Speaker 1: Welcome back to Coast Live. Holistic Medicine is a personal approach to healthcare that looks at the whole body. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach joins us now to help us better understand holistic healthcare. Hey, Dr. Steele. Good to see you.
Speaker 2: Good to see you too.
Speaker 1: So there are a lot of myths surrounding holistic healthcare. Break it down.
Speaker 2: Yeah, so there are many fears and misconceptions. Some people think it’s superstitious, so there are many unfounded, unknown, and natural in allopathic Medicine. They talk a lot about scientific evidence, so what we can prove or disprove.
And then they discredit many ballistic practices because they say you can’t prove or disprove it. But we see between As and the World Health Association Organization. Excuse me. We’re seeing a trend in more research that’s being conducted in holistic healthcare practices. So I really wanted to come on and just educate people precisely what it is, especially in the wake of covid where people are feeling really powerless and unable to, they don’t really know what to do.
Speaker 1: I’m glad you’re doing that because there’s that whole body approach, which brings in mental and spiritual stuff. So how do you work all of this into your healthcare?
Speaker 2: Yeah, this is the perfect time for holistic healthcare. It’s very divinely driven, I believe. So people often come into my practice with a physical ailment.
So they have a sign or a symptom or a diagnosis, what have you, from their allopathic doctor, and they may agree or disagree with whatever treatment methodologies their allopath has provided. So we look at it from a physical perspective. So we would employ functional Medicine. So laboratory assessment, we would look at biochemistry, the physical body, and diagnostics.
And then we look, we break that down in terms of what environmental factors, meaning lifestyle factors, relationship factors, home environment, things like that. The mental as. The conscious mind, subconscious mind, all of the cognitive behaviors and self-sabotaging beliefs, the emotional components, things that are unresolved, things that we’ve stored past traumas, something we haven’t emotionally dealt with.
And then that really connects us more with our spiritual self, our more intuitive self, and then naturally connects us more into a. Breaking the cycles of lifestyle habits passed down from generation to generation. And then I like to see, after all of that, it’s self-enlightenment, or it’s like I am creating the world that I wanna be in and the world that I wanna see. So it’s fascinating, and it’s definitely an exciting time for holistic healthcare.
Speaker 1: So much goes into this, and I’m sure you wanna feel that connection with your provider. So how do you go about choosing the right one?
Speaker 2: Yeah, I do. I do think there’s an element of that intuition. Does this person vibe with me? In my practice, it’s funny because I’m a pretty no-nonsense Kenna gal, and I see people for who they really are, right? And I love them unconditionally. So that brings up a lot emotionally for other people because they’re like, oh my gosh, and Funny what, how the mind and ego works.
So then it nitpicks. I had to wait five more minutes, or this didn’t happen, or that happened. And it’s all just fear, so it takes a lot of courage. So I’ll have people come to my office, like, I’ve been following you for two years, five years, and I finally got the courage to go in. And Not everything is what it seems true. For example, I’m an ample light and energy, so I tend to attract people looking for healing.
Speaker 1: I love your energy. I can feel it, and we’re just about out of time. But quickly, before we go, is it expensive? And I know it’s not covered by most insurance, right?
Speaker 2: Yeah, we opt not to cover it by insurance. So there’s, insurance is such a big topic, but we really wanna work for you as the provider. So I choose to be a concierge provider. I provide DIY, and as we saw on the screen, I have some virtual intensive programs about to come out in group intensive to make it more affordable as we get more naturopathy or natural.
Students in practice will be able to lower the cost. But overall, compared to other markets, we’re very affordable in approaching it. And it’s really, if you had to put a psychologist, if you had to put a functional doctor, if you had to put a naturopath, if you had to put all these different providers in your healthcare team, you know each one of them with their fees, you’ll find that it’s a lot more affordable. And we have payment plan options and all of that kind of stuff.
Speaker 1: Fantastic. Dr. Steele, thank you, thank you. All right. Thanks for having me.
Stacey Chillemi: Hi, this is the advisor with Stacy Chile, founder of the Complete Herbal Guy. Today I’m really excited because we have a special guest. We have Dr. Erica Steele. And from the early age, Dr. Steele was fascinated by the body ability to heal itself, a product of two marines. She was raised in a vegetarian and a practice in Native American.
As a result, she was an electric upbringing that leads her to her wisdom as a Holistic Foundation for Wellness , she combines her knowledge gained from six degrees in natural healthcare and practical tips and wisdom from her life, expanding her consciousness, and he self healing. So today I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Steele. Dr. Steele, why don’t you tell everybody a little about yourself and what you.
Dr. Erica Steele: Yeah, so a little bit about my background yeah,Holistic Foundation for Wellness so I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I have six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space. So one of the stands that I took early on from a little girl, I knew I was gonna be a doctor.
And I researched the types of doctors and their origin stories and all of that, and I really decided I actually feel like it decided for me, but Right. But I, calling, right? Yeah. I really took a stand to become a drugless doctor, and that was something that was really important to me way before it was even trend or popular.
It was really a matter of teaching people what they needed to know in order to heal themselves, because I have a really good. Ability to take very complex topics and concepts and break them down into practical steps for people to follow. And so I do that every day in my practice. I’m in family general, family practice, so I treat a wide array of people.
I treat young families looking to raise their children Holistic Foundation for Wellness . I teach older families who suffer from chronic disease, unfortunately and teach them how to heal themselves and work with a myriad of chronic diseases and those suffering with mental health disorders from a natural perspective, of course performance and optimal functioning.
So those high level professionals that, want that competitive edge as well as metabolic cases and people that wanna lose weight. So that’s my standard patient demographic. And I, work with lots and lots of people all over the world, so I’m really grateful for that.
Stacey Chillemi: That’s awesome. I feel like today a lot of doctors tend to, just give a patient a pill too easily. And I see, first a person comes in with ailments and a doctor would immediately, prescribe a prescription to try to make them feel better. And then a lot of times what happens is that prescription gives them side effects or gives them other symptoms and they think more things are wrong with them or they’re not just feeling better.
So either the doctor either gives them another medication to treat those symptoms or puts them on a different medication. But the root cause, the problem itself never gets solved. And I feel so many times that a lot of things we need to find the root cause of, there’s always a root cause of why someone’s not feeling the way they should, and how do you feel about that? Do you feel like there is always like a root cause for a lot of different issues?
Dr. Erica Steele: There is for sure. Unfortunately, I think our healthcare system in general is highly reactive. I think. Patients aren’t unaware of their health and how their health is. And so then they wait until they have, really big symptoms, big feeling symptoms. And then they go into the doctor. And the doctor’s very reactive as well. Not teaching the patient personal responsibility, but rather going, Oh, here I’m gonna give you a bandaid to fix the symptom. And then just as you mentioned, then than one symptom leads to another, which leads to another and you’re never really getting to the root cause.
And the root cause, in my opinion, is really patient accountability. It you can expect any doctor to fix your. Unhealthy habits such as your unhealthy heat eating, your lack of drinking water, your stress management, your lack of emotional intelligence, and so it creates this really unrealistic expectation for both the patient and the provider.
It’s like the patient doesn’t wanna be responsible, they go to the doctor, they give their power away to the doctor. Yeah. The doctor doesn’t have time to really go deep into the case because they’re undermanaged care, which is under insurance. . So they only have seven minutes and it’s Here, take this and I’ll see you in two weeks.
Hopefully that works. And so it’s the whole system in general. Really is very flawed for people that are really looking to transform their health, which is why I see many doctors across the country making that change. And I’m grateful to see it. Yes, because we, it’s so needed for sure. I’m
Stacey Chillemi: definitely seeing it now, but I, we do, I, I see that so many times I would see people and I would speak with them and they would get so angry because they would go to the doctor give them medication, Holistic Foundation for Wellness and they’re not, They think that medication is a magical pill, whatever ailments they have.
And they get mad because Okay, my problems still here. You’re not healing me. But a lot of people don’t realize that our bodies give us signals. Just like you mentioned, when we have an ailment or a symptom, our body’s trying to tell us something is wrong, that there is a part of us that’s not functioning right and there is a reason for it.
And a lot of times, like you mentioned, people. Holistic Foundation for Wellness The minor symptoms until it becomes chronic, and then sometimes it can be too late. Don’t you agree?
Dr. Erica Steele: Oh, a hundred percent. I’ve had so many cases where, really minor things and they ignore this, and they ignore that year after year. And then they wake up one day and now they have a chronic disease, a debilitating disease that either needs surgery or procedures or even, some of chemotherapy and things like radiation, things like that.
