MD and Chef Team - The Show!

Yoga & Meditation, The Beth Shaw Story

June 21, 2022 Dr. Isabel MD & Culinary Nutrition Expert Chef Michael Season 3 Episode 13
MD and Chef Team - The Show!
Yoga & Meditation, The Beth Shaw Story
Show Notes Transcript

In this episode we interview Beth Shaw, and dive deep into the world of yoga and meditation.

Beth Shaw is the author of four best-selling books on health and wellness and a pioneer in the wellness, yoga, and fitness space in North America. She is the CEO and Founder of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide Inc. the global mind-body education school, YogaFit.

Beth is a go-to yoga/mindfulness expert in the media and has been featured in numerous fitness, business, and consumer publications. Beth is a frequent speaker at universities, conferences, and Fortune 500 corporations.

Beth educates others on health and mindfulness in the workplace and conscious business. In her latest book, Healing Trauma With Yoga & Mind-Body Techniques, Beth provides tools and techniques drawn from her work as a recovery and health coach.

She offers a deep understanding of the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes brought on by trauma and depression, with techniques to survive and thrive through these sometimes debilitating conditions.

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Speaker 0 (0s): Coming up on this episode of the MD and chef team show. 

Speaker 1 (8s): Again, I'm very fortunate that these meditations came to me at six to care of the migraines came to me in Tokyo. When I felt like I was going to fall off the cliff, but to give people these tools so that they can implement themselves is so empowering for people. We disempower people when we go off to a third party, many times seeking advice and counsel, and I was recently like shocked to find out of going to the gynecologist for the 

Speaker 0 (37s): Hello. I'm Dr. Isabel, Hey, thank you for joining us today. A little bit about myself. I'm a family practice doctor who has specialized in functional medicine. And if you're not familiar with functional medicine, we get to the root cause of people's unwellness. My passion because of my story. And my practice is to help women overcome anxiety and depression by optimizing their brain health so that they can live feel and be their best and to compliment our mission here. 

Speaker 2 (1m 11s): Hi, I'm chef Michael Isabel's husband and certified culinary nutrition expert at doctor on a mission. And we are the MD and chef team, and I bridge the gap between nutrition and brain health. 

Speaker 0 (1m 25s): If you would like to work with us, come check us out@doctoronamissiondotcomorsendusamessageatinfoatdoctoronemission.com. Now that's doctor D O C T O R, and we can set up a chat to see how we can best serve you. 

Speaker 2 (1m 45s): We invite you to subscribe to this podcast 

Speaker 0 (1m 49s): And now let's get on with the show. Hi Beth, how are you doing? 

Speaker 1 (1m 56s): I'm doing great, Dr. Isabel. Nice to see you. 

Speaker 0 (1m 59s): Nice to see you. Please call me Isabel. 

Speaker 1 (2m 2s): Isabel. Okay. 

Speaker 0 (2m 3s): Yeah, doctor first I'm a human being is about, just did the training. Hey, I, I wanted to ask you, where are you now? 

Speaker 1 (2m 13s): I'm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the U S 

Speaker 0 (2m 16s): And how's it going 

Speaker 1 (2m 17s): So far? So good. In fact, I was just reading an article that our state fared one of the best during the pandemic on a report card. So very happy to be living here. I moved from New York about two, two years ago. 

Speaker 0 (2m 31s): Huh? What brought you over to Florida? 

Speaker 1 (2m 34s): The pandemic. 

Speaker 0 (2m 35s): So you just were like, I'm out of New York. I'm going to Florida 

Speaker 1 (2m 39s): Basically. Yeah, it was three days away from closing on an apartment and I pulled out of the deal and just made a U-turn or a different turn than I would've ever expected myself to make. 

Speaker 0 (2m 50s): And are you living close to the ocean at all? I 

Speaker 1 (2m 53s): Am. I'm one block from the ocean. 

Speaker 0 (2m 55s): Oh, I love the ocean. The ocean is my happy place. Nice. Hey, listen. How about if I introduce you to our listeners? Is that okay? 

Speaker 1 (3m 3s): That sounds great. 

Speaker 0 (3m 4s): Okay, great. Beth Shaw is the author of four bestselling books on health and wellness and a pioneer in the wellness, yoga and fitness space in north America. Beth is the CEO, congratulations and founder of yoga fit training systems worldwide, Inc. The global mind body education school, yoga fit bath is the go-to yoga mindfulness expert in media and has been featured in numerous fitness business and consumer publications. 

