Regain Health Naturally: For Your Body, Mind & Soul

Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family? 

The short answer is that I do my best!  

What helps my focus is that my family comes first, and career/business second. Then comes the juggling act of making it all happen! I must admit I continue to learn as my children grow and their needs change. Also, accepting that I don’t always get it right either at home or at work!

I guess it is hard to find the perfect balance but what has made it easier for me is to know when to slow down and ask for help. For me, I have my husband and community to be grateful for in our lives. 

The drive: What challenges have you overcome? 

2020 has been a crazy year for many of us, but I am proud to have launched Real Healthy Me during a global pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis!  

Then I believe I am currently breaking through the challenge of operating a multidisciplinary model of care in Lifestyle Medicine in New Zealand. For this, I draw strength from the successes of other lifestyle medicine clinics in the world such as The Cleveland ClinicParsley Health, and Mingara Medical

For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business? 

For me, there are more pros than cons. I am really enjoying this business as a space for me to work without the constraints of the traditional healthcare model. As this is a new model of care, I am thoroughly enjoying exercising my creativity in designing our services. Also, building connections with like-minded people, especially those with a philanthropic flair! 

The cons are that this is a new idea being introduced to New Zealand during a global pandemic and to a fairly rigid healthcare system, as Real Healthy Me sits outside the realm of publicly funded health. This is not a bad thing as it means we have good checkpoints to ensure New Zealanders receive the best care that is evidence-based, but it does make it hard to introduce a good thing when it is new! 

Hopes and dreams: What next? 

I started Real Healthy Me with the vision to flatten the chronic health conditions curve, and I hope this will be realised in a decade or two! This can be achieved by giving individuals the ability to make a difference for themselves as well as their loved ones. There is stronger evidence now that good health starts at least 3 generations prior. So by improving one’s health it will definitely also benefit their grandchildren. Perhaps this can be my legacy.

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