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The Energizer: Jo Lichten, PhD, RDN, CSP

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Jo Lichten, PhD, RDN, CSP is a fuel efficiency expert…for people. She shows individuals and organizations how to fuel high performance without risking burnout. In the overcrowded wellness field, Dr. Jo is a voice of reason blending science with a healthy dose of reality! Through keynotes, breakouts, and workshops, Dr. Jo’s fast-paced, interactive style provides motivation and realistic strategies for improving workplace performance and achieving life balance. She is also the author of six books including REBOOT – How to Power Up Your Energy, Focus, and Productivity. Along with writing hundreds of magazine articles, Jo has also appeared on more than 300 TV and radio shows including CNN and Fox.

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Dr. Jo is a registered dietitian nutritionist with more than 30-years of experience as a college professor, nutrition counselor, and consultant. Jo earned her Bachelors’s (SUNY) and Master’s degrees (Virginia Tech) in nutrition and began her career as a clinical dietitian. At the age of 26, she became the founding director of the Dietetics Program at the University of Texas/Pan American where she developed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics Program and earned full national accreditation. Dr. Jo Lichten earned her PhD in adult education from Texas A&M University, focusing on change management, researching the difficult issue of how to help people make healthy changes in all aspects of their lives.

Dr. Jo’s Prescription for Success:

“Think about M-E-S-H…”

Number 1: Move. Remind yourself we were meant to move just like a little kid. We’re all born that way. Think about how to incorporate movement into your day. Stand up, walk around, even two to three minutes of movement will help with your alertness levels.

Number 2: Eat. In the same way we need fuel for our car or electricity to charge our smartphones. We need food as fuel for the magnificent body that we have. I always say to eat lite, eat often throughout the day, rather than big meals.

Number 3: Sleep. Your performance diminishes if you don’t get enough sleep. It’s not about how long you’ve slept, it’s about the quality of your sleep. If you find yourself drifting off at meetings, you’re not getting enough sleep. A power nap during the day is not a waste of time because you will perform better if you are fully awake.

Number 4: Hydrate. The human body is 60-percent water. Dehydration affects your mood. It affects your performance. It affects your fatigue. When you go to the bathroom, if your urine is yellow, you’re not getting enough water.

“…and so simple little things like getting enough movement, eating to fuel your body, getting adequate sleep, and hydrating can be enough to boost your energy so you can perform better.”

Connect with Dr. Jo:

Twitter: @GoDrJo

Instagram: @GoDrJo

LinkedIn: @GoDrJo

Notable Quotes from Dr. Jo’s interview:

My intention at that point had nothing to do with helping other people. It was all about helping myself. I was in the midst of an eating disorder.
But I think throughout all my recovery, I realized that unless you can feed the body appropriately, there’s no way that psychology piece is going to work.
You got into a field because of one thing, and then you found out No, it’s a lot of paperwork rather than patient work. Well, for me, it was a lot of repetitiveness. So you had exactly 15 minutes to change somebody’s life as they walked out the door of a hospital. And that doesn’t work in terms of change.
In the health field, we love the patient contact, it’s some of the other stuff we don’t enjoy, and that can increase our risk of burnout.
Change the things you have control over and let the other things go, Be happy with small changes. Don’t even look at weight loss as the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to be in better control of your body in terms of feeling good, feeling flexible, not dwelling on food and weight as a number.

I believe that energy certainly comes from the way we eat, sleep, move, and think.

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