Congratulations. 

Speaker 1 (3m 40s): Thanks. They forgot to add to my bio that I'm now the host of a live radio show on voice America called make America healthy. And it's on voiceamerica.com AU. We're on the wellness channel and the empowerment channel, but people can also listen anywhere that podcasts live after the show is called, make America healthy. 

Speaker 0 (4m 2s): And that's the name of the podcast? Make America healthy. 

Speaker 1 (4m 5s): Yeah. 

Speaker 0 (4m 6s): Good, great. That sounds fabulous. How long have you been doing that for? 

Speaker 1 (4m 9s): I've been doing that since February. It's a fairly new venture. 

Speaker 0 (4m 12s): That must feel very rewarding. 

Speaker 1 (4m 15s): I love it because I get to educate people on all things, health and wellness, not just like yoga and mind, body. 

Speaker 0 (4m 24s): And that's what it's all about taking care of the whole body, right? 

Speaker 1 (4m 28s): Exactly. The body and the mind. 

Speaker 0 (4m 30s): That's right. Hey, I wanted to ask you a couple of questions if I may, is that all right? 

Speaker 1 (4m 35s): Anything you'd like 

Speaker 0 (4m 37s): How, how long have, how long have you been meditating? 

Speaker 1 (4m 42s): Actually, when I was six years old, I taught my self how to do guided imagery and meditation because I suffered from horrible migraine headaches and nobody in my family was really doing anything about them. So I started practicing guided imagery. So I guess that's been a while now 

Speaker 0 (5m 0s): At six years of age. 

Speaker 1 (5m 2s): Yeah. Six years of age. 

Speaker 0 (5m 3s): And how did you, how did you learn about that? 

Speaker 1 (5m 5s): I, I'm only counting spiritual intervention for most of my successes in my, 

Speaker 0 (5m 14s): And so you've been into meditation since six years of age. 

Speaker 1 (5m 18s): Yes. 

Speaker 0 (5m 18s): Yes. Can you tell me your journey on how you tell us the story? 

Speaker 1 (5m 24s): What story cause there's lots of them, 

Speaker 0 (5m 26s): Whichever story you'd like to share with us about getting into meditation and yoga? 

Speaker 1 (5m 32s): Well, you know, it's interesting because I, again taught myself how to do guided imagery at six years old, I've been working out in health clubs since the age of 15. Fortunately I developed a love of fitness, very young. And while I was in college, I was stretching one day doing some yoga poses after a workout. And it's like the sky parted. And I got a message from the universe telling me that I would be very successful in the health and realm moved to California after growing up in New York city and started taking all different types of yoga. 

I even went and got a teacher training and I found that what they taught me wasn't really relevant when I went to go into teach at health clubs. So I have a name, yoga fit came to me spontaneously one day on a bike ride. I trademarked the name. I was doing a cable TV show at the time on health and wellness, not unlike the radio show that I'm doing today. So that's kind of interesting. And we started doing international trainings in 1998 and we've been operating as a school ever since, but I literally started a yoga fit as a school, as a business, out of the trunk of my car and my living room. 

Speaker 0 (6m 46s): What year did you start doing that? 

Speaker 1 (6m 48s): 1997 officially unofficially. It was like 1995. 

Speaker 0 (6m 54s): And has it gone? 

Speaker 1 (6m 56s): It's still going, which I guess is the best news. You know, just even with the couple of years that we've had, where, where having a live business model that does in-person trainings, we were doing about a thousand of in-person trainings a year and 15 mind, body fitness conferences across north America. We had to change to an all virtual model in about three weeks after the pandemic lockdowns, you know, and it's been a bit of a bumpy ride up and down, but the good news is that we are still around and we're celebrating 25 years as a school in September. 

Speaker 0 (7m 34s): Congratulations. 

Speaker 1 (7m 35s): Thanks. 

Speaker 0 (7m 36s): And it was the pandemic really caused us to pivot. Didn't it? 

Speaker 1 (7m 40s): It sure did pivot or die. 

Speaker 0 (7m 43s): Yeah, pretty much. I, so you're doing it all on zoom. Now. 

