And what I really do…
1. No, I don’t analyze every little thing you eat. I don’t even analyze every little thing I eat. I’ve repeatedly talked about my love of pizza and all things carb-y so stop hiding your lunch from me. I’m not judging your take out Burrito, I’m just jealous.
2. No, I don’t take 30 different supplements. I take a few; a few more if I’m sick or getting sick. Snake Oil isn’t a thing and you can’t lose weight by simply eating supplements. You’ll have to workout too.
3. No, I don’t think that pharmaceuticals are the devil and yes, I’ve taken antibiotics when I needed to. I think that every form medicine created has a place. If it wasn’t for modern medicine we wouldn’t have some of the life saving interventions we have today.
4. No, I don’t sell oils. I’m happy if you do! I definitely agree that essential oils are amazing and they have lots of medicinal properties but I’m here to dig a little bit deeper. I want to help you get healthier, prevent illness and learn how to care for yourself using diet and nutrient therapies, lifestyle modification, movement, botanical medicine and even pharmaceuticals, when needed. I’m trained to understand the physiology and pathology of disease states so I can safely identify areas that can be helped with low force interventions.
5. And lastly, No, I’m not going to tell you to stop using toothpaste with fluoride, to quit eating gluten or to throw away your favorite lipstick. I will help you learn about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to diet and personal care products. I’ll trust you to make a decision that is right for you and I’ll support you along the way. That’s what a good friend and a good doctor does.
This week’s topic: What are conversations with non-fitness (or health) enthusiasts like for you? My take on this topic was to share what it’s like to talk to someone who doesn’t know what a Naturopathic Doctor does.
On the West coast, it seemed like everyone knew what I was doing and understood what I was studying. Florida is quite the opposite. As you can see from my breakdown above, I’ve had some pretty funny conversations with friends, family, coworkers and strangers who were trying to understand exactly what it is that I do.
We often question what we don’t understand so I look at these conversations as a jumping off point to teaching someone a little bit more about the why:
Why I think certain dietary choices work for me.
Why I workout (and it’s not to be skinny).
Why I chose to be an ND vs MD vs DO etc.
This can be true of anything we do that others don’t really “get.” Fitness and nutrition are easy targets but it seems like parenting, religion and politics just as easily fit into the same category. When you strike up a conversation with someone who doesn’t live life the way you do it’s an opportunity to learn a little bit more about where they come from and for you to share a little bit more about where you come from.
And then you meet in the middle and become best friends forever <3
Now it’s your turn: Have you ever had a funny conversation with someone who didn’t quite understand your day job? What’s your approach?
p.s. If you didn’t know what an ND does, I hope this helped you learn something new about me.