What is your Favorite Therapy?

What is your favorite therapy?

I am not talking about sitting on a couch talking about your life story with a Sigmund Freud impersonator, I am asking you a different question.

What is your favorite type of healing therapy or treatment that you use in order to stay, or help you become healthy?

People’s answers range a myriad of topics including eating fresh, and whole foods to juicing, to fasting, to exercise to even meditation and yoga. I adhere to all those ways of self-medicating, but my favorite was not on that list.

My Favorite Therapy

My favorite therapy, which I use to self-medicate my mind, body and soul, is to take an extremely hot sauna or steam bath.

Saunas are one of the best ways to detoxify your body, your mind, and soul.

I try to go into a hot sauna at least once a week. My favorite place is in New York City, New York, at the Turkish and Russian Bath house at 268 East 10th Street.

This specific North American Turkish bathhouse was built in 1892, and the radiant heat in the Russian Room is hotter than any sauna I have ever been in.

And I LOVE IT!

There are now regulations for how hot saunas can go, but this Sauna was is grandfathered in because it was built before the law was made. Lucky for me. In my opinion, the hotter the sauna, the better!

This sauna is a place of refuge for me. It is one of the only places on the planet where I can actually fix my body, and loosen up my muscles.

I grew up as a basketball player, and we would always do the classic, static stretching that most children do in sports. What I was not told until much later in my teens was that static stretching is terrible for your muscles, and it can lead to injuries since it does not properly warm up the muscles.

After spending my entire youth playing basketball, my back, my hamstrings, and my quadriceps began to fight back, and I was in constant pain and discomfort.

I had the most unbelievable tightness and pain in the aforementioned areas. My back was that of an 80 year old ex gymnast. I was cracking and popping every time I moved my body, and every morning there was a symphony of muscle cracks and pops.

While in high school, my hamstrings and quads were so tight that I would have a 340 pond football player walk on me before games, so that I could get my body loose and opened up.

My body was against me. It affected my mind and my soul. I never was pain free.

Until I learned about steam rooms, and saunas, I was always in agony. I could not sit still without having to stretch..

Now, with a little bit of oil to help work deep into my muscles, I walk into a sauna and come out a new man.

I am encouraging anyone to take a steam bath, a sauna, or go to a Russian or Turkish bath house. It will change the way you feel from the inside out.

I know some of you like facts, so here is a list of 10 facts that prove why saunas are so good for your health.

Facts

  1. During a session in a sauna, most people’s heart rate increases 50-75%, which is roughly the same as a physical workout.
  2. Saunas can help you reduce fat and reduce cellulite.
  3. Saunas help with fatigue and joint pain.
  4. Saunas help blood circulation.
  5. Sweating opens your pours and you can detoxify your skin and detoxify other pollutants that are in your system.
  6. During a sauna session, your skin temperature shoots up to over 40°C, while the internal body temperature rises up to 38°C. This might trigger a mock fever state, which stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies and disease-fighting white blood cells. Fever is considered as a natural mechanism to enhance the resistance to diseases.
  7. Saunas are a simple yet effective mechanism to enhance the quality of sleep. It is recommended for people suffering from insomnia and it is estimated that a brief spell of 15-20 minutes spent in a sauna is almost equal to 1-2 hours of a brisk walk or workout.
  8. The high temperatures experienced during a sauna session result in a surge in the internal cellular energy production, which in turn ensures efficient healing. Many disease-causing pathogens like viruses and tumors are destroyed by this heat, thereby preventing recurrent infections.
  9. Saunas ensure enhanced mental precision and a marked decrease in allergic conditions. Research studies have shown that liver and immune functions recorded significant improvement after sauna therapy. Saunas also expel heavy metals and cancer-causing toxins completely, thereby preventing traumatic disease conditions and birth defects.
  10. Saunas are one of the easiest ways to detoxify your body, and to get a jumpstart on your day, or to wind down from a stressful day at the office.

For thousands of years people have been using saunas, steam baths, and hot baths for medicinal purposes. From the far east to the west, most native cultures had their version of a ritualistic sauna, or hot room.

When I was 18 I engaged in sweat lodges and performed rituals with Native American elders. I know first hand how heat has been used to help heal people for thousands of years.