Speaker 1 (7m 51s): I would say probably about, about 70% of our education right now happens. They are still live trainings, but they happen on zoom. And then we have resumed in person conferences, individual trainings with mixed success. You know, a lot of people are so paralyzed by fear because of the media's infiltration. So the past two years that some people are challenged to come back to live events and you know, someone like myself, I couldn't wait to start going to live events. 

I moved down to Florida, joined a couple of professional business organizations and I was so happy to be going to live events in like January 20, 21. So for me, I'm a very social person. I love to get out there. I love to do networking. I'd love to share ideas and information and learn from people. Nothing takes the place of being in person. 

Speaker 0 (8m 45s): No. And hugging people. Are you a hugger? 

Speaker 1 (8m 50s): I am a hugger. 

Speaker 0 (8m 51s): I know. I, I just, oh, it's been so to do 

Speaker 1 (8m 56s): That from originally, 

Speaker 0 (8m 58s): Originally I'm from Washington DC, but I did all my medical, all my medical training in Colorado. 

Speaker 1 (9m 4s): And how did you end up in New Zealand? 

Speaker 0 (9m 6s): I just was really unhappy practicing medicine in America in 2000. And I remember we used to ski with the Kiwis in Colorado, you know, cause they come up from yeah, they come up into our winter and I asked them, where are you from? I love your accent. And they said, we're from New Zealand. I said, someday, I'm going to move there. And holy moly in 2000, my husband and I moved and with our two kids at the age of 40. 

So anything can happen. 

Speaker 1 (9m 39s): You made it happen. 

Speaker 0 (9m 40s): Yeah, just verbally. You never know what your, you know, just your words can prophesize stuff. 

Speaker 1 (9m 46s): It's amazing. It's interesting because I'm going to be presenting at a women's health conference in Boston in two weeks and tomorrow I'm going to kind of like a hospital and healthcare trade show in Orlando. And you know, I joke around, but healthcare in the United States should be just called sick care. 

Speaker 0 (10m 5s): I know, I know. 

Speaker 1 (10m 9s): So here I am doing this radio show, make America healthy and going to these health conferences that, you know, it's a really so much about taking care of our own health. So we don't have to rely on the, on the so-called healthcare system because well, you know, better than anybody. 

Speaker 0 (10m 28s): It's sad. It's really sad though. I mean, having to go into the healthcare system is not the best way to take care of yourself. I mean, I always say, look, you're going to have to invest in yourself now or invest in yourself later. Or I'm sorry. I always say you're going to have to pay for it now, or you're going to have to pay for it later. And most people unfortunately wait and have to pay for it later, you know, because until they, when they fall off the cliff and I always say, please don't fall off the cliff, take care of yourself. 

Now you've got an inner doctor inside of you. 

Speaker 1 (11m 5s): Yeah. It's called your immune system. And your body's intuitive awareness. I wrote a book called yoga lean. And that book is all about using the practice of yoga and other mindfulness tools to really get to the place where you're so fluent in the language of what your body needs, which is different than what you think it might want, that you're able to make all the right food choices and healthy choices, including people to surround yourself with. And what's interesting is that even many of us like myself who really take excellent care of their health, you know, there's always an upgrade that we can do. 

There's always some bio hack or maybe getting blood work done on a more regular basis. I just found out last Friday that my vitamin D levels were low and I take vitamin D and I live in Florida. So that's, to me, it was kind of crazy, but they gave me a shot of 50,000 IUs of vitamin D. And I had so much energy that I was up Saturday morning from four 30 in the morning, dancing through the, the wee hours of Sunday mornings. So there's always an upgrade. 

Speaker 0 (12m 11s): That's a really good point. And like, I always say, you know, test don't guess because everybody does think you're not alone. Everybody does think, oh, I've taken vitamin D I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm getting sunshine. Well, you never know until you test 

Speaker 1 (12m 25s): Exactly. That's the importance that baseline testing is it's really everything 

Speaker 0 (12m 31s): I wanted to ask you. You had said how I wanted to ask you how meditation helps relief, release fear. Cause we've got so much fear base living that's going on right now. Can you share with us how, how meditation helps with fear? 

Speaker 1 (12m 47s): Well, I, I like to think of meditation has taken the garbage out. You know, if you don't take the trash out of your home on a regular basis, it's going to pile up and start to stink. I believe the same thing happens with our minds because we have 60,000 thoughts a day and we get attached 

Speaker 0 (13m 1s): To the 

Speaker 1 (13m 3s): 2000. Yeah. And, and probably if the 80 20 rule probably 80% of the thoughts are around, you know, 20% of topic, whatever that is for people. Cause they get very deep into their neural pathways and they just keep kind of running on the same mental treadmill. So meditation helps break that it helps us also connect with source consciousness. And when you connect on a deeper level, you recognize that you, you gain more trust in yourself. 

