How To Put Your Health First with Dr. Erika La Vella

Are You Prioritizing Your Health the Right Way? As we navigate through the challenges of a busy life, it is essential to prioritize our health and well-being. In this two-part series, Dr. Erika La Vella, a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon, and gut health expert, shares her insights with HerCsuite™ Radio host Natalie Benamou, on the importance of a holistic approach to health, focusing on nutrition, surgery, and the mind-body medicine.

Dr. La Vella emphasizes the impact of lifestyle choices and habits on our overall health and offers valuable tips on how to make the most of our daily routines for optimal well-being.

To help prioritize your health, Dr. Erika La Vella shares these Five Essential Tips:

  1. Be mindful of your eating habits: Focus on consuming a balanced diet, incorporating a variety of whole foods, and avoiding constant grazing or nighttime eating.
  2. Stay active: Engage in regular physical activity to maintain a healthy weight and improve overall health.
  3. Manage stress: Develop effective stress management techniques and prioritize self-care to maintain a healthy mind-body connection.
  4. Educate yourself: Stay informed about the latest health trends and research to make informed decisions about your well-being.
  5. Seek professional guidance: Collaborate with healthcare professionals to create a personalized health plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.

Throughout the podcast episode, Dr. Erika shares powerful insights that emphasize the importance of a comprehensive approach to health.

Here are three standout quotes from Dr. Erika La Vella:

“Our habits shape our energy reserves. You have to let your fuel reserves get a little empty before you then refuel.”

“The earlier you intervene if you do have an elevated body mass index, it's not just the surgery. It's the surgery, plus all the glorious lifestyle changes that your program and your dieticians would teach you.”

“For me, it's about connection. If you can connect with somebody, hear their story, ask them what health means for them, and ask them how they expect to get there, you can help inspire them to take care of themselves in this new way.”

By incorporating Dr. Erika’s expert advice and focusing on a holistic approach to health, we can all strive to make better choices, improve our well-being, and lead more fulfilling lives.

Thank you, Dr. Erika La Vella, for sharing your insights today and for all the ways you help your patients. We can’t wait for part 2 of this series!



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Dr. Erika is co-founder of Art of Bariatrics. An online learning and nutrition lifestyle program for women after weight loss surgery. They use science backed gut health and microbiome support to nurture a healthy metabolism. Listeners can use the discount code PODCAST20 to receive 20% off site wide. Dr. Erika is on a mission to make health and healthy weight management accessible to all. Go to to check out the offerings.

This podcast is sponsored by Her Health Equity Council.  Our Think Tank Collaborative is bringing together everyone in women’s health to solve today’s most pressing needs: Improve Health Outcomes, Access to Clinical Trials and Better Health Equity for Women at Work.  Find out more at

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Natalie Benamou
Founder, CEO 
HerPower2, Inc, | CGO HerCsuite™ | Podcast Host HerCsuite™

Natalie founded Herpower2, inc. to create products under HerCsuite™ to empower women to make a lasting impact today and into the future. She takes a ‘serve first’ approach to life and has applied this principle throughout her career, serving in leadership positions in business as well as non-profit organizations.

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