Exciting Endorsement:
Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul endorses Dr. Sulak's book Should I Fire My Doctor?

To the many school districts, businesses, and organizations that have allowed me to speak to their employees and members this summer.

To inquire about availability,
contact Dr. Sulak at
sulak@livingwellaware.com or
(254) 774-8515

Should I Fire My Doctor? Available in Temple:
Melinda Bulls of CCF Investments, Inc is assisting with the local sales of  Should I Fire My Doctor? in her office at 803 S. 33rd St, Temple 76504 near Ave H and 31st Street. 
Cost, which includes sales tax, is $17 cash or $19 check. 
Office hours M-F: 9 to 5pm 254-899-9944. 
THANKS Melinda!!
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 Assessing Our Attitudes About Eating
Double cheeseburgers with French fries.
Chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and cream gravy.
Tamales, enchiladas, and tacos topped with cheese and sour cream.
These are a few of our favorite things.
But we know they're not good for our hearts and our waistlines.
And you've heard me say before what is good for us is the Mediterranean diet - low in high-fat dairy and red meat and high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, grains, and seeds.
We know the drill on what to eat and what not to eat.
But it would serve us well - especially those of us who are overweight with BMIs over 25 or who are at risk for cardiovascular disease - to look at our attitudes about eating, especially:
  • WHY we eat
  • WHERE we eat
  • WHEN we eat
  • With WHOM we eat
  • The WAY we eat
WHY Do We Eat
The answers are numerous and varied.
  • We're bored.
  • We're stressed.
  • We're celebrating a special occasion.
  • Someone else prepared it and we don't want to hurt their feelings.
  • We paid for it so we should eat it all.
  • It tastes good.
We have to question these culture-driven reasons. Our bodies are designed so that there's only one reason to eat: to survive.
We should eat just enough to maintain our bodies, because any excess becomes stored as fat. That's plain fact.
If you want to lose weight, you'll have to take in less food than you are expending in energy, so you can burn up your stored fat. 

Continue eating your favorite foods - only eat less of them, less often.

An abundance of unhealthy food is offered almost everywhere we go. We're bombarded by cookies, pastries, and snack foods at almost every turn:
  • Business meetings
  • Teachers lounges
  • Office break rooms
  • After-work events
And not only that, more meals than ever are eaten outside the home. Research shows that the average American eats out four times a week, often calorie-laden foods in larger than needed portion sizes.
Recently I attended a meeting where I received a box lunch containing a large deli sandwich, potato chips, and a large cookie.
Here's what I did: I took out the chicken breast sandwich with tomatoes and lettuce and removed one slice of bread. I then put that slice of bread back in the box with the cookie and chips and threw the box in the garbage. Yes, I threw the food in the garbage. Why? I took out all the food my body needed.
The extra food would result in extra calories - and I knew where the calories would go - to my fat stores. The surplus food is much better off in the wastebasket than on my waist!
Just because you are given a plate full of food doesn't mean you have to eat it all - especially if you are trying to lose weight.
If you're like me, you were brought up eating three square meals a day. That was a good plan for folks who worked the farm, had other manual labor jobs, or who had far more active lifestyles.
With our sedentary jobs and inactive lives, this approach to eating has contributed to our obesity epidemic and expanding waistlines.
A better approach is to eat less food more often. I call this style of eating Frequent Fractionated Fuelings - eating smaller portions of healthy foods five or six times a day.
Here's a sample of what I do:
  • I have a small breakfast - fewer than 200 calories.
  • In the mid-morning I have a piece of fruit.
  • At noon, I'll have hummus and a salad.
  • In the mid-afternoon, I snack on a few nuts - about a half-ounce.
  • For dinner, I'll have a salad, a vegetable, and a small piece baked fish.
This way, I don't take in more calories than I need - and therefore the excess calories don't become fat - and I'm not hungry either. I've found the right balance.
With WHOM We Eat
Who we eat with makes a big difference in weight control. As the old saying goes: Birds of a feather flock together.
Research shows that eating with people who consistently overeat encourages us to likewise eat more than our bodies need - and we consequently gain weight.
It's important to remember, though, that you and only you are responsible for what you eat.
We tell our kids not to give in to peer pressure; we can't either.
Remain committed to eating healthfully.
The WAY We Eat
In the past, families ate their meals together at home, seated around a dinner table, spending the dinner hour talking about the day's activities or perhaps current events.
Today, however, we find ourselves eating while standing - in a rush, on the go - or, worse, sitting in front of a TV.
Numerous studies show that eating more slowly, taking time to taste the food and enjoy its flavor, has certain weight-loss benefits:
  • You'll eat less.
  • You'll feel fuller longer.
  • You'll more likely stop eating before feeling full.
  • You'll be less likely to snack later.
Slow down and savor your food. You're more likely to eat less food that way.
Taking a hard look at our attitudes about food can help us better manage our eating habits and get us to or keep us at our proper BMI.
My upcoming LWA e-Learning course lesson healthy eating will help participants Assess Attitudes About Eating:
  • Why you eat - is it for the right reasons?
  • Where you eat - does it promote healthy eating?
  • When you eat - does it encourage eating too much or just enough?
  • Who you eat with - do they support healthy eating?
  • The way you eat - do you have time to enjoy your meal?
Critique Caloric Consumption: It's an essential element of health. It's about Living WELL AwareTM

