Ep 109 – All About Functional Medicine with Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

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So, [with] functional medicine we look at the root cause of why someone has a chronic disease or illness, and we dive much deeper in looking at not only lifestyle which is the fundamental basis of it.  So, looking at sleep, nutrition, exercise, relationships. And then trying to see if there’s other environmental toxins, genetic underpinnings, that could be making the patient ill at that moment. And then look back to see, because we always find that it’s compounded. I always find they’re so multiple, it’s not just one thing typically, and so we see a lot of autoimmune diseases, a lot of gastrointestinal diseases.  But a lot of times it could have been trauma earlier in someone’s life.  And then studies are now showing [that] early trauma is increasing the risk of autoimmune diseases later in life.  So, what we’re doing is really diving much deeper and we call it a different lens than what I might have done when I was an internist. – Dr. Elizabeth Bradley

In July 2017, Elizabeth Bradley, MD, stepped into her role as Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.  She brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as a dietitian, internist, and a certified Functional Medicine physician.

Dr. Bradley earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition from Cornell University and Tufts University, respectively. She started her career as a clinical dietitian at Massachusetts General Hospital, but after 6 years decided she wanted to pursue further training as a physician.  She went on to earn her medical degree and complete residency training in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth.

After years of practicing Internal Medicine, Dr. Bradley’s passion for nutrition led her to find Functional Medicine and ultimately brought her to the Cleveland Clinic to direct the nation’s first academic Center for Functional Medicine.  In her role as Medical Director, Dr. Bradley is able to support the advancement of Functional Medicine through research and education while helping patients achieve optimal health through a multi-faceted approach.  She has truly come full circle and enjoys practicing as a physician that starts by using the premise that food is medicine.

I recently sat down with Dr. Bradley to chat about all things Functional Medicine, from how her own career path led her to where she is today, how the Center for Functional Medicine has evolved over the past 5 years and it’s role in bringing a Functional Medicine approach to the mainstream, and how interested practitioners and patients can become involved.

Dr. Bradley’s bio was adapted from clevelandclinic.org

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Bradley’s background and how she became interested in nutrition
  • How her nutrition experience influenced her time in medical school and her internal medicine practice
  • How Dr. Bradley got into functional medicine training
  • A general overview of functional medicine
  • Starting a functional medicine practice in a traditional medical setting
  • The evolution of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
  • How Dr. Bradley approaches someone who doesn’t understand the value of functional medicine
  • Research the Cleveland Clinic is working on to support functional medicine
  • Group visits: how they work, and their advantages and benefits
  • How Dr. Bradley sees functional medicine fitting into a primary care setting
  • Some of the challenges of collaborating with other medical departments
  • The differences between complementary, integrative, alternative and functional medicine
  • Her advice to patients who are interested in pursuing functional medical care
  • How practitioners can become involved in functional medicine
  • Bradley’s vision for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
  • Three things Dr. Bradley does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Dr. Bradley on LinkedIn.

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This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly tortillas, tortilla chips, quesos, and hot sauces yourself and use code Julie19 for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 108 – Training Smarter, not Harder: Prevention and Recovery from Injury with Pure Physio

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I think it’s, too, just getting people used to what physical therapy means to us, and I think that’s a little bit different than what they’ve seen in the past, where, it’s their grandma had a hip replacement, and that’s what they think of physical therapy.  So, we’re trying to just kind of change the mindset not only here but hopefully through our social networks and things like that of kind of what PTs are capable of doing and what our scope of practice is, essentially.  And I’m sure that’s the same in the primary care world as far as looking at people as a whole and taking a much more in-depth look at them as a person and their activity levels and their training and their nutrition and all that kind of stuff. And hopefully we’re kind of that physical medicine side of things that helps bridges the gap for people.” – Matt Stevens, DPT

In this episode of Pursuing Health, I chat with two of my good friends and physical therapists, Matt Stevens, DPT and Ryan Summers, DPT, CSCS of Pure Physio.

Matt and Ryan share the mindset that physical therapy plays an important role not just in rehab and recovery, but also in optimizing performance.  Their approach focuses on one-on-one, individualized attention and includes both corrective exercises to address movement dysfunction and functional training to prevent reoccurring injuries.  At their practice in Strongsville, OH, they work with a wide range of clients, from elite endurance and CrossFit Games athletes to weekend warriors.

