…Give intermittent fasting a try. This can be a great way to improve energy and focus throughout the day and curb appetite, cravings, hunger, mood swings, and may even be a good way to maintain a healthy weight. Why fast? Although fasting is relatively a new practice in the western world, the practice of abstaining from eating for a given amount of time has been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years to help with everything from illness to enlightenment. Today, our bodies have become so dependent on the constant need for food to keep our energy going, that we’ve become less efficient beings without the constant need to refuel. Intermittent fasting — going without food for a certain number of hours in the day — allows our body to shift into burning our own fat for energy, and thus becoming less dependent on the need to snack. This way of timing our eating can help to sustain energy, avoid cravings, maintain a healthy weight and keep our brains sharp.
Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp, B.Sc., D.C., IFMCP is an Ottawa-based Chiropractor, the owner of Santé Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, a Functional Medicine Practitioner, an international lecturer, and Radio/TV personality. She is the author of the book Hack Your Health Habits: Simple, Action Drive, Natural Solutions for People On The Go! and the creator of the online coaching program Hack Your Health Habits Mastery Program. She is also the host of The What The Hack?! Podcast where she interviews other natural health practitioners to help people take control of their health. Dr. Nathalie’s mission is to educate, lead and empower people to live their best lives!
Thank you so much for joining us Nathalie! Can you share your top three lifestyle tweaks that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
The first would be to set what I call “Personal Prime Time” first thing in the morning. This consists of taking anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours to set the stage for your day; it could include journaling, exercise, meditation, reading — anything to get you physically, mentally and spiritually ready for what’s to come. We are now living in a world that is plagued with constant distractions and devices demanding our attention at any given moment and that is why taking the first few hours of each day for yourself are crucial for productivity, strategizing and creativity. By setting up a designated time every morning to tend to our own needs, we are preparing our bodies and minds to take on the day with ease and clarity. To take it one step further, I would even suggest turning off electronics one hour prior to bedtime, allowing yourself to decompress and calm your mind before you doze off. During this time you may read, journal, or simply set up your schedule for the next day; the lack of artificial light could do wonders for your quality of sleep as well!
The second tweak I would say would be to give intermittent fasting a try. This can be a great way to improve energy and focus throughout the day and curb appetite, cravings, hunger, mood swings, and may even be a good way to maintain a healthy weight. Why fast? Although fasting is relatively a new practice in the western world, the practice of abstaining from eating for a given amount of time has been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years to help with everything from illness to enlightenment. Today, our bodies have become so dependent on the constant need for food to keep our energy going, that we’ve become less efficient beings without the constant need to refuel. Intermittent fasting — going without food for a certain number of hours in the day — allows our body to shift into burning our own fat for energy, and thus becoming less dependent on the need to snack. This way of timing our eating can help to sustain energy, avoid cravings, maintain a healthy weight and keep our brains sharp.
Lastly, a common but often overlooked tweak would be to learn to say no more. As women, sometimes it can be difficult for us to feel like we may be letting people down, and we often take on more than we can handle or should handle. By prioritizing ourselves and learning to say no to what doesn’t align with us, we open up space to allow for what IS aligned. It’s important to be able to discern between opportunity and distraction when we are in a place of growth and evolution and being able to stay congruent and consistent with our goals rather than spreading ourselves too thin with things that don’t bring us fulfillment.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
I’m sure I could think of many, but the one that predominantly stands out is the fact that I took a leap to start a career in a language I barely spoke! Being from a small French community, starting chiropractic school in English and having to find my way around language barriers was pretty interesting! But it goes to show that if you truly desire to accomplish something, you WILL find a way to do it. It may require some resourcefulness and fine-tuning, but eventually, you’ll figure it out.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
It’s tough to pinpoint my biggest mistake as I truly believe that everything that has happened has shaped me into who I am today; in a way, I haven’t made any mistakes that I am not thankful for. I believe mistakes often happen to re-steer us back in the right direction. However, when I look back, I would probably say that taking on a lot of responsibility at first and not delegating enough may have been a mistake when I was starting out. As a new practitioner and business owner, I had overhead costs and things that I needed to develop and refine, it may have been helpful if I had started delegating and been more open to receiving help instead of doing everything on my own. I think the biggest learning lesson from this for any business owner is to accept that we can’t do it alone and that it’s necessary, even crucial at times, to delegate responsibility and be OK with giving up some control if we want to take our business to the next level.
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
Being a chiropractor, I help dozens of patients on a daily basis to not only alleviate pain but also experience better sleep, improved digestion, sharper thinking, greater energy and so much more by optimizing the function of their spine and nervous system. With my book: Hack Your Health Habits — Simple, Action Drive, Natural Solutions for People On The Go! and my online health and lifestyle coaching programs, I am helping people get to the root causes of their illnesses and helping them become more critical when it comes to investigating their health. My passion for wellness and finding natural solutions has led me to always be at the forefront of cutting-edge health and wellness tools to be able to provide my patients with the best support possible. I want to show people that making healthy changes can be simple, strategic and effective when done correctly. I want to empower people to take control of their health and be their own health advocate.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Thinking back, there are so many people that have helped me get to where I am today — from coaches to mentors to other practitioners — and especially other women in business who have been kind enough to lend a helping hand when they could with their wisdom and words of encouragement. There isn’t any ONE specific person in particular, yet a network of high-vibe powerful women who have been there for me throughout the years. I am a strong believer that we need to lead by example and that we need as women to support each other to grow and trust that these women will extend a hand to those who follow.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
If I could, I would and I did! I have started the #HealthHackerTribe movement, named after my book, to create a non-judgmental online community of natural health seekers and eager learners who are all about optimizing their well-being, vitality and performance using natural solutions. The goal of the #HealthHackerTribe is all about helping people understand that they don’t have to be a yogi or nutritionist to enhance their health and lead by example and that even small incremental actions towards a health goal performed daily will eventually lead to massive results in well-being.
What are your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
Well, as a chiropractic doctor no one told me that I would also be a business owner! This forced me to learn and apply all the principles of business, branding and developing my practice from scratch, which sparked this passion in me to always seek new ways to improve, grow, evolve and always try to make things better. I am passionate about entrepreneurship and being someone that produces value for the world.
The second thing would be not to trust so easily; though I believe the majority of people have good, pure intentions, I have learned not to get too attached to anyone or anything, as people themselves grow, change and sometimes even move on. It would have been easier knowing a season or time with someone was over and celebrate the changes to come. Lastly, I would say not to invest in things I know very little about or that don’t align with my core values. Money, time and resources are precious, and we don’t want to waste them on things that have potential but that have no correlation to our level of expertise or interest. Only invest in the things you can stand behind or can influence and guide along the way to avoid frustration, disappointment or a waste of resources.
Do you have a girl-crush in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be? (Let another woman in wellness know that you respect her as a teacher and guide! )
This one is difficult because there are so many powerful women around me that I respect and admire, it would be hard to just choose one. I would say any woman who has had to start from scratch, who has demonstrated grit, discipline and integrity, would have my utmost respect, especially in the health & wellness and personal development industry.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Mental health would be dearest to me at the moment because there are so many underlying factors behind it that aren’t discussed in the mainstream. From the gut-brain connection to nutrition, heart coherence, epigenetics… I believe we’ve reached a point where we need to take a holistic and comprehensive approach to mental health and not see it as an isolated condition. We must help people dig deeper into their symptoms and focus on lifestyle modification and effective natural health solutions and start taking a proactive approach to prevention rather than solely focusing on treatment alone.
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