Did you know that many of our chronic health issues stem from the gut? By changing the foods we eat, reducing our stress levels, and creating a mindful morning routine, we can vastly improve our health. Jane Hogan, “The Wellness Engineer,” joins me to talk about how she healed her rheumatoid arthritis using these methods.
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The Benefits of Heart-Focused Breathing:
- Heart Coherence
- Increase Heart Rate Variability
- Helps PTSD and Anxiety
About Jane Hogan
Jane Hogan, “The Wellness Engineer,” is passionate about helping people release joint pain by naturally letting go of inflammatory foods, thoughts, and feelings so they are free to become the most magnificent version of themselves.
Her personal experience of overcoming crippling rheumatoid arthritis using natural solutions inspired her to leave a nearly 30-year engineering career and become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach – Jane hung up her hard hat and followed her heart!
Through Jane Hogan Health, Jane applies her engineering problem-solving skills to help others build a solid foundation of mind-body wellness and design their own unique path back to strength, vitality, and freedom.
Hogan is the creator of Wonderful Fine: An Anti-Inflammatory Living Membership Program, helping others see they can achieve optimal health by intentionally designing a life based on what our own body needs. Jane has inspired over 150,000 people to take control of their health with natural solutions and features on multiple media outlets.
Healing Chronic Health Issues in the Gut
Jane Hogan shares her personal story of how she, seemingly overnight, developed severe rheumatoid arthritis. Instead of letting this diagnosis define the rest of her life, she began a journey that eventually saw her leave her 30-year engineering career so she can help others heal their chronic health conditions.
Jane explains how she applied mathematics principles in her quest to heal her arthritis. She then went through the process of removing potentially problematic foods from her diet. Jane shares the struggle she had reintroducing these foods and what realization she came to in the end.
What Jane really wants you to know is that many of our chronic health conditions start in the gut. This means focusing on improving our gut health can solve many problems. Jane talks about some of the ways lousy gut health can show up in the body and stresses that inflammation and pain can be so different for different people.
Mental Health Practices to Improve Your Gut Health
Once Jane started healing her gut health, she discovered other potential causes. She began noticing how stress manifested in her body and set out to reduce her stress levels. To start, she discovered, and now actively and regularly practices, heart-centered breathing.
One of the ways that heart-centered breathing benefits us is that it increases our heart rate variability. Jane explains why this is something we should strive for in our health.
Jane is also a convert to the miracle morning. She claims that when she implemented a morning routine, her stress levels reduced significantly, and her gut health, and therefore her other health issues, improved dramatically. Jane recommends Hal Elrod’s books on The Miracle Morning for more in-depth information.
Finally, Jane believes that we all have the power to dramatically change our lives. It’s about envisioning the type of life we desire and manifesting it into reality. The solutions to all your problems lie within you.
Have you tried mindful breathing exercises to improve your health? What benefits have you found from putting a regular morning routine in place? Let me know in the comments below!
“A lot of people don’t realize that inflammation in other parts of their body is due to their gut.” [13:42]
“Our brain works in pictures so if you can visualize a picture in your head of what you want, then it helps it actually come to fruition.” [21:13]
“Drink enough water. A lot of people just aren’t drinking enough water. That helps so much.” [29:54]
“Think about putting good in. Good food, good thoughts, good feelings, good water, good air, good things on your skin, good people around you. Just exposing yourself to the best environment possible because the environment is what changes our gene expression.” [30:06]
In This Episode
- Why you have to cut out and reintroduce foods methodically [9:30]
- How symptoms of gut health issues can show up differently for different people [13:30]
- How heart-centered breathing can help you reduce stress and improve your gut health [15:00]
- Why you want to increase your heart rate variability [18:00]
- How a morning routine can improve your gut health [20:15]
- Why you need to understand that the solutions to your health and life lie within you [31:30]
Links & Resources
Jane Hogan 0:04
The biggest thing, Stephanie i think is realizing, for me that was that moment of making a decision that I was going to fix this no matter what. And I wasn't going to stop until it was done and that that's that math thing. Yeah. And realizing that you're in a position of power, we are always in a position of power we can choose and I've seen plenty of stories now of people that have put chronic illnesses into remission. It can be done.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 0:37
Welcome to the longevity blueprint podcast. I'm your host, Dr. Stephanie gray. My number one goal with the show is to help you discover your personalized plan to build your dream health and live a longer, happier, truly healthier life. You're about to hear from Jane Hogan, you'll get to hear her morning routine, the power of heart focus breathing and how math Yes, math helped her heal. Let's get started.