The best to you by Living WELL Aware TM !

Patricia J Sulak MD
Founder, Living WELL Aware LLCTM


Jack Canfield - Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul - Endorses Patsy's Book!
Popular self-help author and motivational speak Jack Canfield gave Should I Fire My Doctor by Patricia J. Sulak, MD, resounding praise:
"Dr. Sulak gives practical, doable advice from not only her role as a practicing physician, professor, and internationally known researcher, but her own life experience. She and her husband Jeffrey Waxman, MD have applied the essential elements to health and happiness and are living examples of the amazing results possible when Living WELL Aware. Their journey outlined in the book is the prescription you need to live life to the fullest."
-Jack Canfield, Co-Author of The Success PrinciplesTM and Chicken Soup for the SoulĀ®
Introducing Living WELL Aware E-Learning Course
Online September 14
Expanding and enhancing on the Eleven Essential Elements found in my book Should I Fire My Doctor?, this course provides 13 comprehensive lessons including:
  • Anonymous surveys
  • Videos
  • Worksheets
  • Knowledge tests
  • Assessments
  • Resources
  • Data analysis for groups available to assess employee wellness programs
The Living WELL Aware E-Learning Course guides you in taking responsibility for your own health and happiness, with the goals of:
  • Decreasing depression, disability, and premature death
  • Reducing your need for office visits, prescription medications, and surgeries
  • Increasing health, wellness, and happiness, regardless of your current health status
The E-Learning Course will be available for both individual and group participation. Group discounts will be available for schools, businesses, and organizations.

Thanks to the numerous organizations, businesses, and schools that have had me speak on Living WELL Aware this summer.  Schools were a popular venue as I spoke to thousands of employees in Alvin ISD, Pampa ISD, Jenks Public Schools, Midway ISD, Troy ISD, and Waxahachie ISD before the start of the school year.   I also was honored to speak to over 450 school nurses in Houston at the Texas School Nurse Organization annual meeting held at Cypress Fairbanks ISD.  Thanks to these schools for their investment in wellness by Living WELL Aware!
I was also honored to be a keynote speaker at the Austin Human Resources Management Association annual conference in Austin, a presenter at the 11th Annual Diabetes Conference in Corpus Christi sponsored by Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health, and a keynote speaker at the Altrusa International Conference in Kansas City.  Thanks also to Altrusa of Pampa, Daughters of the American Revolution of Georgetown, Altrusa of Central Texas, and Total Titan Training for having me speak at their events.