Gratitude is a Healing Process

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Have you ever open-heartedly received a gift from another person?  It is one of the best feelings ever!  Receiving allows you to feel noticed, appreciated or loved, it creates gratitude in your heart. Gratitude is a healing process.

Being in a state of gratitude helps reduce stress and can improve the quality of your health and your life. Interestingly, I found two studies -- one that was done on college-aged adults and the second on older people that both show that gratitude reduces stress. The study on college-aged adults was published in the Journal of Research in Personality in August of 2008. It found that “gratitude led to higher levels of perceived social support, and lower levels of stress and depression." The research study related to older women published March 2006 in the Journal of Research on Aging found that older women that had gratitude towards God created a buffer to stress in their lives.

Being open to receive the sweet life, which is this month’s theme, invites you to receive gratitude for everything in your life.

I have created a gratitude program to help you have this experience. Click here to join.  
One client who joined says: "I want to thank you for the Day of Gratitude ( 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude) messages I’ve been receiving.  They are very much appreciated. Thanks so much. -Ann"

You will love it too.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Allow Yourself to Receive

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When I was in my twenties, I was fortunate enough to participate in a powerful workshop called WomenPower.  I learned so much about the healing power of the feminine in those workshops.  One of the most healing feminine superpowers is the power of receiving!  In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I would share a story about learning to receive. 

One of the rules of the Women Power Workshop is that any women that is menstruating during the workshop weekend had sit in the receiving chair and receive from everyone else during the weekend.  Anything that the woman wanted, she had to ask for and receive.

One weekend, I had the honor of sitting in the receiving chair.  During the lunch, I had to sit & be served lunch.  I was not allowed to go into the kitchen.  I had to sit in the chair and wait to receive my lunch.  If I wanted a tissue, I had to wait for someone to hand me a tissue. Over and over again, I had to receive.

While that might seem awesome to being waited on hand and foot, as a type A personality, it was one of the most challenging experiences of my life.  It was so hard!  My inner voice was yelling at me to just get up and do it all.  This is an exhausting way to live.

It taught me about how much time I spend giving and how little time I spend receiving. It opened my eyes to how receiving is a skill that needs to be practiced. Learning to let people give to me has been such a loving journey! I am so much better at receiving but I still am working on it. A reminder again to be open to receive the sweet life, the theme for this month.

Take a moment and be honest about how good are you at receiving.  If you are a mom, watch how you receive during this weekend's Mother’s Day celebration. 

Why am I spending all this time focused on receiving?  Because, when it comes to our health receiving is one of the most important things you can do.  If you don’t have the health you deserve or the health that you want, receiving the tools on how to get healthy and learning how to use them makes all the difference between succeeding in your health goals or failing again.  

We mentor people into health all the time.  It is one of our greatest accomplishments of our practice.  If you want to learn more, come to one of our dinner presentations or orientation sessions.  Call the office to schedule 202-681-0705.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Healing Starts with Receiving

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Have your ever heard the quote "it is better to give than to receive"? I used to hear it all the time when I was growing up. I can remember my grandmother telling me that. I thought that in order to be a good girl (or woman) I had to give and give and give. I use to give to my family, my friends, my work, my alumni association, my church and my volunteer work. I would give because I thought it made me a good person.

Now that I am older, I understand that all that giving drove me to exhaustion, literally. It was so bad I had to quit my job and take time off to look after my health.  My exhaustion led me to change my career and become a naturopathic doctor.

Does this story sound familiar to you? If you're honest, maybe you see some of yourself or someone you know in my story.

It is important to be a cheerful giver, but it is important to be a humble receiver as well. Being able to participate in both is what causes balance in all aspects of our life. All health and healing starts with receiving. This month is dedicated to the theme: Be open to receive the sweet life.

This month we will talk about receiving the truth about your health, receiving treatment that will get you healthy and receiving the love that you deserve to heal your heart.

Learning to receive is as powerful as learning to give.  In fact, it might be more powerful. As I said earlier, I gave so much that I exhausted myself. In the last 15 years treating patients, I know that many people suffer from giving too much and not receiving time for themselves.

