Updated: Mar 20, 2020
Changes, however small, have the potential to move mountains.
Very often I am looking a patient in the eyes after going over lab work and I sense urgency and worry. Patients hear less-than-perfect lab results and are eager to change those results for the better. However, when I list the things they need to do and the supplements they need to take in order for the changes to happen, I see how overwhelmed they must feel. For this reason, I am a strong advocate for lifestyle shifts, no matter how slowly they occur.
Let’s face it, we’re all humans! We make mistakes despite our best intentions. It will take more than an hour appointment with me to break a lifetime’s worth of bad habits.
Here’s how I map out lifestyle shifts:
They have to be sustainable and livable. Therefore, making realistic goals that are personalized and in no way depriving is important to making these shifts permanent.
They have to provide you the freedom of being yourself. This is a journey. Shifts take time— they are slow, but impactful. This journey is forgiving and non-judgmental. Be able to trust yourself with the choices you make. When the choice is not ideal, have the strength to forgive yourself and pledge to move forward with better choices.
They are holistic. When I say lifestyle shift, many patients assume I am only talking about food and exercise. And while those are important components, the lifestyle comprises more than the physical. It involves a healthy mind-space (journaling, meditation, religious practice), a strong support system (family, friends, possibly a support group or counseling), and a spiritual connection (religion, nature, all of the above). Many patients who are in-tune with their mind and spirit are better equipped with shifting their habits in regards to exercise and food.
It is important not to feel discouraged on this journey of positive shifting. Shifts take time and even the smallest change can make a huge impact!
Here are some examples of small changes with potentially big results:
Adding a serving of fiber to each meal can improve blood sugar, cholesterol readings, and bowel movements.
Walking for at least 10 minutes after every meal can improve digestion.
At the end of the day, writing 3 things that made you smile that day will help you more quickly recognize the positive in each day.
These and more are impactful!
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is optimal health. Go at your own pace— as long as you’re moving forward, you’re making progress! This journey to a better quality of life should not be overwhelming— it should be hopeful for a brighter and healthier future.
*Disclaimer: Although I am a doctor, I am not your doctor. The information contained within the pages of this site are for educational purposes only and should not to be used to treat conditions. Please consult with your doctor before implementing any of the treatments, diets, supplements, etc. mentioned in this blog.*
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I look forward to working with you!
In love and health, Dr. Francesca Medina, ND