Matt, Ryan and I had a great conversation about the implications of life stressors on training readiness, the need to sometimes lower the intensity, and how everything from manual therapy to mindset can build a hedge against sickness.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Matt and Ryan decided to become physical therapists
  • What led Matt to open Pure Physio
  • How Matt and Ryan went from being business competitors to business partners
  • How Pure Physio is bridging the gap between sickcare and healthcare
  • The approach Pure Physio uses to treat patients who are interested in injury prevention and general longevity
  • Commonalities Matt and Ryan see among their patients, especially those who participate in CrossFit
  • The health implications of burning the candle at both ends and the need for balance
  • How can athletes in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond can maximize their training longevity
  • The importance of individually assessing not only movement patterns, but also how your body is feeling and adjusting training intensity as necessary
  • How to directly access physical therapy care and start with physical therapy before progressing to more invasive treatments
  • The importance of addressing problems to prevent injury and properly re-introducing loading after injury
  • Myths about rest
  • What Matt and Ryan’s day-to-day looks like, and their own experience with injuries
  • The power of the mind
  • How being hyper-focused on optimizing health can become a stressor
  • Three things Matt and Ryan do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Matt and Ryan

You can follow Pure Physio on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly tortillas, tortilla chips, quesos, and hot sauces yourself and use code Julie19 for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

 

 


Ep 107 – Play the Hand You’re Dealt: Choosing to Thrive Despite a Rare Genetic Condition and Congenital Heart Defect with Stephen Douglas

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“I had seen all these different elements come into play of how fitness can impact your life and how CrossFit was working for some people and how bodybuilding was working for some and now even the [Tough Mudder] races.  And it was like, okay, now I have some tools. I have a reason to do it. Let’s go.  And that’s really when I started training almost every single day and started seeing some pretty quick changes, and it’s just amazing because I realized, ok, yeah there’s a lot of things that I can’t help. There are a lot of things that were taken out of my control very early, but I’m not gonna focus on that, I’m gonna focus on what God has given me the ability to impact. I can choose how I use my time.  I can choose what my activities are.  Doctors, they can tell me, okay, your lungs are only working at 50 or 60%.  Your heart is only working at 50%. They can’t tell me what I’m gonna do with that 50 or 60%… and it’s been a crazy ride. – Stephen Douglas

From the day he was born, Stephen Douglas has faced more obstacles than the average person.  Diagnosed at birth with a heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, Stephen underwent open heart surgery at just 7 months of age.  Throughout his early childhood, his heart condition, combined with asthma, meant Stephen had to be cautious not to exert himself too much physically or participate in contact sports.

At the age of 10, Stephen was dealt another challenge after his dentist found a cyst growing in his jaw.  He was diagnosed with Gorlin syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes thousands of skin cancers, jaw cysts, and bone cysts.  He underwent treatment for the condition, but the numerous painful procedures and surgeries led him into a deep depression which persisted through his teen years.  Stephen stopped physical and social activity, gained weight, and his blood pressure increased.  By the age of 20 he weighed 300 pounds.  His doctor told him he needed to make a change.

Stephen Douglas

Inspired by athletes he saw while watching the CrossFit Games on television, Stephen began to make small changes which led to a cascade of events that helped him lose over 85 pounds.  In the process, he was able to lower his blood pressure, experience relief from his asthma symptoms, forge new relationships, and get in the best shape of his life.

I sat down with Stephen to learn more about what it’s like to deal with a scary medical diagnosis as a child and how he gained the tools he needed to make the transition from a sedentary lifestyle to a thriving one.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The health obstacles Stephen encountered at birth
  • His diagnosis with Gorlin syndrome at age 10
  • Stephen’s lapse into depression, weight gain, and high blood pressure
  • What one doctor said that triggered a turning point for Stephen
  • How he found CrossFit
  • How a Tough Mudder with friends cemented his desire to change his lifestyle
  • The steps Stephen took to start his fitness journey, and the changes he’s witnessed
  • What tools Stephen used to change his mindset from that of a victim to one of empowerment
  • How he overcomes days when he feels down or like he might fall back into old habits
  • His current health status
  • Advice he would give to others to help them through a low point in their lives
  • Three things Stephen does on a regular basis that has the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Stephen

