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Dr. Trevor Cates: The Spa Doctor’s Secret To Feeling Smart, Sexy, and Strong

Posted by | August 29, 2014 | Featured, Podcasts | 12 Comments
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Watch or listen to this week’s episode with Dr. Trevor Cates…

Want to know the secret to staying young? Ask Doctor Cates. Why? She’s a walking billboard for anti-aging. Plus, she really knows what she’s talking about.

Dr. Trevor Cates, known as the Spa Doctor, was the first woman licensed as a naturopath in the state of California. Now practicing in beautiful Park City, Utah, Doctor Cates makes it her mission to help people on their road to wellness through her podcast, blog, articles, web site, television appearances, speaking engagements, and her actual brick-and-mortar practice.

In my talk with Dr. Cates, we dive into the fountain of youth! Everyone is getting older… it’s better than the alternative, right? But we don’t have to suffer through the symptoms of premature aging (wrinkles, fatigue, weight gain, chronic disease) when so much is actually in our own hands.

Dr. Cates is about to give us some insight into ageing gracefully, including:

  • Spotting the six signs of premature aging.
  • Why genes don’t matter as much as you thought they did.
  • What you’re buying that makes you age faster.
  • 21 Day Healthy Habits Challenge
  • Plus, how to make a green smoothie kids love!

SHOW NOTES

Dr. Trevor Holly Cates, affectionately called The Spa Doctor, was the first woman licensed as a naturopath in the state of California. Since then, she’s been blazing a trail in the world of natural, holistic health and wellness.

A walking billboard for anti-aging, Dr. Cates looks like she’s in her twenties! She obviously practices what she preaches… which falls decidedly into the “lifestyle” group of anti-aging proponents as opposed to the group that goes for surgery and synthetic fixes.

What does aging look like? We can’t stop aging, but we can prevent early aging. Watch for these six signs of early aging:

  • FATIGUE: You may start to feel yourself getting tired more often.
  • FOCUS: It might feel harder to stay focused.
  • PHYSIQUE: It’s harder to stay in shape—as you lose muscle and gain fat.
  • ACHES AND PAINS: You’ll start to feel ‘em.
  • SKIN CHANGES: You may start to notice wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration.
  • CHRONIC DISEASE: Your risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease is elevated.

“We are all getting older, but the goal is to age gracefully.”

You can see the way people live their lives on their faces as in their bodies. What are some of the things we can change to help us age gracefully?

LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Limiting sun exposure goes a long way toward helping you look younger. Some sun is good for your daily dose of Vitamin D and to help you feel good and be active, just be smart about it. Protect your skin by wearing a hat, covering up, and avoiding going out at peak sun hours.

Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Cigarettes are an environmental toxin that causes wrinkled, leathery skin on top of a host of other health issues including lung cancer.

Avoid environmental toxins found in the air you breathe, the food you buy, and your personal care and cleaning products.

With toxins in our lotions, shampoos, perfumes, makeup as well as in our tile cleaner, dish soap, and more… it’s a bit overwhelming. But the key is to start small.

TIPS FOR LIMITING YOUR EXPOSURE TO TOXINS

If the air quality is poor, you can move. Honestly, people don’t often think of that as an option but it can change the quality of your life. However, you can also focus on things you have more control over, such as changing the air quality inside your home by:

  • Reducing or eliminating the use of toxic pesticides and cleaning products.
  • Changing your air filter once a month.

Eliminate toxins on your skin by choosing your personal care products carefully. Makeup, perfume, aftershave, lotion, shampoo, and other body products are often highly toxic. A good rule of thumb is, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” What you may not realize is that it absorbs through your skin right into your bloodstream.

Switch to organic produce and foods that are high in antioxidants. Eliminating the chemicals and genetically engineered foods will help keep your body strong, and the antioxidant foods will help reverse the oxidation process.

21 DAY HEALTHY HABITS CHALLENGE

Many people know that they have bad habits, but they don’t know how to break them. A simple ten minutes a day can make a huge impact. Understanding why healthy habits are important is a huge part of the shift.

The 21 Day Healthy Habits Challenge is a series of short, simple videos designed to help you start incorporating healthy habits into your daily life just a few minutes at a time. The videos cover things like simple nutrition, how to get a better night’s sleep, and even how to upgrade your self-esteem!

