Last week was my birthday! Here are a few things I wish I had known back in the day: 1) Metabolic flexibility is key to health. It is the capacity to match fuel oxidation to fuel availability—or switch between burning carbs and burning fat. People who have excellent metabolic flexibility can switch between carbohydrate metabolism and fat metabolism with relative ease. You achieve metabolic flexibility by consistently eating nutrient-dense foods. 2) I need time to relax - These days I try to spend my weekends relaxing. Whether it’s at the beach or the chiropractor, I’m either working on myself or in nature. I need to take a break and let my mind and body recover. 3) I’m never too old to float in the waves. Youth and playfulness are a state of mind. There’s not an age limit on enjoying the world to the fullest. Whether you are swimming in the ocean, smelling flowers, or marveling at the sunset, approach the world with a sense of awe. We live in the age of wonders, but familiarity has struck us blind. 4) When judgment comes before understanding, we close ourselves off to so much growth. Keep an open mind and explore different concepts. Have the flexibility to toy with ideas you don’t necessarily agree with. 5) Stick to ancient traditions - We live in a complex world so we forget to remind ourselves that we shouldn't complicate a healthy diet and other lifestyle routines. I always find answers in looking back and understanding how our ancestors assess the world.
Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy