This post debuts a new column for Inspired Living: Once a month we’ll feature a special DHP (Dynamic Healthy Person)—someone who is gonna help kick your own healthy habits into high gear. FYI: This is not your “arm-chair traveler” version of wellbeing. Take one look at our first guest and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve already bought the dry-brush and have been going to town on my skin! And I’m pretty sure after reading this, you’ll be going for the glow too. So please enjoy, and find that inspiration.

If beauty and brains weren't enough, our DHP of the month is devoted to catching the perfect wave and dreams of becoming an Ironman (or woman). Oh yea, I'll definitely have what's she's having.


Who: Britt Marie Deegan, a Naturopathic doctor in residence in Seattle with a penchant for surfing, making frozen edamame-bean smoothies, sipping cardamom-spiked coffee, and always taking the stairs.

(Inspired Living) What’s the best health advice someone has given you?

(Britt Marie Deegan) Breathe.

(IL) Vitamins? Or eat your greens?

(BMD) Eat your greens!

(IL) Brown rice or quinoa?

(BMD) Quinoa

(IL) What are some of your most surprisingly effective health tactics?

(BMD) Sleep and rest, water, food, and sunshine. It really can be this (seemingly) simple.

(IL) Go-to snack?

(BMD) A handful of cashews, raisins, and an organic pink lady apple—delicious every time

(IL) Spill your best beauty secret

(BMD) Dry-skin brushing prior to showering. Apply coconut and almond oil after.

(IL) What’s your favorite fall recipe?

(BMD) Sweet Apple Walnut Kale



1 bunch kale

2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil

½ apple, thinly sliced

½ cut walnuts, coarsely chopped

2 to 3 tablespoons of apple juice

1 tablespoon of tamari

2 teaspoons unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Pull kale leaves away from stems prior to washing carefully. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat.

Add apple and walnuts, and sauté for a few minutes. When apple is softened, add kale leaves and sauté over

Medium heat until leaves begin to turn brilliant green. In a small bowl combine apple juice,

apple cider vinegar, and tamari. Pour into skillet. Cook until leaves are tender, for about 5-7 minutes.

Dress with vinegar before serving.

(IL) What are your top 5 super-foods?


1. Blueberries: One cup a day gives you a giant kick of bioflavonoids, antioxidants and essential vitamins to counter the stress of air and water pollution

2. Brazil nuts: two Brazil nuts a day gives you enough selenium and detoxification power to help clear junk out of your body and liver 

3. Garlic: Garlic is a jack-of-all trade. It’s an antioxidant, has antiviral properties, helps keep the platelets in the blood from getting sticky and has anticancer effects

4. Dark Leafy Greens: They’re full of fiber, vitamins K, A, C, and have more calcium per serving than an orange 

5. Green Tea Kombucha—a double-health whammy: The catechins in green tea are free-radical scavengers that roam the body, beating up oxidizing free radicals that cause long-term damage to skin, eyes, nerves, blood vessels, etc. The fermentation in Kombucha supplies the gut with “good bacteria,” helping digestion and detoxification.

(IL) Likewise, what are the top five most effective and powerful botanicals you’ve studied?      

(BMD) (As with all medications, please talk with your healthcare provider before taking any medication, herbal or pharmaceutical. Herbal medications can be just as strong as prescription medications; and just because it is herbal or natural, that does not mean it is safe. The herbs listed below are not safe for everyone.)

1. Elderberry Syrup (L: Sambucus nigra): elderberry is a beautiful little flower with crazy-powerful medicinal properties. It has been used for centuries as an antiviral medicine, and in recent years, has become known in the naturopathic community for its flu prevention action. I recommend a daily teaspoon as an alternative to the flu shot.

2. Kava Root (L: Piper methysticum): satisfyingly calming in small doses; numbing in large doses.

3. Lavender (L: Lavendula officinalis): A sweet little plant but currently being studied for its effectiveness in treating anxiety, and possibly as strong as barbiturates.

4. Rauvolfia Root (L: Rauvolfia serpentina): this herbal drug is so powerful it slows the contractions of the heart, and can cause deadly cardiac problems if overdosed.

5. Cramp bark (L: Viburnum opulus): Well-named, this wonder-plant is a girl’s best friend! Better than Ibuprofen, Midol, and even a tub of Ben & Jerry’s, a tincture will stop the most gnarly of menstrual cramps in ten minutes flat.

(IL) If I wanted to live to be 100, what’s your Rx?

(BMD) Eat antioxidant foods every day. Stress less, and practice patience. Keep friends around. Laugh. Tend to your own organic garden. Drink some red wine. Get plenty of sunshine (but don’t burn.) Work up a sweat each day. Drink more water than you think you need. Have good sex. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do yoga. Keep it simple. 

(IL) Hmmm. Inspired Living may need to work on a few of the doctor’s orders.

NOTE: Naturopathic medicine is a philosophy of primary care medicine that focuses on disease prevention using a wide range of therapeutics and strategies. These options include natural and complementary/alternative remedies, as well pharmaceutical medicines.

Currently, 16 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license, according to the Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

To find out more about Naturopathy and your state’s licensing laws, go to

If she were a plant, she says, she'd be a Bougainvillea "because it is pink, likes direct sunlight, and thrives in tropical climates." Looks like the pretty doctor in Seattle is blooming anyway.

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