By starting with the basics, you don’t get overwhelmed, which is easy to do. You can get the first three videos for free on the web site.

What separates someone who’s throwing kettle balls at the age of 80 from someone in a nursing home at that age?
We like to blame genetics… and genetics certainly do play a role in how we age. However, we are finding that we can change our genetic expression through our lifestyle choices. Whether or not we make those changes has a lot to do with motivation. People who are depressed or have a low self-esteem aren’t going to take care of themselves.

I went back to school and got a degree in spiritual psychology because I wanted to dig into this deeper issue: Why people are resistant to change.

  • What kind of emotional issues do you have?
  • Can’t give up comfort foods? Why? What’s the worst thing that will happen?
  • Are you dwelling on traumatic experiences or reliving the past? Don’t dwell on it.
  • As yourself, “How can I be the best I can be?”

The effect of small changes over a long period of time is tremendous.

HOW DO SHORT-TERM EXTREMES AFFECT LONG-TERM HEALTH?

If you load up on a supplement, over-exercise, or restrict your calories to the point of starvation, you’re going to do more damage and age quicker because you’re not getting the right kind of balance.

“A healthy lifestyle can’t be done in spurts. The biggest impact is going to be your lifelong habits.”

Most conventional medicine is about preventing people from dying prematurely. What we really want is to live every day symptom free, disease free, and feel great, look great, and be ready to charge!

What is Dr. Cates doing every day to stay looking and feeling young?

  • I start every morning with a healthy green smoothie full of greens, a bit of fruit, coconut milk, and a healthy protein powder. I can get so much more done and have so much more energy than if I were to start the day with a pastry.
  • I exercise every day. Whether it’s skiing, hiking, trail running, or biking, I have more energy and feel better when I get exercise.
  • I love what I do. As a naturopathic physician, I’m always trying to find the underlying cause of a person’s health problem. One patient came to me with insomnia. After doing a lot of digging, the only obstacle I could see was that she hated her job. At the end of her visit, I told her that she needed a new job! She didn’t come back. When I ran into her later, she told me that her life had transformed: She quit her job and got a new one. Her insomnia was no more.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to love what you do. I love what I do. I do the podcast, I blog, I see patients. I love it.

Let’s talk about your kids! How do you manage the reality of the world your kids are growing up in?
Consistency and education. It’s important to talk to your kids about their choices and to be consistent. Don’t take them to a fast food restaurant one day and expect them not to want it the next. It’s also important to be a good role model.

I grew up on an organic farm and my parents were such great role models. My dad, every evening he would chop up carrots and apples and fresh fruits and veggies and those were our snacks.

Where do you stand on grains?
I stick mainly to gluten free grains. One of my kids is sensitive to gluten, she’s seven years old and great at avoiding it. She has her gluten free treats when the other kids have their treats at school or birthday parties.

With kids it can be really challenging. But if you can start a garden or take them shopping and let them help cook, kids want to eat what they help prepare.

Is there a trick to getting greens into kids’ smoothies?
Start early. The earlier you start, the quicker they get used to it. If you’re starting green smoothies with an older child, add in some frozen berries or fruit. You can also put it in a cup that they can’t see through, so they can’t see that it’s green or brown. Once they taste that it’s good, they’ll be okay.

It’s not necessary to add honey if you’re using fruit, it’s generally sweet enough. The thing you want to avoid is sugar. If you give a child a smoothie with orange juice, banana, and frozen fruit you’re just going to be loading them up with natural sugars and they’ll still be flying around the house with a sugar buzz. Skip the juice and use unsweetened coconut or almond milk.

What’s in the works for Dr. Cates right now?
The Podcast: Dr. Trevor Cates: The Spa Doctor’s Secret To Feeling Smart, Sexy, and Strong

My message is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, a prom star, or an Olympic athlete to be smart, sexy and strong. I want to help everyone at every age. I’m interviewing leading health experts, celebrities, and role models. I ask them, “How do you do it?” And the answers are incredible.

I’m also giving lifestyle and health tips, and so much more. You can sign up for podcast notifications on the web site at www.drtrevorcates.com.

