chronic inflammation can cause cells to be impaired and not be able to do their jobs appropriately.  In the case of diabetes, prediabetes, or PCOS, inflammation causes insulin resistance and high blood sugars.

During the inflammatory process our body sends out chemical signals that perpetuate the inflammation in our bodies.

Are you starting to get the picture?

The most insidious thing about inflammation is that it occurs and we can’t feel it happening.  This process can continue unnoticed for weeks, month and years. 

So we seem fine until “all of a sudden” we are sick.

In truth, there many ways that we can start to identify if inflammation is happening in our bodies.

If you have any of the diseases mentioned above you have inflammation. 

There are simple blood tests that I always include in my lab workups with patients that evaluate our levels of inflammation.

Constant stress releases chemicals that cause inflammation.

Poor sleep causes inflammation.

The Standard American diet (SAD Diet) of fried foods, processed sugars, sodas, and junk food promote inflammation as well.

 Is there any way to escape this robber of health and independence – Inflammation?

YEP! Healthy lifestyles and habits! All the things I share with you every week.

  • Eating delicious fruits and veggies as part of every meal
  • Exercising and detoxifying your body and  mind
  • Getting good restorative sleep
  • Managing your stress and stressful situations

The side effect of reducing inflammation is increased energy and vitality – by the way!

If you want to reduce inflammation in your body be on the look out for my webinars and LIVE classes that I will be teaching in the fall. They are designed to teach you healthy habits in a fun way that you can share with your friends and family so you can all be healthy together!

If you want me to send you information about them click here to be contacted about the class.

If you just can’t wait then join one of my free online courses to get you started.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Health is the Ultimate in Independence

health independence

July 4th is the perfect day to talk about the importance of independence! It seems that we are always striving for independence in one way or another. 

When we are children we want to be independent eat what we want when we want. When we are adults we want to make our own decisions at work and at home.  When we become elders we want to live independently from our children and relations watchful eyes.

Independence is defined as freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

Have you ever stopped to think about what is ultimate in independence?  

I say it’s having your HEALTH!  Health is something that everyone says is important but as far as priorities it falls low on the list.

When you have your health you have freedom! You are the one in control.  Freedom is waking up with full of passion for your day.  You can go to work, or volunteer in your community with your full energy to do your tasks.

When you wake up in pain or you can’t leave the house without taking medications every day for the rest of your life, you are NOT free! You are a slave to a limiting way of life.  

This is you if you are taking meds for chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease, or autoimmune disease.

Which way do you want to live?

If you want freedom and independence then you want your health.  According to the US Surgeon General, 70% of all chronic diseases could be avoided by lifestyle habits – eating habits, stress management, and exercise.

 I will add sleeping habits to that list!  

Lifestyle habits are so much simpler than people think!  They are so much more fun too especially when you do them with others in your community.  Thank you for joining the Your One Sweet Life community so I can share my healthy habits with you.  Even better you can share them with me!

This month’s theme is gaining your health is gaining your independence and freedom.  


To Your One Sweet Life,
Dr. Dae

PS – Ready for another webinar with Dr. Dae?  Well, another one is coming up in July!  Make sure to keep your eyes posted for the details next week!

In the fall I will be doing a live teaching seminar.  This is the first time I’ve done a live class in years – A Life Worth Living.  

Stay tuned for details the class starts in September.

In case you missed it here are my last few blog posts:

Balanced Hormones Balanced Life

Each month I devote at least one blog post to health concerns.  When I think of Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life the issue that immediately comes to mind is the importance of balancing our hormones. When your hormones are balanced you are healthy, energetic and ready for anything. You have the energy for both home and work life.

However, if you are experiencing an imbalance in your hormones, you may feel overwhelmed even by simple issues.

Hormones are messengers released in the body to send a signal from one organ to another. Hormones are used by all the systems of the body and influence our eating, sleeping, weight loss, digestions, stress, fear, anxiety, excitement, movement and relaxation along with so many other body functions.

We use hormones for everything: digestion, sleep, metabolism, energy, blood pressure, aging, repair, having a period (or not having an period) libido, are you starting to get the picture.

When our hormones are out of balance there are some common symptoms:

  • Insomnia – the inability to sleep
  • hot flashes or night sweats
  • mood swings
  • exhaustion (all the time)
  • difficulty losing weight
  • anxiety and depression
  • brain fog
  • acne
  • headaches  

Are you experiences any of these symptoms? Don't you want to feel better?

