Seema Sharma is the real deal when it comes to health and well being, she is a certified Holistic Health Coach, MD with a strong medical background as an ER doctor and a yoga teacher and integrates all these elements into her practice. Seema’s philosophy is that of a whole body and lifestyle approach to health. We asked Seema to share some of her favorite wellness tips with us and also in the future as she is also going to be sharing some more of her philosophies as a contributor to Pink Kale, we are so excited to learn and get inspired from her.
What inspired you to make the switch from ER Doctor to Health Coach?
It became so clear to me that most of the health problems I saw in ER were a direct result of years of poor lifestyle choices, especially regarding food. I was on the wrong end of the spectrum. When people come to the ER, they are not in a position to hear about how they can be in good health. They have a perceived problem they want you to fix right away.
What sets you apart from other health coaches?
Well honestly, I think because I have such extensive knowledge about the human body and human behavior, I can bring that unique perspective to coaching. There are also other parts that I bring to coaching, outside of my knowledge base, such as my deep and evolving understanding of spiritual principles.
What daily supplements do you take?
None:) Unless you have a nutrient deficiency or are incapable of absorbing certain vitamins, as is the case in certain types of anemia, all vitamins and minerals can be obtained from fresh, whole foods. Whole foods being, food derived directly from the earth like vegetables and fruit. In fact, it is difficult for the body to absorb vitamins in pill form. The one exception to this is Vitamin D.
What is your healthy favorite snack?
I love nut butters on fruit. I make my own. Just throw 1/2-1 cup nuts in a food processor and blend for about 10 minutes. My favorite snack right now is walnut butter on celery sticks with raisins or on dates!
What is your favorite workout?
I teach yoga–so of course I’ll say Yoga! There are so many different types and I like to partake in a variety. It’s very important for me to have a spiritual component to my physical exercise. Hot Vinyasa Flow is what I practice most, but I think it’s really important to vary that, so I do sculpt, with weights. It’s especially important for women to do weight-bearing exercise to maintain bone density.
Your favorite health tip?
When people are just starting on their path to wellness and want a few first steps to take. I tell them the best thing they can do for their health is :
*Find a way to stop smoking if you smoke
*Incorporate some type of greens (spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, watercress in a salad, smoothie, sandwich etc.) into their day
*Get moving! Start exploring physical activity, there are so many things available these days from pilates, to martial arts, to dance etc.
How do you stay balanced?
I say NO a lot. Time by myself is extremely important to me and I need a lot of alone time to stay balanced and healthy. This is a part of knowing, understanding and honoring yourself–self-knowledgeand self-honor are essential to maintaing health and wellness. In fact, they are the basis of health and wellness.
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