Welcome to another episode of The your longevity blueprint podcast. today. My guest is Jane Hogan, the wellness engineer who is passionate about helping people release joint pain by naturally letting go of inflammatory foods, thoughts and feelings so that they're free to become the most magnificent version of themselves. Our personal experience of overcoming crippling rheumatoid arthritis using natural solutions inspired her to leave a nearly 30 year engineering career and become a functional medicine certified health coach. Jane hung up her hard hat and followed her heart. Through Jane Hogan health Jane applies her engineering problem solving skills to help others build a solid foundation of Mind Body wellness and design their own unique path back to strength, vitality and freedom. Jane is the creator of wonderful, fine and anti inflammatory living membership program helping others see that optimal health is achieved by intentionally designing a life based on what her own body needs. Jane has inspired over 150,000 people to take control of their health with natural solutions and has been featured on multiple media outlets. So welcome to the show, Jane.
Jane Hogan 2:04
Thanks so much, Stephanie. I'm really thrilled to be here.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 2:07
I like that bio and relates to actually what I mentioned in my book. I'm not sure if you're aware, but I wrote a book called your longevity blueprint right back there. So I talk to patients about building their health. And so you being an engineer you I think you yours. Do you use the same lingo. So part of building health, I thoroughly believe incorporates using functional medicine principles. And I'm sure some of your strategies you're going to give us today are actually some of those functional medicine principles. But I want to hear first about you leaving your career as an engineer to become a health coach. incorporating them functional medicine perspective. So what's your story?
Jane Hogan 2:48
I know it's kind of strange isn't you don't see this combination of like engineer and health coach very often. Well, I worked as an engineer for nearly 30 years. But in 2016, I suddenly developed really crippling rheumatoid arthritis. So I had had a very stressful year emotionally stressful leading up to it. And then it just came on really quickly. Like within three months, I went from being strong and vibrant to barely able to walk. I had so much pain and inflammation throughout my body. I couldn't make a fist with my hands. You know, it was just and I was I was afraid. I was really afraid because we were coming up to the freedom years, and they weren't looking like they're going to be very free. If I was going to be probably disabled. It's how it was looking at the time. So it was quite frightening. But I it takes I live in Newfoundland, and it takes about six months to see a rheumatologist.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 3:45
Jane Hogan 3:46
So I wasn't diagnosed at this point. But my family doctor said, sometimes food is related to joint pain. So you could try you know, eliminate food. I thought I thought that was crazy. I thought there's no way food has anything to do with joint pain, which seems Now I know that it's crazy not to know about because I guess we know, it seems to me people know it a lot more now. Maybe not. But so I tried experimenting. And like, I'm an engineer. So you know, I did this problem solving. And I kept records and I charted and I graphed. So I could see, as I was making these changes that I was I was having improvements. Like I had very quick improvements in levels of pain, and the inflammation started to go down gradually. And then I just started researching, started, you know, Dr. Google, and then I listen to podcasts, and I'd hear what I hear about books and I get books, I've got stacks and stacks of books on health now.
And I really started learning about lifestyle changes and getting at the root cause. And as I kept learning, I thought I really want to learn more. So I decided while I was Still working as an engineer, I, part time did the Institute for functional medicine, functional medicine Coaching Academy program and learn even more. And then I, I really felt like this rheumatoid arthritis had come into my life for a reason. And it woke me up and made me realize that I had really spent my whole life, people pleasing, trying to do it all trying to be a perfectionist, and I believe it's really a lot of that, that led to it and, and the emotionally stressful year was just like a tipping point, like, filled up the bucket and tipped it over. So I feel like it was happening for me, for me to learn. And I have learned and I've changed and I've grown so much. So I decided like this, I'm just so passionate about I want to let other people know that they don't have to feel like a victim when they get an illness. Because the power is all within them to create a healing environment. And I know you know all about this, the same work you do, right?
Dr. Stephanie Gray 6:06
Yes, exactly. So how did mass help you heal? Was it the graphing and the charts you were alluding to?
