Welcome to the first official episode of the Self Love Breakfast Club! If you have been with us for a while, you know that this podcast was formerly The Rebel Babe Cave, but we have expanded, renamed, and rebranded into something even better! Today’s guest is Dr. Julie Foucher-Urcuyo, MD, MS. If you’re in the CrossFit space, you have probably already heard of her, because Julie competed in the CrossFit Games from 2010-2015, where she consistently finished among the top 5 women with two podium finishes. Julie is now a family physician and has completed her coursework through the Institute for Functional Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Engineering and completed her medical school and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. Julie also holds a Master’s in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and has completed the Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum through the University of Arizona. When she’s not practicing medicine or working out, you can find Julie searching for the perfect gluten-free avocado toast, boating on a Midwestern lake, or trying to figure out how she and Dani are going to take care of a dog. In this episode, we discuss the importance of making time for self care and listening to your body, and Julie shares with us how she juggles being a doctor and an athlete. Tune in today!
Key Points from This Episode:
- Julie’s goals include getting her and her husband’s practice open and off the ground.
- Julie is grateful for spending time with friends and family during an 8-week moving period.
- Julie feels badass for graduating from her residency program and being in the real world now.
- While competing in CrossFit, Julie was also in med school, and she didn’t quit either one.
- What Julie did back then for self care during her rigorous studying and training schedule, including regular massages.
- What self care looks like for Julie now, including meditating and spending time outdoors.
- How finding functional medicine and different models for primary care have given Julie hope.
- Julie and her husband opened their own practice to share the good parts of medicine, balancing conventional and traditional methods.
- The average person mistrusts of the medical system, and Julie wants to work to fix that.
- How we could use this time as a motivator to try to maximize our health, during COVID-19.
- Basic and underrated things like sleeping well, eating whole foods, and exercise can improve our chances of not contracting COVID-19.
- You’re never too busy to look after your health! Make time for meditation and sleep.
- Julie’s quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined.”
“There were some tough times during that first year of med school. I got to a point where it was really hard, because that’s all I was doing was studying or training.” — @Julie_Foucher [0:09:35]
“Medicine and the medical industry is not really interested in or set up to create health. It’s really there just to try to treat disease and… to be very reactive. That’s just how the system is set up, so it is not conducive to creating health or helping people understand the root causes of where their symptom are coming from.” — @Julie_Foucher [0:16:26]
“There’s such a mistrust of the medical system, I think, from the average person, and we really need to work to fix that.” — @Julie_Foucher [0:20:40]
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — @Julie_Foucher [0:28:20]
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