Feeling better is possible and more simple than you might think.  It requires you to have an openness to a holistic approach to your health that includes lab work, lifestyle change, health education, coaching, and fun!

If you are ready to make a positive change to your health then come learn the tools you need to balance your hormones and get your energy back.  Schedule a FREE 30-minute discovery call to see simple it is to get your life back!  It is really that simple.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Ready, Set…. Relax

spring cleaning stress

This month’s Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life is inspired by my desire to create more balance and relaxation in my life.  In order to do that I have to totally re-organize my life, my practice included.  This means spring cleaning in a big way, more projects, learning how to do things differently on personal and professional levels. So even though the end goal is to create more balance, right now it just feels like more work!

Summer is my favorite time of year because it brings time to relax and enjoy life, food, and friends.  It is the time

Or am I?

I have noticed in recent weeks that the more social activities I am invited to, the more tension I feel in my shoulders.

Why is that?

It is because I want to have more fun BUT I feel like I should stay and work.

Have you ever had this experience? You decide to do something new, start a new job, change your summer plans, accommodate the new family schedule - and it feels overwhelming and hard.  Then you are having the same experience I am having now: the tension between work and relaxation.

That tension between deciding between work and relaxation is called stress. And it is self-imposed stress because we are making ourselves choose between one or the other.

Here, by the way, is an article that I wrote about stress. http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2013/04/29/what-is-stress.

Stress

Stress robs us of our ability to have fun and relax.  When we feel stressed about things that are not life-threatening, the quality of our health is really impaired. We can become more susceptible to chronic diseases like insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure.

This ruins our vacations and relaxation time.  So once I realized that I was stressing over relaxing, I had to laugh at myself.  This is the best medicine.  http://www.healthydaes.com/dr-daemon-jones-2/2012/02/28/can-we-use-laughter-as-medicine-for-healing.

The truth is that it is possible for me to enjoy summertime fun and get my work done too.

How?

Do one thing at a time!  This is what finding balance in life means.  When I am working I do my best to achieve whatever is on my work “to do” list.  When I leave work to have fun, I try to really have fun and relax. 

So that is exactly what I have decided to do; not stress about things,   go sit outside, eat lunch and enjoy it!

How are you giving yourself permission to have fun in the sun this summer? Write me and let me know!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Celebrating the Masculine – Father’s Day

father's day celebrating the masculine

This month’s theme is Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life.  The definition of creating balance is: “to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts of something symmetrically.”  I have been reading the book, “God Wears Lipstick: Kabbalah For Women”, in which the author discusses the need for both masculine and feminine energies to create a balanced life.

Last month I wrote about the feminine energy of nurturing ourselves,  The Mother in All of Us, for Mother's Day.  Today I want to balance that perspective by talking about masculine energy for Father's Day.

Fathering ourselves is just as important for our healing process.  Masculine energy is often defined as taking action or helping to move things forward in life.

What does it mean to father one’s self?

The definition “to father” is: “to procreate or to be part of the creation of.”  Simply put, it means to be the founder of a process or an idea.  “To father” can also mean “to be the leader of or the champion to”.  Since I am a daughter my favorite meaning for father is “to be a protector of.”

When we father ourselves we are honest about our goals and dreams for ourselves and for our family.  We develop and support those dreams.  We put energy into our dreams for ourselves.

The father in us protects our goals.  We do not allow others to talk us out of fulfilling our dreams.

No matter what is happening in our lives we find quiet moments to continue supporting the unfolding of our dreams into fruition.  Maybe it is 15 minutes a week planning our next step in a secluded sacred space, what men often refer to as their“man cave.”

We find ways to put power and energy into our goals no matter what!  The father in us shows perseverance.

Finally, our fathers cheer for us!  They are on the sidelines watching what we do, giving us a support just by their presence.  They are ones who cheer the loudest when we do something spectacular.

When we father ourselves we cheer for ourselves in private and in public!  We toot our horn until others jump on the bandwagon.

Fathering ourselves is just as important as mothering ourselves.  As we do both, we are Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

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Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life

June is the end of spring and unofficially the start of summer. June also brings the ending of classes and the beginning of all sorts of celebrations, graduations, and parties. 

June is a time of beginning and endings for so many of us. It is when we suddenly notice the changes in our children as they move on to the next grade or move to new schools.  But it can also bring changes for adults as our children’s changes force us to make adjustments.

So it is the perfect time to talk about Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life. Finding balance in life as it changes is a constant challenge.  When we layer a busy schedule on top of life’s unavoidable changes it can cause mayhem and stress.