And it’s unfortunate, however, again, back to the system, Holistic Foundation for Wellness so in the beginning right, of like when you’re young , a lot of times people associate doctors with shots, right? Yes. And so they don’t develop a healthy relationship with their providers because it’s just, Oh, I’m either gonna go for pain or I’m gonna go for bad news, so I’m gonna stay away because I don’t want either.
And Then they stay away from the doctor and then Holistic Foundation for Wellness now in this age, they Google everything thinking that they can get their information through Google or Facebook or TikTok or wherever. Yeah. Not having the appropriate education or information to disseminate. Not to mention we can’t treat ourselves like it’s just not even as a doctor.
I have other providers that I go, Hey, can you look at this for me? Yes. Because I can’t be objective. And so the whole system, again, it’s flawed in the sense of building that relationship. Holistic Foundation for Wellness Yes. I really wanted to bring back that old school family doctor. That was my. My vision be I wanted to build a relationship with my patients where they enjoyed going to the doctor.
It wasn’t always bad news. It was a great experience. Like in our practice with our kids, we have this huge train set that like they absolutely love, and it starts to build that healthy, positive relationship. So they make those associations early on so that they’re not being neglectful. And then I’m teaching them at, from an early age, but also too, my adults.
I think my kids are easier to teach honestly. But, I teach them gradually what it means to be healthy. Drinking water. Eating protein, moving your body. We go through these different things and they’re very basic, information, but I think people ignore it and miss it.
And there’s also this phenomenon too, which I’ll throw out there, where we’ve all been programmed and trained to give to everyone else. . And then it’s selfish to give to ourselves. Yes. And if we give to ourselves first, then we’re a bad person. So we’re gonna de, we’re gonna have no boundaries,Holistic Foundation for Wellness we’re gonna deplete ourselves.
And then whatever scraps are left over, then we’re gonna give to ourselves. Holistic Foundation for Wellness And unfortunately, there’s just not enough energy to go around. So it, again, it plays into that lack of responsibility. I’m gonna get myself worth from helping all these people, but I’m gonna neglect.
Stacey Chillemi: You’ve made a whole bunch of really good points. Holistic Foundation for Wellness One, I see that all the time, especially with moms. They feel that they have to put a hundred percent of their energy into their children and family, Holistic Foundation for Wellness but what happens is they get burnt out and then they can’t take care of themselves. And then I would say to them, I have to remind them, you cannot take care of your family and your children.
If you are not a hundred percent yourself, Holistic Foundation for Wellness and that’s what happens to so many people. And I like the fact that, you try to train children the, and teach them the right way to eat and a healthy way of living at such a young age. Because I, in a sense it’s like bringing home a puppy.
You train them from the beginning and if you train them the right way, they keep it, it’s embedded in their head. It’s just a way of life. It’s, and that is the best time to to, teach it is when they’re a child. Cause you’re not stuck in your ways. You are open to anything you’re learning, And sometimes when you get older, you’re stuck in your ways.
And another good point you made was that, People rely too much on the internet. People don’t realize that 60% of a lot of the information on the internet is fake news or they’re written by people that don’t have the educational background to sustain the proper information to help people with, whatever they’re looking for.
I always, when I read things, I make sure they’re scientifically and medically correct. And a lot of people don’t do that. And I would hear people say I saw this article on the internet, and they go to do it right away. And, that could really hurt somebody, and a lot of times it’s because people are trying to sell a product so they, they put this information together and they make it sound wonderful, and then people think, Oh, this is it.
I’ll use this and I’ll feel better. And meanwhile they end up either not feeling good at all, staying the same, or becoming worse. And, I think people have to realize also, like you mentioned, It’s okay to get a go to another doctor. If you go to a regular primary or person who specialized in a specific area, they can only help you within that area that they’re educated in.
So a good doctor is going to, send you out to a specialist that’s, that is, that will help you in that area. And a lot of times people are just, Oh, my primary said this, so it has to be this. If you’re not getting. Maybe you should go to another doctor or go to a holistic doctor and figure out what you’re doing wrong.
Because I, when I started, when I went into holistic living, my body just changed. Within three months, I started seeing a humongous change in the way I was feeling from my energy level to the way I was, my, my fogginess, everything. Everything was changed. I felt like I was 20 years younger.
People don’t realize that, a lot has to do with the way we eat as well. I went on vacation just recently. I was stunned because I would say at least 85% of the people were overweight, from the United States. And it bothered me because in the United States, especially now, they glorify and saying it’s beautiful to be overweight.
Yeah. But people don’t realize the side effects of what overweight, and obesity could do to you. And I’m a big believer in food for medicine and I believe that, what we put in our body plays a big reaction on how we feel. And it could also cause chronic illness as well. How do you feel Holistic Foundation for Wellness about that?
Dr. Erica Steele: Yeah. I think that there’s, so you said a lot. Of course. I think we have really robust conversations, which I’m enjoying it. Yeah. So I also like to teach the parents as well, how to actually do what I do. So that’s really important as well, because it’s not just about me it’s about us all integrating, like we’ve lost a lot of our, indigenous background.
We’ve lost a lot of that. We’ve lost a lot of where our roots were and how we heal, how our grandmothers and grandfathers keep people. So there’s a lot of that missing from our society. And then it is, yeah, I do think there’s a lot of mental and emotional trauma, which carries weight, which people hold onto weight.
Yeah. And I think that people are trying to reconcile that right now in our culture. . I don’t think necessarily weight in and of itself creates disease. It’s the metabolism and how the metabolism is, because there are some people who. They’re just heavier people. Now, I’m not saying that they can’t get themselves down to a mean, but I see people who are super thin, that have really bad labs and people that are, Yes.
What we overweight, that their labs look great. Yeah. And when we look at nature, there are different animals of different shapes and size. So we look to nature to be able to help us to understand things. But I do think that when you’re carrying weight, asking yourself, Do you feel comfortable in your body?
Does this feel good to me? Like for me, I don’t, I feel very good as an athletic body. Like I feel, I like to feel strong in my body. I like to feel limb. I like to push myself physically. That feels good to me. And so if I start to feel loose, because I’m not working out or whatever, that’s not gonna feel good to me.
And so I think we want to connect more with how we feel and not be resigned to saying my mom was big, so I must be big or. Or, I can’t seem to figure out how to lose weight. So I guess I’m just gonna accept myself for how I look and feel. Because there may be some other underlying issues, which goes back to your point about the internet.
They’re. The internet as well as books and seminars and YouTube videos and all the things Yeah. Are spoken from general perspectives. Exactly. They’re spoken from general educational purposes. It’s not specific in my practice, we take over 350 data points on each individual patient. Yeah.
And the reason that we do that is so we can provide individualized care so that we begin to understand on an individual level what’s happening with that patient. Because every patient is so different. They have different genetics. Yes. They have different biochemistry, different eating habits, lifestyle patterns, mental health.
Emotional health, ancestral patterns. We have so much richness and diversity and so it’s really important for us to look at the person as a whole person, as an individual. Not just treating them. Oh, you have the markers that say you’re diabetic, so I’m gonna give you XYZ diabetes. Now, I’m not saying it’s not important to manage glucose numbers, but I’m saying that the medical diagnosis and managed model that is done in apathy, I think is wildly flawed.
I think it’s good for an acute. Perspective, like again, like if your glucose number is super high, like I had to tell a patient yesterday, I’m like you’re, you may need insulin at this point. Yeah. Just cause of where your glucose numbers are. And so there is a purpose for that.
It’s just not the full picture. And I, that’s also why I became a holistic doctor because I wasn’t satisfied with the simplistic nature of medicine. wasn’t satisfied with, Oh, you listen to the patient and give a medication That, that just. Seems too simple to me. Yes. And then also too, even in my field I we’re trained to run a lab and treat the lab.
We’re not really trained to treat the patient, We’re trained to, instead of a lot of people practice alternative medicine, which is where you’re pretty much just giving, Instead of giving a pharmaceutical, you’re giving a supplement or an herb. Yeah. And that’s flawed too, because it’s not really.
Teaching the patient. Like it makes the patient dependent upon a supplement. Exactly. Or makes the patient dependent upon the doctor’s knowledge. And that’s that whole paradigm that I want us to get out of. Is that disempowered context that you don’t know, like you, who else would know, You know your body better than anyone on this planet.
Exactly. Me as a doctor, I’m just trying to pull that information out of you and help you to be more aware. So it’s really about patients being fully aware of their health and what things are in balance and not in balance and why those things are, which is why I ask my patients a lot of questions.