21 DAY HEALTHY HABITS CHALLENGE

The first three days of the challenge are absolutely free. This is a series of short video clips explaining the challenge for the day. The videos cover such things as toxins, sleep tricks, smart workouts, and all kinds of things to help people transform their lives.

Of course, you can register for the 21 Day Healthy Habits Challenge on the web site!

You can check out Dr. Cates in the media, on her blog, at the web site, or contact her via www.drtrevorcates.com.

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12 Comments

  • Cam says:

    Dude, your grin is weapons grade contagious. Seriously, it is impossible to watch your video podcast and stay grumpy.

  • Chou-Hong says:

    Happy Birthday Abel. You don’t look a day over 20!

    Great podcast. Great inspiration for me personally. I have also gone the natural way and have never looked back. I was not doing very well in school, had severe difficulty focusing and paying attention , and I felt like I was always competing with family members, cousins for nothing, and really going nowhere. Having family ties with wealthy winemakers and politicians helped superficially in my feeling all propped up and important, but I felt like I was going nowhere. I have now taken the challenge and am going to a naturopathic school and hope to become an ND in 4 years. The school that I go to has only a select few people graduating each year and I love the small class size environment and the easy pace of study which is really enjoyable. The fact the I already have a masters is helping me too , (albeit ifrom an unaccredited college), it helped me gain a lot of insight into life and the fact that one has a masters does make one more confident no matter what kind of college it is from.
    I have also been doing a lot of study in the natural way of life and the more I dig into it the more I am convinced this is the way to go.
    So thank you very much

  • Buck Turgidson says:

    Oh, look, another clone of every other “natural” or “alternative” health enthusiast on all the popular podcasts! What a surprise!

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    Q: What is Dr. Cates doing every day to stay looking and feeling young?
    ================================================================
    A: I start every morning with a healthy green smoothie full of greens, a bit of
    fruit, coconut milk, and a healthy protein powder. I can get so much more done
    and have so much more energy than if I were to start the day with a pastry.
    ================================================================

    Comment: Why not skip the pastry AND the green smoothie fad with the processed protein powder? How about eating REAL FOOD, rather than something out of a can?

    ================================================================
    A: I exercise every day. Whether it’s skiing, hiking, trail running, or biking, I have
    more energy and feel better when I get exercise.
    ================================================================

    Comment: Do people pay her for this secret information? I never knew that exercise was a good idea.

    ================================================================
    A: I love what I do. As a naturopathic physician, I’m always trying to find the
    underlying cause of a person’s health problem. One patient came to me with
    insomnia. After doing a lot of digging, the only obstacle I could see was that she
    hated her job. At the end of her visit, I told her that she needed a new job! She
    didn’t come back. When I ran into her later, she told me that her life had
    transformed: She quit her job and got a new one. Her insomnia was no more.
    ================================================================

    Comment: This one is impressive. In addition to a Bachelor’s in English* , Master’s in Spiritual Psychology* , and training as a Naturopathic Doctor* , Cates also performs career counseling!

    So, maybe Cates isn’t like everyone one else, after all. I mean, at least she’s not talking about gluten.

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    Q: Where do you stand on grains?
    A: I stick mainly to gluten free grains. One of my kids is sensitive to gluten, she’s
    seven years old and great at avoiding it. She has her gluten free treats when the
    other kids have their treats at school or birthday parties.
    ================================================================

    “Sensitive” to gluten, at seven years old? Obviously, this poor child must have “leaky gut,” right? Maybe Cates should have her child visit “Dr.” Josh Axe. Remember him? He’s the scare-mongering chiropractor in the previous podcast. But, remember, he’s a “Doctor.” I’m sure he even has a white lab coat he can wear.

    Here’s what we need…

    We just all need a 21-day sugar detox with a low-carb, vegan, paleo, ketogenic diet with carb cycling/backloading with intermittent fasting and sprouted, ancient grains grown in the Himalayan mountains and transported on the backs of grass-fed donkeys. For exercise, we’ll implement a sprinting-kettlebell routine inside a Bikram Hot Yoga studio, while we meditate and balance our chakras and hormones. We’ll wrap-up by doing a 14-day juice cleanse, ionic foot baths, and coffee enemas to clear our liver and drive-out the parasites, negative vibrations, and the evil spirits from our mercury-laden tooth fillings.

