Dr. Peeke had her “epiphaME”—her word for the sudden, mind-blowing, life-changing moment—a few years later. While in college at Berkeley and on a date, her pants split. That was it. Determined, she enrolled in a ballet class, and over the next year she danced and danced. And hiked at Lake Tahoe. And surfed. And went Nordic skiing. And dropped the 50, replacing her food addiction with “a hunger to live life to the fullest.”
“What made me turn into a healthy lifestyle coach to so many,” she says, “is that I have been down that road. I understand that route; I empathize with that route…and I can tell you that it’s pretty awesome on the other side.” In her own words, Dr. Peeke shares what she’s learned.
Biology isn’t destiny
Epigenetics—epi meaning “above” or “outside”—is new science, and we’re only beginning to understand how it works and what it means for human health. But it’s a game changer. It means that you may not be able to alter your genes, but you play a powerful role in how your genes communicate and collaborate with the rest of your mind and body. If you can change certain key choices—your diet, how you handle stress, your physical activity—it’s like writing notes in the margin of your genome, and you can flip the switch to support and protect your health. People love the fresh start: “No matter what the past, I can define my destiny right now.” And the fact that you can change gene expression—literally alter the script of your life—is so empowering. And I don’t have to hear that “it’s too late” thing. Because it’s not!
Assume the vertical!
Just get off your behind! Find things that are fun to do. Forget the word exercise—dance around like a crazy person, throw a Frisbee to your dog, knock yourself out! People have to get over that idea that if they’re not lifting 19,000 pounds or living in a gym, they’re not going to get anywhere. That’s ridiculous. All activities of daily living count. There’s no question that when a woman has been taking better care of herself, she holds her head higher, has a greater sense of what she’s all about. Physical activity is the best “healthy fix” because it helps rebuild the brain from addiction and stimulates the release of the brain chemicals serotonin, which calms you down, and dopamine, which gives you reward and pleasure.
The great outdoors is healing
I love to be in nature. I’m most comfortable in my hiking gear. Here’s what it is: no makeup, no mirrors, just you. You are who you are. Nature humbles you in a wonderful way; you realize you’re an integral piece of the whole mess out there. At the same time, it calms you; eco-psychology research shows that people are calmer and more peaceful outdoors. When was the last time you walked through a park and said, “That was the worst experience of my life”? The other thing is that nature is nonjudgmental. There’s not a single tree that’s gonna roll up to you and say, “Hey, you’re fat!” And to be clear, I’m asking no one to climb mountains; I’m saying just friggin’ take a walk!
Perfection = paralysis
People with addictive personalities see things in black-and-white: “If I screwed up for 1 minute, then I screwed up. Period.” I say cut yourself some slack. Use the 80–20 rule—works like a charm. Can you hit it, on average, 80% of the time? You’re good.
Must Read Books by Dr.Peeke
Fight Fat After Forty: The Revolutionary Three-Pronged Approach That Will Break Your Stress-Fat Cycle and Make You Healthy, Fit, and Trim for Life
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The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction
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