If you feel overwhelmed, anxious, if you have a 'spare tire' around your waist that you can’t get rid of, if you have hot flashes or night sweats or you can’t sleep, then you might have adrenal exhaustion. To learn more about how to fix any of these problems come to our next free dinner presentation Stress Hormone and Health talk on May 9th.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Renewal and Stress can’t exist in the same space

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For the last installment of this month’s theme is Renew, and live a Sweet Life, I want to talk about what leads us to needed to have renew time – Stress.  It is a topic that speak about on a weekly basis because it is so pervasive in our American way of life!

Stress is a normal part of our body’s processing. It is a short-term solution to life-threatening situation. When we encounter a stressful situation our body immediately releases chemicals and hormones to help us handle the situation. 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.

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.

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.

After the situation has passed our bodies stop producing those hormones we return to a normal relaxed. If we are not giving our minds and bodies time to renew ourselves these symptoms turn into disease.  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.  

Does any of this sound familiar to you?  If it does then you need to pick up the phone and register for my next stress hormones and health talk because you need to learn the next steps in the process reset and renew your health quick!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Detox!

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Often times when people think about renewal, they think about detox.  Since this month’s theme is Renew, and live a Sweet Life, I thought I would spend some time talking about one of the most powerful ways to renew: Detoxification!

Detoxing is a definite way to completely renew your energy, vitality and health.  If you focus on the holistic detox program, which includes a balanced plan of action, then it can be a surefire way put you back on the right track towards greater energy and vitality.

The key to a successful detox is to create a plan that you can continue with and enhance after the detox is completed.  It is not just about taking some supplements for a few days and dropping a few pounds, only to gain them right back (plus a few more) two weeks later.  That is absolutely what you do NOT want to do!

A healthy detox changes the way your body is operating at the cellular level.  It improves your energy but also improves your health. Every program we create with you includes a detox because when you clear away the junk, your body can heal much quicker.  Here is a great example... 

I had a patient that came in because she was tired of having uncontrolled diabetes.  She was also in so much physical pain that she had to move around her work with the aid of a mechanical scooter. She came in because she was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  After 2 months of working with us, including a detoxification plan, she lost 20 pounds, is completely off her insulin shots and had just come back from a work conference where she walked 2 miles pain free.

What an incredible recovery!  This happened because the first step to true healing is to remove the obstacles.  Detoxification does just that for many people and it opens the gateway to health.

If you want to learn how to do a balanced detox that will help you feel better and STAY BETTER, do call the office to find out more.  Our Stress Hormones and Health presentation is a great way to find out more about your own potential detox and healing process.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Health Starts in the Mind

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Renewal or restoration starts with your mind.  If you have been following me for a while you will know that mindfulness is an important part of how I help you to get the life and the health that you want.

The way that you think influences every aspect of your life and every aspect of your health.  Have you ever heard the saying wherever your mind goes your body follows?

If you are constantly feeling unhealthy, stressed, tired and fatigued your body uses up all of your vitamins and nutrients, your hormones go out of haywire, and then starts getting sick in the process.  It can show up as weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insomnia or diabetes. 

Is this sounding like a problem you or one of your friends is dealing with? If it is then you need to come to our Stress, Hormones and Health presentation because it will explain this connection between a stressed mind and an unhealthy body.

Once we renew or restore our mind, and move it out of a stressed mindset and into a relaxed state, you start to soar and our entire life changes.

So, my theme for this month is, of course, Renew, and live a Sweet Life!

Don’t you want to soar?

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 all the responsibilities that weigh you down, you can find a place of freedom. 

If that is what you are looking for, you owe it to yourself to find out how you can get there.  Come to our next free dinner presentation to learn how you can have less stress, more joy and health in your life.  Call the office for upcoming dates.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Renew Yourself This Spring

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If you are like me, you can get a touch of winter blues after months of cold weather & you are ready for spring to arrive!  We spring forward with daylight savings time and days are starting to get longer.

Spring is my favorite time of year, mostly because it is the time when nature explodes with new life. Because my birthday is this month, I also spend time in self-reflection.  In the last 12 months, I have powerfully changed my practice to a system where people are having incredible results and they are living more energetic, purpose driven lives.  I’m so grateful to be a part of their journey. 

