East Meets West – The Bazilian Way To Total Health

January 07, 2015

Making New Year's Resolutions is easy. But keeping them can trip up even the most disciplined person.

When you are looking for a quick fix, staying on track is not easy. The reason for this may be hard-wiring: a recent study found it takes 66 days to break most habits and make a lifestyle change (sorry three-day juice cleanse). 

Doctors Wendy and Jason BazilianNapa Valley Festival del Sole wellness experts, have some advice on how to get on a slower path to total health, which starts with a little Eastern influence. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To start things off right, the Bazilians suggest first reconnecting with yourself, which they believe can be achieved by “blending the wisdom and philosophy of the 2,500-year-old complete medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine with contemporary knowledge and approaches to health, diet, and exercise.” 

“Motivation has to come from within" Jason Bazilian said in a recent interview, "from a state of clarity and readiness that can be encouraged through exploring and using the best TCM theory and practice have to offer.” 

Once you’ve made the connection within and begun practicing self-care – think stress management, healthy eating, exercise – you are ready to focus on the next steps to total health. 

Nutrition

The Bazilians again encourage making changes through a series of small steps. They promote a balanced diet, rich in whole foods. “A whole-istic approach to nutrition and diet is one that is predominantly plant-based and focuses on whole foods," said Wendy Bazilian, "but also integrates the social, psychological, cultural, spiritual, economic, environmental, and health aspects of food.”  

Activity

Exercise of course plays a key role in anyone’s wellness program, but this goes beyond 20 minutes of cardio a day. “We commonly refer to the multidimensional nature of activity, including the physical (exercise, coordination, balance, and flexibility), emotional (communicating and connecting); spiritual (meditation and exploration of beliefs); mental (challenging the mind through activities like crossword puzzles, reading, creating, and learning); and recreational (rest, relaxation and play),” said Jason Bazilian. “Breathing is the thread that ties them all together to promote flow. When these are in balance, there is harmony and health is promoted.”

To read the Bazilian’s complete Path to Total Health, click here.

For more information on Festival del Sole's Wellness Series, visit here