Jane Hogan 6:13
I was actually in in that I was referring to how el rods miracle equation, have you heard of how Elrod he wrote an equation. And it was it was called the miracle equation. And basically, the equation is unwavering faith. And something like outstanding effort, like you just never stop. And that gives you a miracle. And I was like, yeah, that's basically what I did. Because I sought out stories of other people that have healed naturally. So that was the wavering faith part. Sure. And then I was not giving up until I found a solution. So I just I just kept on going, you know, it just so those two together gave me a miracle. So I feel like that was held that helped me heal. put those two together. And you got it. Sure.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 7:05
So part of your healing journey, I'm assuming involved greatly changing your diet. So tell me how gut health is related to overall health and what you have learned through your training?
Jane Hogan 7:16
Well, I did, I learned that of course, so much of our immune system is in our gut. And because of that, when our immune system gets triggered, and we get inflammation, and I wouldn't say the primary cause, but because I don't think it started there. It started from a lot of other stuff. But your gut gets inflamed gets leaky triggers the immune system. So course, if you have any autoimmune condition, if you have any inflammation at all, it probably involves the gut. So you have to you have to get that under control. So yeah, the foods was a great place to start. Now I of course, I thought I was eating healthy. I didn't think I badly I didn't need a lot of I didn't think processed food. But now I realized, of course anything with an ingredient label is a processed food. And even some things without ingredient labels are still processed foods or industrial foods. My learning curve was very steep. So I learned about the common inflammatory foods. So of course sugar, which I didn't really have a lot of sugar anyway. But I didn't realize that dairy was causing me a problem. I didn't realize that I was sensitive to gluten and other grains. I used like seed oils, like industrial type of oils, and thought they were fine. You know, vegetable oils are good, right? So it was finding out about things like that, that were a little bit of an eye opener. And also, I had never really heard of Nightshade vegetables before. And turns out, I'm sensitive to those.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 8:48
So just for the audience to go over nightshades those are tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers. They're also known as the kind of solanine family foods. I don't know how to pronounce that. But so those were a problem for you. Which right now here is the summer tomato season everyone's making fresh salsa and you haven't you know, garden fresh tomato. So what all foods Did you take out and then what foods did you put back in your diet? That maybe you hadn't been consuming many of it,
Jane Hogan 9:13
you know her? Well, you know, you really have to go about it methodically. And I think for a little while I was I was taking stuff out but then I wasn't being very careful about introducing stuff in I'd have like a whole bunch of things at once or go to a restaurant, you never know what you're getting. You have to kind of be very careful. So it was a slow, long lesson for me to figure out some of these things. Initially I cut out I was following the autoimmune protocol, paleo so so I had cut out you know, eggs and nuts and all these things, all grains nightshades dairy, all kinds of things. So I've discovered along the way that I am sensitive to tomatoes, but I I'm okay with potatoes, so I can eat potatoes. So that's something Introduced back i can i can do nuts. As long as I don't do too many of them, I have to kind of keep it to not too much. If I start doing too much I feel like I get sensitive. And eggs. I've got eggs again. So what I also realized that the source of the eggs makes a difference. Sure. Right. So I have to, you know, wouldn't just kind of get ordinary eggs and same with meat, like beef, for example. grass fed beef, perfect, fine, but if I had, you know, industrial type of beef, no, not so good. So I, what my food ate matters as well, because I'm eating basically what they ate. Right? Right. So
Dr. Stephanie Gray 10:42
think about what you eat what you eat. I think Michael Pollan said that first. Yes, what's out just how important that is.
Jane Hogan 10:48
Yeah, what you eat ate matters.