You gain more trust in the universe and you're able to navigate the storms of life with much more ease and much more grace. 

Speaker 0 (13m 43s): And you know, once people learn these tools, they're invaluable because they can keep on using them over and over again, instead of taking a pill. 

Speaker 1 (13m 52s): Exactly. And they don't cost anything and you can implement them at will. So my big platform is empowering individuals to take control of their health physically and mentally with self-directed tools, you know, and a self-directed tool might be, you're going to go to the doctor and get more blood work done, or a self-directed tool, maybe becoming your own mental health professional, your own health coach, but it requires change and discipline and willpower 

Speaker 0 (14m 22s): And maybe even being your own advocate and your own encourager, your own cheerleader. 

Speaker 1 (14m 28s): Yeah. Changing your self-talk is something we work a lot with in our yoga VIT trainings. In fact, our yoga for level two training is all about communication, how we're communicating to ourselves first and foremost, and then how we're communicating with others, whether it's you leading a yoga class and communicating or in any avenue in your life, how do you show up and communicate with others? 

Speaker 0 (14m 55s): I love it. I love it. Cause we can change our S we can change how we are at any time. We've just got to make that decision, right? 

Speaker 1 (15m 3s): Yeah. I'm going to also have, have to have the awareness, but not that anything was wrong per se, but maybe how we're living physically or mentally is not serving us. And then what are we going to do to shift that, that, that becomes huge. 

Speaker 0 (15m 21s): Well, what kind of, what kind of advice do you recommend for nutrition for people? Because you know, our food is medicine or our food is poison. W what do you encourage people? 

Speaker 1 (15m 34s): Well, here in the U S most of our food is poison, which blows my mind. But, you know, for, for most people, I just recommend eating a very clean diet. And I also recommend, you know, keeping those portions nice and tight portion control. I don't eat any gluten. I've been gluten-free since 2012. The biggest difference I noticed was a lot more cognitive function, which I'm obsessed with cognitive function. 

So that worked out well for me, some people are allergic to dairy. I think the most important thing is just not eating processed foods. If it comes from a package or a bag or a box or a can, unless it's like rice or something, or artichoke cards, try and stay away from that. I tried just to eat as clean as possible. And in my book, yoga, and I have 35 gluten-free recipes, as well as different eating plans, based upon your IRA, Vedic dosha in Ayurvedic medicine, there are three different body types, if you will. 

And they require different nutrition. 

Speaker 0 (16m 44s): Can you re, can you refresh the listeners? What, the three, 

Speaker 1 (16m 48s): Yeah, the three, the three doses and I are Veda or Kafa, which is a more like slow moving grounded tend to have larger bones and more weight distribution on their bodies. You know, you can think of someone who is just a little bit bigger boned and slower and heavier. And then there is Pitta, which is fire, and they usually have a temper and are type A's and fast moving. 

Speaker 0 (17m 24s): And I bet you I'm a bit, 

Speaker 1 (17m 27s): We're a pit, the yes. And then there's the BOTAs who tend to have a slimmer constitution. They're usually the ones who you might call an air head. You know, their heads are in the cloud. Sometimes they get ungrounded, scattered easily prone to anxiety. So, and there are different Ayurvedic hacks that you can do to kind of balance out your dosha too. So my book yoga lien is, is based on Ayurvedic medicine. And then from there we work forward. 

But again, it's, it's self-assessment tools knowing your type and then moving forward 

Speaker 0 (18m 5s): And you give ideas, you give guidelines on what to do different doshas 

Speaker 1 (18m 10s): Yeah. Eating programs, exercise programs, different IRA hacks to calm anxiety, to cool down. If your Pitta like watermelon shoes, cucumber juice, cooling foods, I'm part Pitta to pitch a Vata. And I eat spicy food, like crazy, which supposed to be very aggravating to my existing condition. 