Yeah. And trying to teach ’em, a scientific way of thinking. And that way you’re trying to be curious about how their bodies.
I think that’s great because I think a lot of times we tend to avoid, like we were talking earlier, the signs and the symptoms and I, I, a lot of times I think, with leaky gut syndrome I feel like a lot of times a lot of people have more bad bacteria than good back bacteria.
And that if they change their way of living, that they changed the way they were eating and, incorporated more water and different ways, different, even just minor exercise, minor movement. You don’t have to be an athlete to exercise. Some people may have conditions and they, can’t really exercise, but if you could put 15 minutes into stretching or anything, you will see a difference.
You will feel better just to get the circulation and the blood moving. You’ll see a difference and just minor changes in your life. And sometimes I see, I think you. A lot of it is because we have so much in the United States, our food is so processed. Everybody’s go. And people are buying these quick fixed meals and it says, protein healthy, this and that.
And they’re not looking at the ingredients. And meanwhile they’re poisoning their bodies. We’re causing more bacteria. We’re causing, we’re causing a lot of problems. And I think, leaky gut syndrome is one of the problems. How do you feel about leaky gut syndrome and bad bacteria, so forth.
Yeah. I, I don’t have a feeling about it, but I have a thought about it. Okay. And the thought is that it does exist. Because our bodies are being bombarded with so many things, majority of the immune system, neurological system, as well as the hormonal system is housed in our digestive tract.
And then we’re exposed to food or food-like substances, as I like to say. Yeah. That are GMOs, that are herbicides, that are pesticide rate ridden, and that our bodies were not used to being able to process. They can’t identify it, number one. Yeah. So the food is seen as a pathogen, number one.
Yeah. Then we’re exposed to different bacterias, from importing foods, from different countries with different growing patternings. Yeah. Then we’re exposed to different viruses. We. A few running around. I don’t know if you’ve heard about that, but , so we also have parasite and parasitic infections, and mold, like even in Virginia because it’s so moist and so humid and the buildings are so old, we have so much mold in this area.
Oh, dangerous. Yeah. That people are unaware of. And then that also leads into chemicals and heavy metals, which people are unaware that, it’s in everything. It’s in our food, it’s in our water it’s in our air. We’re getting it from all, our products, our all the things or our clothes.
Yeah. So people don’t even realize how much toxicity Yeah. Is’ your environment. It is. And so then our immune system and our digestive system is having to battle all of that. And then with the nutrient depletions in the food, what’s happening is our digestive systems are becoming imbalanced.
And Our livers become overloaded, so then yeast starts to brew. So then that dysbiosis and imbalance and bacteria were very, be complex, depleted. A lot of us. Yeah. Some of us have under methylation issues with the genetics and so we’re not able to process properly. Not to mention a lot of us are antioxidant deficient.
Yeah. We’re getting bombarded with all these heavy metals and chemicals. It’s eating up all the antioxidants. We don’t even know, cuz we’re not monitoring those things. So eventually that gut lining beg that integrity of that lining begins to separate and toxicity begins to leak through, which normally would’ve been encapsulated and moved out of the system, either through the kidneys or through the digestive system.
But now it’s swimming around the bloodstream. So now people have skin conditions or they’ll have sinus, chronic sinusitis. Yes. Or they’ll have reproductive issues because a lot of the toxins are endotoxins, meaning that they attack the endocrine organs. So like chlorine, which is found in a lot of people’s water.
Yes. As an example that, that’s one of the endotoxins and there’s so many more I could go on. Oh wow. Yeah. There we’re just being bombarded with it. And so then our bodies develop toxicity. So there’s two things. We don’t have enough nutrition, right? Either from our food or the digestive process is included.
So we’re going nutrient depleted. We don’t have enough energy to be able to detoxify our systems optimally. So then our body is holding onto toxicity. Then organ function begins to go down because now there’s too much of the bad things and not enough of the good things, and now that’s when disease process occurs.
Yeah. But that doesn’t, that’s not an instantaneous thing that takes a lot of time. Not to mention the fact that many women don’t prepare to get pregnant. It’s more of an oops kind of situation. The immune system develops between the first 2000 days of life. That’s inception to two years old, so also two rapid C-sections where they’re not getting all of that bacteria going through the birthing canal.
Babies, they’re formula fed. And not that, that inhibits too, cuz a lot of the formulas, a lot of toxicity and they’re not getting breast milk. Not to mention mom’s diet can be all over the place. . And she’s the baby’s feeding off of moms. Yes. And so then, and then of course there’s other medical treatments that are offered.
There’s colic and then the ear infections, and then there’s lots of antibiotics that are given again and again. So a lot of people’s immune systems don’t even get a good start to begin with a hundred. And then they’re being bombarded with all of these environmental things. It’s like an absolute modern day miracle that we are all still walking around.
I agree with you. It’s being dramatic, but I’m not, No. I’m like, the body is so resilient. Yes. To be able to take all of these abuses. Yes. And. Continue to thrive and continue to bounce back. And, it is my belief, but it’s by truly the grace of God that we are all still here. Yeah.
And so I think this is such a great evolution where people are really waking up. I think the information age has been a catalyst for that. Yeah. Because you can see it, you can see what’s happening in real time, which is
Stacey Chillemi: really. I agree. I agree 100%. Like people don’t realize how to, it is from the moment you wake up and the air we breathe, and depending on the environment you live in, as soon as you walk out that door, there are so many different toxins and there are so many toxins in your house that you don’t even realize.
And the products we use, when I went to Europe, half the products that we use in America were banned. In Europe. They were, they would not sell them in Europe. And you. People don’t realize one. Okay, so you talked about water. So if people like, sometimes, they do it in all the towns, they’ll send a letter.
If your water is bad in your town, please don’t drink the water. Drink bottled water. One bottled water, the plastic isn’t good if the sun hits it, the toxins go into the water. And then two, you’re using that water when you take a shower. So your pores open up and they’re still going into your body.
So one, you may not be drinking it, you may not be boiling your pasta with it, but it’s still going in you because you’re taking a shower. You’re getting that toxins, and then what type of soap are you using? Perfume, soap. Are you using soaps with chemicals in them? People don’t think about these things, All these creams that are selling anti aging and this and that, but what’s in these creams are how pure and how organic are they?
Are they natural? Do they have perfumes and ingredients? I always say, look at the ingredients. If you can’t say the word, it must not be good for you. And it’s and like we said, the food you eat, there’s so many contra, little things to con, that contribute to our health.
And people have to really examine the life they’re living and the products they’re using, the food they’re eating, and we do, we live in a toxic world, when, sadly what, when Covid came, our environment got better because everybody was in the house. Nobody was using, nobody. They, the shipping wasn’t going on.
They said the ozone layer closed, And it was like all these things, because, we weren’t producing all these toxic, products and, we weren’t doing all these different things. So it, it shows you that we are our worst enemies, aren’t we?
Dr. Erica Steele: Yeah, we really are. And then I think the other piece too, that we don’t think about is, our mental and our emotional state, right?
Yes. In all of this. Because when you start to open up your awareness and you go, Oh my gosh, like all these things, it does elicit, it can elicit fear, right? Oh, definitely. And then it’s, and then disempowerment and powerlessness and all of those things. And again, that’s where the faith comes in.
It’s you know what do the, you do your best and forget the rest.
Stacey Chillemi: Exactly. I like that. And that rhymes, .
Dr. Erica Steele: I know, I always tell people, I always say to people, I go, start with one area. Don’t like, throw everything out. As you use up products, just build more awareness and go, Oh, what’s a healthier alternative?
Wg.org environmental working group, they’ve done a lot of research. They’re a third party independent. Yeah. And they grade products, which is amazing. And they, they’ve been doing this for years, which has been really cool. And You know now, because not even like you point out before, it’s not even the natural products are the most amazing anymore.
Yeah. And so you really have to be very conscious and aware, and which means that you wanna have that mental and that emotional piece together. Because if you’re reacting, if your emotions are over here and then you’re freaking out yourself and your mind’s over here Yeah. You’re not gonna be able to create action.
Yes. So it’s really about getting still with yourself. That was the one cool thing about Covid is that. People stopped in their tracks and they had to sit still with themselves. Yeah. For the first time. And a lot of people were like, Oh my gosh, I don’t have any emotional skills. I don’t even know what to do.
I don’t even like this person. I live with . I don’t, like people were forced to stop and reflect and really take personal inventory. We’re about to go into the new year. Of course. That’s an amazing time to do a personal inventory of Oh, 100%. Yeah. All areas of your life, from your mindset to your physical health, to your emotional health, to your products in your house, to, your spiritual health and wellbeing, all of it.