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Jane Hogan 12:12
It was because initially, I was doing the foods and I was having improvement improvement, and then it kind of plateaued. So one of the books I'd read, it was like, Okay, if it plateaus, and perhaps you have a, you know, some kind of infection. So I went to my family doctor and said, Oh, could I please have a test for small intestine bacterial overgrowth, and all these and she was like, we, you know, conventional medicine don't do that. You need to see a naturopath and where I live. There's no naturopaths in my town. So I had to actually work with one online and it worked out really well. So it turned out that I had a severe case of SIBO small intestine bacterial overgrowth, which is kind of unusual because I didn't have the digestive symptoms, or I didn't think I had the digestive symptoms. Sure. I didn't have IBS or anything like that. But of course, afterwards, I did realize that I did have some symptoms. Sure. Once it cleared up, it's just I've had them for so long, but they are normal as your normal Yeah,
Dr. Stephanie Gray 13:13
exactly. I've struggled with SIBO also, and I never had like the the irritable bowel symptoms, I have more upper gi symptoms, I get shorter breath and just kind of fullness in my chest and then heart palpitations. So it's, it's interesting how it conditions manifests differently for different people. Now, yeah, same with inflammation, like you're alluding to inflammation could manifest anywhere for you was primarily in your joints. But for someone else, it could be with headaches or or skin disorder or whatnot. Right?
Jane Hogan 13:39
Yeah. Yeah. It's interesting, because a lot of people don't realize that these this inflammation in other parts of their body is to do with their gut, like a lot of people don't realize, for example, psoriasis is on your skin. What's that got to do with your gut? Right, totally.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 13:55
Everything we think alike. So other than changing your diet, I know you also emphasize the importance of heart focus breathing, which probably was helpful and with your stress, and the stress that you had been dealing with it, like you mentioned was the straw that broke the camel's back with your condition. So what is heart focus breathing? And how did that help you? How can it help with longevity?
Unknown Speaker 14:18
Well, so I came to realize that stress was really, I would think stress and emotions, were really the underlying cause that had kind of carried on for a long, long time. And we don't even realize how much stress we're carrying around with emotions, but you know, with every day things going on in our lives, and I realized I was like, kind of clenched in my belly a lot of the time and I and I really had dysfunctional breathing. I was a chest breather. And so when I found out about heart focus breathing in my functional medicine course, coaching course, I really began to To apply it, and then I really love sharing it with other people, because it's a very simple simple practice. So I can explain it to you if you want to hear about a little bit more. Yeah. Okay, so it's here it is, it's as simple as this. And it was developed the heartmath Institute, a nonprofit organization does a lot of research into this heart focus breathing, and the effect of it on emotions and all the physiology in our body. So it's a great resource for anyone to check out. But the basic idea is, you slow down your breathing, you try to, you want to try to think about, like breathing in for five seconds. and breathing out for five seconds, that kind of slow breaths like that. But you imagine breathing into your heart. So you can even even put your hand Hands on your heart just to kind of get that feeling going. So you imagine breathing into your heart, slowly and imagine the air swirling around your heart, all around your heart space,
Jane Hogan 16:03
and letting it go.
breathing into your heart,
swirling around the heart,
And then while you're continuing with that, you think about an event that happened in your life that brought you a positive heart feeling like love, or compassion, or joy, or even excitement, just a positive heart feeling or gratitude. So you think about this event, and then you focus on the feeling that you get from it. And imagine that feeling in your heart.
So as you're thinking about this event, feeling the feeling in your heart, you keep breathing in,
breathing out. Focus on that beautiful feeling. As you breathe in, breathe out. And you really only need to do that for a while, if you could, if you can do it for three breaths, that's great. But if you do it for three minutes, that's even better. It's just it's a very, very, super simple practice. I love it. Because you can do it anytime you can even do it with your eyes open, they don't have to be closed.
Unknown Speaker 17:20
So you can do it absolutely anywhere. If If it's not appropriate for you to have your hands on your heart, you don't have to do that. So you can just do it anytime, anywhere. Little kids can do it like you can use it with kids to help them get to sleep at night. And there's just so many benefits. So from heart focus breathing, we get this coherence going on within our heart. And we increase heart rate variability. So heart rate variability is it's the variation between successive heartbeats. Now, we would think that, Oh, nice, regular heartbeat would be good. But what we want is more variation in there. Because when we have that variation, we get that coherence going on, we get great communication between our heart and our brain.
Unknown Speaker 18:08
And actually, our heart has a little brain in it and sends way more signals to the brain than the other way around. So the heart sends all these signals to the brain, which then changes the the chemistry that the brain then releases in our body. So we come right down, our digestive system works better, our musculoskeletal system works better, our endocrine system, our cardiovascular system, everything just starts to work better, you actually get better brain function. So you think better, you have better focus, you have better self regulation, so you can get better decision making. So you're less likely then to do behaviors that are not going to serve you like lash out at people or eat the food that you shouldn't eat or any of those kinds of things. So it's it's just really good and long term. There's so many great benefits in like even in a community, helps people with PTSD, it helps people with anxiety helps anyone really because we can all use a little bit of relaxation, especially in these changing times when we need more resilience because we we don't know what we're facing and it just helps calm down. So I love this heart focus breathing.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 19:29
I like it too. So is this part of your morning routine? Is that something that you do every day? or How are you using it now?
