The truth will set you free...


As I continue the theme of freedom creates the sweet life, I am going tell you something that you might not want to hear or acknowledge. If you are taking medication for anything, you are not well!

There are so many people that I meet that say they want to get well but they don’t really want to do any work to get well. I am going to tell you the truth.. in order to get well, you will have to do something different than what you have been doing in the past. If you want to stop taking medications, you have to do something different or your body will not heal and get better. If you have tried fad, diets, medications, starting and stopping exercise programs, sitting in your doctor’s office time and time again and your health has not improved, you will have do something different. And you will have to make a choice to invest in yourself and in your health.

I think this quote from Gloria Steinem says it best, "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."

People come into my office seeking help and when I tell them the truth about how long it will take them to get well they get upset with me. Don’t shoot me down as the messenger, I am here to support you and help you get results you seek. I just will always tell you the truth to help you get there.

If you want to lose 50 pounds, it is not going to happen overnight. If your blood work values are high, you will have to work on your health goals for a few months before you start to see results. You didn’t become unwell overnight, so you are not going to get well instantly either.

If you get pissed when you hear that, if you want be healthy, you have do something different... Get pissed at the disease that is in your body. Get pissed at diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, cancer, arthritis or whatever chronic disease you have.

Get pissed that the disease is robbing you of your energy, your youth, your vitality, your time with your family and friends and your dreams for yourself. 

Get pissed... and then do something about it and make a change. Decide to make an investment in your health. Decide to learn about how to take your health back. Decide that you will work with the experts in our practice to get you to a  new level of health that you haven’t been able to get to by yourself.

The truth is that you deserve to be free from pain, fatigue, or taking medications for the rest of your life. We have a proven track record of helping people get optimal wellness. But it only happens when people get pissed enough at being sick to make a change.

If you are ready for freedom, call our office!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

I was totally healthy until I went to the doctor….


One of the most common things that I hear from patients is "I was totally healthy until I went to the doctor and then all of a sudden I was sick". It is usually because they received blood work and now the doctor is telling them they have to take some medication because their numbers have traveled into the disease range.

What is really happening is that, internally, their body has developed inflammation and the inflammation process has caused them to become sick.

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 until it affects our labs.

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...

  • Blood tests that I always include in my lab workups with patients are one of the simplest ways to evaluate inflammation levels. These are tests that most conventional doctors do not include in their standard labs.
  • 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 freedom – Inflammation?

YEP! Healthy lifestyles and habits! If you are suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, over weight, heart disease, pre-diabetes, diabetes, PMS or menopause, then you have symptoms of chronic inflammation. If you want to learn more about how to solve them, come to our next Stress Hormones and Health Dinner Presentation! You will be blown away by what you will learn.

BY THE WAY – the side effect of reducing inflammation is increased energy and vitality!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Health is your freedom!


If you have been around DC lately, then you have heard the buzz about the Broadway play Hamilton opening in our town.  I cannot tell a lie, I have been blasting the Hamilton soundtrack in my car for the last 2 weeks.  The musical is all about Freedom!  It is about freedom for our country and freedom for Hamilton here in the USA.

Naturally, I thought the perfect theme for this month would be freedom creates the sweet life.

The definition of freedom is the power or right to act, speak, think or move as one wants without hindrance or restraint. 

Health is freedom!  Health is the ultimate freedom!  Have you ever thought about that?  What is so interesting about health is that people take it for granted all the time!  I will say it again.  Health is freedom.

Let me give you an example about how health is freedom.  Have you ever gone to the gym or an exercise class, worked out hard and the next day you were so sore that you had difficulty moving?  How did you feel the next day, perhaps restricted or in pain?  In that moment you probably didn’t feel so free.

Or maybe you went to the doctor and you were given high blood pressure, diabetes or pain medications.  You forgot them when you went out of town and after a day or two you felt horrible and fatigued.  You needed to find a pharmacy and get your meds before you got back home.  Did you feel free or did you feel enslaved to your medications? 