It’s your relationships. It’s okay, what things are working in this area of my life? What things are not working right, and what am I gonna do and how am I gonna implement this for the future? Exactly. So I, there’s a lot of practical things and I think. People we’re still in that, that like quick fix culture, like you talked about before.
Yeah. Where it’s okay, so I learned all these things. I listened to this podcast, I learned these things. Now I need to go and do everything tomorrow. And you’re gonna learn yourself out, you’re gonna stress yourself out. You’re gonna be so overwhelmed. And it’s really, it’s not good for your mental and emotional health.
No, I, Which is also why I’m a holistic doctor because I like to look at everything. Yeah. Not just one little piece of the puzzle.
Stacey Chillemi: But that’s what I love about holistic doctors is that when you go to a holistic doctor, they check for. Everything. They check for things that don’t even exist but could exist.
They just, and and they warn you ahead of time if they see something that’s a little off, but it’s not there. But it could be if you don’t take care of yourself and do X, Y, and Z. And that’s what I love the best about it. And you talked about stress. People don’t realize, but over 70% of illness is caused by stress.
Yeah. So think about that. Think how powerful that is. Think how powerful stress is if you don’t learn how to handle stress.
Dr. Erica Steele: Exactly. Yes. And the East really talks about stress quite a bit with the Meridian system. They talk about their emotions, they talk about how. If you don’t process your emotions properly, it creates disease.
Yes. The West is just beginning opening up to that. Yes. Because we’ve really been in survival mode of shut it down and keep working, keep moving, keep going forward. And again, it’s if you don’t mind your mental health and your emotional health, it is gonna catch up because your thoughts create your emotions and then your emotions create your actions.
Yes. So you, if you are either in an inactivity with your health or you feel stuck or resistant or you know you don’t know what to do, it’s probably because there’s an emotional piece that hasn’t been Yes. Uhhuh and a mental piece that hasn’t been. And so we wanna start to connect with our emotions and just begin to become more self-aware, to understand, Okay, how do I feel and accept it even the not so great emotions.
Yeah. Even like anger and sadness and grief and all the different emotions. It’s important for us to own them. They are part of our creation. It’s what we’re creating within ourselves, and there’s root causes behind that. . And there’s different ways to become aware of them and transform them. And reframe them.
Yeah. Into healthier ones. But we also wanna be mindful of, especially in the spiritual communities, there’s a lot of toxic positivity going around where it’s like, Oh, you’re just supposed to be happy all the time. No, not really. No. Like true healing true shadow integration is looking at the positive, but also looking at the negative too.
Yeah. And then integrating all of that in so that you have more inspired action. So that really at the end of the day, You can fulfill upon whatever mission that you have on this planet because we haven’t noticed this planet needs just a little bit of work. , we got a couple things happening that we may wanna be a little bit aware of, and so if we all learn to self actualize, which means looking at our mental and our emotional, spiritual as well as our physical health and wellbeing to be able to perform right, Then we’re able to turn this little.
Crazy ship around that we’re all floating around on. So yeah, it’s important.
Stacey Chillemi: I think everything is like interconnected, mind, body, and soul is definitely connected. I always suggest, I’m a big fan of meditation because if you could take just 15 minutes in the morning and maybe 15 minutes at night and you could just meditate and close your eyes and work on your breathing and cleanse your mind and really, take in, and really analyze your inner self, it could do a lot of beneficial things to your mind and the way you think, and you can actually, conclude things about yourself that you never even realize before.
Dr. Erica Steele: A hundred percent. Yeah. It, yeah, it, and a lot of times people think meditation is clearing the mind. they get into that trap and they’re like, I’m not doing it. So meditation is simply just building presence, right? Yes. So some days I feel like Guruji levitating off the map.
Other days I’m like, I can’t get my grocery list outta my head. Yeah. Neither day is valid or not valid. It just is. It’s really about you connecting with yourself. It’s checking in with yourself. How do I feel for that day? What are my emotions? What does my mind look like? What does my physical body feel like?
Do I have any aches and pains? How am I’m gonna stop for just a few minutes a day and I’m gonna connect with myself and go, Okay, how is this operating system called Erica doing? How am I, do I need some updates? Do I need, to throw some things away? Do I need to, what do I need to do in order to.
Care for myself and nurture myself and love myself. And then as we start to ask us those questions, then it’s amazing the people, places, situations and circumstances and events that we need to come into alignment. They just fall into our laps when we really start to tune into ourself. And in our higher self,
And I, I think people start to, if you could tune into your higher self and start to understand you as a person you can come to, you can learn so much about yourself and really strengthen your inner self and the way you know, your self-esteem, the way you feel about yourself, everything. Courage was wisdom, strength, and hope.
All that stuff ties And now I wanna go back just a few steps for parents. What would you suggest to them is a good way for them to start with their children? Putting them on a healthy, living and a healthy eating habit, What would you suggest to those new parents that try, cause sometimes I see children between the, the young, they’re probably, in grade school and they’re already overweight and I cleaning inside of me.
I’m like, Oh my goodness. Even though it’s easy to lose weight, they shouldn’t be at that weight at that age, and I feel for them because I worry, even though they’re not my child, I’m like, Oh my God, 10 years from now, five years from now, what’s gonna happen to that child? What would you suggest to parents about, feeding their child and getting their child on a healthy living?
Dr. Erica Steele: The first thing I say, it’s about modeling behavior, right? Children are going to not necessarily always listen to what you say, but they’re going to pay attention to what you do, right? And so if you’re living unhealthy, if you’re not eating well, if you’re not drinking water, if you’re kicking the dog and yelling at your spouse, then you know your kids are also gonna model that same behavior, right?
And so it’s really self examining. Yeah. And it’s a huge responsibility to be a parent. I think people take it so lightly. They do. When I decided to have my daughter who’s an adult now I took that so seriously. I did say, yeah. It was like a job. Like I was like, okay, so what are all the things that I wanna teach this little life, right?
Yeah. And. and how am I gonna, shift from the old patterns that, that I was raised in. Were unhealthy. How can I shift into a healthier yes learning. And and then I of pendulum swing too far in the direction. Then you go back, cuz I have very strict parents as Marines and so I went more kind of that hippie free spirit and I was like, Oh no, we need structure.
We need structure . So I kinda, so yeah, there’s that. And that’s the thing is kids really need structure. So I would say number one, you gotta model behavior. Number two, you’ve gotta create structures for yourself. There have to be boundaries in place. Yeah. You can’t, it’s not free. We’re not raging free range kids.
Like they, they need to know where their bounds are. And the reason for that is so that they feel safe and they feel secure and their nervous system [00:34:00] can develop in a healthy way. Yeah. Cause otherwise, if they don’t know what to ex. Expect they’re gonna be hypervigilant all the time, meaning they’re gonna go, Oh, anything can change at any given time.
I can’t expect anything. And so they’re gonna be constantly driving cortisol, epinephrine, no epinephrine. They’re gonna be in greater flight mode all the time, so they’re not gonna digest well. So creating that structure for kids is so important, involving them in that process. Okay, so this is what time we’re gonna wake up in the morning and this is our morning routine and this is what time we’re gonna eat breakfast, and this is what time we’re gonna get off to school, and this is what time, and building that consistency. Yeah, unfortunately. Most of our brains they are looking for the dopamine response. Yeah. And so they want the drama, most of our brain. And so if there’s not enough drama, then we’ll create it. And it may not be lifetime television movie drama, but it may be something like, Oh, we’re gonna do our schedule for a couple days and then we’re not gonna do it anymore because we just, That’s too boring.
Yeah. And it does take a person some time before they, they really can get their mind and their body and their actions to be in alignment. Yeah. So that they’ll want to do a schedule. Cause a truth be told, I structure everything and it is very boring. It’s very monotonous at times. However, that’s how you build something, right?
Yeah. And so you are building a human. And so you wanna teach these humans, these little humans. Strong habits that are going to last them a lifetime. Yeah. And that’s really important. So structure’s super important, really checking your own mental health, taking time for just downtime where you’re not busy.
I think that’s important too. You’ve got this practice and that practice and you’re doing this and you’re doing that. It’s okay not to overcommit yourself. You don’t have to be super mom, I know many of us try to be all things to all people and we don’t wanna let our kids down, but.
That’s not healthy either. That kind of gets into that overextending and then leveraging your community, right? Really befriending some of the other moms and going, Hey, I can take to soccer on Tuesday. Hey, can you take to ballet on Wednesday? Starting to build those communities, which I think unfortunately have been lost a lot too, where most of us don’t even talk to our neighbors.