Jane Hogan 19:36
I use it pretty much anytime I'm feeling a little bit like I noticed that I'm feeling stressed or a little bit clenched again. That's kind of my go to position. And in my morning routine I do use deep breathing but I do a meditation practice. So yeah, my morning routine is is my non negotiable. I have to do that every day. It's part of my health. wellbeing, it's what I have to do to stay healthy. So even when I'm traveling, no matter what I do my morning routine,
Dr. Stephanie Gray 20:08
which is share more tell us everything.
Jane Hogan 20:11
So my morning routine, it's another thing that parallel rod came up with, actually, he calls it his Miracle Morning, it's about an hour long. And I set up a little timer. So it kind of reminds me of when to do the transitions. So it starts off with 10 minutes of silence. So that's the meditation, the acronym he uses his savers. So 10 minutes, so the S is silence. 10 minutes of silence, the a is affirmations. So five minutes of affirmations. And I'll use all kinds of positive affirmations always state them, I am the present tense. And I've used different ones at different times, it could be around health, it could be around pretty much anything. I love it. And I love doing those looking in the mirror and smiling at myself. Yeah, that's good. And then five minutes of visualization. So I might visualize what my day is going to be like, or maybe I'm visualizing a future that I want to build. So it's this visualization because our brain works in pictures.
So if you can visualize a picture in your head of what you want, then it helps it actually come to fruition, right. So SAP is exercise. So for me, that's 20 minutes of yoga, I like to do yoga, I find it really great on my joints, it's easy, it stretches them out. And it's here, it's my go to thing, but you could do anything, you know, you could do, you know, a little high intensity training, right, something that's small, and then followed by some stretching. So whatever works for anyone, that's what I would say to do there. And then are that one is for reading. So 10 minutes of reading. And I usually use that to read either personal development or something on spirituality. But the thing is, it's, you know, you know, no matter what you're going to get that 10 minutes of reading it every day. And it's surprising how that builds up.
Right, and you can get a book read, just set 10 minutes a day. And then the last S is scribe which is journaling. So it's 10 minutes of journaling, and different ways to journal, you could journal on gratitude, you know, write down what you're grateful for that day, three things, you could journal on stream of thought, lets you know popping up in your head that day, I found it really useful. When I was really examining where a lot of my my beliefs were coming from, that I felt were leading to emotions that were causing my illness or contributing to my illness. I really spent a bit of time looking at childhood. So what would bubble up in my head that day about childhood? And what did they How did that translate into my personality? Now, I found that really eye opening for a while, like I didn't carry on just for that period of time until I sort of felt like I'd worked through that, then that was done. So that's the that's my morning routine.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 23:07
That's quite the routine, there are a lot of good tips in there. My advice to the listeners may be if this all sounds great, but you may not have an hour in the morning to do that. You could divide it for the day, right? So maybe you do your 10 minutes of reading at night, and you're scribing or even gratitude journaling at night, but you do the affirmations and the silence and exercise in the morning whatnot. So I imagine you don't have to do this in any specific order doesn't have to be perfect. But these are just great tips for ways to really incorporating what we'll call our nervous system and reduce stress and this this world that we live in. So those are great tips. Thank you.
Jane Hogan 23:43
It really sets the tone for the day as well. But yeah, I've done I've done that Stephanie, where if I'm a little bit rushed? Well, it's the reading and journaling, kind of like put that aside. I'll try to get at that later. So the rest of it is 30 minutes. So even if someone said they only had 20 minutes, cut the exercise down to 10 minutes. Right and just make them make it work. But just start in a priority. Yeah, yeah, you have to make it happen. And we can all find 20 minutes in the morning. I would think you know, just getting ready the night before helps.