Speaker 0 (18m 34s): I love spicy food. My husband's a chef, so I'm like babe, put on the spot. So one of the other questions I wanted to ask is how does fear manifest in the body and health? I know that's a big question, but, you know, if we could just, 

Speaker 1 (18m 54s): Yeah, I'll break it down. I mean, fear definitely manifests in the body. If you've had childhood trauma or adult trauma, you know, they say the issues are in the tissues. So I've worked with clients who, I remember one gentleman, he had had a heart attack and then open heart surgery. He was in a yoga chest expansion pose. And he had like spontaneous memory of the surgery and everything, and had a bit of a reaction to that. People who have had a lot of childhood sexual trauma tend to hold a lot of extra weight, typically around their hips and thighs, you know, people who have been in let's say car accident will usually have a lot of trauma held in the neck and the traps, you know, their, their ears may become attached to their shoulders. 

So w we definitely hold trauma in our bodies. We hold fear in our bodies. One of the best ways that we can do releasing of that is through pranayama breath, work and deep breathing exercises. And again, a lot of self-talk I think we all have in the past couple of years in particular, had the opportunity to deal with our own fear and how that shows up in our lives. I remember, you know, being locked up in my apartment in New York city for three months, like wiping down my door, handles with Clorox wipes, you know, in fear. 

And then somehow I made the decision probably coinciding with the time I got in the car to drive to Florida, to let that fear go. And like I said, start to go to events and be around a ton of people. And, you know, it was fine. It was fine. I ended up actually getting COVID in 2021, but I thought it was a bad case of PMs until I couldn't smell or taste anything. So I, I have made a very conscious decision in my own life, not to let fear rule me and not to let fear, make my decisions and to be, how do 

Speaker 0 (20m 53s): You do that? How do you do that? Decide I am not going to let fear. 

Speaker 1 (20m 59s): I think it's taking a hard look at your actions and your decisions. And if you believe in the philosophy that in the universe, there's only fear or love and you make the commitment to choose love, and that could be love for yourself. Love for another person, love for humanity, love for pets, whatever you love and trust, you know, trusting the universe. I, I think it's, it's a lot of self-talk I've, I've made a joke that, you know, and I used to see mental health professionals and saw a psychiatrist for a couple of years when I was living in New York. 

And I joked around to a friend yesterday that since the pandemic I've become my own mental health professional, and by and large, I think I've done a pretty good job. And those times that you really need to go deep by yourself and do the work if you're committed to it, that's when you can really see positive growth and getting into a state of love and trust and getting out of fear. I also do a lot of coaching around this for individuals and groups 

Speaker 0 (22m 3s): I I'm with ya. It's either fear or love that's the bottom line. If that's, I it's just so obvious the older I get, the more I see what's going on, it is fear or love. And there's so much fear out there. Of course, you know, the news has a lot to do with it. I, I love that you broke it down to that's the simple thing, and I love simple. I'm just a simple minded person. People can remember that and being your own brain coach. 

I love that too. That's so important because you're with you 24 7, and you, you can, you gotta learn to be your own cheerleader and say, no, that's, you're going to be okay, you're going to get through this. You've gotten through this, you can do this. 

Speaker 1 (22m 50s): And when the, when you start to get those positive voices to outweigh the negative ones, You're a really good space. But again, giving people these self-directed tools is so empowering for the individual. And, you know, I think in, in, in traditional medicine also in mental health, we have becomes, and I used to be, I used to be this person. So I'm speaking from experience. 

You know, if it wasn't a mental health professional, or a life coach or some spiritual tarot reader, what I was always looking for some answers under as many different rocks as I could pick up, which was interesting and entertaining. But I think the real growth comes when you have to do the work yourself. I remember I wrote this in my book, healing trauma with yoga. I was in, in the summer of 2019. And my go-to, if I'm in a dark place is usually like, I will go and exercise that usually at least helps get me out of it. 

I'll go to the gym, I'll go for a walk, whatever. I had just come off of teaching at two different conferences in Singapore and Shanghai back to back and partying a little bit while I was over there too. And I was just exhausted. And I had recently gone through a breakup and I was exchanging, you know, very heated text messages with my ex. And I really felt in a dark place. And there was a part of me that was like, wow, am I going to just like drop here on the streets of Tokyo? No, one's going to know who I am and I'm going to be in trouble. I went back to my hotel room and I just like lay there. 

And I got into this mess, abetted. This image came to me of that deep dark black hole that many of us feel, especially those of us, who've been prone to depression, that dark suck hole that we feel. I saw myself going into it and then taking this pink foamy kind of whipped cream, like substance and filling that entire dark hole up with this pink whipped cream kind of thing. And then putting some orange sealant on the top of that whole, like a wax kind of orange wax. 