The strong, and intense heat as healed me.

I am nowhere perfect in terms of my health, but I continue to try to reach a level of optimum health every day. From exercising, to yoga, to mediation, to eating well, I practice everything that I can learn about. But my favorite, and one of my most effective ways of therapy, is sitting in a sauna for as long as I can, and letting the heat take over my mind, body, and my spirit.

Now that you know I love saunas, tell me what YOU love to do to medicate yourself! 

Tell me what your favorite therapy is!

 

 

My Transformation: Becoming a Health Warrior

I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth.

I am the son of a world renowned pioneer in the health and wellness industry, Dr. Mark Hyman. Throughout my life, I have been exposed to the frontier of western medicine through my father's work, and I have been closely monitoring what he is doing at the Cleveland Clinic and their newfound focus on Functional Medicine. Many doors would not have been opened for me if I did not have such a respected doctor, and health guru as a father; and for that I am eternally grateful.

However, with all this knowledge, and with all this information that I attained through osmosis, by living with Dr. Mark Hyman, on how to live at your highest vibration, I was unable to internalize my father's teachings and methods and create them into a practice until much later in my life.

You could say that I was too close to the source. I knew what was good for me, but since I was being (no pun intended) force fed this life-style, I rebelled.

I, Misha Hyman, a Health Warrior, have an eating disorder. I suffer from body dysmorphia and I have a tendency to binge when I eat, unless I am careful.

Food is my drug of choice.

As a child, I was always heavy for my age. I vividly remember a moment in time that scarred me for life. My 3rd grade class was working on mean, medium and mode for math class. My teacher had everyone stand on the scale in front of the class room so that we could get the mean, medium and mode of the classes weight. 

The two heaviest children in my class were 79 pounds. I thought I was safe. I was not as round and as pudgy as they were, but I was also a solid 2-3 inches taller than both of them.

It was now my turn to step on the scale. I put both feet on the piece of plastic that I always dreaded, and there it was: I was the heaviest kid in the class. I was 90 pounds. The next thing I knew, my teacher began to chuckle, and the entire classroom erupted into a chorus of laughter. This was one of the most humiliating moments of my young life.

Ever since that moment, I have had an issue with my weight. 

I can sympathize with anyone who does not love their body, does not love their weight, and who wants to be different.

That was me, and honestly, I still suffer from that yearning to lose the extra few pounds. It is a daily struggle.

Eating Disorders by the Numbers

Here are some mind numbing statistics that everyone needs to see:

  • 1 in 5 women struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating.
  • Bullying about body size and appearance is the most common form of bullying in schools
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner (I am not a girl, but this applied to me)
  • Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who do not diet.
  • 25% of American Men and 45% of American women are on a diet at any given time.
  • 4 out of 10 individuals have either personally experienced an eating disorder or knows someone who has.
  • 81% of ten year-olds are afraid of being fat.
  • 52% of Minnesota High School females and 20 % of high school males fast or skip meals to control weight.

(Statistics brought to you by The Emily Program Foundation)

I know that was a lot of information to take in, but all of those stats are just an illustration that if you are reading this, and you have an eating disorder, you are not alone.

And I am here to help you, by telling you my story, and showing you that I can lead you on a path to ultimate health and wellness.

My Story

After that ill-fated day when I stepped on the scale in front of all my peers, I have continued to struggle with my perception of my weight and my body. 

Until I was a junior in college, every day was a struggle. I walked around sucking in my belly and always flexing my non-existent 6 pack. In pictures I would suck in my cheeks and I perfected the "Duck Face". I knew all of the tricks.

In my Junior year of college I met a beautiful woman, and I will omit her name and race. I found out early on that she was a chubby chaser, and this was actually exciting news for me. It was the first time in my life I did not have to worry about my appearance (my fat belly). And of course it did not take me long to make her my girlfriend. For those of you who do not know what a chubby chaser is, Urban Dictionary defines it as such:

A Chubby Chaser: A person, male or female, straight or gay, who is interested romantically in another person who varies from being slightly over-weight to obese.

At the time, I thought this was the greatest gift from the Universe. I had a gorgeous woman who wanted me, and she did not mind that I was a little chubby. She actually loved it. Ultimately, she encouraged me to gain more weight. She would tell me she wouldn't love me if I lost a pound.