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You can follow Stephen on Instagram.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly tortillas, tortilla chips, quesos, and hot sauces yourself and use code Julie19 for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 106 – Saxon & Spencer Panchik: Keeping Fitness a Family Affair

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I think that’s super important, to have just great people around you to train with, especially brothers.  You can say whatever you need to say to each other, and no feelings will be hurt.  But not just that but, you know, those two years, junior and senior year, again we were still… I think I weighed 150 pounds and I wasn’t ready to lift heavy loads.  So, what Scott had us do, we modified everything back.  I don’t think I even had muscle-ups down at the time, and we just cut everything back.  He said, ‘I don’t care how light you need to go, but I want you to kick my butt in every workout.’ – Saxon Panchik

Twin brothers Saxon Panchik and Spencer Panchik, along with their older brother, Scott Panchik, are quickly becoming a something of a CrossFit dynasty.

Growing up, all the Panchik kids were exceptionally active, playing football, basketball, wrestling and more, until a near-deadly childhood hiking accident landed both Saxon and Spencer in the hospital with multiple injuries.  Unable to return to the contact sports they loved, Saxon and Spencer shifted their focus towards a new sport: CrossFit.

As they got older, Saxon and Spencer watched closely as Scott worked with their dad to open CrossFit Mentality, learning the ins and outs of running a business and gaining first-hand coaching experience that would pave the way for them to open their own affiliate, CrossFit Cliffside.  They also trained alongside Scott as he prepared for the CrossFit Games, scaling workouts to maximize intensity and pushing each other to improve every session.

These days, Saxon and Spencer are elite competitive athletes in their own right:  in 2018 both finished in the top 20 at the highly competitive Central Regional, and Saxon went on to compete at the 2018 CrossFit Games, finishing 19th.

I recently caught up with Saxon and Spencer to learn what it’s like to compete against and alongside family, what they’re doing to prepare for the 2019 Games season, and what it’s like to make the leap from athlete to affiliate owner.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is was like growing up in Panchik household
  • The sports Spencer and Saxon gravitated to as they were growing up
  • How a childhood hiking accident shifted their athletic focus to CrossFit
  • Making the move to Cleveland and learning how to open an affiliate from their family
  • The importance of intensity
  • Coaching strategies Spencer and Saxon use to help their athletes scale
  • Coaching tips they’ve picked up from watching their dad and their brother Scott
  • How Spencer and Saxon made the decision to open their own affiliate, CrossFit CliffSide
  • The best advice Scott gave them about opening an affiliate
  • Some of their favorite memories from competing in team events as a family
  • What it was like to have three Panchik brothers competing at the 2018 Central Regional
  • How the Panchik brothers feed off each other and share tips during training and competition
  • Spencer and Saxon’s thoughts and approach to the 2019 season with the new Games qualification format
  • Their current training regimen
  • The advice Spencer and Saxon would give to others opening an affiliate
  • Long term goals they have for their gym
  • Three things Spencer and Saxon do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Spencer and Saxon

You can follow Saxon via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You can follow Spencer via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You can follow their affiliate, CrossFit Cliffside, via their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly tortillas, tortilla chips, quesos, and hot sauces yourself and use code Julie19 for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 105 – Sleep, Stress, and Brain Health with Dr. Nate Bergman

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I mean stress is like an illness.  It’s like this black box, we don’t have a lot of names for it, we should probably instead of saying stress we should… like Eskimos have 20 words for snow, we should probably have like financial stress and relationship stress, and within relationships, there’s parent and partner, and child, all the different qualities of stress.  Because everybody has some, and as you know, some is good.  But stress, like persistently elevated cortisol with a lack of reciprocal or protective hormones like testosterone, estrogen, things like that literally shreds the brain, like literally just atrophies parts of the brain. – Dr. Nate Bergman

Nate Bergman, DO, MBA, is trained in internal medicine, geriatrics, and functional medicine and is passionate about using a multidimensional approach to prevent and reverse cognitive decline that emphasizes root causes including sleep, exercise, nutrition, and stress management.

Dr. Bergman’s knowledge and experience with treating cognitive decline comes not only from his research and his time on staff at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine; he also has first-hand experience.