And I put it in my book, healing trauma with yoga because it's like, I think I called it the pink bubble meditation or something. But again, I'm very fortunate that these meditations came to me at six to cure the migraines came to me in Tokyo when I felt like I was going to fall off the cliff, but to give people these tools so that they can implement themselves is so empowering for people. We disempower people when we go off to a third party, many times seeking advice and counsel, and I was recently like shocked to find out of going to the gynecologist for the, you know, annual exam. 

I knew more about certain things and hormones. Then the gynecologist knew. And I was like, you know, granted, I study and research a lot, but you know, I was like, this is a very sad state of affairs. 

Speaker 0 (25m 56s): It is, it is. And you've got to understand that we as medical doctors, aren't trained about bioidentical hormones and checking saliva and your cortisol levels. I mean, it's a totally different, it's a reeducation it's like going back to medical school. And for a lot of us who went through medical school were like, ah, I never want to go through that again. Cause it's all horror show. 

Speaker 1 (26m 21s): Yes. 

Speaker 0 (26m 22s): So congratulations for doing your research. And you know, actually our patients, the patients actually teach the doctors a lot because then they start seeking. So 

Speaker 1 (26m 31s): Yeah. And I bet that the doctors have to be open and you know, no doctors are trained in nutrition first and foremost. I mean, I mean, you know, my platform is that if we really cared about people's health, if we truly cared about people's health, no matter what they say, they would be teaching everyone on the planet from an early age, the benefits of simple, Newton's simple nutrition, not like with the cereal box, that's part of your good groups 

Speaker 0 (26m 58s): I I'm with you. And I believe that what the food industry is doing is they should go to jail. 

Speaker 1 (27m 8s): They should go to jail right there with the pharmaceutical companies. And I'll tell you, I, I had Dr. Pam peek who has written five best-selling books, including one called the hunger fix, which is about food addiction. I had her on my radio show, make America healthy a few weeks ago. And I was shocked to hear that, you know, pre COVID our obesity and stats in the U S were hovering around 46%. Well now they're well up over 50% in anyone in the U S who was obese pre COVID gained an average of 29.5 pounds during COVID pushing them over the obesity level. 

And also talking a lot about body composition. And you know, what percentage of body fat do you have is also a big indicator of health. And these are the things that, you know, not everybody has the opportunity to go step on one of those machines in their doctor's office that measures your fat to muscle radius ratio, the InBody. But I am hoping that these diagnostics are somehow like made with an app and something you step on so that you can again be in control of, Hey, my body fats, you know, climbing up over 28%, the ratios are, are heading in the wrong direction. 

I need to make a course correction. 

Speaker 0 (28m 27s): Absolutely. I'm with you a hundred percent. We don't have health care. We've got disease management and that's that's I I'm right there with you sister, 

Speaker 1 (28m 37s): Your attendance spirit. 

Speaker 0 (28m 39s): It's just sick. It's so sick. It's just so sick. Hey gosh, 60,000 thoughts a day. And if we do the 80 20, how many of those thoughts are good thoughts? You know, we got a lot of work. 

Speaker 1 (28m 56s): So for me, I have found that it's helpful to wake up every day and you know, first thing in the morning I have a dog. So we go out for a walk and I tell myself like today is going to be a good day today in a practice of gratitude, but it's really that morning self coaching. Because a lot of times we might have a dream of something from the past, or wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety about the future. So you get to be your own cheerleader and you get to be your own coach. And if you're not happy with the thoughts that are going on in your head on a regular basis, the good news is that you get to make that change. 

And I really believe Isabel, that there's a huge correlation between physical activity and movement and working out and, and positive self-talk because if you gave your body that hour a day as your way of saying thank you, because I've got to keep this vehicle with me till the end of my time here on the planet. If I've put in that Goodwill and that gratitude towards my body, otherwise known as a workout, it gives me at least something to feel good about that day. Even if I can find nothing else in the day to feel good about. 

Speaker 0 (30m 7s): Yes, yes. Yeah. That's all I can say is yes. Yes. Because as a mainstream medical doctor trained in that and now out doing functional medicine. Yeah. And it's just, I know that this will happen. I know that this will become normal, but it's going to take a lot of time and it's going to take you educating the public. You know, 

Speaker 1 (30m 31s): In fact, we're having on my show on May 11th, which happens to be my birthday. 

