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Julie Foucher-Urcuyo MD, MS is a four-time CrossFit Games athlete and family physician. Her passion lies in bridging the gap between fitness and medicine to empower individuals to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Together with her husband and fellow family physician Dani Urcuyo, MD, she brings you weekly content on Tuesdays alternating between expert interviews, transformative health stories, and practical reviews of a range of health and fitness topics.

Pursuing Health Julie Foucher-Urcuyo MD, MS + Dani Urcuyo, MD

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Julie Foucher-Urcuyo MD, MS is a four-time CrossFit Games athlete and family physician. Her passion lies in bridging the gap between fitness and medicine to empower individuals to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Together with her husband and fellow family physician Dani Urcuyo, MD, she brings you weekly content on Tuesdays alternating between expert interviews, transformative health stories, and practical reviews of a range of health and fitness topics.

    Our Approach to Nutrition PH150

    Our Approach to Nutrition PH150

    In the last few editions of Pursuing Health Pearls we’ve been talking about the importance of metabolic health. In the coming months, we’ll explore some of the most important tools we have for improving metabolic health. We’ll begin in this edition with nutrition, which many would argue provides the cornerstone of metabolic health.Before diving in, we also want to make it clear that we are very sensitive to the fact that not everyone has access to affordable healthy food, and we are actively working on exploring this issue as well as other social determinants of health on upcoming editions of the podcast.This edition is in answer to the many questions we receive about nutrition, and provides an overview of the general framework we use. We attempt to break this complex and controversial topic down into simple pieces, some of which - such as mindful eating and food timing - don’t cost anything and are available to everyone.

    • 56 min
    The Science of Spontaneous Healing with Dr. Jeffrey Rediger PH149

    The Science of Spontaneous Healing with Dr. Jeffrey Rediger PH149

    Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv, has spent over 15 years studying spontaneous healing and pioneering the use of scientific tools to investigate recoveries from incurable illnesses. Dr. Rediger’s research has taken him from America’s top hospitals to healing centers around the world―and along the way he’s uncovered insights into why some people beat the odds.I recently had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Rediger, and I was excited to learn more about how he became involved in studying a somewhat controversial field. We talked how he objectively collects data, the factors the play into spontaneous healing, and the lessons he's learned from his patients that have impacted his own life.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Fighting Back Against Fibromyalgia PH148

    Fighting Back Against Fibromyalgia PH148

    “‘Olivia, you're healthy.’ I held it in in the moment, but when I left the [doctor’s] office that day I cried. I had never had a doctor tell me I was healthy.” - Olivia VollmarDiagnosed with fibromyalgia in July 2016, Olivia Vollmar started CrossFit four months later, despite her doctor’s reservations.  “He loved that I was moving, but he thought it was too much. He has friends that are avid CrossFitters and just couldn't see how someone with fibro could manage to do it.  Like any good patient, I completely ignored him and continued on in what I was doing.”  Olivia decided she would continue with CrossFit for three months, and if the negatives outweighed the positives, she would stop.One month passed, and Olivia found herself feeling better than ever.  Within two months, she was sleeping more regularly, feeling less fatigued, and her joint pain had decreased.  She no longer needed to see a psychiatrist from her anxiety and depression.  “CrossFit saved your life,” her therapist told her.  Within three months, she was completely symptom free, and living a normal life.Along with her new exercise routine, Olivia made dietary changes, following the general advice to eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.  When she returned to her doctor 10 months after her initial fibromyalgia diagnosis and just six months after starting CrossFit, he barely recognized her.  She had lost 100 pounds!Olivia discussed her rheumatologist’s treatment plan with her doctor,  and he ran through a series of questions checking on her pain, sleep, mental health and quality of life.  Olivia was stunned when, for the first time in her life, he pronounced her healthy.“When I was first diagnosed I had so many doctors tell me there was no hope in this disease. I would always suffer and always feel awful. I would never be free from medication and I would never live a normal life. One of my doctors told me to not pursue a career in medicine because it wouldn't be possible.”“Now, I'm completely normal and doing exactly what I want to do.  I can confidently say that it [CrossFit] has saved my life. Not only in the physical sense, but also in the emotional sense. Before joining my box, I had suicidal thoughts and was completely ready to end my life. Now I've found health, healing and purpose.”Olivia's road to maintaining her health has not been without bumps and detours.  As she continued her new lifestyle, Olivia felt pressure to please others and anxiety that she might let her coaches down.  She realized that her eating had become disordered, and instead of approaching her workouts as an opportunity to be better than she was the day before, she was constantly comparing herself  and competing against others at her affiliate.  Her "healthy" lifestyle began to take negative toll on her health.Recognizing that she needed balance, Olivia shifted her focus to make sure she's eating with less restriction and with a greater focus on consuming plenty of nutritious food.   She has also recently left her affiliate and started working out solo with guidance from a powerlifting coach.  These days, she's finding happiness and confidence in celebrating her own accomplishments without seeking the approval of others.As she graduates from college this spring, Olivia has big goals on the horizon: she's pursuing her Master's Degree in Nutrition and is excited to use her education and her experiences to help others as she continues her own health journey with a focus on the long-term.  Says Olivia, "I am nearly 100% symptom free.  I have found freedom from a disease through diet and exercise.”Olivia shared her story with me many years ago and I was so inspired to hear how she's overcome so many challenges by focusing on what is within her control to change.  I was excited to catch up with her