Now a lot of people working from home, they do have this a little bit of extra time that are not spending commuting. So yes, Yeah, yep. But starting with meditation, a daily meditation practice is just so good for calming the nervous system down and getting you into that rest and digest mode, because that's when you heal when you're in the stress mode.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 24:39
You're not you're not Yeah, exactly. It's the time of year where many of my patients are feeling the motivation to detox, cleanse, reset, whatever you want to call it. After the year we've had in 2020 I think we all could use some renewal in our lives. Of course, one of the most common resolutions at the start of the new year is to focus on exercise and clean eating but I'm going to be honest, you likely need more than that. If you're looking to truly build optimal health, you likely change the furnace filters in your home regularly and in your car, you probably pay close attention to scheduling oil changes, and both your car and your home this regular maintenance removes gunk that keeps those systems from operating at their best and even breaking down over time. Have you ever thought about the gunk that accumulates in your body? That gunk often takes the form of toxins that accumulate over time?
Can you believe that each year the average person is exposed to 14 pounds of pesticides, herbicides, food additives and preservatives. That's about the equivalent of a bowling ball of toxins. Just like your home and your car. Regular maintenance is required to restore your body's ability to cleanse itself and eliminate these toxins to keep you operating at your best and prevent long term damage. You might know that your liver is responsible for filtering toxins from your system and you can think about this as a glass of water. If you keep on pouring in the water, the glass will eventually get full and overflow. Similarly over your lifetime, your liver may accumulate a large amount of toxins and need assistance clearing them out. When it comes to supporting your liver. Consider a strategically designed research structured liver cleanse program. To help with phase one and phase two detox pathways. You need a program with ingredients like beet, artichoke, dandelion, milk thistle and alpha lipoic acid all of which help your liver and gallbladder purge toxins and then a fiber protein powder to bind the toxins so that you can eliminate them. In my practice, I recommend the core restore program, which I'm dedicating an entire podcast episode to in March.
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Jane Hogan 27:28
Oh, I think it all kind of starts there. What you think your emotions affect your behavior? So what you think this is interesting, because they say that about 90% of our thoughts are repeated thoughts, same thoughts we had yesterday, maybe four days before. So of course, if you're repeating the thoughts because your thoughts lead to your feelings which lead to your actions or inactions which lead to your results, you keep getting the same results. So that definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. So if you want to get different results in your health or any area of your life, you have to change your thinking. Now the problem with changing thinking is a lot of it comes from beliefs that are subconscious beliefs that were instilled in our brain before we were seven years old. They were not even our beliefs, someone else put them there. So we need to go back and look at them and see what are some of these beliefs that we've got that are maybe only serving us very well. And once I realized that, for me, that made a big difference. Big difference, because I could look back and see what some of these beliefs were and how it led to my behaviors. And then I could switch it up a little bit. Takes conscious effort, though.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 28:49
Yeah. And time I, for years put off taking a class called the ultimate journey, which is available here locally through an organization called House of hope. Because it was such a huge time commitment to do that. And I finally made time for it a few years back, and it was the most amazing experience of my life because they do they they took you back to your childhood and why you know everything that's happened to you and how you kind of see the world through the lens that you do. And they help you reframe some of that. And that's what a lot of us need. But it's it's it doesn't happen overnight. You can't just flip a switch and change. No change those thoughts. It can work Yeah,
Jane Hogan 29:22
it does. And you need to unless it's layers, you kind of peeling away layers. That's one of the things I work on with my with my clients is trying to identify those kinds of things, the beliefs, the thoughts that are leading to your behaviors now and what do you want to change?
Dr. Stephanie Gray 29:38
Yeah. Great. So what other tips do you have for boosting health and longevity?
Jane Hogan 29:46
What other tips Well, I mean, very, very simple one besides the deep the breathing, the heart focus breathing, which is super simple as well as drinking enough water. A lot of people just aren't drinking enough water and that is helps so much. And I think just overall, putting good in. So think about putting good in putting good food, good thoughts, good feelings,
Dr. Stephanie Gray 30:12
Jane Hogan 30:13
good water, good air, good things on your skin, good people around you, just exposing yourself to the best environment possible because the environment is what changes our gene expression. And illness is when our genes get turned on to or, you know, regulated or express in an illness. So we want to change gene expression and down regulate those genes for illness, then we got to provide the environment that's going to allow the body to heal. And that's why I mean, design, you design the environment, build that foundation, talk about the the analogies there, yeah, we build that foundation that's going to allow healing to happen.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 31:01
So I want to go back to that. Because in your bio, like, tell us what you mean by intentionally designing a life based on what our body needs?
