Dr. Josh Axe is the founder of the world’s largest natural health website, DrAxe.com. His passion for healing and practice of food as medicine has made him one of the most trusted and respected practitioners in the world of wellness. We talk with Dr. Axe about his day-to-day, which includes his personal pantry staples and tips on healthy snacking.
Wellness is ______: Being healthy enough to reach your God-given potential in all areas of life, and using food as medicine.
Guilty Pleasure: I truly live by the belief that food is medicine, so I don’t really have any guilty pleasures. Instead, I find healthy ways to satisfy my cravings. When I want something sweet, I enjoy some organic dark chocolate with all-natural ingredients or these easy (and delicious!) paleo brownies. If I want a burger, I’ll have an organic, grass-fed beef patty in a lettuce wrap with sweet potato fries. Or if I’m in the mood for pizza, I’ll top a gluten-free crust with organic tomato sauce, fresh basil, and goat cheese.
Relax & Chill Out: I love to spend time with my wife, Chelsea, and our dog. I also read and work out.
Morning Start: I call it my spiritual triathlon, and it takes about 15 minutes. I spend the first five minutes in praise and thankfulness to God for everything he’s blessed me with. Then I read for five minutes—either the Bible or a book on personal growth and development. Then I spend the last five minutes in prayer and meditation.
Exercise of Choice: Definitely burst training. I love that I can get it done quickly, but I get the same results as if I were logging hours in the gym. And studies have shown that HIIT workouts, or burst training, can also trigger what is known as “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” or the afterburn effect. After intense exercise, your body has to work twice as hard to replenish its oxygen stores than it does after steady-state exercise, so you’ll be burning calories for anywhere from 10 to 72 hours post-exercise, depending on the type of activity you did.
Sleep Routine: I’m usually in bed by 10:30. Before that, Chelsea and I watch a few TV shows; then we take our dog outside. Once we’re in bed, we read for about 30 minutes before going to sleep.
Always in Fridge: Bone broth, first and foremost. It is a medicinal food that can heal everything from a leaky gut to skin rashes. In fact, when I start to feel off, or if I’ve overindulged a bit, I’ll do a bone broth fast to reboot.
I also have lots and lots of green veggies. Avocados or guacamole. Fermented foods like kimchi and kefir (there’s a local company that makes an incredible grape juice kefir). I always have coconut milk and berries on hand for my morning smoothies. And I always have some lean proteins like grass-fed beef and wild-caught salmon.
Pantry Staples: Lots of healing spices like turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon; and stevia, for an all-natural sweetener.
Favorite Healthy Food On the Go: My superfood smoothie. Three easy ingredients: coconut milk, frozen berries, and one scoop of bone broth protein powder.
Ingredients I Always Avoid: White flour and white sugar. They’re so refined, and they just wreak havoc on every part of the body.
Can’t Live Without: My wife, Chelsea. Aside from her, it would definitely be essential oils. I love peppermint to give me a burst of energy and help me focus, lavender to help me relax, and frankincense as an all-around healing oil.
Current Mantra: Food is Medicine.