W.E.L.L. Summit 2017 + Men + Wellness

This year, I’m thrilled to be the VIP Lunch Speaker at the W.E.L.L. Summit on Friday, November 3rd. Speaking at the W.E.L.L. Summit last year was truly one of my highlights of 2017. There’s something really magical about being in a room filled with people committed to their mental, spiritual and physical health. It reminds me of the importance of community for all of us, especially when we’re struggling.

For those of you who want more of a taste of the event, check out my interview with WELL Insiders, as well as interviews with many of the other speakers. Nicolle interviewed me about one of my favorite topics that is often missed in the wellness field… Men. Enjoy and hope to see you at the W.E.L.L. Summit this year!

Men In Wellness: Meet Dr. Drew Ramsey

Have you noticed how the wellness world is dominated by incredible women? On one hand, we totally love it—what other industry has so many girl bosses rocking it across mediums, helping to change perspectives on health? On the other hand, men need wellness role models too! So, we sought out a few men who are killing it in the health realm, and asked them to share how they got their start, and what men might be missing about wellness. We’re calling it our Men In Wellness series.

First up? Dr. Drew Ramsey. Drew broke onto the healthcare and wellness scene with with his first book The Happiness Diet, and then solidified his place as an expert with his second book, 50 Shades of Kale, and his third book Eat Complete. The psychiatrist is a leading proponent of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. During his “day job,” Dr. Drew is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City where his work focuses on the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety. Using the latest brain science and nutritional research, modern treatments and an array of delicious food, he aims to help people live to their happiest, healthiest lives. Here’s what he had to say about Men In Wellness.

How did you get started in the wellness industry? Why the interest in it?

It’s been really exciting seeing the world of wellness embrace mental health. I got started in wellness as I started publishing books and saw the potential to really spread a life-changing message about food and brain health. Coming from academic medicine, we don’t spend enough time translating our knowledge and breakthroughs into actions—”this is how you can be healthier.” The wellness world inspires me this way, and really pushed me to be a better communicator. And now, about a decade into this work, I love seeing brands that I share values, like the W.E.L.L. SummitWell and Good, and Sakara Life taking their messages to the national stage.

Why should men care about their wellness?
Let’s see, first, wellness events are packed with the smartest, strongest, healthiest women on the planet. In all seriousness, men should care for the same reason women do—your wellness is really about your happiness and self-care. Traditionally, men’s health doesn’t get the same attention as women’s health—how many Men’s Health centers are there? Not many. We all should care about men’s wellness and move beyond the stigma that men are dudes who eat poorly, drink too much and don’t really exercise. After all these are the boyfriends, husbands, fathers, brothers, sons that make up half the planet.

What do men often miss about their wellness?
The mental part. Men tend to withdraw during times of stress. They drop their healthy routines and often a mix of pride and shame prevent them from getting help. I also think men miss out on a lot of the innovation—we tend not to mix up our work-outs.

Read more here.

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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