Guest Post by: Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND
From the start, I always knew that I “wanted it all.” As soon as I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I started to think about my future and what I wanted to create: a successful medical practice and a lovely family. With this in mind, I knew that I needed to bust my ass to build my practice and business before having children. So I successfully established two practices, created my own brand: The Maxim Movement, and developed my 4-tiered approach to establishing health in my patients.
My most recent project, I decided to write a book in attempts to reach a greater audience. I wrote voraciously for months and almost a year later, my “first born” was complete: MAXIMized Health: A new, intelligent system for optimal digestion and hormones. Loan behold, five months before the release date, we found out we were pregnant. Entering in: full-time job #2, Motherhood.
The combination of building a medical practice, creating a brand, and writing a book were goals I had on my career path, but so was starting a family. How was I to balance all of these “acts” and maintain my health?
Balancing a Business, a Baby and your Body
Here’s the difficult part: how to balance all of your full-time jobs and your health at the same time? If you’re a parent then you know how quickly your routine changes with an infant at home. Aria is now two months old and I finally feel like I can get back into my healthy routine as she is establishing her own. Up until now, it was just about survival, and that is okay. It is okay to not be perfect all of the time.
#1: Stick it to Stress
Managing your stress is probably one of the MOST important things you can do for your health. Be honest with yourself and what you can handle. If you need to sleep 10 hours one day, do it. If you need to have a sweet treat every once and a while to survive your day, eat it. Do not be afraid to ask people for help and do not be afraid to tell people that you’re struggling and need a break. It is amazing how wonderful people can be when you are honest and vulnerable about your stressors.
#2: Any Movement Is Good Movement
Exercise is probably the first thing to go when times get tough, at least for me it is. The whole idea of going to the gym, thinking up a workout, completing it for 30min-60min, showering afterwards and driving back home again can eat up a lot of time. I found starting working out at home to be the easiest and most attainable. No weights, no equipment, only body weight exercises. Simply doing wall push-ups between patients, squats while waiting for Aria’s bottle to warm up and lunges to deliver it to her add up over time. Any movement is good movement. Eventually, exercise will come easier and longer routines more attainable.
#3: Use Your Blender
Magic bullet, Blendtech, VitaMix, who cares! Do not let it take up room on your counter, use them! One of the easiest ways to get all of your nutrients is to blend them all together into one easy to consume super drink. 5min and you’ve flooded your body with tons of macro and micronutrients. Blend it up the night before or make multiple batches in one. Easy peasy!
#4: Let Others Inspire You
One of the best things to happen to my business was not what I created, but what I learned from others and adapted it in my own style. Every week I listen to business-related or health-related webinars and put into action what they are teaching. Remember, these people are the authority on their particular topic so they obviously are doing something right, no? Why not implement their success into your own business? The key point, is to save your brain cell and energy for other things in your life. Follow the leaders in your industry and quit trying to recreate the wheel when it is moving quite smoothly for someone else.
#5: Motherhood is a Motivator
I was pretty motivated prior to having a family but now that I have one, I can feel the drive to succeed is even greater. Now everything I do, I am doing to help support my family and show my daughter what women are capable of. I am creating a legacy for my children to respect when they get older. That is something that drives me to keep my health in check, set the example for my family and strive to be better.
Always remember that you are no good to anyone if you’re unhealthy. Do what you can. Do not try to be perfect at everything. Set an example but let it be a REAL example of what is possible, for you!
Dr. Andrea Maxim is one of Southern Ontario’s leading naturopathic doctors and the creator of ‘The Maxim Movement’; a movement helping people move towards MAXIMizing their Digestion, MAXIMizing their Hormones, MAXIMizing their Weight Loss and of course MAXIMizing their Health!
Following the foundational needs of the body, Dr. Andrea offers a step-wise program of removing triggers (food sensitivities, heavy metals, stress, environmental toxins), detoxifying the body and then flooding the body with nutrients to get it functioning and healing properly. To support her vision, Dr. Andrea has written “MAXIMized Health: The New, Intelligent System for Optimal Digestion and Hormones” available for sale now online, at Goodness Me and in her office.
Learn more with her at www.themaximmovement.com and find out how you can become the next member of The Maxim Movement or how she can help you can grow your business and become more profitable with less work.