Thursday, January 21, 2021

Have you really thought about your health?

 Last time we chatted about: "How you've lived your life so far."

Today, let us ponder the same question but from a different perspective. It's interesting that many of us internalize our current health challenges as a permanent part of us. If you resonate with this you are not alone. Most people are. I used to be the same way, I probably still do it occasionally when I'm having a not so great day! ;) 

I used to say things like: "MY autoimmune disorder," or "I have a hard time losing weight." What I found interesting in its simplicity is that shifting the way I would talk about the disorder I used to suffer from, changed the way I felt about it. That was one of the first steps for me on my road to recovery.

Thoughts matter, thoughts have some power. I'm not saying that sitting thinking "I'm perfectly healthy" while doing something that my body has clearly rebelled against is a good idea. Trust me, kids, don't try that at home. What I'm saying is that excluding the mind from efforts to heal the body can only garner temporary or reduced results. 

So starting today and for the rest of our time together, let's think about our health in the most positive way that we can (under the circumstances.)

Want to continue this? There is a short worksheet that helps you explore how you have been living your life so far and what your next steps could be.

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*Disclaimer: Please remember that it's impossible for me to diagnose you and treat you just by you reading one of my articles, books or from a challenge! I'm superwoman it's true, but even that is beyond my capabilities. So before you engage in any health and wellness activities, do consult your healthcare provider. Please know that we are happy to address your personal concerns, just call us in office (860-589-1491) to schedule your personal consultation; and thanks ever so much for reading. We appreciate you

Monday, January 11, 2021

Could your past be affecting your future health?

One of my favorite mentors, a physician and teacher of functional medicine, always says that the health of about 80% of people is as a result of three things:

A) How you've lived your life so far

B) Your genes

C) Your gut and natural flora

So I've got to ask you: 

  • How you've lived your life so far?

  • How is that impacting your health today?

I invite you to give this some serious consideration! To help with that, I've created a little questionnaire.

Click here for today's worksheet.

Go ahead and fill it in. This is not one of those clickbait quizzes. I will go through each of these personally and email you your results. Ok?

And the invitation to join the 7 day Launchpad is still open to you.

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Regards in health,

Dr. Davia H. Shepherd

*Disclaimer: Please remember that it's impossible for me to diagnose you and treat you just by you reading one of my articles, books or from a challenge! I'm superwoman it's true, but even that is beyond my capabilities. So before you engage in any health and wellness activities, do consult your healthcare provider. Please know that we are happy to address your personal concerns, just call us in office (860-589-1491) to schedule your personal consultation; and thanks ever so much for reading. We appreciate you

Thursday, January 7, 2021

What could you change in your health in the next 7 days?

I know that the last year was truly challenging in so many ways. I just wanted to reach out to remind you that it is January 7th but not too late. 

No matter how old you are, no matter where you are in life, it’s not too late to live the best version of your health that you can, here and now. 

So take a moment, close your eyes if you can, and think about this: If your health was ideal, if you could wave a magic wand and change everything in a snap; what does the picture of your ideal health look like?

I've been talking to a lot of patients about this sort of thing recently. They have been saying things like: 


"With the pandemic I've gotten out of my routine, and I just need to get back on track." 




"I'm just sick and tired of being sick and tired."


Is this sounding like you? If it is, you are not alone. Often we feel alone in our trials. I'm here to tell you that it is not just you, you are not alone and you may have options that you never even thought about. 

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Ok I'll be honest; it’s not a diet or a challenge. If you are like me then I know you don't respond well to those things either :) Instead it is an introduction to a totally different way of approaching your wellness.

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Over the next 7 days we are going to focus on the foundations of optimal health. You will have the opportunity to determine your optimal health and develop simple strategies for implementation. As a result you will feel excited about the possibilities as you take action. But wait, there's more! After your 7 days, we can talk about your personal transformation.

