Speaker 1: Welcome back. With warmer weather approaching, many people are returning to healthier habits. But what does it take to lose weight? And keep it off here with some answers as Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach, Dr. Steele, Dr. Erica, as I call you. How are you doing today?
Speaker 2: I’m doing so well, April. So good to see you.
Speaker 1: Good to see you as well. Okay, so we’re coming around that time of year. Again, you know, Winter’s out, Spring is in, and we wanna improve, you know, how we look and perhaps our weight loss. So any suggestions for that?
Speaker 2: Well, it depends on your mindset, right? And that’s surprising cuz most people think, Oh, I gotta break out the shoes. I’ve gotta start working out, I’ve gotta start eating, right? But what does it take to do that? It takes a healthy mindset, right? So if I think, okay, how can I build my health, and how can I create health? Then, of course, your actions and behaviors will follow.
Speaker 1: Okay. So are you saying it’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy?.
Speaker 2: Yes, exactly. Yeah. So if I’m sitting around saying, Oh, I’m looking in the mirror and going, Oh, I need to pinch this, or, Oh, I’m a little bit overweight here, or you’re constantly telling yourself all the identity, meaning the thoughts and the, and the feelings around being overweight, then, of course, you’re gonna continue to create those habits.
Speaker 1: Okay, so where do we start? Do we like to start giving ourselves positive affirmations? Like, Ooh, girl, look at those curves; you look good. Or how do you do it?
Speaker 2: Yeah, in a hundred percent. So we’re gonna start with that Mental diet. We talked about that last month. A mental diet is what you’re telling yourself. So I’m fit, trim, and beautiful. I’m sexy, I’m unique, I’m toned. So what it is you wanna create, you wanna start telling yourself that even if the 3d and our current reality aren’t showing them.
Speaker 1: Okay, So once you get the mindset together, how do you follow it with good habits?
Speaker 2: So once your thought process continues, you’ll feel better and be more motivated into action. Meaning you’re gonna wanna necessarily order the salad over the burger, or you’re gonna wanna get up and work out and take a walk somewhere. Your actions are then gonna follow based off of your thoughts as well as your feelings.
Speaker 1: Okay, I’m thinking about metabolism and women of a certain age. You know, our metabolism slows down. So is that something to.
Speaker 2: That’s actually not accurate. People often think, Oh, because I get older, aging is not a prerequisite for poor health; believe it or not, we don’t get off the hook. Based off of that. Metabolism is all the chemical processes in the body, starting with what you eat and how you digest and assimilate.
So as people get older, their lifestyle habits get a little bit worse, which is why people associate aging with a slower metabolism, but it’s not true. 80-year-old patients that are fit, trim, and healthier than some of my 30 and 40-year-old patients.
Speaker 1:Oh, I didn’t know that. And I know that you do have a program that deals. The metabolism coming out. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
Speaker 2: I am so excited about this. I’ve spent the last two and a half years building this data. You know, I’m such a data girl. We’ll talk about it more in my webinar coming up. It’s the free mindset and metabolism. I’m really excited because I can take all of the data to be able to really fine-tune a program for people looking to change their lifestyle from a. Emotional and, of course, a physical perspective.
Speaker 1: Okay. I have a question for you to back up. Once you get the mindset together, do you then have to like to restart your metabolism? Are there ways to get you; if you have a slow metabolism? Are there ways to get it pumping?
Speaker 2: You’re so cute. Yes, of course, we are. The body is made to heal itself and always wants to heal itself. So we look at lab work and can support it with different supplements. We’re able to get the body to be able to work efficiently and effortlessly. The body was made to heal. We just need to know how to do it.
Speaker 1: Okay. And then the mindset to work out. Help me with that one.
Speaker 2: It’s, it’s really about what you enjoy, right? So I enjoy Pilates. Um, I just started rowing. I actually really want that as well. So I do things that I enjoy, but it also, you know, it’s about what is, what do they say, like 90% in the kitchen, right? If you’re not a big fan of working out, you don’t need to run off to the CrossFit gym. You know, you can do simple things like walking or moving your body, or yoga, especially as you age. It’s important to stretch because, as you know, something. Stiffer things, you know, need to be relaxed and looser, so yeah, definitely.
Speaker 1: Here’s the information to contact Dr. Erica. Thank you so much for answering our questions today.
Speaker 2: Awesome. Thank you, April. Have a great day.
Speaker 1: Okay, you too.