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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food !

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food !

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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food !

What’s in it for me?
Why eat nutritious foods, and live a healthy lifestyle?
Have you ever taken a minute to reflect on your motivation for living a healthy lifestyle? As I see it, most everyone fits into one (or more) of these three categories:
1. Reach specific goals
2. Manage disease and do damage control
3. Prevention
1. Reaching specific goals.
These are the people that want to lose weight, tone up, run a 5k, compete in a competition, look their best for a reunion or some other special event… The list goes on. For these people- they will try the most extreme diets, but are they making lifestyle changes? They want to reach a specific goal but what happens after that? Hopefully they make new goals and keep striving for something. I had a client tell me that I always have something up my sleeve. Maybe he was right, as a dietitian and personal trainer you always want to see people improve and make health a way of life not just to meet one goal.
2. Managing disease and do damage control.
These are the people that have had a wake up call- either they were told by their doctor they are at high risk for one of many health issues or waited to late until they were diagnosed with a disease. The good thing about many diseases is that nutrition and a healthy lifestyle play a huge part in management and minimizing complications. For example- diabetes, heart disease, congestive heart failure, obesity, high cholesterol levels, kidney problems, GI issues, the list can go on and on.
These people are motivated to make changes and realize they are what they eat. This is where lifestyle changes are extremely important.
3. Prevention
These are the people that realize early on- what you eat and how you live today effects you down the road. This is where I fit in. I realized at a young age, watching my mom fight breast cancer, that nutrition played a HUGE part in fighting disease. She was in remission after winning the battle against breast cancer and then  she diagnosed with bone cancer. She was told she didn’t have much longer to live. What did she do? Fought like hell, and changed her diet and lifestyle completely. What happened? She lived for years after the doctors said she would. Although, she still isn’t here today, I couldn’t feel more blessed and grateful for the extra years we had with her. Maybe it wasn’t just the lifestyle changes, but this played a huge part in her surviving longer than anyone said she would. Maybe your story isn’t exactly the same as mine, but you know someone that has a preventable disease. Why wouldn’t you do everything you can today to make sure you live to see your kids have kids or grow old with the people you care about?
What can you do??? GET INFORMED! Find out what you need to do to live a lifestyle that will significantly decrease your risk of preventable diseases.

Author: Synergy Health and Wellness

Hi and thanks for visiting Synergy Health and Wellness. I’m Dolores, a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and my focus is to make a difference in the Lives, Health and Wellness of my patients. My career began in Broward General a busy inner city hospital with a robust Emergency and Level 1 Trauma department with over 350 patient visits per day. In addition to ED and Trauma I also had 1 year experience in the area of Liver transplant providing care to pateints from all over the United States. My experience working in the emergency department lead me to become more and more frustrated with the repetitive patient ailments that could have been treated with education in diet, exercise and overall Health and Wellness. I came to see that we spent more time, effort, money and resources treating diseases and chronic health conditions rather than focusing on prevention. This opened my eyes to adult Health, women’s Health, the problem of addiction and holistic preventative Health and Wellness which would change the direction of my career. Returning to school my focus became Health, Wellness, Prevention and Maintenance and the treatment of the whole person, mind, body and soul. My masters thesis research concentrated on the development of a nursing model using Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in the workplace and outpatient settings to ensure population compliance with routine preventive screening, preventative medicine and education of patient populations which would eventually decrease future medical problems for individuals and corporate employees. This model utilizes other specialties such as dieticians, personal trainers and fitness professionals, chiropractors, and mind-body specialists who provide yoga and meditation for stress relief and general improvements in Health and wellbeing. My masters level thesis demonstrates that a synergistic approach to health and wellbeing will be the future model for healthcare and prevention and forms the basis of my everyday practice. In my free time I practice the Healthy lifestyle that preach and try to instill in my patients. I enjoy weight training, running, competitive obstacle events and I actively participate in local community events by participating and volunteering to support local charities. Stop by and see me at Synergy Health and Wellness for personalized health and wellness assessment and treatment plans treating mind-body and soul.

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