First Chapter: The Rockstar Remedy by Dr. Gabrielle Francis & Stacey Baker Masard

The Rockstar Remedy 2Title: The Rockstar Remedy
Author: Dr. Gabrielle Francis with Stacy Baker Masand
Publisher: HarperCollins Wave
Pages: 330
Genre: Health and Wellness/Rock n Roll
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

Known as the “Rock n’ Roll Doctor” to some of the most famous bands in the world, Dr. Gabrielle Francis shares her unique holistic prescription to achieving health and balance—even when you don’t live like a saint!

As a Holistic Doctor to the music industry’s elite, Dr. Francis has helped rock stars repair, recover, and refuel from the demanding schedules and occasional overindulgences that come along with the rock star lifestyle. Being overscheduled, sleep-deprived, overeating, drinking and managing physical and mental stressors aren’t lifestyle habits unique to the music industry; they are the same challenges faced by all of us, every day.

In The Rockstar Remedy, Dr. Francis shares her unique strategies designed to be incorporated into your hectic lifestyle. Her programs are customized to meet you where you are at, whether an experienced health enthusiast or a beginner. Completing the 21 day detox will give you a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm for life, while looking and feeling your personal best. She explains how health is not a destination, but exists on a spectrum, and the simple act of making better choices every day—even if they’re not the best choices—helps us achieve balance in both mind and body. With tips for improving energy levels, easy food guidelines and a simple no-starvation detox, Dr. Francis offers a simple, effective plan for staying healthy and happy amid the chaos of our daily lives. Her popular “Harm Reduction Techniques” and “90/10 Rule” make it easy to celebrate life with occasional indulgences while maintaining good health. This is not a temporary fix; this program brings long-lasting, life-changing results.

Now you can reach for the stars too!

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First Chapter:

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too? Certainly not me.

I’m all about indulgence in balance. Do the things that bring you joy while being mindful of your health. That’s balance. When you do what you love, you’re more likely to succeed in the long run. When you anchor your health decisions around your preferences and your lifestyle, you’re happier and healthier.

I’m the last person to ask you to overhaul your lifestyle, change who you are, or never have fun again. That’s a recipe for failure, plus who wants to live that way? The key to making sustainable changes is to start small and build a strong foundation. You will begin by giving yourself a clean slate to start from (that’s the RxStar Detox) and then build nourishing habits and make smarter choices. We will cover how to select the best nutrient-dense foods for your needs, exercise optimally, and reduce the health hazards of some of your less-than-perfect choices. The entire plan is designed for and built around you.

Throughout the book, I’ll also offer you my damage mitigation strategies, called “Harm Reduction Techniques,” which are my signature methods for making your bad habits a little less destructive. For example, I had a client who refused to give up coffee on his detox, so we made a deal: he could drink one cup of coffee per day as long as he added certain spices that reduce its acidity.

He got his caffeine and I got him to stick to his detox plan without quitting. These Harm Reduction tricks work because they fit into your lifestyle and make the program achievable. They keep your goals in check by offsetting the negative impact of unhealthy choices, like a late-night ice-cream binge or a morning bagel run.

In this program, you aren’t expected to be perfect. You’re expected to be the healthiest version of you.

MEET THE 90/10 RULE

It so simple, it can be your plan for life: 10 percent of the time you do what you want. You don’t worry or limit yourself about the food or indulgences at events, concerts, parties, restaurants, or ice-cream runs with your kids. You can participate in, and on occasion relish in, the extravagances of life. This means enjoying a hard-earned happy hour cocktail during the week or a lazy Saturday spent in your pajamas or an occasional all-night party with friends—as long as you’re making healthy choices the other 90 percent of the time. This is what I call “maintenance mode,” and it begins after you’ve detoxed and begun to practice new healthy habits on a daily basis.

When you follow this simple guideline on a daily, weekly,monthly, or even yearly basis—90 percent of the time—you’ll discover that you feel so incredible living a healthy lifestyle that the 10 percent of the time when you do let your hair down, you’ll be keenly aware of the toll it takes on your body.

My patients always report back to me that during the 10 percent of the time when they’re indulging, they notice a big difference in their bodies. Whether they splurged on a decadent meal, too many drinks, or simply neglected to sleep or exercise properly for a while—they look and feel terrible. These consequences of making less healthy choices are physical proof of how much benefit your body gets from your efforts the other 90 percent of the time. After all, who wants to feel less than great any more than 10 percent of the time? Experiencing the difference in how your body feels when you don’t take care of yourself versus when you do serves as its own motivation for sticking to the plan.

Staying consistent with your diet and fitness plans pays off not only when you’re “being healthy”—it also allows you more freedom and less guilt during the 10 percent of the time you let loose. For example, many of my celebrity clients try to live within healthy food, fitness, and lifestyle guidelines while on tour and at home, and save their 10 percent “relapse time” for parties, events, dinners, or vacation. Maintaining a strict adherence to the rules while they’re intensely focused on their work allows them to truly enjoy themselves and be sociable when they want to be. This is one of the main reasons my clients stick to my program. Your odds of success are far greater because you don’t sacrifice or sabotage your lifestyle to keep your mind, body, and spirit in check.

THE 90/10 RULE? WHAT ABOUT 70/30?

Hey, no one is keeping score but you. Maybe you are on the 80/20 or the 70/30 plan. This is your life and your regimen. Your challenge will be to become your own health advocate. So when you notice that 30 percent of the time you don’t feel so great, your energy is low, and symptoms like headaches, fatigue, or insomnia return, check in with yourself.

How much are you sleeping?

What are you eating? Are you getting enough exercise or activity? How stressed-out are you?

You may be someone who’s willing to sacrifice feeling great every day to the rigorous demands of your work schedule or child care, or because you simply have a hard time saying “no” to every social invitation. But when you consistently make your health your last priority, your body accumulates toxins. So if your idea of balance falls more in the 70-30 or 60-40 range, you may need to do my detox plan more frequently to restore balance because your life doesn’t fall mostly in the maintenance mode. Remember that spectrum of health we talked about? Keep in mind that in order to stay on the healthy side of the spectrum, the number of positive choices you make must outweigh the negative ones.

Remember, even small changes in your lifestyle move you away from the disease end of the spectrum and propel you toward the healthy end. This is why a balanced approach to health works long-term. And when you slip up or need to cheat the system, your arsenal of Harm Reduction Techniques will keep you from losing too much footing. When it comes to balance, we’re not striving for 50-50; doing anything halfway doesn’t get you anywhere. True balance is about making your health a priority while pursuing what brings you joy in life. When you allow this mindset to guide the choices you make, you’ll find that you don’t have to choose between abundant health, a productive life, and the ability to enjoy that life with the people you love.