The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.
Summer (the season) is in full swing over here. Summer (the dog) has me up early every morning to enjoy it. One of the things I like most about teaching is its cyclical nature. I love having a beginning, a middle, and an end, with summer in between to rest, regroup and do it all over again.
Last Thursday was my fifth trip over to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. Only this time, I didn’t have to go as far as the main campus in the heart of Cleveland. They opened an office in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and what a difference it makes. No more navigating an unfamiliar city and no more hunts for parking. The drive to Chagrin Falls is a much easier, much prettier trip through the Ohio countryside with ample free parking right in front of the facility. I can’t emphasize the easy factor enough. Unlike past visits, the nurse only had to take my blood pressure once upon arrival. There is just a very different feel to this location:
My visit with Dr. Young was great, as always. This method of medicine allows for ample time to be spent with a doctor and I have never felt rushed. I routinely leave with all of my questions answered and a game plan in hand. It bears repeating what the foundation of Functional Medicine is:
Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.(David S. Jones, MD. 2014. The Institute for Functional Medicine)
After 45 minutes with Dr. Young, I went and spent 45 minutes with my new nutritionist, Brigid. Brigid is young and dynamic and a firecracker of information. The way she can look at my labs and immediately start rattling off food choices and specific products for my needs is so impressive. And she always has the packaging on hand so I can take a photo of it to reference once I’m in the grocery store. Her first suggestion was Siete Grain Free Tortillas.
These are grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. And 100% yum. I toasted mine under the broiler, slathered it with smashed avocado and topped it with my favorite salsa:
And then I sliced it like a pizza and devoured it:
Another food suggestion she had based on my need for more protein is Tolerant Red Lentil Rotini.
This powerhouse of nutrition lists one simple ingredient: Red lentils. One serving comes packed with 21 grams of protein and 11 grams of dietary fiber. I sautéed some veggies and gave it a whirl. I was so pleasantly surprised.
If I had been served this at a restaurant I just would have thought they used a fancy, colored pasta. I give it a two thumbs up!
People still question why I go all the way to Ohio to see a doctor and a nutritionist, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The guidance, the focus and the inspiration they give me to be healthy is such a gift and has me so happily embracing the breeze at dawn. On these beautiful summer mornings, I don’t go back to sleep.