Dr. Dana Rockey, DMD, Owner, Prescott Sleep Solutions
How do you define a healthy lifestyle?
One conducive to leading a long life while feeling vibrant, pain free and able to do things I desire without disease diagnosis’ requiring limitations and pharmaceuticals.
I don’t accept, as inevitable, that we all will ultimately deteriorate down some pre-planned course. I believe we have the power to influence the way we age.
What are your practices to keep yourself and your family healthy?
About 15 years ago I went from a heavy, unhealthy and sick person to one of an ideal weight, healthy and pharmaceutical-free.
Nutrition comprises at least 80% of our health. I recommend a plant-based diet with smaller amounts of the cleanest proteins possible. Get at least seven hours of good sleep a night.
Good health means proper hydration. We live in an increasingly toxic world and your liver is the major detoxification tool. Without proper hydration, the liver can’t do its job efficiently.
Practicing stress management is critical, as is a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes of exercise five to six times per week.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
Two people who have had the most influence on my lifestyle and nutrition are Dr. William Sears and Dr. Mark Hyman. To them a healthy meal includes a plate rich in plants, particularly the greens. These would combine with a smaller portion of a cleaner source of protein, possibly even plant-based.
A good rule of thumb: Don’t eat foods out of a box, bag, jar or can. Eat half as much and chew twice as long to maintain good gut health.
Eliminate sugar, processed wheat (gluten), most modern dairy and highly processed cooking oils.
How do you define self-care and what is your go-to way of practicing it?
Aside from what I’ve mentioned, the biggest issue for me is focusing on peace and relaxation. Learning to not “sweat the small stuff” and “letting things go” is critical in my view.
What is your biggest health tip?
Strive for a simple, grateful, peaceful and positive life.
What is your next goal in your health, wellness journey?
My wife recently passed away, and I have learned life is fleeting and precious. Every moment is a gift. So, I want to continue to embrace life. But, what I really want to do is share what I know with as many people as I can.