Jane Hogan 31:10
Will you pay attention, you pay attention to your body and know that it's always talking to you, when we've got pain? It's talking to us if we've got other symptoms, it's talking to us. So paying attention to that, and then not just letting things happen to you planning how if I want this to change, how am I going to change so you're designing the life, not by reacting to the world, but by designing the environment that you want to be in? So it's not a reactionary approach, the reactionary approach is feeling like a victim, and why did this happen to me and nothing I can do and, and the solution being outside. So what I love about this is the solution is inside, it's within you, you got wisdom, you got intuition, you can pay attention, and then design the life that's gonna support healing and support. Well, whatever you want.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 32:07
Wonderful, great tips. And I have to say, I think it's a little ironic that you appreciate heart math and got to go back to math here. With your engineering background. There's Funny, funny, not that it's really math. But yeah, I've used that with my patients as well. So tell us also how listeners can get ahold of you. How can they hear more from you and follow you on social media?
Jane Hogan 32:31
Okay, thank you for that. My, my website is Jane Hogan health.com. And I'm on Facebook and Instagram at Jane Hogan health. And I've got a gift as well, if they want to download it. And it's about actually the very first step with eating and that's it starts in your brain, right? So it's about creating mindful eating, and because that's, that will help you digest your food better, which ultimately reduces inflammation. So I've got this gift if they want to, if they want to get it. So I know you're going to have a link in the show notes for that.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 33:09
We'll absolutely post that. Is there anything else you want to share with our audience, the tips that have helped you heal from your this chronic condition? Any additional tips you didn't get to mention that were a huge part of your journey.
Jane Hogan 33:24
The biggest thing, Stephanie, I think is realizing, for me, there was that moment of making a decision that I was going to fix this no matter what. And I wasn't going to stop until it was done. And that that's that math thing.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 33:39
Jane Hogan 33:40
And realizing that you're in a position of power, we are always in a position of power we can choose. And I've seen plenty of stories now of people that have put chronic illnesses into remission. It can be done. It can be done. You just pay keep paying attention. You keep walking, and I still say I'm a work in progress. I'm still figuring things out
Dr. Stephanie Gray 34:00
come a long way though. Sure, sure. And clients can then connect with you because you are a coach for me. So if individuals are listening, and they're looking for someone like you, you're you're up for the job. Yeah, yeah, I love
Jane Hogan 34:14
I love what I do. I just really love seeing the transformations in people. And especially that they they learn to trust themselves and they have the tools to move forward then so they can make the right decisions and for the rest of their life.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 34:30
Well thank you today for this interview for putting the power back in our hands and realizing we can make this decision that we can also incorporate the strategies. I think you said the Sabres analogy to reduce stress in our life, which is a huge catalyst for chronic disease. So thank you for all the tips that you've given us today. I think you will have provided listeners with a lot of hope. So thank you for your time. Thank you for sharing your story.
Jane Hogan 34:53
Thank you so much for having me.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 34:55
After the interview this morning, I had to look into the man she mentioned. How about rhod who wrote the books the Miracle Morning and the miracle equation, they sound like books I should read. I'd encourage you as part of your 2021 goals to set your Miracle Morning like Jane has, get your silence affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading and journaling in daily. And I know I'm preaching to myself here as well. I think the best way for me to get started doing this is simply by waking up 30 minutes earlier, I just need to do it. This will set the tone for my day. And I'd encourage that you do it to be sure to check out my book your longevity blueprint. And if you aren't much of a reader, you're in luck, you can now take my course online where I walk you through each chapter in the book. Plus for a limited time, not only is the course 50% off, but you also get your first consult with me for free. Check this offer out at your longevity blueprint.com and click the course tab. One of the biggest things you can do to support the show and help us reach more listeners is to subscribe to the show and leave us a rating and review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen. I read all of the reviews and would truly love to hear your suggestions for show topics, guests or how you're applying what you've learned on the show to create your own longevity blueprint. The podcast is produced by the team at counterweight creative. As always, thanks so much for listening and remember, wellness is waiting.
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