Health is Freedom!  If you are dealing with chronic diseases, you are not free.  You can get free when you learn how to correct the issues that are causing your health to be diminished.  In our office, we teach you about what is preventing you from having optimal health and help you get back there.

Come and learn more about how we support your health and healing.  Let us teach you how to get free!!!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

The Hardest Discipline – The Discipline of the Mind


The National Science Foundation estimate that our brains have the ability to produce 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts on any given day.  Our minds like to go in many different topics. Calming the mind is one of the most important disciplines of all. The most successful people in the world have disciplined minds.  There are many tools that can be used to discipline the mind one of my favorites is meditation.

Meditation is the art of deep breathing!  

Many people see the word meditation and they run as far and fast as they can away from meditation.  The number reason people say they CAN’T meditate is because they can’t shut off their mind. NEWS FLASH – no one can shut off their mind.  You can learn to quite the mind, to have less thoughts and that is a wonderful experience. It takes practice, discipline, and it worth every moment of attention.  Meditation is medication for the mind.

Did you know that medicine and meditation come from the same Sanskrit root word meaning to take the measure of and to care for.  When you practice breathing it calms the mind, the nervous system and the spirit.

Breathing is one of my favorite tools to help us get disciplined in so many different ways.  Here is a very simple 3 minute breathing exercise for you to try.

If you want to learn how to be disciplined in all areas of your health call our office to learn about our programs.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

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

Pushing Your Body to Exhaustion is Not Discipline

The Discipline of Food

The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret?

The Impact of Lab Results

Receive Kindness from Strangers

Pushing Your Body to Exhaustion is Not Discipline


When you think about exercise, do you think about discipline?  It is very common to think that exercise is the key to all your health problems.  There are so many people that, when they gain weight, think the solution is to go to the gym and just sweat it off.  Exercise is important, but it is not the most important or the first thing that needs to change when you are dealing with weight loss.  

Have you heard stories of people that have been going to the gym working with a person trainer and not seeing any results after months?  This is because exercise without the discipline of food and understanding the right picture of internal organs through labs work doesn’t work.

Discipline is not always about pushing your body to physical exhaustion.  It is not always just about how much pain can you tolerate. It is about having the right mind set for health.

Discipline creates a sweet life.  There is a practice member who worked in a job that required her to physically fit.  Since she was use to working hard she would eat whatever she wanted. When she got out of shape her first plan was to work out more but as she moved past 40 years old that plan stopped working.  She was not feeling well and she got a health scare involving her heart. She marched into the office and said "I have to make some changes now!" We talked about how to improve her diet, her stress level and support her body with the right nutrition.  Her results are awesome! She has lost 12 pounds, toned up, and her energy has skyrocketed.

She knew that she needed help and her part of her discipline connect with us so we could mentor and coach her to success.

Are you ready to get support to create discipline and get your health back?  We are ready to help you. Take your first action step by calling to register for our next Stress Hormones and Health talk. It’s free and it will change your life and your view of health forever!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

The Discipline of Food

Did you know that what you eat can impact your energy, the quality of your sleep, the amount of pain in your body, your digestion and elimination and even your menopausal symptoms?

Most people do not know the power that food has to change their health. When it comes to food, people can be really intrenched about what they will and will not give up.  I started out that way more than 25 years ago and, with time and patience, I have completely changed my diet.

I have been practicing for over 16 years and I can’t tell you how often my practice members have walked in stating, “I will not give up _______ food.”  Do you see a little bit of yourself in that statement?

Discipline is our theme for the month, Discipline creates a sweet life. Discipline is an activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Another definition is training.  This is a very positive trait to develop in your life.

When you apply discipline to your food choices, you can completely change your health.  Here is an example of how becoming disciplined with your food choices matters. Ms. Glichrist came into my office because she was experiencing knee pain severe enough to stop her ability to exercise.  She loves to exercise, to dance specifically, and her inability to exercise was causing her blood sugars and cholesterol to begin to move in the wrong direction. She also used exercise to manage her stress, so without it she was feeling more stressed than usual.  We talked about how part of her plan required some dietary changes, She wasn’t happy about it but she will willing to try it. After a few months she shared this testimonial with us.