We don’t even know they exist. I know. And so we really wanna build that community because it does take a village. You can’t do it all by yourself. There’s just way too many demands that are in play. So I think that’s another way too, to keep the stress and the pressure down. And then lastly, I would say pre-preparation and planning is the key to success.
Use your crock pot. It is so easy. You can, I love the
Stacey Chillemi: crock pot . I know you can do
Dr. Erica Steele: proteins in there. You can do a whole week of protein. Yeah. You already ready to go. So all you’d have to do is sa taste some veggies and you’re good to go. And you have to plan your meals. If you don’t know what you guys are gonna be eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and your snacks for the day, forget it.
And trying to, especially when you’re trying to eat whole foods, you’re not gonna be able, it’s not gonna be always quick and convenient. You have to plan. And whether that’s little hacks like overnight oats, where, you’re using your sleep time as your kind of prep time, Or like I said, the crockpots or just simple sautes and including the kids and making sure that, they’re helping, obviously, if they’re too young to use a knife, they can’t, but they can do things like wash vegetables and Right.
Helping them to be a part of that process. Yes. They may be taking them to the farm. We did strawberry picking when my daughter. Little, and, all these little activities so that they tend to get connected to where their food comes from. I those are some really important things that I like to teach in my families when they come in.
Stacey Chillemi: It’s amazing. But I bought a cookbook and it was for the Crock Pot. I used to make meatloaf in the crock pot. You could do anything in the crock pot. Like this one woman, she had, I don’t remember her name, but I have the cookbook downstairs in the kitchen, and she made everything and her recipes were outstanding.
I’m telling you, I got on a crock pot. Crock pot kick, and I made everything you could think of in that crock pot. It’s amazing if you have, if you go out and find the recipe books, you can make anything. And it’s great. Cause it’s easy, especially if you’re a mom and you’re working, you can make it in the morning on slow.
You can come home and it’s in 15 minutes on high and it’s done, and you’ve got yourself a meal. Exactly. And it’s healthy.
Dr. Erica Steele: Exactly. And you’re not going to the drive through, eating. God only knows what which is in there. Exactly. There are ways if you prioritize it. Exactly. And that’s the thing, I think people get in their head and they get overwhelmed and oh my God, this has to be so complicated.
And it really isn’t. It’s just more of prioritizing it and putting it in perspective. And as you do that, it just starts to fit into your life. And that’s why I love to teach people how to have a holistic lifestyle. Yeah. Cause it, it doesn’t take effort for me to live the way I live. It just takes intention.
It takes intention. Exactly. Yeah. And I have to focus on it and but what else would I focus on if I’m not focusing on what I’m doing during the day? Yeah. Erica’s world may be fun but I don’t nec I try not to disassociate. I try to, yeah. Stay in my body, most of the time and not wander off.
And so that’s also another great reason why people should meditate because it helps you to build that awareness. It’s like a muscle. You go to the gym, to build your strength. Same thing with meditation. You’re building, your strength with your body, your mind, and your spirit, and your consci.
Stacey Chillemi: A hundred percent. 100%. And I think we also need to remind people too, in the grocery stores, there’s a lot of marketing, false marketing in the grocery store, and people don’t realize it. And I get, I get upset with the, I read this book, it was, I think it vegan versus vegetarian one. It was a while back ago.
And they, to, they showed you what they did to the animals, and they showed how when they got sick, they put antibiotics in all the cows, for the milk and this and [00:40:00] that. And our bodies weren’t meant for these things. Our, it’s not good to take antibiotics too much, and to begin with.
And they’re putting it in the milk that we’re drinking, and was our body really meant for us to drink cows milk? And it really wasn’t, if you go back into history, our body was not meant to drink cows milk, yeah. Cow’s milk was for the baby, calfs. That’s what the cows milk was for.
It was not meant for human beings. And, and, You know the antibiotics little girls they’re starting to go through puberty at a really young age. And, it says no added bio antibiotics. So that means there is antibiotics in it, but there’s no extra ones in it.
But when you read no added bio antibiotics, Real quickly, you think, Holistic Foundation for Wellness Oh, there’s none in there. Yeah. Same thing with the eggs. You have to be so careful people are buying chicken eggs. Yes. And again, what our body really meant for eggs, if you go back into the, hundreds and thousands of years ago, it was more plant based, and that’s people were living long lives, using, [00:41:00] plant-based foods and we have to think about, what our body really needs and and what we’re putting in it, and when we’re buying these foods to really look at the market and look at what’s really in these foods.
Dr. Erica Steele: Yes, exactly. I think, again, going back to that awareness And like you said before, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it’s probably not good for you. And I like to teach people because, there’s so much conversation around food and people get so overwhelmed. Yeah. And I. I’m gonna make it super easy.
if it’s God made, Edith, if it’s manmade, stay away from it. I like that. Holistic Foundation for Wellness Does not have a good track record of trying to overdo, it really, he’s, if you look back at history, innovative in however, the original, the way that it was grown or used, that is really, the way in which we should eat.
Yeah. And I also teach people sustainability and getting off the food supply and starting to learn how to grow their own food. Which is a lot easier than [00:42:00] you may think because now they have so many hydroponic units, that you can have right. In your garage or even in a corner. I have one in my dining room of all places.
And my little puppies will go and nibble on it. , that’s a whole nother thing, But it’s cuz I don’t, living at the beach, we don’t have yards. But the hydroponic is such a good option too, because then I can grow it and, it’s available and readily available and then at least I know where my sources are.
Also checking some of the local farms and farmers markets. , speaking with the farmers and building those relat. Yes, I think are really important as well, because they’re gonna give you that local agriculture and also they’re very upfront with their growing practices. Yeah. We ask them, even if they’re not U S D A certified organic, they may have either low spray or no spray practices.
So that would be considered more organic. And so Holistic Foundation for Wellness I think just building that consciousness to where is my food coming from? What am I feeding myself with? And that’s not just food. It’s also, what am I exposing my mind to? What am I listening to? Am I watching the news every day?
Am I stressed out about whatever new drama, trauma that they’re putting on the television about right now? And I’m not saying, don’t be informed. That’s not what I’m saying. I love news. I read it all the time. , but I also don’t indoctrinate myself with it to the point where I’m stressing myself out.
Yeah. Because at the end of the day, there’s only so much that I personally have control over. Exactly. There’s, I personally can do, then I will do it. At the same instance. If there’s nothing I can do about it, that’s when I need to release it over Exactly. To a higher power because, I’m not gonna stress myself out.
Something you can’t do. Yeah. That I’m powerless over. Like we, I think as human beings are so addicted to powerlessness and so addicted to helplessness and self pity, like we love to feel less than who we really are. Yes. Rather than acknowledging, No, I do have power over this. Yeah. If I don’t like the food supply, I can grow my own food.
I can. Exactly. I can do all kinds of things and that’s why I love that inventory. Doing that inventory at the beginning of the year is so important. And then creating a realistic plan. I In our business we. Holistic Foundation for Wellness We do quarterly plans, so we create plans that, cuz in my mind, everything’s gonna happen tomorrow, Of course.
But in reality, it takes time to implement things. And again, helping that dopamine, helping, yeah, all the epinephrine and neuro epinephrine. Not overextending yourself, but breaking it down into little chunks that are doable and manageable. You would be shocked at how much you can get done if you structure your life like that.
Stacey Chillemi: Oh, definitely. Amazing. When I structure myself, I can accomplish so much more. And that, I have to say, there are days I just don’t feel it. And in those days that I don’t structure myself, I get barely anything done. You really have to have organization in your life, and at least, and you don’t have to accomplish every little thing that you plan for that day if you could accomplish.
I always say to people, especially when they’re starting out, trying to structure their life, if they could just do one thing, one thing in that day, give yourself a pat on the back, that’s a good start, and as time goes on, they get better and better. And before you know it their life becomes so structured and it’s just baby steps.
Dr. Erica Steele: steps. Yeah. And they built that momentum and you’re able to fit in everything that you’re fitting in. Like for me, I own my business, so I run my business. I’m also a doctor in my business, Holistic Foundation for Wellness so I treat patients right. I’m in the media a lot, so I’m on television, I’m on radio, I do podcasts like this.
, there’s pitching involved with that. Yeah. I’m in my PhD program. Holistic Foundation for Wellness I have my little puppies. , my daughter’s gone. And then I have all of my own self care things. Yeah. And I manage all my home and all of that. And so I get all of that done and still have time to relax on my couch on Friday night.
