Speaker 1: Welcome back. Well, with warmer weather approaching, many people are getting back 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 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 a year. Again, you know, Winter’s out Spring is in and we wanna improve, you know, our, the way we look and perhaps our weight loss. So any suggestions for that?
Speaker 2: Well, it really actually depends on your mindset, right? And, 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 in order to do that? It takes a healthy mindset, right? So if I am thinking thoughts about, okay, how can I be build my health and how can I create health? Then of course your actions and your behaviors are then gonna follow.
Speaker 1: Okay. So are you saying it’s like a self-fulfilling prophe? .
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 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. Mental diet is what you’re telling yourself. So I’m fit, trim, and beautiful.I’m sexy, I’m amazing, I’m toned. What it is you wanna create, you wanna start telling yourself that even if the 3d, even if our current reality isn’t showing them,
Speaker 1: okay, So once you get the mindset together, then how do you follow it up with good habits?
Speaker 2: So once your thought process keeps going, you’re gonna start to feel better and then you’re gonna 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, So 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. A lot of times people think that, Oh, because I get older, aging is not a prerequisite for poor health, believe it or not, So we don’t get off the hook. Based off of that. Metabolism is all the chemical processes in the body, which starts with what you eat, but also how you digest and assimilate.
So as people get older, their lifestyle habits get a little bit worse, and so that’s why people tend to associate aging with a slower metabolism, but it’s really 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 out all of these data. You know, I’m such a data girl. We’ll talk about it more in my webinar coming up. It’s free mindset and metabolism. I’m really excited because I am able to take all of the data to be able to really fine tune a program for people that are really looking to change their lifestyle from a. Emotional and of course a physical perspective.
Speaker 1: Okay. I do have a question for you to back up a little bit. Once you get the mindset together, do you then have to like restart your metabolism? Are there ways to kind of get your, 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 a made to heal itself and it always wants to heal itself. So we look at lab work, we’re able to support 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 enjoy 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, if you’re not a big fan of working out, you, you don’t need to go run off to the CrossFit gym. You know, you can do the simple things like walking or moving your body, or yoga, really, especially as you age. It’s important to stretch because as you know, things. Stiffer things, you know, need to be able to be relaxed and looser, so yeah, definitely.
Speaker 1: All right, well there’s the information to get in touch with Dr. Erica. Thank you so much for answering our questions today.
Speaker 2: Awesome. Thank you, April. Have great day.
Speaker 1: Okay, you too.
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