Let me tell you about one of our patient's, we'll call her Sarah. By the time Sarah came in she had gained significant weight and had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. She was overwhelmed, overtired and over it! She truly felt as though her diagnosis was something she was going to have to live with forever and she came in because someone told her about me, about how I had suffered similarly and had come out on the other side.

Sarah figured, might as well give it a chance. She had a problem. She truly wanted to and was committed to changing. But... I think she truly turned the corner when she surrendered to the idea that there is a different way to approach health. Last time I saw her, she didn't have an appointment, just stopped in to say hi. She looks and feels great and basically wanted to say thank you.

There are so many stories that I can share, I'd love to share your story too someday soon. If you are ready to change the status quo and think about health a different way, then I'm ready too. Let’s do this together. 



Regards in Health,


Dr. Davia H. Shepherd


Thursday, September 24, 2020

A Wellness Breakthrough... Is It For You?


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She is ready to ditch the overwhelm and gain energy and she is committed to adding life to her years, not just years to her life. Quality of life is important to her and being just OK is not acceptable.  She just needs the exactly how, the step by step model to get there, and she trusts herself to get it done.


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 Included in your package and spread out over the 3 months are one on one private sessions. These sessions can be in person or virtual calls, aimed at drilling down to the core of what has been preventing optimal health. These sessions are mind-body and results focused. What results do you want for your health today? What would you like your health to look like in 10, 15 even 20 years from now? We spend this time working through the exactly how to get your results. We will also be moving through mindset barriers and maintaining your overall momentum during these sessions. Reset, repair and life plans will be worked through during these visits. This package includes 3 months of texting support with Dr. Davia as well.



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The happiness prescription for troubled times.

If you’ve read anything I’ve ever written, or if you have met me, you know that it is my fervent desire to always be focused on happiness. My happiness to be sure, but also to use my platform as a way of spreading happiness, joy and …love… and all that airy fairy stuff.

Well guys, here we are in the middle of something that we couldn’t have predicted a year ago. We are social distancing; all but essential businesses are shut down; we are cloistered in our homes; we may be running out of toilet paper; and hand sanitizer hoarders are now a real thing. Those of you who have been preparing for the zombie apocalypse are probably doing the “told ya so dance” right now.

For someone like me who’s always talking about happiness, how do I even deal with this level of crazy that we are finding ourselves a part of right now? I deal carefully, thoughtfully and deliberately. What I know for sure is that we can maintain our happiness in this troubled time. I’m not talking about putting a happy face sticker on a terrible situation. What I mean is reaching for inner peace instead of panic. I’m not suggesting we spend our days LOLing at those hilarious quarantine memes and gifs, even though they are super funny. What I am suggesting is being able to reach for inner joy in times of crisis and being unshakable in our determination to think the best thoughts we can in each moment no matter what each moment brings.

That sounds difficult. How does one even go about doing that?

Please know that I’m not in any way simplifying the reality of this and for those adversely affected I want you to know that my heart goes out to you in this time. What I have found is that in times of good and plenty and in times of adversity, sticking close to these 5 steps for happiness has been sustaining and life giving for me. I am writing this in the hope that it may bring someone some peace in this time.

1)      What do you believe?
It took me a long time, many years in fact to come to this way of thinking. I grew up in a very traditional sort of family and so I was never taught that we create our own existence. Sure I learned that if you put your mind to it you will succeed and that hard work results in success, but at no time was I taught that thoughts become things. That what we focus on is what manifests. It took me seeing that first hand and even playing with the manifestation process to actually realize that what we are putting out there energetically is what we get back.

I’d tried all the other ways of being that I was taught and I wasn’t seeing the results and so I decided, ok, this screwy idea sounds…well… screwy but I might as well try being happy and focusing on inner peace and watching to see what happens. I had in the past just had emotions based on what was showing up in my life. If things were great and the sun was shining, then I’d have a big smile and if things were going to the dogs, then my mood would be too. This ground breaking idea of not letting the circumstances of your life be the reason you feel the way you feel just seemed crazy to me, but reading book after book by guru after guru saying the same thing encouraged me to at least give it a 30 day money back trial. That was many 30 days ago. And TBH there have been ups and downs on this journey. Every day is a new day with this and that leads me to step 2.