Yes. And I still have time to get, all the things done that I wanna get done, because I have that structure again, just like little kids, if we put that structure in place, then it helps us to feel safe. Yes. And we’re the same way. We’re just bigger kids, it’s putting those structures in place as.
Especially if we never had those structures. Oh, a hundred percent of us. I think most of us were latchkey, it’s like we had the basics, food, shelter, house, all that kind of stuff. But like how to do this thing called life, it was like, We knew what not to do, but we weren’t necessarily taught how to do what we do.
Exactly. So really it’s also about reparenting yourself too. And learning really from the beginning. Holistic Foundation for Wellness And I think when you have a breakdown in something, instead of judging yourself, criticizing yourself, speaking to yourself so poorly. Yeah. Like I asked people to go. If you had a friend that talked to you, like you talked to you, would you keep them as a friend?
Exactly. People probably not. And I tell people, it’s not your fault. Yeah. It is your responsibility. Yes. You may not have been able to control where you came from. Yes. And what you’ve experienced and what you’ve learned. But you have a responsibility to learn something better.
Exactly. Exactly. And most people are walking around with a computer in their pocket with their phone. Yes. You can Google, YouTube. There’s some amazing creators out there that at least point you in the right direction. And then from there and there’s amazing professionals out there too. We’re not alone.
Even if we feel alone. Yes. We do have a great connection. And building that connection, I think is so important.
Stacey Chillemi: Yeah. Now, before we go, I wanna just talk about one quick thing before we go Holistic Foundation for Wellness now, the vitamin world. Okay. The vitamin supplement world is so big and there’s so many people putting labels on it, and you really have to know what you’re purchasing and you really have to know, don’t be, fall for a lot of these marketing schemes because there’s there, there are hundreds of brands for every type of vitamin or supplement.
And one thingHolistic Foundation for Wellness I always, stress people too, is I like them to go to a holistic doctor to get blood work, because then you could see what you’re really deficient in and you could see what you really need and how much you need of it. Because a lot of times people think, Oh, T work is good for inflammation.
I’ll take tumeric.Holistic Foundation for Wellness Oh, you know what? You need vitamin D I have, I’ll get vitamin D, I’ll get zinc, But okay, how much should you be taking of it? Some people might need more vitamin D than other people, some people might need a little bit more zinc at nighttime or during the day than another person.
I think people really need to realize how important Holistic Foundation for Wellness it is to go to a Holistic Foundation for Wellness , get blood work done, get, the, find out exactly what your body really needs, because sometimes supplements and vitamins can interact with each other, and then you have to really know.
What brands are the good brands? What do you think? A
Dr. Erica Steele: hundred percent. Oh my gosh. All the things. Yeah. So a supplement is just that. It’s to supplement. A good diet. It’s not to replace a diet, people are like, Oh, I just wanna take a pill. No. And people can take way too many supplements. Yeah.
You always wanna make sure your supplements are doing things in order to know what they’re doing. You’re looking at what’s called mechanism of action. And so most people they don’t know like inflammation, for instance, like you mentioned turmeric. So people often take turmeric for inflammation.
Inflammation is being driven by something. There’s something. Causing that. Exactly. So you taking turmeric anecdotally may be helpful, but it’s not getting to the root cause. It’s just managing symptoms. And that’s what a lot of people do is they just, they hear a little bit of this and they hear a little bit of that and they just start taking a whole bunch of supplements.
Yeah. And unfortunately the supplement world is like the wild west cause there’s no regulations. Yeah. What’s in the bottle may not be on the bottle. You don’t know the manufacturing practices. So I always tell people to look for GMP certified supplements that stands for good manufacturing practices.
I don’t recommend people to buy their supplements on Amazon. There’s again, no regulations with that. Yes. , um, if they are gonna. Supplements I recommend they not get it from a big box retailer, but rather a supplement store. That’s what they specialize in, if they’re gonna go retail. There’s also a great resource called Consumer Labs.
I think it’s consumer lab.org. Again, their third party independent research lab. And you can send supplements in and they’ll test them to make sure that they are what’s in the bottle is on the bus. Yeah, and I really, I’m very much into, obviously looking at your labs and then determining dosage and things like that.
I think most people, it’s pretty safe to be on a multivitamin. , I think a strong multivitamin, not, like I said, one of these in the big box retailers. Yeah. I think a strong multivitamin’s really important. I think a strong B complex is important. , Then it gets a little crazy in terms of how people’s bodies are set up.
But I think it’s really important for people to look at different sourcing and pay attention when they’re doing that. Of course I’m gonna advocate you to go to professional. Yeah. Sometimes it’s not always in people’s budget or their prioritizations to do that. Yeah. So just really be mindful.
You don’t have to take every supplement that you need. And when you start connecting more with your body, Yeah. Your body will tell you, it’ll be like, you know what? I need a little bit of more this, and I need a little bit more of that. And so you’re not always taking it just, far and wide.
Yeah. I think also I’ll leave it with this, is be very careful of a lot of claims. Yes. People make a lot of claims, especially in the MLM marketing worlds, they sell, they have direct sellers and they’re selling a lot of supplements and they’re like, Oh, it’s gonna do this and it’s gonna do that.
And they get very sophisticated with the sales process and yes. Oh, we have these doctors and these doctors, which in essence are typically doctors on the payroll. You’re really looking for. Third party independently research on that product? Yes. Not looking at Oh, this has turmeric in it and here’s a hundred meta-analysis studies on turmeric and all the benefits of turmeric.
No, I wanna see this product, this bottle. Yeah. And what this bottle has been tested for. And what things this bottle has been tested to help treat. If they don’t have that information, then it’s just anecdotal. Yeah. Which there is. Some efficacy to anecdotal information. That’s why placebos work.
Yeah. However, it’s important that we don’t put false hope. The pills and the supplements are not greater than the human body. Exactly. It’s just there to support. I’m not a supplement salesperson. Yeah. I’m not into that. That’s why I did, People tried to recruit me for MLM marketing companies. I was like at a certain point I just said, okay, enough.
Like I’m not a good candidate for
Stacey Chillemi: this, Cause yeah. I don’t
Dr. Erica Steele: believe in keeping people on things for the rest of their lives. I do supplement cycling, which, so I’ll put, depending on what I’m doing. So if we’re working on, let’s say working on digestion, the patient will be on a whole bunch of digestive things for a few months and then I’ll switch it up and then we’re working on minerals and then we’re working on detoxification.
So I’m always changing engineer my protocols and supplement cycle cuz I don’t want the body to get used to things. Especially it’s, the body’s really smart. So just like working out, that’s why X and those yeah’s Yeah. That’s why I the X and those kinds of things did so well for people. Because you’re always changing up the protocol, you’re. You’re not letting the body get used to anything. And the same thing with supplements. You’ve gotta always be changing. If you’ve been taking the same thing for years and years, stop taking it like you need, you need to, or
Stacey Chillemi: your body gets resistant to it or it gets the potency.
You know how effective it is on the body decreases cuz your body just,
Dr. Erica Steele: it’s, Yeah. It’s like you’re gonna give this to me so I don’t need to do anything, yeah. Yeah, it’s, it, we really there’s a whole science to, supplements and taking supplements and utilizing them. And it’s really important to, to learn that that process instead of just taking a whole bunch of
Stacey Chillemi: whatever.
And what would make me angry too is a lot of companies put a lot of fillers in it. So they say, Okay, Holistic Foundation for Wellness like you said, it has turmeric, but then there’s all these little fillers and it doesn’t really have that much turmeric. It has a bunch of other little cheap stuff incorporated with it. And some of these prices are outrageous.
If you price these supplemental, there was a apple cider vinegar and a beat root company, and the two of them, they were charging those two supplements together as a powder. They were charging almost $50 . So it’s like crazy stuff like that. And then you look in the back and it’s not that much, I was just curious.
It wasn’t that much Holistic Foundation for Wellness beat root and there wasn’t that, much apple cider vinegar, there’s just, those are the two major claims that they had in there. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to be great for weight loss. Beat root is supposed to be great for energy and the metabolism, so they use that as a market employee, and it gets you, it gets you a little angry.
Now, isn’t, is there anything people could do, like if they, you know how we talked about toxins and how the body, incorporates so many toxins and our Holistic Foundation for Wellness organs become sluggish and we st we tend to our health slowly declines. Is there anything people can do in their homes? Yeah.
Help their detoxification so they can start cleansing their body and start getting their body to really start moving the way it really should.