So I ate.

This was me while working for the Washington Wizards, I lost up to 50 pounds here. Imagine what I looked like with an extra 50?

This was me while working for the Washington Wizards, I lost up to 50 pounds here. Imagine what I looked like with an extra 50?

And I ate.

And I ate...with no regard for human life. And especially my own.

Since I was 16 years old, I hovered around 210 and 220 pounds. When I met my girlfriend, I was 216 pounds. Within the first week of dating her, I stepped on the scale and was 231 pounds. 

Within 6 months, I had ballooned to 292 pounds. I was doing everything you should not do. I was eating gluten, I was eating dairy, and I was having sugar. I was drinking soda with my alcohol (Captain Morgan and Dr. Pepper was my college favorite - we called it Captain Pepper or Doctor Morgan). I was eating fast food late at night. I was eating her left overs when we went to restaurant. I joined eating contests to impress my lady. I was an eating machine. 

But in my mind, I knew what I was. I was a fat slob.

There are no photos of me for over a 7 month period. I only have photos of myself when I was around 245 pounds. From 292 pounds to 245 pounds, there is not one photo of me on the internet, one anyone's phone, on anyone's laptop. I was a ghost. 

I had no photos of my college graduation, and I have no photos of myself moving to Washington D.C. where I would be starting my dream career in the NBA. 

I was so disgusted in myself and my body, I lost 7 months of my life in pictures. That is probably the saddest part of the what happened. I was unable to love myself to the point that I would not let anyone take a picture of me in that physical state.

Once I realized that my relationship may be toxic for my health and my mental state of being, I was ready to embark on a road to ultimate wellness, alone. 

The Solution

It took me 4 months to lose the first 35 pounds. I was working in the NBA with the Washington Wizards as an intern, earning $10 an hour. Going on a diet was not in my budget, and buying food was also tough due to my minimum wage income. I lost the initial 35 pounds by going to a local Vietnamese restaurant in DC and for $13 I would order an enormous bowl of spicy Pho. I would eat that every day during the week and on the weekends I would make a plate of greens and some grass fed steak or hamburgers in a lettuce wrap.

After working with the Wizards, I knew I had to get a job where I could serve people and help raise the level of consciousness on the globe. I got a job with the largest Life Coaching company in the world, and was on a mission to make a difference.

However, I was now at 242 pounds and I knew I had to get to my ideal weight in order for me reach my optimum level of self. Living in this body was not a pleasant state of being, and this was not the way I was going to continue to live my life. I had to find a solution. If I was going to be a good life and health coach, I could not be over weight and sloppy if my job was to inspire others perform at their highest level.

As it turned out, my father was working on his latest book at the time, Eat Fat Get Thin. Through his research, he sent me a lot of information about high fat diets, ketogenic diets and studies that illustrated the impact of this specific way of eating.

In March of 2015 I went on a "guys ski week" in Montana. We rented a beautiful house on the mountain and we were not going to go out to eat, every meal was going to be cooked at home. 

The one who rented the house just started a ketogenic diet 4 weeks earlier and he looked spectacular. He was 57 and had a cut six pack, bulging pecks and he said he felt better than he has ever felt in his life. He also told us that we were all going to be embarking on his ketogenic diet as well.

This is me at 198 pounds. A total of 94 pounds lost.

This is me at 198 pounds. A total of 94 pounds lost.

During the next 7 days, I lost 15 pounds going on a ketogenic diet.

I ate seconds. I helped myself to thirds.

I thought to myself, "I have just been exposed to the holy grail of weightless and well being."

For the next 30 days I continued the high fat/ketogenic diet, and I lost 35 pounds. I was now at my lowest weight as an adult: 198 pounds. Since I was 15 years old, I have been over 200 pounds. My transformation truly inspired me, I had this newfound knowledge and I knew I had to help people change their way of thinking when it came to diets and getting healthy.

To me, this was the answer.

This was the golden ticket.

After mastering cooking gluten free, dairy free, sugar free meals, I decided I needed to cook for others, and share my gift. Within 2 years of cooking for family and friends and working as a Private Chef while moonlighting with my life coaching company, I decided I needed to branch out, and on a larger scale. I wanted to share my dream of transforming the healthcare industry, the way people eat, and how to reverse most chronic diseases and other behavioral issues through food.

