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“We all have control over our immediate behaviours, and we have the power to create the lifestyle we desire and to truly experience happiness in our daily lives.” with Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp and Dr. Marina Kostina

Unfortunately, many of us go through adult life on autopilot. We wake up, go to work, count the minutes until we can go home, pick up the kids from school, make dinner, clean up, go to bed and repeat the same cycle the very next day. We are busy: our jobs, family and other responsibilities […]


Unfortunately, many of us go through adult life on autopilot. We wake up, go to work, count the minutes until we can go home, pick up the kids from school, make dinner, clean up, go to bed and repeat the same cycle the very next day. We are busy: our jobs, family and other responsibilities take up time. It is easy to get caught up in the rat race and lose sight of our individuality and what makes us who we are. Our passions, interests, and strengths often go to waste. Some of us are stuck in old patterns, others lack the confidence to pursue goals or are too afraid of failure. We need to realize that our life is a reflection of our choices; it is our choices that lead to actions that ultimately create our reality. We all have control over our immediate behaviours, and we have the power to create the lifestyle we desire and to truly experience happiness in our daily lives.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp who is an Ottawa-based Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Practitioner, an international speaker and the author of the recently published book: Hack Your Health Habits — Simple, Action-driven, Natural Health Solutions For People On The Go!


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

When I was 14 years old I became anorexic and struggled for many years to be well in body and mind. I had to find a way to heal myself so I became a student of nutrition, fitness, mindset and overall health. This is how I found my purpose and became a doctor. Since then I have been on a quest to become the best natural healthcare practitioner I can be for my patients. I want to be the resource that I did not have when I was 14 years old. That is why I wrote the book Hack Your Health Habits — Simple, Action-driven, Natural Health Solutions For People On The Go! and also created an online coaching program. It’s also why I have a podcast, write a blog, and do regular TV and radio appearances — to help people and be a resource for others.

What does it mean for you to live “on purpose”? Can you explain? How can one achieve that?

A purpose: an intention, objective or reason for existing. The drive that allows us to do what we are meant to in order to feel fulfilled. In order for us to identify our life’s purpose, it is important for us to know our core values and understand our personal philosophy of life. What beliefs and attitudes do we have regarding our conduct and what we stand for? When we act in accordance with our beliefs, we stay congruent with our core values. Just like how a business develops a mission and vision statement for their company, we should have one for ourselves. A mission outlines what our purpose and intentions for our actions are, and a vision outlines our desired future state.

To define our purpose we need to decide what it is we don’t want, in an effort to uncover what it is we do want. What are we not looking for in our careers, relationships, and habits? What are characteristics that we do not see in ourselves? Once those are ruled out, we can begin mapping out what it is we truly desire and how we will get there. I am fortunate to have found my purpose early on in my life. Although I am not defined by my profession, it has been an amazing vehicle to express my life’s purpose. I know my life’s purpose is to educate and empower people to take control of their health and their lives. I am not saying that my life is perfect by any means and that I am not thrown challenges on a regular basis, but for the most part, I feel satisfied and fulfilled by the life I have created.

Do you have an example or story in your own life of how your pain helped to guide you to finding your life’s purpose?

Yes. I was 14 years old and it was the summer of 1983. I had always been really athletic as a youth and my body was really starting to get muscular as I was doing all kinds of sports. So that summer, I decided that I wanted to look thinner as I thought I was getting a little too muscular compared to the other girls. I started watching what I was eating and pretty much spent my entire summer at the local pool and on the tennis courts. When school started, all of my friends were telling me how great I looked as I was much thinner. This is when it all started. Being thin became an obsession. I went, from at 5’9’’, being a healthy 128 pounds to 89 pounds in just a few months.

I remember going to a provincial volleyball tournament and I was one of the best players on the team and my coach benched me the entire tournament as I looked so weak that he was probably scared I would collapse on the court. I was so mad. I knew I had to start eating if I wanted to play but I just could not do it.

My parents were at a lost on what to do with me. They brought me to St-Justine Hospital in Montreal where I stayed for 45 days. Now, as best as they tried to help me there, I just could not relate with anyone. What did my 45 years old bearded psychiatrist know about being a 14 years old anorexic girl? I felt so alone and I did not know how to get out of the dark hole I was in.

I was scared, scared to die but I did not know what to do. Then one day, I remember taking a bath, which I did in the dark as I could not stand seeing myself naked. At that moment, I decided that I had no choice. I had to do something or I would die. I had to take matters in my own hands and get better. Nobody else could do it for me.

At that time, I realized that I was being selfish as my health was impacting not only me but my parents and the people around me who loved me. I realized that I was put on this planet for a reason and that I had a purpose to fulfill. Dying at 14 years of age, was not it. I realized that if I wanted to live, I had to make health my #1 priority. I had to take control of my health and make my own decisions on what was right FOR ME. I could not let classmates, the media or marketing agencies tell me how to look and how to behave. I had to think for myself.

My quest focused on getting better, healthier and stronger. I discovered a thirst for knowledge and read everything I could on topics relating to nutrition, fitness, mindset and overall health. I was on a journey to heal myself, to learn and help others.

The United States is currently rated at #18 in the World Happiness Report. Can you share a few reasons why you think the ranking is so low?

I believe that to be truly happy, one has to feel fulfilled. Living a life with purpose brings balance, meaning and happiness in our lives.

