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Recently, my son Austin told me that we need to be better about telling our patients what we do, you know, how we eat, grocery shop, exercise, sleep, our morning and evening routines, what vitamins we take; and not to say look at us, we are doing everything right,  but rather show you that we are in the same boat as everyone else, and this is how we do it…, this is how we eat in a time-restricted eating window, get 7-9 hours sleep each night, eat nutrient-dense, whole foods and get plenty of sunlight during the day.

This would probably make great subjects for a great number of blogs, but it would probably be more effective to show you how we do this.

What’s the expression, if I show a fish how to sleep, it will be able to eat in a time-restricted window, but if the fish can get the sunlight it’ll be able to shop at the market and not have to fish at all…,  or something like that!

To this end, Dr. Diane had a rather clever idea of making a number of short videos showing how we set up to sleep, shop for groceries, read labels, eat around a restaurant menu, take solar breaks and walks…, basically, all the things we’ve talked about that follow the recommendations from the Circadian Code  and Genius Foods books.

I think this is an amazing idea, and hopefully, by the time you read this sometime in February, we’ll have a few videos ready for viewing!

But I know what you are thinking,

“Yeah, it’s easy for you, Dr. Dave…, you are so handsome, amazing, and incredible, and wonderful, but what about the rest of us mortals?”

Ha Ha Ha. I’m just playing around, but think about what I said, and how many times a person has said or thought that something is easy for another person.

“Oh, it’s easy for you to not smoke, because you quit!” Or,

“It’s easy for you to stay healthy because you eat well, exercise, and get plenty of restful sleep!” Or,

“Of course, you got good grades in school, you studied all the time!”

Nothin’ to it, but to do it!

As one does, one becomes!

True confessions, I have a cookie addiction and I struggle with this each day.

You might laugh, but everyone on both sides of my family is diabetic, and I discovered a number of years ago that I have a grain allergy- which also is not very funny since the result of my allergy can be rage, violent rage.

Peace-loving, tree-hugging, hippie-looking Dr. Dave Hulking out if he eats too many grains, cookies, and other bakery goods?!?

Fortunately, I am in much better control of myself and it has been many years since I’ve blown up, but I’ll tell you, about 20 years ago I completely stopped eating grains and lost a little over 40 lbs. I weighed about 225 lbs, and within 6 months I lost 30 lbs. My blood pressure returned to normal and within a year I weighed about 182 lbs, and was 7% body fat, and I was able to control my temper with tremendous ease. I definitely activated my fat switch and was using fat for energy instead of sugar and carbs.

Sounds cool, but I had to eat over 3800 calories a day to not lose weight- try that with meat, healthy fats, and vegetables!

At that time patients thought I was sick, and were very concerned because I looked so skinny.

To reassure them I would hop on the scale and show them that I was 182lbs, and at 6 foot I was still considered “overweight” according to our BMI chart!

Today, I am not so disciplined with grains, and weigh about 190 lbs and am about 12% body fat last time I checked. The Holidays might have put a few dents in these numbers!

But with discipline I know what to do to get back in good health, do you?

We can help, and I really hope the forthcoming videos bring you guys happiness along your health and wellness journeys!

Alright, until the next blog…

Take Care,

Dr. Dave

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