Emergency doctor, author and CNN contributor, Dr. Darria is here to share her ultimate mom hacks and share why we need to ban calling our lives crazy busy. Dr. Darria uses her own medical experience, and scientific research to ensure that women are living healthy, better and easier lives. She is a trusted source and a go-to guide for making simple tweaks for living healthy so we can raise healthy kids.
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Emergency room doctor, medical contributor for CNN, speaker, author and mom of two, Dr. Darria is here to give us the scoop for living healthy, better and easy lives.
Banning “Crazy Busy”
How many times have we described our lives as “crazy busy”? So much right, it’s just the go to response. Dr. Darria stopped herself and thought, “how can I be so in control and ready for anything in the ER…but not in my personal life?” Things don’t just switch once she goes to work, so how can those lessons and routines be applied to normal daily life as a woman, wife and mom.
Switching to Ready Mode
Dr. Darria categorizes things as red, yellow, green and black. These colors get assigned to tasks in the level of priority.
Step 1: Triage your life- you can’t address everything at once.
Red- immediately life threatening (have to focus on that)
Yellow- important but not emergency
Green- not that pressing
Black- some things just need to be let go, there’s nothing you can do
What are your reds today? Those are the things you need to focus on because they move the needle and they actually make your feel better, productive and accomplished.
Living a Healthy, Better and Easy Life
Dr. Darria is dedicated to making health easy to understand for women and moms. You know how we never know if the information we are getting can be trusted? Or have you ever searched Google for answers but you realize you’re only search what you want to hear? Dr. Darria is here to save the day and be that realistic, relatable but very well educated trusted source for us!
Ultimate Mom Hacks
Dr. Darria’s book, Mom Hacks is full of proven, researched based HACKS for moms to implement to live healthier, better, easier lives. Hacks for exercise, diet, health, home, kids, etc. all outlined for you in bulleted lists making it quick and dirty for a mom to try right away. This is the way to get yourself healthy while keeping your kids healthy.
How much light are you exposing your kids (and you!) to at night? Melatonin controls a lot of aspects of your body- sleep, diet, mood, etc. Light suppresses the production of melatonin. An hour before bed- no phones, tv, tablets, etc. and low lights in rooms (30 watts or less). Everything just gets dimmer. This helps the melatonin rise and gets bodies prepared to sleep. Cover up those lights in your room!
When it’s morning, bright light alerts the body to wake up. Expose yourself to light as soon as possible to trigger your body. That’s the best way to not be sluggish in the morning and wake up ready to go!
Time Restricted Eating
Eat within a certain window. 10 hour window for losing weight, 12 hour window for maintaining weight. Breakfast at 7 am, stop eating at 7 pm. Basically eat for 12 hours, fast for 12 hours.
Will Power Hack!
Willpower is a muscle and it gets so tired by the end of the day! Willpower is also visual. Get rid of the tempting snacks OR put them up high. Use your laziness. If your snack or treat is up high, high enough to use a stool, your willingness to get that treat goes way down, like by 75%! Put obstacles in front of those tempting things. Snacks in opaque jars vs. clear is also a good way to stop yourself from seeing it.
Routine. You can watch the show, but try to not associate food or drinks with it. Weeknights- no treats with shows, weekends- I can have treats. Not depriving, just setting boundaries. It’s not a never, it’s just a not today.
Punctuating Your Day
Think of your life as a venn diagram. You have all your areas of your day, that slightly ovelap, but nothing hugely overwhelming. Now with quarantine, our days are squishing together and overlapping and it’s overwhelm city.
Our body’s crave routine. We’ve got that and so we feel tired, more depressed, not productive, etc. Not good.
Create a routine and stick to it. We have to impose this on ourselves. Morning routine. What do you in the morning? What can you stick to and do every day?
Punctuate at the end of the day- what does my day look like tomorrow? Where am I going to start? What needs to get done when I start tomorrow? Now, that is done, and I’m on parent mode. Pack up, clean up, clear the space and transition. Find something that helps you with that shut down and transition also- light a candle or play a song as that trigger!
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