Often our first response to an overfilled scheduled is to tense up and get anxious.  You might become worried about not being able to handle all of the moving parts of your life.  As we tighten our grip on our schedule we can sometimes lose sight of having fun during the celebrations. Instead, they become one more thing to be upset about.

Do not underestimate the emotional change that happens during these changes in school status.  Children can be excited or scared about the new paths they will be embarking on in the summer or fall.  Moms and dads can also have deep emotional reactions to the changes in their status, for example when they become empty nesters.  I have a friend who shared with me recently how concerned she is about how she will have to refine her roles when her daughter leaves in a few months. She will have to find a whole new balance for a life that no longer revolves around her daughter.

I think finding balance in life means finding the fun during the really busy times, learning to see the beauty of the new path that is starting for the entire family and not just worrying about what you are losing.

One of the best suggestions I heard for finding balance in life was from a yoga teacher, who said, "the only way to maintain balance is to fall off balance sometimes."  I thought it was such a profound statement.

Sometimes we have to lose our balance in order to find it again. We have to learn to not be afraid of falling off balance. We have to learn to be playful about it and trust that it is all part of finding our new path.

Not many people actually like to be off balance or fall down. But when we learn how to laugh at mishaps that happen during change, we are the healthier for it.

During this month of so many beginning and ending lets embrace the change that is happening to us all.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

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Nurturing Yourself Into A Stress-Free Life

Nurturing the sweet life doesn’t just mean looking at our physical health and habits it also means looking at your mental and emotional habits too.

When you hear the words "stressed out" what images pop into your mind? Do you imagine your blood pressure going up? Or do you start to feel really agitated and angry? Anxious?

Or perhaps feeling emotional is a better description. Are you exhausted yet you can’t go to sleep or stay sleep?

If you feel any or all of these symptoms then you could be stressed out! In the medical community we don’t really have a good term to describe what happens when you are chronically releasing stress hormones all the time.

Even though we don’t have a word for it, still it impacts your body and depletes it over time.

What we call stress is a normal part of our body’s processing. When we encounter a stressful situation our body immediately releases chemicals and hormones to help us handle the situation.

Once we have handled the stressful situation our bodies then return to a normal relaxed or rested state. Tens of thousands of years ago stressful states were generally brought on by life-threatening situations where we needed to be on alert to survive.

In response to these life-threatening situations our body releases our primary stress hormone, cortisol, which increases our blood pressure and our heart rate, increases the amount of glucose in our body, and increases our mental alertness.

This release of cortisol also reduces other hormones and chemicals that ordinarily would help keep us calm and able to rest or sleep.

Our stress hormones are designed to be released quickly, act quickly, and then dissipate. In our current society we are more likely to find ourselves getting stressed about things that are not life-threatening . Our stress hormones are being released because our boss doesn’t like our projects or because we are sitting in traffic.

These situations are not life-threatening but they can emotionally affect us the same way as a life-threating event and our bodies react in the same way.

This creates overuse of the stress response, which over time begins to rob our body of nutrients, minerals and the building blocks for our hormones.

We begin to have symptoms like constant fatigue, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight gain, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes.

Emotionally we may feel depressed or anxious. We may be constantly quick to anger or frustration.

We don’t have a medical name for it and in conventional medicine they treat the symptoms and don’t address the cause, which is the overproductions of cortisol.

How do we treat the cause? Quit or jobs and move to the country? While that might be nice, where ever you go you take your mind set and behaviors with you.

Learning how to live mindfully can change your life and create new neuro-pathways in your brain

If you want to learn more about mindfulness then join my free class – Finding contentment at work.  You can use the tools for any aspect of your life.

To Your One Sweet Life,
Dr. Dae

Ideas for A Healthy Grilling Season

Is there anything better than going to a cookout and experiencing wonderful food that is filling and tasty? It is one of the greatest parts of summer!

Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, many people look forward to cookouts or picnics over this long holiday.  I am one of those people! Nurturing the sweet life can include cooking out and grilling too!  Nurturing the sweet life doesn’t include pork hot dogs on white bread but it can include cooking out and grilling food other healthy foods.

Many years ago when I was in naturopathic medical school, one of my best friend’s family decided we would have a healthy Thanksgiving.  Everyone prepared dishes that were healthy like smoking the salmon and turkey, roasting vegetables, wild rice, corn salad etc.  It was a tremendous hit!  From there we decided to do healthy grilling and cookouts in the years going forward.  It was such a blessing to have a family that enjoyed good food make a conscious decision to create health awesome family gathering during holidays and cookouts.