2)      Practice
What I can absolutely say is that I’m still a work in progress every single day. Like I said, I didn’t learn this way of being growing up. What I learned and what was modeled to me was: There are some things that are just beyond your control. What I know now is I always have control over my emotions and how I choose to feel in any given situation. That doesn’t mean that unpleasant things don’t happen at all or that I look at the world through rose colored glasses. It means that because I am practicing every day to maintain my inner peace, on the days when I need it most I’ll be better able to weather the storm.

It’s just like anything else. I remember the Christmas when my baby (now 5 years old and in kindergarten) was learning how to creep. That little sweetie made me laugh so hard! He could only creep backwards. He was determined though, if he wanted to go get something, he would calculate its location in his little baby brain and then back his way towards it. I’m pretty sure that in 11 years when he goes for his driving test he will ace reversing! Anyway, he kept trying to go forward, and one day he got a little green talking dog stuffed toy named SCOUT. Scout had been programmed to say his name, it had flashing lights, and it could sing songs for him that included his name and all kinds of features that are catnip to babies. When he saw Scout for the first time, his desire to creep forward had never been greater, he had tried and tried, he had practiced, sometimes getting a few inches forward before moving backward again, but this time all his practice paid off: he moved forward all the way across the room, grabbed Scout (who promptly went into his mouth,) and he hasn’t looked back since.

I’m constantly sharing stories of my crazy kids and their shenanigans but I share this to say that reaching for inner peace during a crisis may not come easily, but we have this overwhelming desire to feel better when things are at their worst and so it’s probably the perfect time to practice. But how? You can practice emotions. True story! Let’s try this: close your eyes and think about something for which you are truly grateful. It could be hugs from your kids, amazing support staff or a lovely life partner. Whatever it is that is meaningful for you, close your eyes and focus in on the gratitude you feel. The object of your desire may not have been in the room with you while you visualized your gratitude, but that did not stop the warm feelings from flowing into you did it? We can do this with almost anything, it just takes knowing how, focus and practicing.

3)      Morning and daily routine
I’m going to share with you what worked for me; What helped me to build my happiness muscle.  And I’ll say again, we are all a work in progress, especially me, but I’m better today than I have ever been. This was recommended by one of my most trusted mentors and I have to say this may have been the game changer, no, life changer for me.

a)      Morning Routine
There is a little space in the morning when I wake up, when I know I’m awake but before I start planning my day and going off on all my tangents. I try my best to get control of my thoughts in this space and consciously project thoughts of appreciation and gratitude. Appreciation for another day, for health, for my family, for my internal plumbing working the way it should as I rush off to the bathroom. Once I’m squared away, I try to introduce some movement / exercise. Usually yoga works well for me at this time and then I spend a few minutes meditating. I do a spot of journaling and then I listen to something inspirational to help set the tone for my day. This means for me that I have to get up a bit earlier so as not to be disturbed by my little ones but the time is worth it, and I notice that on the days that I miss incorporating this routine, that navigating challenges is a little harder. I also avoid all media, social and otherwise during this time. The emails will still be there when I’m done!

b)      Daily Routine
One of my mentors is a coach and teacher of universal law. She introduced me to deciding how I want to feel before I move into each different portion of my day. For example walking into the kitchen to prepare breakfast for my kids before getting them on the bus, I want to feel efficient and in flow; As I drive to work I want to feel safe and secure; As I treat patients I want to feel in flow and knowledgeable; when I return home to my family I want to feel love and joy …and patient; going to bed I want to feel relaxed and in gratitude. You can break this down into even smaller chunks of time, but what this ensures is that you are at all times paying attention to how you feel.

c)       Don’t beat yourself up
There are days when my morning “glow, “lasts longer than others. On some days I’m rushing so much that I’m not paying attention to how I want to feel and wander into uncomfortable emotional territory. On some days, things just overwhelm me. That’s ok. Let us please not beat ourselves up for not being happy enough! Every day we have an opportunity to continue our practice and every day our happiness muscle builds and gets stronger, helping us handle the toughest situations with ease calm, peace and grace.