Speaker 0 (30m 36s): Happy, happy birthday now, but happy birthday on May 11th, 

Speaker 1 (30m 41s): We're having Dr. Nick para cone on I'm sure you're familiar with him. He's he's a great guy. So he's going to be on with a functional medicine doctor and we'd love to have you on the show sometime as well. 

Speaker 0 (30m 53s): That would be fun. 

Speaker 1 (30m 54s): Maybe we can have you on May 11th since it's anti-aging day only because it's my birthday. 

Speaker 0 (30m 59s): Aw. So beautiful. Yes. We'll all have your people talk to my people and they'll make it happen. 

Speaker 1 (31m 5s): Perfect. Perfect. 

Speaker 0 (31m 7s): Hey, I applaud you for doing the hard work cause I know the hard work, you know, 

Speaker 1 (31m 15s): But for me there's no alternative and, and we never, I don't think we ever get to a place in life. You know, I'm in my fifties now we don't get to a place where it's like, oh, got everything under control. My mental health under control got my physical. Like everything's, you know, so it's an ongoing process. It's really a marathon and it's not a sprint. Although sometimes we're sprinting and then we can take it easy a little bit, but it's definitely it's worth the effort. 

Isabel, you know, hosting this show make America healthy. My question though is, is how many people really want to make a change in their health? How, how are we going to incentivize them to do that? Like, let's say it's time to churn. You know, if you're obese, you didn't get obese overnight. It didn't happen. There had to have been one day when you were pulling up your size eight jeans that didn't fit anymore and be like, oh, I'm not going to curse, but I'm from New York. So normally I would, but like, oh crap, you know, it's time to turn this ship around. 

I mean, I do that. If, if I fluctuate three pounds in weight or if my body fat creeps up 2%, you know, 

Speaker 0 (32m 25s): Good. But what makes you want to do that? What? That was the question. What incentivizes you? 

Speaker 1 (32m 32s): What incentivizes me is I want to be the best version of myself all the time. I want to eat better. I want to learn more. I want to expand my mind, my consciousness. I want to get stronger as I get older. In fact, I'm planning when I'm 70, I'm going to do a bodybuilding competition. 

Speaker 0 (32m 48s): You go girl. 

Speaker 1 (32m 49s): Yeah. 

Speaker 0 (32m 50s): Yeah. 

Speaker 1 (32m 51s): Cause I feel like we can get stronger as we get older. And so many studies have shown even people in their sixties who start a fitness program, make remarkable gains. 

Speaker 0 (33m 2s): I have to raise my hand. I'm 62 years, young training for a hundred years, strong, toned, healthy and sexy and make them love with my husband until my last day on earth. And I just want to say, I'm the healthiest now and the best visceral fat body fat, you know, all, that's all those documents, all those numbers. But you know what? I had to make the decision because you know what people in their sixties are like, oh, I'm just going to get fat. That's just the way it is or no, this is the way. 

So it's a decision, right? 

Speaker 1 (33m 35s): Yes. 

Speaker 0 (33m 37s): So I love that. You're going to be 70 and a bodybuilder. I can't wait to see the pictures. 

Speaker 1 (33m 44s): Well, you might have to wait about 17 years, but I will send them 

Speaker 0 (33m 50s): And you look great. You look great. I love it. I love it. And that's that? Isn't that the bottom line, like have a vision and hold it. And that's where you're going. 

Speaker 1 (33m 59s): Yeah. I do a vision board and keep it in front of you and don't think small and surround yourself with people who champion you. 

Speaker 0 (34m 10s): Would those be the three action steps that you would say for people? Because I always ask my list, my, my speakers, what three action steps would you let our listeners know so that they can implement something right away to start winning? 

Speaker 1 (34m 24s): Well, in my book, yoga lien, I talk about health as a wheel, like a bicycle wheel. So there's so many different spokes. So my first action step would be for everyone to get out a piece of paper, create a wheel with different spokes that are aspects of your life, physical health, mental health, emotional health, financial health, relationship, health, social health, business health, you know, and then give themselves a score of a it to AF on where they're at now, write down their intentions on what they want to strengthen and then start to craft the craft and action plan around that. 