I am challenging you to do the same this summer.  Here is another example of how families creating a healthy cookout that everyone enjoyed.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about cooking and grilling to make sure you have a happy and healthy summer food season.

Don’t let things with mayo sit out at summer temperatures all day

When I was growing up I use to love potlucks and picnics because I got to try so many new types of foods.  It was a common occurrence to see potato salad and pasta salad with tons of mayo as one of the options. 

Now that I am older I still like potlucks but now I look forward to showcasing grain salads or other foods that won’t spoil in hot weather.  I have a few salads that people love and request that are healthy and room temperature appropriate.  This summer consider recipes bring meal and dishes that can sit for a few hours on the table and healthy as well.

Fruit water is cool and refreshing

It is important for us to drink water or eat foods that our bodies can convert to water every day. When the weather is extremely hot our bodies lose water faster than it normally does.  Many people complain that water doesn’t taste good so that is why they don’t want to drink it. Flavoring your water can help you stay hydrated. One of the best ways to flavor your water is to add herbs or fruit, or both.  Here are some ideas about how to do this.

Don’t char your meats

As a child, I LOVED to eat char burnt hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs.  The more burnt the meat was the better.  There are still people in my family that can’t wait to eat burnt meat.  While I hate to ruin anyone’s food experience I feel obligated to mention research shows that the burning of the foods creates cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic Amines (HCA).  HCA are created from cooking meats at extremely high temperatures. (When I think about all of the stories of my childhood I’m amazed that I made it to adulthood.)

When you are cooking meats on the grill a better choice would be to smoke meats at a lower temperature for longer cooking times.  You can still get wonderful flavors for your meats without the HCAs!

Also, consider grilling vegetables there is no research suggesting HCAs are formed on vegetables.  You can even grill fruit as a yummy dessert!

For me, summer is one of my favorite seasons for having fun!  It seems that many people engage in fun activities that include eating during the summer.  To help you nurture your one sweet life I am sharing a few of my favorite blog posts with summer grilling and cooking out recipes.  Since you know I love to Eat More plants many of the recipes are plant-based and fabulous! Even meat eaters will enjoy these along with any meats you are used to preparing so add them to your usual dishes.

101 Simple Salads for the Season

  • This has recipes that include vegan, vegetarian, poultry, meat, and fish salads.  There are simply delicious recipes for every taste bud.

50 Jaw-Dropping Vegan-Friendly BBQ and Grilling Recipes

  • Everyone loves barbecue so consider some of these wonderful recipes to spice up your veggies and make them bbq favorites for your family.

Vegan Barbecue: Recipes for Grilled Vegetables & Proteins

  • This is a great way to make complete meals with plant-based foods on the grill.

Find ways to enjoy the summer with healthy foods!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Nurturing yourself Reduces Chronic Illness

The cause of disease in our bodies is often silent. It creeps up on us slowly over time, like a smoldering fire that burns unnoticed till one day we wake up with an illness.

This is true for most chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease. It also true for many other diseases like autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal diseases, and just about anything that ends in “itis.”

Medical research has begun to ask questions about what the common underlying causes are of all these problems that create disease in our bodies. And research is looking into what types of tests we can use to find them and measure them.

Chronic inflammation, more accurately known as low-grade or systemic inflammation, is becoming a topic of research to answer questions about the common underlying cause of disease.

Chronic inflammation is different from the normal or acute, or short-lived, inflammation that occurs when we have a bruise or cut. In acute inflammation, our bodies find the bruise or cut, send chemicals into the area, heal the problem, and then our body goes back to its normal processing.

Chronic inflammation is different because the body is not able to shut off the immune response and it continues at a low level, like a fire that is at a smoldering burn for much too long. Over time, this smoldering flame can ignite into a major problem or chronic disease.

When you take the time to Nurture the Sweetness in Life you create healthy habits that reduce inflammation and chronic disease. You make your health important enough to change the cycle of disease.

What are habits are considered nurturing yourself? You already know my favorites eating more plants – an 80% plant-based diet, moving your body, relaxation techniques, and getting good sleep.  When you focus on these behaviors your life and health both change for the better.

What behavior are you willing to make one change for the better in the next 7 days?  If you want I have a free online course to give you ideas about eating healthy foods, Quick and Healthy Meal for Busy People.

Perhaps you want to create more gratitude for the next 7 days, you could join my 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude email program.