Dr. Erica Steele: A hundred percent. Yeah. So first things first. In order to get toxins out, you need to stop putting toxins in. So that’s number one. So start working on detoxifying your home.
I love what you said before about the shower, right? So 50% of. I think it’s over 50% of your water comes from the shower. So making sure you have a good solid shower filter. Those are some you can get on Amazon. So yeah. Nice strong shower filter. Really important to filter. And if you’re gonna take baths, you have a bath filter too, cuz that’s a good point.
Yeah. Yeah, those are two different, two, two different faucets. In terms of just simple, easy home use that’s even safe for kids, you can do one scoop Epson salt, one cup Epson salt, and one cup baking soda. And that will ize, but also it’ll help just a gentle chelation, gentle detoxification.
I learned that from one of my mentors. Holistic Foundation for Wellness And making sure the quality of the app and sold obviously is good. You don’t wanna just get the store bought. Whatever. Yeah. Yeah. So that’s just a real gentle way you could do that, 20, 30 minutes three times a week. And, just drink a lot of water before and after, so that’s really good.
Also parsley and cilantro are good. Holistic Foundation for Wellness Heavy metal CERs. Oh, okay. To put those in your food. Or like a smoothie or something like That’s really helpful. And then if you really wanna get brave I really recommend doing ENS as well. , you can get one from, get an en bag or whatever from the health food store.
And there’s all kinds of different types of ens. There’s flushing ens and there’s retention ens. So a flushing enma is just something like, you’ll put maybe like aloe vera in it, which is really obviously a good quality of it. You water and, clean water, healthy water, and then maybe, four tablespoons of ae vera, which you know is very, it’ll lower the inflammation.
Yeah. You can also put a little bit. Cider vinegar in there, 2, 4, 4 tablespoons. And that’s really good for yeast. So if person has a lot of yeast to overgrowth okay. Things like that, that can help too. So those are some of the flushing ones. Some of the retention ones, Holistic Foundation for Wellness like popular one is the coffee enema.
So again, organic coffee and you boil it and make sure that there’s no grains in it. Yeah. And then put it in there. And that’s a retention. I You can hold it for up to 15 minutes, don’t hold it longer than that. Holistic Foundation for Wellness you probably would start off with five. So meaning you put it in, you put the bag up and then you hold it in and that’s gonna help the gallbladder and the liver produce the bile and be able to push,Holistic Foundation for Wellness move that out, that’s really helpful as well, keeping the digestive system clean. And I’m sure people can YouTube, any of the questions around that. I think we have some things on our website too, so Yeah, I think those are just some simple at home things that people can do. Dry brushing is also really good to get the li moving.
Just those little. Wooden dry brushes. Yeah, I think those are some really good, easy tips that people, can do. Air purifiers are so amazing. Yes. They are air so important. So yeah. And making sure you do all your maintenance and making sure you clean your vents and remove the filters and all that kind of stuff.
Just all the things that you put off and you don’t pay attention to. Holistic Foundation for Wellness Those things all add up. They’re little things. And putting those things in place I think are really important. And not overwhelming yourself. It’s Okay, I’m gonna focus on the water in my house. Yeah, let’s. Let’s figure out what the solutions are for that.
I’m gonna get this filter or that filter, I’m gonna weigh out, Do I want a whole house unit or do I just want a tabletop? There’s all different nuances to it. Making sure I got my shower filters on, my bath filters on, and now, okay, this quarter we’re just dealing with our water, right? And then maybe next quarter you deal with all your cleaning products and the next order you deal with, your beauty products or whatever.
So just putting that in place and creating that structure is really,
Stacey Chillemi: I. Now, where could people find you? If people wanna find your website or, do you have like specific areas that people can go to learn more about you?
Dr. Erica Steele: Yeah we’re pretty, I’m pretty out there. My website’s, Holistic family practice va.com.
I have two socials holistic family practice for IG as well as Facebook. Holistic Foundation for Wellness And we also have a YouTube channel as well where I educate people. And then my media brand, Dr. Erica Steele. So I have an IG for that. I have Facebook for that, all that kind of stuff. So yeah, we definitely I’m pretty much out there.
I’m on television a lot, so you’ll see me on different shows talking and educating people about holistic health and holistic lifestyle Holistic Foundation for Wellness and what people can do practically to be.
Stacey Chillemi: Yeah. That’s excellent. And do you have a blog maybe with articles and stuff like
Dr. Erica Steele: that? Yeah. On my website there’s a blog on your website.
Awesome. Yeah, exactly. And we convert also a lot of our videos and our interviews and stuff into blogs as well. So if people don’t wanna, read Yeah, there’s the reading and there’s also the video too yeah.
Stacey Chillemi: That’s awesome. So before we go one more time, tell everybody your website so they don’t forget.
Dr. Erica Steele: Holistic Family Practice. VA is in Virginia va.com, so Holistic family practice va.com, and you can literally Google Dr. Erica Steele and it’ll come up pages of stuff. Yeah.
Stacey Chillemi: Dr. Steele, this has been such a pleasure. You gave us so much information. People are gonna get so much out of this interview and I got, I have to just say thank you so much for coming on and giving us all this information and thank you for what you do because, I am a huge fan in Holistic Live and because it changed my life, it changed my health completely.
So I love hearing doctors talk about holistic living and teaching it to other people, so you are a valuable source to this community and thank you for everything that you do.
Dr. Erica Steele: Aw, thanks for having me. This has been great.
Stacey Chillemi: Oh, you’re very welcome. You have a great day.
Speaker 1: Welcome back. The holidays aren’t always happy for everyone. The season can often trigger memories of loss and sadness, and even stress, but there are ways to manage the Holiday Blues and hear some suggestions. Is Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach, Dr. Steele, welcome.
Speaker 2: Oh, thank you so much for having me.
Speaker 1: Absolutely. Okay. So why do people struggle with the holiday blues? There are a bunch of reasons.
Speaker 2: There are, and especially this year has been incredibly unique, right? Because we have the pandemic, people are coming out of that. There’s pandemic fatigue. People have definitely experienced the loss of loved ones. So this year may be a little different for many of them.
Speaker 1: I can see that even teenagers at my house are going through it. What are some of the symptoms that the people out there and myself should be looking for?
Speaker 2: So I need to be more motivated by apathy and listlessness. I don’t wanna do anything. I don’t wanna get off the couch. Often, people don’t realize they’re depressed, right? They don’t realize that they’re not feeling well. So often, someone outside themselves must say, Hey, are you feeling okay? How are you doing? You’re not like you. Just to clue that in and say, being self-aware in terms of how a person’s feeling and what a person’s thinking.
Speaker 1: So what are some ideas, Erica, that you can give us that people can do to get through those holiday blues?
Speaker 2: So my first tip is not to overschedule. So often we are given, we’ve got holiday party, we have this to go to, that to go to, and all that is really exciting and fun. But sometimes, we also need to schedule time for ourselves, right? April included, and so not. So overscheduling is essential and necessary overall, as well as excessive sugar and alcohol. We know that there’s a lot of alcohol at many different events, pastries, and sugary things. All those things can impact the neurotransmitters in the brain, which are the chemicals in your brain.
And so that regulates serotonin, your happy hormones, and dopamine responses. So those are your motivators. So when you go through a lot of sugar, when you’re drinking and eating, it can send you through this yo-yo cycle up. And. The other thing I would mention is setting a healthy boundary, right?
No means no. If you don’t feel like going out, you can say, What? Not tonight. Not today. Especially with family members and even if you don’t feel comfortable, let’s say, hugging a particular family member or. Being with certain people. I know there are definitely conversations around vaccinations, et cetera.
No means no. If you don’t feel like going out, you can say, What? Not tonight. Not today. Especially with family members and even if you don’t feel comfortable, let’s say, hugging a particular family member or. Being with certain people. I know there are definitely conversations around vaccinations, et cetera.
If you don’t feel comfortable with certain people around you for whatever reason, it’s always important to say, not right now in a loving way. And, of course, our movement and exercise, getting signals into the body, can help endorphins and help you feel better overall. And lastly, even if you don’t feel great about it.
Journaling helps you get it all out right in the journal. Just open the page and vomit all over it. Then, say whatever you need to say, even if you don’t feel comfortable sharing that with others.
Speaker 1: Oh, I call that an emotional vomit. Okay. You got ta promote your upcoming online course. Tell me about it. It’s about 30 days of emotion.
Speaker 2: Yeah. I just continue to see in my practice that people are really not emotionally intelligent, and they don’t know what to do with emotions, right? And that’s for women and also men too. And so I designed a course delivered through an app every day you get a tip. And tricks to help you manage your emotions, especially as we enter the new year. Oh,
Speaker 1: that is so good. Thank you so much for those tips. It’ll get many people through the holidays, and happy holidays to you.