4)      Taking care of you
We’ve all heard that you can’t pour from an empty cup and that you should put your mask on first before helping others. These are not just platitudes. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to reach for happiness, it may elude us because of something physiological. Have you ever noticed that when you feel healthier, well rested, well hydrated, when you are fed, you have exercised and when you have avoided negative people places and things, that you just feel amazing, like you could conquer the world?

Let me just put on my physician and recovering researcher hat here for a minute to let you know that yes there is a change in your brain and body chemistry in response to all these things. I won’t bore you with the details, at least not in this article. Just look it up on PubMed though, I kid you not, these things affect how you feel, not just physically but also emotionally. So let’s make sure we are doing all we can to maintain our health in this time. Let’s lay off the quarantine snacks for a minute guys!

Now is the time to infuse our diets with healthy plant based foods, (great news, so far the produce aisles continue to be STOCKED, there is a run on TP but not on fresh veggies!) Let’s not skip meals even though we aren’t on our regular schedule. Let’s supplement our health with key nutrients. In times like these a quality multivitamin, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, a quality antioxidant, omega 3’s and probiotics, to name a few, can go a long way. Make sure we are getting quality sleep. With our schedules upended, we may be tempted to stay up late nights bingeing streaming TV, or reading or whatever. That is fine, just make sure you are getting enough quality uninterrupted sleep. In the colder months we can be tempted to let our hydration fall by the wayside. Don’t forget however, that we are about 70% water and we can’t run many of our repair reactions nor can we eliminate waste successfully without water. So drink up during this time. Try to get about ½ oz per pound of body weight - that is on average about 64 oz per day.

We might find that we have more time in our schedule for moving our bodies, so let’s do it. Exercise releases endorphins as well as dopamine and serotonin in some cases. These are all chemicals produced by our bodies that can help us feel better naturally. Doing some yoga, going for a walk in nature, joining a virtual group exercise class, going for a run or even lifting weights in the basement all count towards helping us feel better. And as for keeping the negative influences in life to the barest minimum, well, that’s just good sense. All that being said, if you suffer from not just situational depression, but clinical depression, incorporating these ideas as well as working with a professional counselor can be tremendously beneficial.

5)      Community
I’m a firm believer that we don’t have to go it alone and that everything is easier with a collective of likeminded supportive individuals. On our journey to improving our lives through this season that we are currently in and beyond, success is so much more likely when we can ask the audience or phone a friend. In this time when social distancing is mandated, let’s look for opportunities for heart and soul connecting. It is my hope that we exit this crisis better than we were at the very beginning. That we rediscover what is truly of value in our lives, that we look for the opportunity and silver linings in all of this and reach for innovation and deeper purpose.

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Most of us go to webinars, listen to talks, read articles and engage in all sorts of other self help activities, and at the end of the day we go back to living our lives as usual. What I have learned is that in order for us to truly move forward successfully, we need a container of support, and that is what we provide for each other, every day, at Ladies Power Lunch.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Will You Achieve Your New Year Resolutions This Time?

The question I ask of anyone who will listen is : Do you believe that you can live your optimal life?

What does living your optimal life mean for you? I mean, if you could wave a magic wand and change your life so that everything fell into place what would that look like? What would your health be like? Your body? Your time? Your relationships, career/work, finances? What would those all be like if we were really allowing ourselves to dream into the realm of what we would truly, deeply, no holes barred, like to have show up in our lives?

I believe that we create our own lives by design. I believe that every single one of us is being constantly blessed. That we have a constant stream of well being flowing to us, but the reason we do not always see the things we want showing up in our existence is that we are not always allowing the awesomeness in. We are often not in the mode for receiving the things we are desiring and as a result we are often blocking our desires from coming to us and being a part of our every day life.