While completing his medical training, Dr. Bergman struggled with severe memory loss.  With the support of his family and a functional medicine approach that addressed the root causes of his symptoms, he was able to overcome this challenge, and today believes his brain is functioning the best it ever has in his adult life.   His personal experience served to further cement his drive to study and treat patients who suffer from cognitive decline.

Today, Dr. Bergman continues to focus on brain health and the early prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease as the Chief Scientific Wellness Officer at the Kemper Center for Cognitive Health and Wellness.  We recently sat down to talk about how he made the decision to pursue osteopathic and functional medicine, the impact of sleep and stress on brain health, and his hopes for the future of Alzheimer’s research.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Bergman’s interests and background growing up, and how he became interested in medicine
  • Why he chose to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine over a Medical Doctor, and the difference between the two
  • What led Dr. Bergman to pursue residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatrics
  • His own experience with memory issues during his residency training
  • How he transitioned to Functional Medicine
  • The meaning of cognitive health, and how Dr. Bergman approaches treatment
  • The relationship between sleep apnea and brain health
  • The different types of stress, and how they impact brain health
  • Bergman’s view on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s
  • His role as Chief Scientific Wellness Officer at the Kemper Center for Cognitive Health and Wellness
  • His hope for the future of Alzheimer’s and brain health research and care
  • Three things Dr. Bergman does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Dr. Bergman via his website, Facebook, and his podcast, Evolving Past Alzheimer’s.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly tortillas, tortilla chips, quesos, and hot sauces yourself and use code Julie19 for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 104 – Physical Therapist & CrossFit Games Athlete Amanda Barnhart

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“I love incorporating one on myself, I experiment a lot with myself.  And if I can feel something myself, like, ‘I was having this knee pain, and I did this and it really worked and, you know, try it,’ I think that relation to people helps a lot. I’m not relating to them as a CrossFit Games athlete, I’m relating to them as a person who moves and has the same pains that they do even though we have different goals… so that’s my favorite part about working with CrossFitters and just being a PT and understanding how the body does certain things, but it also digs a rabbit hole because there’s so much more I want to learn…”  – Amanda Barnhart

Amanda Barnhart took the CrossFit world by surprise at the 2018 Central Regional where, as a virtually unknown athlete, she dominated the competition, winning three events and finishing third for the weekend.

Her success was no accident: a lifelong athlete, Amanda grew up as a gymnast, volleyball player, and runner, and she swam Division 1 at Cleveland State University.  Since starting CrossFit in 2013, she’s made four appearances at Regionals, twice on a team and twice as an individual.

Amanda is also a practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy, and she works hard to balance time spent with patients and time spent training.  She finds that lessons she’s learned in her own competitive athletic experience carry over to everyday athletes and vice versa.

Leading up to the 2018 CrossFit Games, Amanda worked hard on her mindset to eliminate any doubt as to whether she belonged among such an elite caliber of athletes.  She would finish a solid 15th in her rookie appearance and has been training all year with anticipation of performing even better in the 2019 season.

I caught up with Amanda to chat about what has led to her success as a CrossFit Games athlete, what she learned in her 2018 season, and how she hopes to continue to blend her physical therapy and CrossFit careers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Amanda’s athletic background and how she fell in love with weightlifting
  • How she got started with CrossFit, and when she decided to compete
  • Learning to balance physical therapy school and training
  • Her first individual experience at Regionals and how her training changed going into 2018
  • Amanda’s self-doubt as she chose to work part-time and train for the Games
  • Her reflections on the 2018 competition season
  • Her experience with physical therapy as a patient and rebuilding her shoulder strength
  • Her reaction to changes in the CrossFit Games qualifying process and Amanda’s goals for the 2019 season
  • A typical day for Amanda including her nutrition, training, and sleep habits
  • Long term goals she’s working towards
  • The advice she’s constantly giving to patients
  • Three things Amanda does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Amanda on Instagram.

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Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image

Ep 47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen, and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion

Ep 74 – Brooke Wells & Jessica Griffith on Forging Friendships & Striking a Balance

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 103 – What to Eat When with Dr. Michael Roizen

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If you look at the data really carefully now, we’re not sure but we think that aging can be… we’re slowing it now, we’re doing what we call rejuvenation.  Meaning, if you slow the rate of aging by physical activity, by food choices, by stress management, you can probably be 30 years younger than your calendar age at age 55.  So, at age 55 you can be functionally 25.  But we’re undergoing -there’s a real sense in the aging community- the amount of money in aging research has now logarithmically expanded for about 25 years and that’s beginning to turn the concept of what aging is, the research is, to the point where maybe we can get much younger than our calendar age.” – Dr. Michael Roizen

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is an internist and anesthesiologist who is passionate about helping people choose to live younger and healthier lives.