Or shoot me a message to let me know what habit you will be trying for the next 7 days!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Nurturing the Sweetness in Life

This month’s theme is Nurturing the Sweetness in Life. I decided to talk about nurturing in part, to acknowledge mother’s day, but more so because nurturing is an essential part of our healthcare treatment plan.  It is wonderful to be nurtured by our mothers, our family and our friends but we must also nurture ourselves.

To nurture means to promote and sustain the growth and development of.  When we nurture ourselves we are creating health and longevity in our life. 

People often confuse the term nurturing and pampering. I want to be clear there is a big difference between nurturing and pampering!  To pamper means to treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care. 

Pampering suggests excessive gratification of your appetites, tastes and desires. Nurturing, by contrasts focuses on providing sustenance for life.

When we are seeking wellness or optimal health we must foster or oversee the development of our health on a consistent basis.  We must nurture our health!

Nurturing ourselves means eating healthy food, exercising, getting enough sleep, managing our stress, having fun, making enough money to live well, spending time in nature, connecting to the divine and making time for friends and family.  These are mandatory for health.

This month we will spend time Nurturing the Sweetness in Life for Your One Sweet Life! So let’s embrace nurturing ourselves.  Let’s embrace our most precious relationships this month and see how sweet your life can get.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Are you getting your -13 serving of the fruits and vegetables every day?  If you are like most Americans you have some room for improvement.  So why not give yourself a fun challenge to increase your servings and improve your health at the same time!

Strawberry time - Eating Seasonally

How about Springing into the Sweet Life by eating seasonally. Eating seasonally is one of the best ways to improve your health and expand the delicious options of flavorful foods on your plate.

Some of the most delicious foods are plucked from the garden in April.  If you want to start to Eat More Plants, Spring is a great time to create a new healthy habit that you can even keep up for the rest of the year.


Strawberries, apricots, honeydew, mango, oranges, and pineapples are some of the most popular fruits that are naturally ripe during spring.


I love to mix and match my fruits and vegetables so I created this Strawberry Spinach crunch salad.  This is a firm favorite in all my cooking demonstrations.
Spinach and strawberries are a combination that makes an awesome spring salad!  Here is one of my favorite recipes, Strawberry Spinach Crunch!

Want more recipes? Then get my book, Eat More Plants.


Here are other vegetables that are springing up all over the place: asparagus, artichokes, chard, broccoli, collard greens, fennel, mustard greens, peas, pea pods, rhubarb and Vidalia onions.
Want some bean options to round out your plate? Fava beans, green beans and snow peas are wonderful options that you can pick up at your grocery store or, even better, your local farmer’s market!


Did you say that salads are your thing? Lettuces are abundant too as try some of these wonderful varieties: Belgian endive, butter lettuce, Manoa lettuce, red leaf lettuce, spring baby lettuce and radicchio.  If you want to experiment with your green thumb, then grow your own! Seeds are super cheap and you can grow them in your backyard or even in containers.


While you are trying your hand at gardening throw some herbs into the mix. Herbs are a fantastic way to incorporate additional nutrients into your meals. Chives, mint and scallions are great choices to add flavor.


Are you super excited about increasing your fruits and veggies?  Then join my 7-day eat more plants challenge.  Sign up now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Spring into Your Sweet Life with Food Detox

picture from urbanwired

picture from urbanwired

One way to Spring into the Sweet Life is to consider doing a detox.  It is a way to completely renew your energy, vitality and health.  What made me consider including a post on detox was a conversation I had a few days ago.

I was speaking to a friend of mine and he was asking for nutritional advice because he needed to start working on his summer body.  He said during the winter he felt he could eat rich, delicious food but now that he was going to be wearing spring and summer clothes he would have to slim down and eat healthy food. He was sure this was not going to taste so good! But that is not true! There are delicious de-toxifying foods.

So there is every reason to look forward to your summer body and a detoxification plan.

Detox is a way of eliminating toxins from the body in a safe and appropriate way. There are several components to a detox plan.  We need to consider the foods we eat, how to improve our digestion and elimination, cleansing our skin, the amount of water we are drinking, how much sleep we are getting and how to reduce toxic situations and thoughts.

Have you noticed that most of the things that are part of a good detoxification plan are things that are part of your daily habits?  Not really surprising huh?

I have conducted tons of detoxification programs in my practice over the years.  What I love about having a group to do detoxing is the sharing that happens during the process. If you want to try a detox consider my 7-day Eat More Plants challenge!  If you want to sign up, then click on the link.

We will start in May.  It is so simple and it is free! 

 

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

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