How do you define a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy life stems from eating whole foods, moving our bodies, building a strong community, being in nature, doing what we love.
How did you come to practice in your career field?
Becoming a physician was all I ever talked about growing up. I came to practice in my field after caring for my mother, who developed cancer at a very young age. I became a Naturopathic Medical Doctor so I could help my patients prevent chronic diseases and find optimal health.
What type of exercise (weights, cardio, yoga, Pilates, etc.) do you prefer and why?
I prefer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because it increases both my physical and mental stamina. I also love weightlifting, specifically kettlebells and barbells. Both help restore proper movement patterns and stabilize joints.
What does your exercise schedule look like on a typical day or week?
I typically train jiu-jitsu three to four days per week for up to 2 hours per session; weightlifting one to two days per week for 1½ hours per session and personal time and having fun. I generally do an active recovery activity such as hiking, outdoor training courses, etc. on the weekends.
What are your practices to keep yourself/family healthy?
I prioritize sleep, physical activity, personal time, having fun. My personal and fun time can be anything from a nice dinner with my husband to traveling or developing a new skill.
How do you define self-care, and what is your go-to way of practicing it?
Self-care is coming to the realization that we must first take care of ourselves to be able to take care of anyone else. To practice self-care, it helps to schedule specific “me time” to turn my brain off and just enjoy being present with myself. My favorite ways are floatation therapy and walks in the forest with my dog.
What is your favorite healthy food/snack?
Dark chocolate (cacao) without all the sugar and additives is a great source of antioxidants, flavonoids, magnesium and healthy fats.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
Wild Copper River sockeye salmon, mashed sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli with fresh garlic.
What is your biggest health and wellness tip?
Make health a priority but not a burden. Find things you enjoy; do what you love as often as possible.
What is your next goal in your health and wellness journey?
To win my division for the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) World Master’s Championship, a large competition in Las Vegas.