He is the Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the co-founder of RealAge Inc, a five-time number one New York Times best-selling author, and the Chief Medical Consultant on the Dr. Oz Show.  An accomplished lecturer, researcher, CEO, television personality and author, Dr. Roizen’s myriad achievements are too numerous to count.

Dr. Roizen continues to practice internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He routinely sees patients who are in the midst of struggling with tobacco, heart, diabetic or arthritic problems and coaches them with simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes to be able to live, feel, look and be years younger. He really enjoys getting them to throw away their medications when they no longer need them, and teaches the role of food and other simple steps in reversing disease processes.

I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Roizen during my medical school studies, and I was thrilled to catch up with him at his home to talk about the benefits he’s witnessed since Cleveland Clinic implemented an Employee Health Plan, the most important lifestyle factors we can change to improve our overall health and wellness, and his take on What to Eat When.

Bio adapted from ClevelandClinic.org

In this episode we discuss:

  • How implementing an Employee Health Plan has saved Cleveland Clinic AND employees money, and how the savings continue to multiply as employees get healthier
  • Dr. Roizen’s thoughts on the challenge of implementing a similar program on a national level, and why he expects we will see it begin at the state level
  • Dr. Roizen’s background: what sparked his interest in medicine and how he ultimately decided to focus on wellness
  • The most important factors for reducing your RealAge
  • How dedicated exercise vs physical activity throughout day can impact your overall physiological age
  • What we can do to buffer the effects of stressful events on our health
  • Habits Dr. Roizen includes in his daily life to improve his longevity
  • Dr. Roizen’s exercise routine and the lessons he learned from his time as a competitive squash player
  • His stress management practice
  • The supplements Dr. Roizen takes on a regular basis
  • Dr. Roizen’s advice to eat when the sun is out
  • How shift workers can adhere to this advice, and his plans to carry out a study with nurses in order to collect more data
  • A typical day of food for Dr. Roizen
  • His take on coffee and health
  • Three things Dr. Roizen does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Dr. Roizen on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.  You can purchase of copy of his most recent book, What to Eat When, here.

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Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 38 – Micronutrients and Quality Supplementation with Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet

Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence

Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC

Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 102 – Jason Khalipa and the AMRAP Mentality

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“I wasn’t being present and focused, specifically around the family, that’s where it was most impactful.  And, when I looked at my fitness career, I was like, ‘man, the best workouts I get are when I’m against the clock,’ right?  That’s really what CrossFit innovated in my opinion, was working out against the clock.  Because for so many years we’d go around the gym, do a little bit of this, little bit of that, and it was fine.  But as soon as you added the layer of a clock, it added a competitive spirit.  So, I started taking that clock to everything I was doing, from doing this with you, to playing with my kids, to being with my wife at dinner.  I’m being present, I’m boing focused, I’m working hard in this time frame that I set, and then I switch gears to the next focus.  So maybe in the morning, it’s a workout: I’m focused.  Then it’s time with the kids.  Then it’s this, then it’s that.  When I’m at work, be at work, when I’m home be at home.  And for anybody who exercises, I just think it’s a really easy analogy for them to think about.” – Jason Khalipa

Jason Khalipa is a decorated CrossFit athlete, well-known for his 8 appearances at the CrossFit Games and multiple podium finishes, including the title of Fittest Man on Earth in 2008. For 7 years, Jason competed as an individual, and in 2015 he shifted his focus to team competition in order to spend more time with his family.

2016 brought even bigger changes for Jason, when his daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four.  Together with his wife Ashley, his son Kaden, and their extended family, Jason turned his focus to helping his daughter regain her health, applying many of the lessons he had learned as a CrossFit Games competitor.