Essentially my purpose was to package everything my father has worked on throughout his career, and put it on your plate. 

"From white coat to white apron." From the Doctors office to your kitchen.

The Health Warrior Way

I have created The Health Warrior Project because I know that fighting for your ultimate health and wellness can seem like a constant battle, or even a war. Often times you believe that you are losing the war, and there is nothing to do but retreat and indulge in your comfort food of choice. 

But Warriors fight, they never surrender in the heat of battle.

I am here to show you that there is an easier way to reach your dream regarding your body, and your health. I am here to walk you through the simple foundational steps, and serve and educate you in person if you choose to hire me. 

I am on a mission to create millions of Health Warriors so that we can all be soldiers against this pandemic our world currently faces when it comes to proper nutrition and overall health. No matter your age, your race, your weight or your religion, anyone can become a Health Warrior.

Let me teach you, let me lead you. Let me teach you to be a leader in your family and your community.

Become a Health Warrior and fight to take back your health. Your fork is your weapon of choice.

It is that simple...

 

I am a Healer. I am a Medicine Man. I am a Health Warrior.

My name is Misha Hyman. In the simplest of forms, I am a healer. Since I was born I have known that my purpose on this planet was to serve and to help others. From massage, to life coaching, to cooking people healthy and nutritious meals, healing has always been my calling.

Some believe that you can only heal yourself [from chronic diseases] through medication and altering your lifestyle. I agree with them on one account. You can change your lifestyle, and heal your bodies and minds through revamping your lifestyle, but you do not need medication for every single ailment that you chronically struggle with.

We have forgotten that food is medicine. To summarize my father, the 12 time New York Time Best Selling author, Dr. Mark Hyman, “Healing begins when we take off our white coats and put on our white aprons.” This simply means that we need to start healing our chronic illnesses in the kitchen and not in the doctor’s office.

From the east to the far west, and from all the corners of the world, people have been curing diseases and ailments through a myriad of holistic, and natural remedies since antiquity.

The people who gave out such medicines, or natural therapies, were the first form of healers, some would even call them the first doctors.

But there were no medical schools for them to attend; there was no training worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for them to spend their family’s earnings on. The way of the medicine man was a gift, a calling. They were healers in the purest of forms.

There was no formal education that could have taught them everything they knew. A shaman, or a medicine man passed down his teachings from generation to generation. This was the schooling of our first doctors.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one. But I am a healer. As long as I can remember, I have been either feeding people healthy and nutritious food, and doing my form of bodywork, stretching with high heat, and a deep touch.

However, I am not just a healer. I am a Health Warrior. In a time where companies such as Monsanto try to poison us with harmful pesticides and food industry continuing to brain wash the public by wrongfully informing us about what is “good for us”, healers and “health warriors” have lost their collective voice.

Health Warriors need to band together and illuminate a path of ultimate health for people to follow while showing people that the way to optimum health is not through struggling through a myriad of diets and exercising your way out of bad food choices. There are simple rules, simple guidelines to have optimum health. A true warrior has to learn to see that, but that is why it is a war.

By creating The Health Warrior Project, I am embarking on a mission to change the way people view the battle against their health. Once you are a health warrior it becomes fun and exciting, and even easy to eat, love, and play at your highest vibration.

The path to become a health warrior is a way of life.

It is not a diet, and it is not a fad.

Health warriors have been around for thousands of years. They are the medicine men. They are the shamans. They are the people who, throughout history, have been there to help people in times of both spiritual and health crises.

My mission in life is how to teach everyone who struggles with weight issues, chronic health problems, and diabetes how to radically change their way of life by cooking food that is delicious and absolutely, fundamentally healthy for you. Once you can cook for yourself, you will begin to cook for those you love. Once I teach you to become a health warrior, your community will watch your transformation and they will want to know what your secret sauce is.

All the answers to your optimum health is within reach, all you have to do is ask for help. All you have to do is wake up and know that you have the ability to change your life forever. The fight against chronic illness and obesity is daunting, but once you have trained to become a Health Warrior, there will be nothing that can stop you. There will be nothing that can stand in the way of your optimum health.