Ms. Namita Nayyar: You did graduation with Magna cum Laude from University of Maryland and graduating Summa cum Laude from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. How this educational background has helped you in the profession you are pursuing?
Ms. Heather Lounsbury: My bachelor’s in Russian Linguistics and German Literature opened my eyes to different cultures. It made me curious to want to learn more about different countries and their ways of living and eating. I was already interested and studying nutrition on my own since high school. So food and diet was a big focus for me.
My degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine prepared me for much of what I do today. I had and still have some incredible teachers. They’ve taught me countless ways to treat my patients and get the best possible results. On top of my Masters Degree, I have taken dozens of courses to help me be the best physician I can be.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: The women of today live a stressful, time stretched and very demanding lifestyle. What advice you have for them in case they are in search for weight loss and what they should do to de-stress themselves?
Ms. Heather Lounsbury: Eating nutrient dense whole plant foods will give you the energy you need and help you decompress. The fiber in those foods will fill you up, so you’re not feeling hungry an hour later. Avoiding sugar and caffeine is important, because they cause energy and emotional crashes, making you more dependent on them. Drink plenty of water to fill your belly and aid in detoxification. Take a day off from the internet, TV, and ideally your phone at least once a month. I promise, it’s possible. Do exercise that makes you happy. I personally love Zumba. I burn hundreds of calories and always walk out of class with a huge smile on my face.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Share your exercise routine that you do to maintain such a perfect physique?
Ms. Heather Lounsbury: I work out 5-6 times per week. I try to mix it up. Zumba, of course. Yoga, swimming, spinning, hiking, riding my bike along the beach are all part of my regular routine.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your diet? Do you take a particular fixed regulated diet comprising of nutrients and vitamins to keep you in perfect health?
Ms. Heather Lounsbury: I’m 100% plant based, so I don’t consume any animal products. I limit my sugar intake. I don’t ingest any caffeine except for the rare dark chocolate. I drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Almost all of my diet is organic. I start my day off with a few supplements, including probiotic and a B complex. I drink those down with a large glass of lemon water. My breakfast is a smoothie with unsweetened hemp milk, kale, spinach, carrots, bananas, blueberries, mango, chia seeds, and blackberries. This way I start off my day with tons of nutrients, giving me energy that last several hours. Lunch and dinner vary. But I always have a huge salad with several veggies, greens, beans, and sprouts.