So to have like a multifaceted holistic approach to their own totality of there being this, and then number two, I would say, find a support system and support systems can come in so many different ways. I just got back from I'm. A member of EO entrepreneurs organization just got back from an EO event. It was great. I'm enrolled at Harvard for a executive education programs. 

So, you know, I've a support group in that respect. So you can go to 12 step meetings online they're free. And that can be your way of finding a support group. You have friends who like to work out with, you know, and, and, and you'll find if you have a bunch of different friends and acquaintances, you'll find some, one of your friends wants to go take a private poll dance lesson with you. You'll find someone. 

Speaker 0 (35m 59s): They say that's really good for ya. 

Speaker 1 (36m 2s): Well, I may or may not have been in a male strip club recently and saw the, the guys that are working in these poles. I saw a guy do splits up a pole. Wow. He was so ripped in his core. The first thing is a fitness professional. The first thing I thought I was, oh my God, what an amazing workout. I have to go do that today. So I yesterday actually was out with some friends and someone who came to one of our yoga fit retreats a few months ago, she was like, I'll go to take a private poll dance lesson with you. 

I'm like, great. And that's a fear thing for me. Cause I have a, I have a fear of falling on my head doing that. Right. So know 

Speaker 0 (36m 41s): To, you're not alone. 

Speaker 1 (36m 45s): I'll send you pictures. We'll see what 

Speaker 0 (36m 46s): Happened. Yeah, that'd be great. 

Speaker 1 (36m 49s): So I think, you know, finding people that I love to have friends that are up for anything, you know, whether it's a plant medicine ceremony or go into a conference, so rely on your support system to help you get where you want to go. And then last but not least. And I say this in yoga lean because we have seven steps to be in yoga and forgive yourself. Cause we're only human and we're going to slip up compassion and empathy and forgiveness. I I'm a triple type, a personality born and raised in New York city. 

Thank God for yoga and other mind, body tools. They've helped me calm down a bit, but I still have that fire in me that drive. And you know, some days I just need to cut myself a break for not getting everything on that to-do list done. Or, or maybe it's not happening then the rapid pace in which I would like it to happen. 

Speaker 0 (37m 39s): I hear you forgive yourself. 

Speaker 1 (37m 45s): Yeah. 

Speaker 0 (37m 45s): Oh my gosh. And just, you know, yeah. I love, I love that the wheel find your support system and forgive yourself. I love that. Where, where can people find you? 

Speaker 1 (37m 56s): People can find me on my website, that's shot.com. People can find me on Instagram. That's Shaw. Hell people can listen to my radio show that also lives as a podcast on iHeartRadio, Spotify, apple, Amazon, all the other podcast channels. I'm on voiceamerica.com and you can listen to any of my shows, present or past off of the voiceamerica.com platform. But also if you just type in, make America healthy, anywhere that podcasts live, you should be able to listen to the show as a podcast on apple iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spotify, all those different channels. 

They can find me on Instagram, Beth Shaw health. You can find me on LinkedIn, Beth Shaw find me on Facebook. I'm pretty easy to find. 

Speaker 0 (38m 46s): Cool. And we'll have it in the show notes. 

Speaker 1 (38m 48s): All right. Great. 

Speaker 0 (38m 49s): Thank you so much. 

Speaker 1 (38m 51s): It's been such a pleasure connecting with you. You're awesome. I wish this podcast was going on for another two hours just so we could chat. 

Speaker 0 (38m 57s): Yeah. And I, yeah, I'm totally that hot area verdict. 

Speaker 1 (39m 5s): Yeah. Go have some cucumber juice. 

Speaker 0 (39m 8s): <inaudible> Hey, thank you so much. Have a wonderful day. Thank you for your 

Speaker 1 (39m 11s): Time. 

Speaker 0 (39m 12s): Thank you, God bless. Hey, thank you everyone for joining us today at the MD and chef team. Thanks for Beth sharing her wisdom. Everything will be in the show notes. Please check out her stuff. It's invaluable though, that you can be the doctor of your yourself. You just need a little bit of coaching in that. What Beth is there for. Okay. Have a wonderful day and remain on unstoppable. Love you guys. Bye for now. 

Hi. 

Speaker 1 (39m 44s): Thank you. 

Speaker 0 (39m 45s): Thank you, honey. 

Speaker 3 (39m 49s): Hello, chef Michael here. If you enjoy today's episode, we would love it. If you subscribe to the podcast and left us a review.