Today Ava is cancer-free, and Jason continues to work to find balance in the time spent on his training, his business, and his family.  He uses an “AMRAP Mentality” approach, in which he strives to focus solely on the task at hand for a given period of time in order to be fully present and bring his best self to the table.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Jason at his home in California to chat about how his experiences as a competitive athlete, father, and entrepreneur have helped him develop a balanced mindset that empowers him to be the be as successful as possible in all arenas of life.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The changes in the way Jason is allocating his time now that he’s not training for the CrossFit Games
  • The transition from training for the Games to where he is now: how Jason knew it was time to move on
  • Lessons he learned through competing that have carried over into daily life
  • What it was like to process and overcome his daughter Ava’s leukemia diagnosis, and how that challenge changed him
  • Ways the healthcare system could better support families dealing with serious illnesses
  • The importance of building a hedge against adversity through fitness, relationships and finances
  • Jason’s advice to others on how they can support friends going through difficult times
  • The origin of the AMRAP Mentality
  • How he handles distractions and brings himself back to focusing on the task at hand
  • How Jason determines his “why” and uses that to set his daily agenda
  • Factors that have helped him to build a successful business
  • A typical day for Jason
  • Three things Jason does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Jason via his website, on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and on Twitter.  You can purchase of copy of his new book, As Many Reps As Possible, here. 100% of proceeds from all books purchased through pre-order before January 8, 2019 will go to NEGU – Jessie Reese Foundation supporting children fighting cancer.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 01 – Rich Froning on Competition, Shifting Priorities and Discovering His Purpose

Ep 04 – Hillary Froning and Ashley Khalipa on CrossFit’s impact on their lives and families

Ep 41 – Graham and Savanna Holmberg: From Fittest Man, to Faith and Family

Ep 49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of The CrossFit Games

Ep 84 – Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron

Ep 91 – Mind Over Matter: Improving Performance in Athletics and Beyond with Sports Psychiatrist Dr. MaryEllen Eller

Ep 101 – Building a Champion Mindset with Dr. Joe Janesz

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 101 – Building a Champion Mindset with Dr. Joe Janesz

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If you have awareness, and you have this ability to regulate mood states and thinking, you have this mental agility, and then you have this ability to cultivate character and then connect deeply… you really have this life filled with this positive optimism.  Hopefulness.  That’s incredible, that’s really incredible.  That in a nutshell is resilience.  I would want everybody to have that kind of intelligence in their life.  And apply it to every aspect of their life, whether it be health, or eating, or sleeping, or relationships or career or being an elite athlete, or being a cameraman at a high school game.  It doesn’t really matter.  The resilience is what’s going to give you that freedom, that real joy in life, that fulfillment that we’re all looking for. – Dr. Joe Janesz

Joseph Janesz, PhD, is an Associate Staff and Director of the Outpatient Executive and Professional Program at Cleveland Clinic.  He has been a Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, lecturer, author and national Consultant for the past 30 years.

Dr. Janesz completed his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and received his PhD degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. His training includes couples and group therapy, performance enhancement and sports psychology, executive coaching and management and organizational consulting.

He consults with a wide range of clients in the medical, legal, financial, sports and entertainment fields and has been a Consultant to the National Football League for the past 20 years and a key player in the first NFL Players Assistance Program — the Cleveland Browns “Inner Circle Program.”

Dr. Janesz played an integral role in my own training as I prepared for the CrossFit Games.  It was a pleasure to re-connect with him to learn more about his approach for helping individuals become their own personal best self and how anyone can have a Champion mindset.

*Dr. Janesz’s Bio was adapted from clevelandclinic.org

In this episode we discuss:

  • What drew Dr. Janesz to psychology
  • The patient populations he works with, and how he ended up doing this work
  • The importance of a holistic, team approach in regards to mental health
  • The common theme that Dr. Janesz sees among high-performers that are struggling
  • The Third Eye
  • The importance of balance in all aspects of one’s life
  • How to implement mindfulness training in your own life
  • How to cultivate your “yes” brain
  • The effects on mental health that Dr. Janesz has witnessed as our culture changes
  • Is it possible to be highly driven to succeed in one arena and still maintain balance in your life
  • How high-performers can harness their talent and focus on new opportunities after retirement
  • The Five Hindrances
  • Ways to find motivation and purpose
  • What distinguishes true champions from other high-performers
  • How Dr. Janesz would build a mentally resilient human
  • Three things Dr. Janesz does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Dr. Janesz

You can follow Dr. Janesz on LinkedIn.