But what if we could allow more, be in greater alignment with who we truly are and be open to receiving all the bountiful blessings that are in store for us: financially, relationship wise, family, and yes even our health... What if we could truly allow the blessings in? Wouldn't we then be able to live our optimal lives on all subjects?

We have all heard about the power of positive thinking. We have heard "don't worry be happy!" We have all heard that it's better to be positive than to be negative and that more good comes that way, so most of us are OK with the path of thought i'm leading us down. With that in mind, I guess my question for us is: What if the key to allowing all the infinite blessings that are waiting for us to actually show up in our lives, is based in our thoughts and our ability to maintain positive thoughts and inner peace. What if the key is doing this even when things don't seem to be going the way we want? What if it is that simple? What do you think? Is it worth a try?

Let me say 3 things:

 1) Here's what positive thinking is not: it is not pretending to be positive about something that we do not feel positive about whatsoever. It's not putting a smile on your face when you don't feel it in your heart, that's just going to be a super duper waste of time, in my opinion!

2) How you feel is how you feel. It's not right, it's not bad, it just is. Don't ever beat yourself up because of how you are feeling. From my point of view, that's counterproductive. 

3) If you are in the depths of despair, it might not be easy or might not even be possible to go in one moment from despair to ecstatic joy. Look it's probably possible, but I've for sure never been able to do that... yet. It might instead be a better idea to do this experiment:

So here's the experiment: It's based on a book called "Ask and it is given," by Esther Hicks. Esther she says she is channeling a being named Abraham. I find that weird, but if you can get past the weirdness of it and hear the message, awesome!

I really like Esther. She lists 22 emotions in order of their ability to manifest the positive things into our existence. Here's a picture of the list that I keep on my desk in my office. I'm not saying this is an absolute list, but I like Esther, I like the list and I find it useful. Always keep in mind that these things are just guides so don't take it too seriously! Play with it!

And what the work is is this: 

-Look at the things you want to achieve, perhaps start with one that you feel particular negative emotion about.

-Look at the list of emotions and kind of see where you fall on the list. Are you despairing the situation? Do you feel more angry about it or maybe frustration is closer to what is going on for you?

-Whatever it is, let's start there and spend some time journaling about how you are feeling and what it would feel like if you were to reach for a SLIGHTLY higher energy emotion. (one that is a little higher on the list.)

-Once you've done your journaling exercise for the day, try to stay off the topic in your mind. If it pops up, change the subject in your mind to something else that fills you with joy. (Kittens, bunnies, puppies and babies do it for me every time😊 )

-On the next day you sit to journal on the topic repeat the process. Tune in to how you are feeling on the topic and then reach for the next accessible higher energy emotion.

-The intention is to train us to keep reaching for the next thought that feels a bit better than the one we are currently thinking. It's not the easiest thing to do but with practice it's doable and 100% worth it!

I'd love to get some feedback on what you are thinking about this and if you do try the experiment how it is going for you! Want to share how your experiment is going? Do post below. 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Optimal Health Magic Wand...

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Are you living your optimal life? Do you have that drop to your knees in gratitude lifestyle that you absolutely love? If you could have a happier, healthier life, would you lean into that?

If you could wave a magic wand and with no limitations, change the things about your health or life in general, that bother you, what would that look like?

It could be you as supermom, losing pesky pounds, loving how you feel and looking great. Having super energy to keep up with your little ones. Maybe a dramatic turn around in the progress of a chronic disorder? Or perhaps more mental agility, clarity and focus to be your best CEO of your business, your family and your life...

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Really think about it. What does that optimal picture of your life today look like for you?

Keep waving that magic wand. What about future 90 year old you? If you could chose, ideally, what would you like her health to look like? Vibrant, energetic, mentally clear, strong in body..?

What if you could actually have that magic wand...In real life...What if you could start today?

What would be better about your life? What would amazing unbelievable health make available?

You want amazing, outstanding health, today and into the future, but you have been taught that poor health runs in families, that your DNA is a problem, that it's just part of getting older or that your diagnosis is your destiny.

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