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New Year, New Goals

and a Very Different World

Last year we dove into 2020 with excitement, ready to tackle our goals & declare it the BEST YEAR EVER! Little did we know what was on the horizon!

So, now what? How do we strive for good health, happiness and growth when some are still feeling the stress of the last 10 months?

First – acknowledge what’s real.

If 2020 was actually a good year for you, then great, celebrate the wins. If it was a crummy year, then recognize that, we can’t address something if we hide from it.

Second – feel the feelings.

Not always fun, but part of being human & if we “stuff” feelings, they have a way of showing up when we least expect them or impacting our health.

Third – take inventory.

What is not working? What do you need to change? What do you want? A fearless inventory is a powerful tool for self-improvement.

If you don’t mind me pausing and speaking personally, I can share what was hard for me in 2020. As a small business owner running a good sized clinic with large groups of people gathering for classes & teaching educational seminars to other doctors – it was a time of upheaval.

I chose to keep our entire staff employed (we even expanded our team), closed the large physical clinic, took most of the practice virtual, opened a new smaller clinic downtown and converted our entire world of “paper” to “digital”.

It was exhausting. 

On a personal note my daughter started college “in our living room”, my husband changed jobs with a long commute, I felt stir crazy staring at the same 4 walls with no social outlets, and being busy “taking care of everyone else” meant my own health took a hit. Not good. 

There are certainly others who had more challenging circumstances, but as you know, suffering is relative and I had no problem complaining about the stress while binging Netflix with some backyard S’Mores. 

Now, it’s time to clean up the mess. 

Our 11th Body Love Challenge begins in January – an incredible free health class series and weight loss challenge. 

Although we are teaching life-changing information, I think we all need a little more humor – so I hope we can tackle our self-care together with a giggle or two. 

Welcome to: 

The NEW Body Love Challenge 

for those feeling Stressed, Lazy & Quarantine Crazy 

Every class has a different topic, meal plans are provided, questions answered and all are invited. 

Jan 13 – Weight Loss in the Zombie Apocalypse aka Survival of the Fattest – No Shame, No blame 

Jan 20 – The Chemistry of Food, Sugar Craving Binges & Why Everyone is Baking Bread 

Jan 27 – Stress, Sleep, Sanity – Thyroid & Adrenal Secrets to Keep You from Climbing the Walls 

Feb 3 – Brain Fog, Zoom Fatigue, Chin Whiskers & No Libido Loca – Hormone Help + Gut-Brain 

Feb 10 – A Bucket of Feelings, Endless News & Heavy Hearts – Cardiac & Mental Health to Carry On 

Learn more at www.BodyLoveCafe.com.


By Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, AFMCP with Body Love Cafe,  Resident since 2019


About The Author

Functional Medicine & Nutrition
Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP
Body Love Cafe
925-788-6300

Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP discovered the power of Functional Medicine first hand when a “mystery illness” left her declared permanently disabled. Unwilling to accept that diagnosis, she fought back and launched Body Love Cafe, an award-winning holistic health clinic.

BLC is all about natural medicine that meets cutting-edge science to provide answers as to why you don’t feel well. We hear you. We see you. We believe you. It’s not in your head and we’ve got the technique and labs to show why.

Patients have said “Dr. Zachary figures out why you feel like crap but your MD says you’re fine.” 

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