Day in the Life:
DrPH, MPH, CNS
Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM, is a founding director of American College of Lifestyle Medicine, founder of the Youngberg Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, and assistant clinical professor at Loma Linda University Schools of Medicine & Public Health.
Dr. Youngberg is author of several books including: Goodbye Diabetes – Preventing and reversing diabetes the natural way; and, Hello Healthy – Strategies to reach your full health and wellness potential. He is also the lead presenter in the Diabetes Undone Program – an interactive, video based series designed to support the doctor and the patient in achieving diabetes reversal. He has trained with Dr. Dale Bredesen, director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, and is certified in the Bredesen Protocol – a comprehensive, lifestyle medicine based, assessment and intervention model, documented to reverse up to 88% of MCI and early Alzheimer’s. Currently, Dr. Youngberg is conducting 4-Day Bredesen Protocol Intensives at resorts in San Diego and Laguna Beach.
As a passionate spokesman of lifestyle medicine for the past 30 years, he has presented to medical and lay audiences around the world. Wes and his wife Betsy live in Temecula, California (near San Diego) where they work at the Youngberg Lifestyle Medicine Clinic.
What’s your favorite vegetable?
What’s your motto?
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right,” – Henry Ford.
What’s your favorite book?
The Ministry of Healing, by Ellen G. White
What’s your favorite exercise?
Basketball & Skateboarding
What’s your favorite way to center?
Wes’s Daily Routine:
- 6AM — Wake up, early morning outside in nature and time for spiritual contemplation
- 7AM – Breakfast with baby spinach, onions, mushrooms. Oat groats with raisins, slivered almonds, raspberries and coconut flakes. Organic blueberry smoothie
- 8AM – Work with patients
- 12PM – Basketball
- 1PM – Lunch of big colorful salad and lentil stew
- 2PM – Work with patients
- 4PM – Watch my daughter play sports after school
- 6PM – Dinner with family
- 7PM – Family time to wind down at the end of the day
- 9PM – Read
- 10PM – Sleep
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
So much to do and the opportunity to help others improve their health and healing potential.
What is the most important part of your daily routine?
Going to bed on time is a strong determinant of how the next day will go.
What is your favorite part about living a healthy lifestyle?
I love how a healthy lifestyle optimizes my emotional and spiritual balance. It centers me in ways that prevent me from being distracted or even overwhelmed by life’s stresses and the expectations of others. It gives me a sense of satisfaction that is unobtainable simply through monetary gain or even professional success. A healthy lifestyle allows me to find real joy and happiness in the smaller things of life and buffers my natural tendency to prove myself to others.
Best talk today was by Dr. Michael Greger – "The role of diet in preventing and treating the 15 leading causes of death." Here Dr. Greger (3rd from left) is with three ACLM board members.
What is your #1 wellness habit?
Quick to forgive others and myself.
What is the best piece of health advice you’ve ever received?
When someone criticizes you, smile and thank them for their advice.
Tell us about a time you were stuck in an unhealthy cycle and how you got out of it. What was the main inspiration for positive change?
When feeling burned out and depressed, I find that forcing myself to get to bed by 10PM and then getting up for at least 20 minutes of exercise outside in the early morning sun, will reset my physical and spiritual passion for life.
If you could give one piece of health advice to your child, what would it be and why?
People who think they are optimally healthy and without any health risk, only think so because they haven’t taken the time to do the appropriate lab and health tests. 🙂
Dr. Wes Youngberg is a Doctor of Public Health, Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Clinical Nutritionist and Founding Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. For more tips from Wes, check out his websites: Youngberg Clinic and Win Wellness, and follow him on Facebook. To learn more about the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, click here.
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