My Story: Won't Be Another Statistic...No Ma'am

"Health is a vehicle, not a destination."
~Joshua Rosenthal~

Improving Your Health Starts with Loving Yourself First!

Where did my health journey start?

 

It all began at a turning point in my life when I was working as a night pharmacist for a busy Level 1 Trauma Medical center. I had been recruited to only work with this hospital for 2 years. I told myself:  “I’ll just do 2 years of nights, then move back home to NJ and work a regular shift.” 

 

Well… 14 years later, I was still on night shifts. Call me crazy but I loved it! I did take a break from nights to do a pharmacy residency and work as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, but nights always called me back. To date, I’ve worked nights for 14 years of my 18 year pharmacy career.

 

I have this schedule by choice because, for my lifestyle, it’s the best fit and it comes with some perks. Needless to say, it is not an easy lifestyle to have. 

 

This is what I’ve learned. 

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If you don’t take an active role in your health and make a conscientious effort to maintain good habits, the night shift will eventually take its toll on your overall health.

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For me it was sleep deprivation, hormone imbalance and weight gain.  

 

Can you relate? 

 

I learned that in order to survive the night shift, the following were vital: 

Maintaining a good sleep routine

Being consistent with healthy eating habits

Managing stress

Time management

Being active

These weren't easy to maintain as a mom, wife and serving on the Board of 3 non-profit organizations; all while working as a full-time night pharmacist. 

 

I had to learn to focus on me first and place everything and everyone else on the backburner.

 

I had to learn to prioritize Tamar!

This might go against how most people view the night shift, but as an entrepreneur, mother and soon-to-be divorcee who still works the night shift, I know for a fact that...

It is possible to stay healthy, manage stress and get plenty of sleep while working nights!

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The truth is that you don’t have to be a statistic.

 

Statistics say, working night or swing shifts make us more likely to have diabetes and heart disease. 

 

Truth bomb! Statistics don’t dictate your destiny. You do!

 

As a night pharmacist, eventually, my health was affected.  I was…

Sleep deprived

Moody

And gaining weight

Like most of my patients, I was staring down the path of starting medications.

 

Was I going to end up in my own hospital? Was I going to be another statistic?   

 

The simple question I asked myself was:  "What do I have to change to not become a statistic?” 

This is what I chose to do:

Learn more about nutrition

This led me to study nutrigenomics: the study of how food affects our genes. 

Nutrigenomics led me to pharmacogenomics which allowed me to understand why some medications wouldn't be safe or effective for me or my patients.

Commit to getting restorative sleep.

For me and how my mind is wired, seeking knowledge to understand the why's and how's of nutrition and genomics was the catalyst I needed to get my act together and start prioritizing myself.

 

I applied that newfound knowledge and made some critical changes in my eating habits and lifestyle.

 

As a healthcare professional, my default mode was to take care of everyone else.

 

It was due time to start taking care of myself because there wasn’t any way in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks I was going to be another statistic!


 

For me, knowledge gave me the power to take action and walk away from being another statistic.

 

It gave me the power to find my voice and say “No” to anything that would prevent me from catering to myself.

 

​​Seriously…I cut a LOT of things out of my life and some people too. As a result...

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I had peace of mind

I got more sleep

Limited stress

Began losing weight (finally)

Could keep up with my 2 year old without a mid-day and 4pm caffeine boost.

My experience, my struggle, my transformation led me to create the InHer Glow Health Empowerment Program where I developed a tried and proven process that helps women who are busy taking care of everyone else, finally start taking care of themselves.