Speaker 1: Hey, welcome back. February, as they say, is the month of love, but often people focus on the love they receive from other people, like many of us on Valentine’s Day. But it’s essential to create it here to discuss the importance of self-love and healthy relationships. Is Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach? Dr. Steele, this is something that I’m really passionate about. I’m excited to talk to you today, and thank you for joining the show.
Speaker 2: Of course. Thank you, guys, for having me so much. I always love coming on Coast Live,
Speaker 1: This is something that many people can relate to. I know I’ve definitely had one. Valentine’s days and years passed when I felt left outta the party. If I had more self-love, that wouldn’t be an issue. How can people like me and our viewers at home learn to love themselves more?
Speaker 2: Yeah, at first, it begins with self-concept. And self-concept is how you perceive yourself, right? So I’m lacking if I always look outside myself for love. Without a healthy self-concept, I won’t be able to receive the love I so desperately want. So that’s the reality; the first key is knowing a healthy self-concept. And that takes work, right? How you perceive yourself, affirming to yourself every single day, every single moment, all of the beautiful things you’re really, your self-talk is critical.
Speaker 1: How do you achieve that level? Self-awareness is where you can exist inside your own head and not be caught up in all the negative thoughts. Like me, I get caught up thinking about mistakes I’ve made in my past. Sometimes it’s like things I said throughout the day that I feel wrong about. I I, it becomes like a tornado of negativity. How do I get outta that?
Speaker 2: Yeah, so there are two sides to your brain. There’s your subconscious mind, which houses your experiences, perceptions of those experiences, beliefs, et cetera, from the past. And then your conscious mind, which is your logic, voice, reason, and decision-making, and they both have to agree, interestingly enough.
And so, really, it’s about releasing the past. In letting go, correct? If they can, if those two sides of your brain can agree like I did the best that I can, I’m working really, diligently on fixing this, I forgive myself. All of those affirmations of self-love are so important. If you continue to beat yourself up mentally over and over again, you’re really never going. So love yourself or move forward in your self-healing.
Speaker 1: We had a great graphic of five steps to self-love. Specifically, there was one listed, the mental diet. What does that mean?
Speaker 2: Yeah, that’s all that chatter, right? That’s the that’s all the things you like. I’ll give you an example. So I was at the gas station yesterday, and of course, gas prices are attractive right now.
And I go, immediately I said something negative about. Phrases, and immediately I caught myself. I said, No, we’re an abundant universe, right? Money flows all the time, right? And so keeping a mantle diet means that you’re present to what you’re telling yourself and what you’re affirming to yourself daily.
Every single moment, it does take work. So it’s not an instant tool that you can pick up. But you can develop deeper self-care through practice, time, and patience.
Speaker 1: Number three on that list, Affirming self-love. I have such a hard time with affirmations. I can never believe the things that I’m trying to tell myself. What advice would you have for somebody like me in my situation?
Speaker 2: So a state of kid, sleep is proper when you’re about to sleep, right? Saying that affirmation that you want because it goes into the subconscious mind. Also, playing it at low volume while you’re sleeping and then first thing when you wake up also creates that affirmation. So there are ways to reprogram and affirm that subconscious mind where you know it; it leads into your day, right? So you’re proving it right as you’re going to sleep, while you’re sleeping, precisely as you wake up. And then that way, it just naturally bleeds into the conscious mind and conscious awareness while you’re. Working
Speaker 1: Dr. Steele, Viewers wanna learn more about this. And by the way, thank you so much. I didn’t mean to turn this into a personal therapy session, but it’s okay. This is extremely helpful, and I hope it’s valuable for the folks watching at home. So where can I send everybody if they want to learn more and if they’re going to talk to you?
Speaker 2: Yes, we have a free webinar coming up where we go into this topic, much deeper self-care, self-love; it’s a free webinar. Also, to create self-love and self-care and to develop healthy relationships with others.
Speaker 1: Dr. Steele, thank you so much. There it is. All the information. 1213 Alaskan Road, Suite 1 0 8, Virginia Beach, Holistic family practice va.com. This has been such a valuable lesson for me. Thank you so much for coming to the show today.
Speaker 1: Welcome back. With warmer weather approaching, many people are returning to healthier habits. But what does it take to lose weight? And keep it off here with some answers as Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach, Dr. Steele, Dr. Erica, as I call you. How are you doing today?
Speaker 2: I’m doing so well, April. So good to see you.
Speaker 1: Good to see you as well. Okay, so we’re coming around that time of year. Again, you know, Winter’s out, Spring is in, and we wanna improve, you know, how we look and perhaps our weight loss. So any suggestions for that?
Speaker 2: Well, it depends on your mindset, right? And that’s surprising cuz most people think, Oh, I gotta break out the shoes. I’ve gotta start working out, I’ve gotta start eating, right? But what does it take to do that? It takes a healthy mindset, right? So if I think, okay, how can I build my health, and how can I create health? Then, of course, your actions and behaviors will follow.
Speaker 1: Okay. So are you saying it’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy?.
Speaker 2: Yes, exactly. Yeah. So if I’m sitting around saying, Oh, I’m looking in the mirror and going, Oh, I need to pinch this, or, Oh, I’m a little bit overweight here, or you’re constantly telling yourself all the identity, meaning the thoughts and the, and the feelings around being overweight, then, of course, you’re gonna continue to create those habits.
Speaker 1: Okay, so where do we start? Do we like to start giving ourselves positive affirmations? Like, Ooh, girl, look at those curves; you look good. Or how do you do it?
Speaker 2: Yeah, in a hundred percent. So we’re gonna start with that Mental diet. We talked about that last month. A mental diet is what you’re telling yourself. So I’m fit, trim, and beautiful. I’m sexy, I’m unique, I’m toned. So what it is you wanna create, you wanna start telling yourself that even if the 3d and our current reality aren’t showing them.
Speaker 1: Okay, So once you get the mindset together, how do you follow it with good habits?
Speaker 2: So once your thought process continues, you’ll feel better and be more motivated into action. Meaning you’re gonna wanna necessarily order the salad over the burger, or you’re gonna wanna get up and work out and take a walk somewhere. Your actions are then gonna follow based off of your thoughts as well as your feelings.
Speaker 1: Okay, I’m thinking about metabolism and women of a certain age. You know, our metabolism slows down. So is that something to.
Speaker 2: That’s actually not accurate. People often think, Oh, because I get older, aging is not a prerequisite for poor health; believe it or not, we don’t get off the hook. Based off of that. Metabolism is all the chemical processes in the body, starting with what you eat and how you digest and assimilate.
So as people get older, their lifestyle habits get a little bit worse, which is why people associate aging with a slower metabolism, but it’s not true. 80-year-old patients that are fit, trim, and healthier than some of my 30 and 40-year-old patients.
Speaker 1:Oh, I didn’t know that. And I know that you do have a program that deals. The metabolism coming out. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
Speaker 2: I am so excited about this. I’ve spent the last two and a half years building this data. You know, I’m such a data girl. We’ll talk about it more in my webinar coming up. It’s the free mindset and metabolism. I’m really excited because I can take all of the data to be able to really fine-tune a program for people looking to change their lifestyle from a. Emotional and, of course, a physical perspective.
Speaker 1: Okay. I have a question for you to back up. Once you get the mindset together, do you then have to like to restart your metabolism? Are there ways to get you; if you have a slow metabolism? Are there ways to get it pumping?
Speaker 2: You’re so cute. Yes, of course, we are. The body is made to heal itself and always wants to heal itself. So we look at lab work and can support it with different supplements. We’re able to get the body to be able to work efficiently and effortlessly. The body was made to heal. We just need to know how to do it.
Speaker 1: Okay. And then the mindset to work out. Help me with that one.
Speaker 2: It’s, it’s really about what you enjoy, right? So I enjoy Pilates. Um, I just started rowing. I actually really want that as well. So I do things that I enjoy, but it also, you know, it’s about what is, what do they say, like 90% in the kitchen, right? If you’re not a big fan of working out, you don’t need to run off to the CrossFit gym. You know, you can do simple things like walking or moving your body, or yoga, especially as you age. It’s important to stretch because, as you know, something. Stiffer things, you know, need to be relaxed and looser, so yeah, definitely.
Speaker 1: Here’s the information to contact Dr. Erica. Thank you so much for answering our questions today.
Speaker 2: Awesome. Thank you, April. Have a great day.