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Cancer, Racism, and Speaking Up with Deb Cordner Carson PH147

    Cancer, Racism, and Speaking Up with Deb Cordner Carson PH147

    The CrossFit community may best recognize and remember Deborah Cordner Carson as the gutsy athlete who gave an inspirational performance at the 2012 CrossFit Games, overcoming a fear of open water swimming in the triathlon event and going on to win the 2012 Spirit of the Games award. Deb could also be distinguished by the compression sleeve she wears on her left leg, and by the color of her skin. Deb is one of the few black competitors in the sport of CrossFit.When Deb developed lymphedema, a condition where fluid is retained in certain parts of the body and can cause dangerous swelling, she was forced to retire from her track and field career, but in time, she discovered ways to manage her condition- including that recognizable compression sleeve- while still being active. She took up CrossFit and quickly rose to elite status in the sport, placing as high as 5th in the 2013 CrossFit Open and 13th at the 2012 CrossFit Games.Since retiring, Deborah continues to do CrossFit for health, but she has also struggled with the heartbreak of multiple miscarriages, and most recently, a diagnosis of gestational trophoblastic disease, a type of pregnancy-related cancer.Throughout her life, Deborah has been aware that the color of her skin means she's had to work harder for opportunities than others. As a mother to two mixed-race little girls and a resident of the Minneapolis area, she also has a unique perspective on the recent events that have highlighted the ongoing systemic racism in our society.I am grateful to Deb for taking a moment to share her perspective amidst all the other challenges she is currently taking on. These conversations can be uncomfortable, but they're also important as we all strive to stand together and learn from each other. In this episode, we chat about her experiences as a minority CrossFit Games athlete, the mentality she's using to fight her cancer diagnosis, the lessons she strives to teach her daughters, and how we should all speak up to overcome injustice and racial bias.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Understanding and Assessing Metabolic Health PH146

    Understanding and Assessing Metabolic Health PH146

    This edition of Pursuing Health Pearls will build on our last edition about COVID-19 and our Health. In that edition, we revealed that only 12.2% of our population is optimally metabolically healthy, and a lot of metabolic dysfunction goes undiagnosed.Good metabolic health is a state of being in which the biochemical processes in the body that regulate blood sugar and lipids are operating normally. There are many definitions of metabolic dysfunction, but all involve abnormal regulation of blood sugar and lipids as well as systemic inflammation. If metabolic dysfunction is left unaddressed, it can ultimately lead to a range of common chronic diseases and causes of death such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.Here, we’ll review how metabolic dysfunction develops, what is actually happening in our bodies that sets the stage for chronic disease, and how to assess metabolic health so that this dysfunction can be detected and addressed early.

    • 34 min
    2019 Third Fittest Woman Jamie (Greene) Simmonds PH145

    2019 Third Fittest Woman Jamie (Greene) Simmonds PH145

    Jamie Simmonds, formerly Jamie Greene, made a huge splash in the CrossFit arena when, as a relatively unknown athlete, when won the 2016 CrossFit Open.Since then, she's gone on to compete at the CrossFit Games four times, and stood atop the podium twice: first as a member Team CrossFit Yas in 2016, and most recently, as an individual at the 2019 CrossFit Games.Perhaps even more remarkably, Jamie didn’t even start CrossFit until 2013. Her background as a gymnast and rugby player helped propel her from a novice athlete to a force to be reckoned with.Jamie’s journey to becoming the third Fittest Woman hasn’t always been easy: along the way she’s been challenged by a ruptured Achilles tendon, a team disqualification, and a dislocated shoulder, but her commitment to constantly improving herself has shaped her into a formidable competitor.Jamie is a native of New Zealand, but since 2014 has lived in Abu Dhabi where she coaches and trains at CrossFit Yas. She and I recently caught up to chat about her experience at the 2019 CrossFit Games, what her 2020 training season has looked like so far, and how she stays motivated and committed to her training in the face of challenges.

    • 57 min

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Great Perspective Overall

Dr Foucher is a natural at allowing her guest to truly share. She doesn’t smother guest point of view and allows for conversations to happen organically. This podcast isn’t all about Crossfit - I feel like it’s more of a healthy and balanced perspective in life. Great work Doc!

Pro-prokaryote ,

great podcast

The host is a driven and intelligent medical professional and she interviews wonderful guests ranging from fellow cross-fitters to nutritionists to scientists. I always come away with new information thanks to the sharp host. Great podcast!

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Julie, host of the Pursuing Health podcast, highlights all aspects of health, fitness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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