She found that having the discipline of food in her life gave her back her life and her health. It has been worth it for her.  Like she says, “It works!”

If you have been searching for a solution to your health and you haven’t been able to figure it out on your own, for many years, it's time to get help.  I encourage you to have the discipline to call our office and find out what you can do to become successful in your health. We create plans that work, just ask Ms. Gilchrist!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret – Which do you choose?

Last week I attended a business conference and the theme was discipline.  I found it to be a wonderful theme for the conference because it speaks to an important trait that, when developed, changes every aspect of our lives... especially our health. One of the quotes that impacted me the most during the weekend was written by Jim Rohn, an entrepreneur and motivational educator.  I decided to make it a theme for this month.  Discipline creates a sweet life.

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” Jim Rohn

Discipline is a requirement for a healthy life.  Discipline is an activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Another definition is training.  This is a very positive trait to develop in your life.

I think most people are turned off by the word discipline because they believe that discipline includes some type of punishment as part of the training.

Regret, on the other hand, is a heavy burden to live with as it relates to your health.  Let me give you an example.  One of my dear friends called me last year to tell me that her husband, who was under the age of 50, had a heart attack and was in the hospital.  When I went to visit them a few weeks later, they had completely improved their diets and changed them mostly to plant-based diets (they are Eating More Plants) to create health. They said they had been considering a more healthy diet for months but, as you know, life got in the way.  

The regret was that her husband had to have a heart attack before they took action to improve their health.  Do you know someone, perhaps you, that keeps putting off healthy changes because life keeps getting in the way?

Do you want to wake up with regret because of a diagnosis of high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, a heart condition, arthritis, night sweats or infertility?

Discipline is such a better option.  If you don’t know how to create discipline in your life, we can help.  Our team supports practice members in creating discipline and success every day!  We even make it fun! We want to be part of your health solution and journey.

To Your One Sweet Life,
Dr. Dae

PS - One of our disciplines is to laugh every day in our office.  It is one of our favorite disciplines, as it relieves stress as well.

The Impact of Lab Results

In this last article for this month's theme, being open to receive the sweet life, I want to talk about receiving health information to help you get your health back.

Many of my patients have shared they don’t want to receive their lab results because they are afraid of getting bad news. I want you to understand that receiving lab results can be a very powerful part of your healing process.  Health gives us the freedom to make ALL of our dreams come true. When we have health, we have possibilities to do anything. Whatever is important to you, health is the cornerstone of being able to do it.

Lab test reveal how we are doing on the cellular level. It helps us to understand why we are having symptoms. I cannot tell you how many of my practice members and I have worked together to solve problems they have been dealing with for years once they finally understood their problems.  Receiving the lab results can change your life for the better if you are working with a mentor to teach you about what they mean. I love being that mentor every time. If you want to learn more about how I can do that for you, come to my next Stress Hormones and Health talk on June 6th.


To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Receiving Kindness from Strangers

Being open to receive the sweet life sometimes requires you to receive help from strangers. It requires you to be vulnerable to situations which you don’t have control over. It is an emotional process that brings healing to the body.


Yesterday, a friend shared a podcast that talks about the kindness of strangers. The podcast comes from the Moth Radio Hour and shares true stories that are told live by the people who have lived them. 

In this episode, called The Kindness of Strangers, people share their stories of how they received help from strangers. It is amazing how kind you can choose to be. I encourage you to take time to listen and, after, think about ways you can receive help from one another.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Gratitude is a Healing Process


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


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


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



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


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


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.


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!

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


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

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

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

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

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

These are why they are so important...

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

To nourish or not nourish… what are you doing?


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

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

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

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

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

There are many ways to be nourished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There you go! It can be that simple.

Try it!

Loving relationships are the sweetest part of a sweet life!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae