Please review our COVID-19 policies before making an appointment.

The Element Minute

Join us here for brief, timely information based on questions our patients have asked.

We teach best what we most need to learn

July 26, 2020

by Wendy Pecoraro

Lifestyle Medicine in Practice

“We teach best what we most need to learn.” – Richard Bach

My first glimpse of the concept of lifestyle medicine was about 10 years ago at a conference. The first words of Dr. Phillip’s lecture were, “Half of you will die of a lifestyle choice you made.” Those words are imprinted in me. I’d spent most of my career in the Emergency Department caring for patients for very short periods of time, which I loved, until I didn’t. I knew there was more, but I didn’t know what until that very moment.

The practice of Lifestyle Medicine does not mean those who provide it have it all figured out. Their lives are not a beacon to follow. Their lives are real and challenging and sometimes overwhelming, just like yours. We’re all in this together.

The foundation for me is attention, what I like to call: minding your life. Am I moving when my body wants to move? Am I getting out to the woods when they call? Am I resting when I’m tired? Am I eating food that feels good? Am I prioritizing sleep and taking time out to destress or connect with my tribe? Have I taken a few deep breaths today? Have I relaxed my shoulders? My face?

My life’s work is to help you mind your life, while learning along with you to mind my own.

Wendy Pecoraro

 

Categories: All Posts

Back