    Remember: You’re special and unique. Just like everyone else.

    * Sources:
    DrTrevorCates.com/meet-dr-trevor-cates
    DrTrevorcates.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ed249d_cd5f9ce4069343cab61fdfa2df9dde98.pdf

    • Robyn says:

      Buck
      I beg to differ. Dr Cates was nominated the first naturopathic doctor in the state of California by Gov Arnold. You can find the info at the official Calif website. This is no small feat, and Dr Cates did this from her own achievements, not through rich relatives in hollywood or connections within the millionaire wine/vinyard circles and /or or strong political connections

      And gluten sensitivity is a real problem, and yes, it can be cured by sprouted ancient grains grown in the Himalayas and balancing our chakras and hormones. Our soil here is too overused and tired of being laden with heavy metals that it is useful to bring exotic fruits from far away foreign lands with pristine soil in order to treat our maladies.

  • Michaela says:

    Yay, I too am very close to getting my certified dietician degree from the online correspondence college. It cost me $120.

    Once I get that, I too can wear a white lab coat (I have already ordered one online with my name on it.

    I also bought a stethoscope which I will use for my photos for my new podcast (I am working on getting my own website and podcast)

    Couldn’t have done it without you, future listeners, so thank you so much

    • Dr. Strangelove says:

      Congratulations, Michaela! Be sure to advise people of the dangers of gluten, why people should eat high-fat diets, how carbs make people fat, and why paleo brownies are healthier than legumes.

      • Michaela says:

        Absolutely I plan to. My podcasts will be focused on biohacking, ketosis, completely giving up grains and legumes and focusing on sticks of butter, macademia nuts, tons of grass fed beef and bacon. I plan on talking about clean coffee that you can only buy at one website in the whole world (everyone else sells coffee with mold. there is only one person in the whole wide world who has sourced coffee from a small village up in the mountains that is pristine).
        I also plan on getting an online secret monk degree that will unreveal the most intimate secrets of eastern mysticism and it will help me walk on water like in that movie crouching tiger hidden dragon and I will be able to heal people with a loud bang on the Gong.
        The supplements I will sell on my website will be completely gluten free and will come from faraway mystical lands where the soil is pristine. These items will be carried by organic grass fed animals so that no bad karma affects the halo of these supplements. I will be selling exotic items like deer antler velvet, colustrum (third party certified and packed within 3 hours of calf birth), precious metal infused water etc etc.
        You know, I really want to deserve the “Dr.” I plan on using before my name, so I will take a few more online courses as well.

        • Jack says:

          Your snarky nonsense would hold more weight if you were trolling the site that was actually the object of your emotional outburst. How long do you spend on posts like this and do you really think they improve your life or anyone else’s in any meaningful way?

          • Mark says:

            I believe the point was to get people to see that many of the “real food” podcasts sound the same. Having been a subscriber to many of them myself, over the past four years, I do see more and more overlap. -Mark

  • stan says:

    Yea. Plastic Dr Hulda Clark. ’nuff said.

  • Fizzle says:

    Haters gon’ hate. Trolls gon’ troll. Welcome to the internet in 2014 where it’s officially cool to hate and being snarky is the official indicator of an individuals IQ. Remember, if you don’t make a sarcastic comment about “sheeple” or “iPhone zombies” you are going to be considered irrelevant.

    Think about what you put out into the world. Try to make it a better place.

    On a more positive note.
    Great show as always. Keep up the good work. I love that you always have health rockstars on your show.
    Serious question: What was that “Healthy Protein Powder” you refferenced? I don’t need a brand so much as I would like to know if it’s whey based or some other version. Thanks again for a great show.

    • Abel James says:

      Thanks for the question (and addressing the trolls).

      As for protein, we tend to use hemp or collagen protein – grass-fed whey can work well, too, but tends to raise insulin more so it’s better for putting on muscle than dropping fat. Just avoid the cheaper junk proteins sold at strip malls and supermarkets with added fillers, sweeteners, etc.

      Thanks for listening!

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