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Dr. Dan Siegel

Related episodes:

Ep 7 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the Future, and Community

Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence

Ep 73 – RISEing to the Occasion with Olympic Swimmers Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni

Ep 91 – Mind Over Matter: Improving Performance in Athletics and Beyond with Sports Psychiatrist Dr. MaryEllen Eller

Ep 94 – Danica Patrick on Trailblazing and Shifting Gears

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 100 – Q+A: Your Questions, Answered

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Can you believe we’re at 100 episodes?!  It’s been a slow and steady process over the past 3+ years, but consistency sure pays off! I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for listening and continuing to support me through this shift in my career from CrossFit Games athlete, to medical student, and now soon-to-be family medicine physician.

This podcast has been such a rewarding outlet for me to continue to highlight some amazing individuals in the world and share their stories and discoveries with all of you, in the hopes that their insights might positively impact your lives as well.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, and although we have had some INCREDIBLE guests on the show over the past 3 years, it just felt like this was the appropriate time to have a more intimate conversation between me and YOU with a Q+A style episode.

In this episode we discuss:

  • CrossFit Health and the CFMDL1: what it is, how I’m involved, and how you can get involved
  • My take on the change in this year’s CrossFit Games format
  • The need to work towards creative solutions so that low-income patients and patients with serious medical conditions can get involved in CrossFit
  • Functional Medicine: what it is and how I became exposed to it
  • Ways students and practitioners can get involved with Functional Medicine
  • How to incorporate Functional Medicine into a standard medical practice
  • The power of group visits to make our healthcare model work
  • How we can take control of our own health and partner with a like-minded practitioner
  • Making Functional Medicine more financially accessible
  • My take on finding the healthiest way to eat given the conflicting dietary advice out there
  • Food sensitivity tests: are they worthwhile?
  • Nutrition and the role of quality, quantity, timing, and supplements
  • My own current nutrition routine
  • Other important health factors: relationships, regular activity including restorative activity, finding your purpose, sleep, stress reduction & down-regulation of the nervous system
  • My stance on the Health at Every Size movement
  • My current training routine
  • My thoughts on returning to competition
  • My tips for staying on track and prioritizing when you’re pulled in multiple directions
  • How I plan to integrate CrossFit Health and Functional Medicine into my own future practice
  • What I would most like to change about the current healthcare system

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 13a- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition to Create Health

Ep 13b- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition for Athletes and Recovery from Injury

Ep 22- Brigid Titgemeier on Functional nutrition

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

Ep 86 – James Maskell on Fight Chronic Disease with Community-based Healthcare

Ep 95 – Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness

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“As a nephrologist, a kidney doctor, in the Mayo Clinic, you see primarily patients with advanced kidney disease at that time.  So, these were patients who needed kidney transplants or needed dialysis.  And again, the same thinking process started to happen by me, ‘why do we see these patients late on when the damage has been irreversibly done and they need an organ transplant or dialysis when the process started decades before?’” – Dr. Axel Pflueger

Dr. Axel Pflueger serves as the Medical Director of the Center of Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine in New York, NY and is a Clinical Instructor at New York University Langone Medical Center.  He is a trained cardiac surgeon, board-certified internist, and board-certified nephrologist with a PhD in Pharmacology.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and is a recognized international speaker on diabetes and kidney disease, and has an extensive research background in diabetes, kidney disease, vascular function, and oxidative stress.

While working at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Pflueger conducted multiple treatment trials and gained significant insights into treating patients with chronic diseases.  Through his clinical practice, Dr. Pflueger found that the most effective treatment protocols for chronic diseases involved early diagnosis and lifestyle therapy including exercise, diet, and sleep.  In 2016, Dr. Pflueger joined CrossFit, Inc. as they launched a global health initiative to fight chronic disease worldwide.

I caught up with Dr. Pflueger at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference to learn more about his research and clinical findings supporting early intervention as the preferred treatment for chronic diseases, and how he believes conventional medicine and lifestyle therapy can work together to end this global epidemic.