Unfortunately, many of us go through adult life on autopilot. We wake up, go to work, count the minutes until we can go home, pick up the kids from school, make dinner, clean up, go to bed and repeat the same cycle the very next day. We are busy: our jobs, family and other responsibilities take up time. It is easy to get caught up in the rat race and lose sight of our individuality and what makes us who we are. Our passions, interests, and strengths often go to waste. Some of us are stuck in old patterns, others lack the confidence to pursue goals or are too afraid of failure. We need to realize that our life is a reflection of our choices; it is our choices that lead to actions that ultimately create our reality. We all have control over our immediate behaviours, and we have the power to create the lifestyle we desire and to truly experience happiness in our daily lives.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I believe my purpose on this planet is to share my knowledge and empower others to live healthier and happier lives. I use my success to bring goodness into the world by teaching people how they can take control of their health, mind and body. I do that through what I share in my book, online programs and other platforms. In addition to this, I am the founder and organizer of an event called the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo. For 12 years, the expo has connected over 2000 people yearly to 125 local vendors and health-related businesses. While the event has been hugely successful, I have decided to put it on hold while I focus my efforts globally. As you can imagine, organizing a large event requires a lot of time and resources. This year, these resources will be devoted to sharing my message internationally via a book tour, more speaking engagements and more regular TV and podcast appearances. I also organized the W3 Ottawa (women-wellness-wisdom) for 4 consecutive years, which was an event to empower women to live their best lives.

What are your 6 strategies to help you face your day with exuberance, “Joie De Vivre” and a “ravenous thirst for life”? Can you please give a story or example for each?

I can so connect and relate with the words “Joie De Vivre” as my first language is actually French!

Here are my 6 strategies for my “Joie De Vivre” and “ravenous thirst for life”:

1. Don’t take yourself too seriously. I think it is crucial to be able to laugh at ourselves and not make a big deal of things. A good day for me is a day that I laughed so hard to my belly hurts.

2. Don’t be too attached to an outcome. Yes, have goals and be driven but don’t be set on a specific outcome, let the universe conspire to help you to something potentially even greater. High intentions and low expectations can really decrease stress and help you enjoy the process better.

3. Keep it simple. As we go through life, we have a tendency to accumulate. An uncluttered environment and even, an uncluttered mind can help us experience the simple pleasures of life better.

4. Focus on creating experiences not so much on material things. Life is about creating new experiences with new people and with the people we care about. Moments and experiences are what one truly remembers later on in life.

5. Take care of your mind and body. Our bodies are our vehicles and allow us to experience our environment. The better we take care of it, the greater will be our sense of well-being and fulfillment.

6. ‘Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.’ As this popular quote points out, we will be much happier if we are true to ourselves every day. Congruence leads to life satisfaction.

Do you have any favorite books, podcasts, or resources that most inspired you to live with a thirst for life?

I mostly read inspirational books and books that expand my heart and my mind. A day without learning for me is a day of missed opportunities.

Some of my favourite authors and resources are:

● Dr. Joseph Mercola

● Dr. Deepak Chopra

● Dr. Joe Dispenza

● Dr. Bruce Lipton

● Dr. Mark Hyman

● Dr. Wayne Dyer

● Dr. Daniel Amen

● Dr. Patrick Porter

● Tony Robbins

● Robin Sharma

● Ayn Rand

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote” that relates to having a Joie De Vivre? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

We never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.

B. J. Palmer

Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of that quote. B.J Palmer was the founder of my profession, so the quote is extra special to me. Ultimately, I do what I do in hopes that my words may trigger thoughts and actions which will help people take control of their health.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

Yes, my book: Hack Your Health Habits — Simple, Action Driven, Natural Health Solutions for People on the Go! It provides cutting-edge information on how to truly live up to one’s ultimate potential. Through developing the right habits, I created a process which will enable people to learn and act upon their newly acquired knowledge to finally create the health and lifestyle they have been longing for.

The book contains 12 sections and 62 chapters that cover almost every aspect of natural health. The sections are:

Section 1 — Get Motivated, Organized and Productive To Take Your Health Habits to The Next Level

Section 2 — Get Back to Basic — Understand The Foods You Consume to Keep Your Body Lean

Section 3 — Get Fueled with the Right Foods and Figure Out the Diet That Will Work for You

Section 4 — Get Rid of Toxins — The Key to True Cellular Detox For Optimal Health

Section 5 — Get The Right Vitamins to Help Your Body Perform at its Best

Section 6 — Get Fit and Strong in Less Time

Section 7 — Get To Know Your Hormones and Feel Better

Section 8 — Get Your Gut and Immune System Performing Optimally

Section 9 — Get Your Brain Turned On to its Full Power

Section 10 — Get Rest, Recharged and Be More Zen

Section 11 — Get Control — You and Your Wellness Team

Section 12 — Get on Purpose — Design The Life You Want

The book was launched on October 23, 2018 and made it to the Best Seller list in the Alternative Medicine category on Amazon which I am super proud of. I am now currently doing a book tour for the next 6 to 12 months to bring the book to a bigger audience in Canada and in the USA.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

My mission with my book and all my other health and wellness endeavours is to create a #HealthHacker #Tribe, a movement. Here is the #HealthHacker manifesto I have written to reflect who IS a #healthhacker:

Health Hacker Manifesto:

I am a Health Hacker.

I define my own destiny.

I am in control of my health and take responsibility for my
 actions.

I focus on prevention, not on reaction.

I dig deep to find the cause of my problems, rather than solely
 mask symptoms.

I am constantly learning and trying new things to improve my mind, body and
 soul.

I strive to make the best decisions for myself and my family, and encourage
 those around me to become the best versions of themselves possible.

I use critical thinking to assess what I am being fed by mainstream media, and trust my inner voice over popular opinion.

I enjoy life.

I choose happiness now, not someday.

I live life by design, and not by default.

I create my future.

I am a Health Hacker.

Thank you, this is very inspiring.

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