From there we dove into a 30 minute animated conversation about health and food.We both agreed that it seems unfortunate that many doctors prescribe medication right off the bat. For example, I went to 2 doctors for acid reflux and neither asked what my diet was like. Both simply prescribed medication that was going to cost me approximately $1,200. I just cut a substantial amount of sugar out of my diet, and my problem is solved (unless I drink a lot of caffeine).
At one point during our conversation Matt kept trying to say something but he would pause and start again. After trying several times he laughed and explained that he was overwhelmed because there were so many things he wanted to say. His passion for nutrition was that great.
When talking about health, I recommended the book 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks', and he pulled out a notebook to write it down. When he opened it, he began explaining that he uses the notebook to track progress to his goals. He showed me that he had drawn a line down the middle of the page and to the left were his personal, spiritual and financial goals. To the right of the line were the steps he'd taken that day to reach them.Besides this, he wakes up 15 minutes early each morning to read something that will help him grow and learn (he's a big Tony Robbins fan). While on his way to work at Pain Relief Associates, you won't typically find him rocking out, he'll be listening to personal development audiobooks.
Matt is going to open his own business someday and it will be a functional medicine practice. They'll base nutritional plans on blood work, helping people with things like Crohns Disease and thyroid problems, so they don't have to live on medication.
Matt moved here in 2007 to study at Logan College of Chiropractic, and before he could get back home to Pittsburgh, he met his wife. At some point they may move away, but she is currently expecting their first! Matt is preparing a very special gift for his wife when their son or daughter is born. He is keeping a journal where he records one nice thought about his wife per day, and he'll give it to her at the hospital. How can you be as focused and goal-oriented as Matt? Here's something he said during our conversation that I thought would resonate with everyone...
"How will the goal make you feel, and who are you going to become to achieve that goal?Because its really the feeling you're after."
"How can I make an impact today?"
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Matt and seeing his passion for nutrition first-hand. Who else could I have such a great conversation with about my acne?
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