(bio adapted from Center for Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine)

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Pflueger’s diverse medical background and how his residency in cardiovascular surgery led to an interest in early intervention for chronic disease
  • What prompted him to specialize in nephrology
  • His preference to treat kidney disease with lifestyle therapy versus dialysis and transplants
  • The Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic at the Mayo Clinic which Dr. Pflueger founded
  • The effect of standard medications versus the effects of using exercise and lifestyle therapy in treating kidney disease
  • His search for an appropriate type of exercise for his patients, and how that led to his involvement with CrossFit
  • How Dr. Pflueger initiates the conversation on lifestyle therapy with his patients
  • How Dr. Pflueger partners with CrossFit affiliates to give coaches guidance for his patients
  • The importance of establishing a relationship with patients and the challenge of implementing this under the current insurance structure
  • Pflueger’s vision for how conventional medicine and lifestyle therapy can work together
  • Where he sees the CrossFit Health movement heading
  • How his own approach to health and fitness has changed since learning about CrossFit
  • His recommendations for affiliate owners and doctors who are interested implementing his approach
  • Three things Dr. Pflueger does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Dr. Pflueger

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

Ep 86 – James Maskell on Fight Chronic Disease with Community-based Healthcare

Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes

Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC

Ep 97 – Challenging Conventional Cancer Care with Dr. Thomas Seyfried

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 98 – Fittest Teen to Thriving Post Liver Transplant: Sydney Sullivan

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It just got really bad.  I honestly don’t really remember that much, but looking back, it’s like ‘man I was sick’… and I can’t say it [competing at the 2016 CrossFit Games] was the healthiest thing to do, but it… CrossFit is what got me through this disease and this transplant, and I couldn’t live without it.  So, I just did what I could, of course lighter weights because I weighed 115 pounds.  So, lighter weight, I did what I could, and it was definitely hard.   There was a lot of crying, a lot of emotions just because I was so used to lifting these weights and going this fast but I couldn’t do that anymore.  So that’s when I realized somethings wrong.  It’s progressing fast.  And it’s a slow disease, but in that last year, it was fast. – Sydney Sullivan

At the 2015 CrossFit Games, Sydney Sullivan dominated the competition, winning 1st place in 5 out of 6 events in the Girls 14-15 Division, and was crowned the Fittest Teen on Earth.  She was also struggling with a serious chronic disease: Type 2 juvenile autoimmune hepatitis.

Diagnosed at age 12, Sydney managed her condition through a combination of healthy diet, CrossFit, and medical care.  However, as the  2016 CrossFit Games drew closer, Sydney began losing weight and feeling fatigued as the symptoms of her illness worsened.  That year, she would finish a highly respectable 6th place, but Sydney could feel her health declining.

Caught in a catch-22 situation, her health markers were still far “too healthy” to be considered for a traditional deceased-donor liver transplant.  At the suggestion of her doctor, her family began the process of finding a donor and a facility for a live-donor transplant.  Ultimately, her brother, Tommy, was able to give 60% of his liver to Sydney, and together the two embarked on a slow path to recovery.  Today, they work together at his affiliate, Koda Crossfit Tulsa where Sydney is a coach.

I caught up with Sydney at the 2018 CrossFit Games to hear how she managed a chronic illness while being among the world’s fittest and the lessons she learned through her experience that she hopes to share with others.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Sydney’s childhood before her Type 2 juvenile autoimmune hepatitis diagnosis
  • How she got into CrossFit
  • The diagnostic process and how Sydney learned she was sick
  • How Sydney changed her lifestyle following her diagnosis
  • Her the difference between her 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games experiences
  • Sydney’s realization that she was getting sicker and in need of a transplant
  • The decision to use a live donor, and the process to find a medical team to support that
  • The surgical process for the liver transplant
  • Sydney’s recovery process
  • Her future competitive aspirations
  • Sydney’s current medication regimen and how that impacts her training
  • The precautions she takes in her day-to-day life to protect her health
  • The lessons Sydney has learned through her experience and the knowledge she hopes to impart to others
  • Her current approach to nutrition
  • Three things Sydney does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Sydney

You can follow Sydney on Instagram.

Links:

Related episodes:

Ep 46 – Living and training with Type 1 Diabetes with Brendan Snyder

Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on achievement and growing through obstacles

Ep 55 – Lindy Barber on Overcoming a Life-Changing Injury and Finding Her Flow on Team CrossFit Mayhem

Ep 64 – Haley Adams: A CrossFit Games Teen with Talent

Ep 79 – Sam Briggs on Going Back to Basics and Training for Longevity

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.