This change has happened because I put in countless hours of hard work to create personal experiences and education that is life changing for our practice members.  It has come with some personal cost to me! 

In an effort to grow my practice, I was saying YES to everything and NO to nothing. I was working 12-hour days, many weekends and turning down opportunities to spend time with friends and family members.  I was eating out way too much (which, when you are eating out, good choices instead of fast/cheap food can add up!).  I was keeping my computer on past 10 pm and waking up early to start the process over again.  Guess what happened – I exhausted myself.  Does any of this sound familiar to any of you?

In my self-reflection, I have decided that I need to make personal, renewal time part of my life every 3 months.  So, my theme for this month is, of course, Renew, and live a Sweet Life!

Spring is a time of renewal, new growth, and new possibilities!  How have I decided to renew myself?  I have decided to take a 4-day weekend and rest, sleep, read, sit in the sunlight, take walks in nature, and eat healthy meals.  It is time with myself no one is going with me.  I am going to be loyal only to myself for 4 days.  For me, this is heaven!

Don’t worry, Michele and Lauren will still be in the office to answer the phones and continue to support you while I am away.

Renewal is part of our everyday experience.  However, when you are overworked or overwhelmed in your every day experience you need to create simple behaviors or time to stop and re-assess and reprioritize your activities. 

If you are ready to get your health and your life back, call the office to find out about our next dinner presentation.

Have a great week and I will be with you again next week.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Are you struggling with good sleep? This is for you.

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Earlier this month I had a chance to speak to Dr. Marsie Lyn Ross, during her Facebook Live podcast about the importance of sleep.  From our discussion it became so clear that there are so many ways that people need to hear how important sleep is!  So, as we continue our journey to nourish ourselves this month, I have decided to talk about sleep.  After all, sleep is an important component for nourishment.  Sleep is required for a sweet life.

If you didn’t get a chance to drop in live, here is a link to view the podcast!  https://youtu.be/nvcX-1jpRmY

Lack of sleep causes stress and the release of hormones that create imbalances in the body.  If you don’t get enough sleep it can release hormones that cause your body to gain weight!  YEP I said it - lack of sleep can cause weight gain.  When you don’t get enough sleep your body releases a hormone called leptin.

Leptin is a hormone that helps to regulate our feelings of being full or wanting to continue eating.  When high levels of leptin are circulating in the blood, it signals to the brain that we feel full and don’t need to continue eating.  When we have low levels of leptin circulating, we feel hungry and have signals to eat.  There has been research showing that when people suffer from too little sleep their leptin levels are lower, resulting in increased appetite and over-eating. 

Sleep deprivation can also cause increases in insulin resistance, a pre-cursor and underlying cause of diabetes and pre-diabetes.

As I said before, sleep can cause havoc with your hormones!!

If you want to learn more about how get your hormones under control, so you can sleep better and be a healthier, more energetic person, than you need to come to our next Stress Hormones and Health seminar.  Check below for how to sign up for the next one.

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Get Your Nourishment from Whole Foods

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

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

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

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

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

These are why they are so important...

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


To nourish or not nourish… what are you doing?

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

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

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

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

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

There are many ways to be nourished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There you go! It can be that simple.

Try it!

Loving relationships are the sweetest part of a sweet life!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Don’t let your Heart Down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


It’s All About the Heart

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

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

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

How is that for a catchy AND TRUE headline?

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

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

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

BUT

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


I will! Will you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Hope is the Medicine that cures it all!

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

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

They give you focus!

Having intentions is essential for a sweet life.

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

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

·      How much energy would like to have during day?

·      Who would you like to spend time with?

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

·      What ways are you moving through the day?

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


What's Your Excuse?

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

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


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

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

If you say…

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

If you say…

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

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Hitting the Bulls Eye!

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


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

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

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

Intentions will help keep you going.

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

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

Let me give you an example. 

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


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

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

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

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

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

Wishing you a sweet 2018!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae


Using community to help grow your dreams and vision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae