Dr. Lewis is the dentist with a difference. His background in professional sport and passion for holistic health have led him down the path of holistic dentistry – where oral health and overall wellbeing are intrinsically linked. We’re super excited to share his delicious Day on a Plate with you today!
- Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do.
My name is Dr. Lewis Ehrlich. I am a holistic dentist at Sydney Holistic Dental Centre. I am also a health coach, personal trainer and former professional soccer player. I am passionate about educating people about the many links between oral health and general health. This encompasses nutrition, oral hygiene, sleeping, breathing, and posture.
- What was the ‘uh ha’ moment that inspired you to get into health and wellbeing?
My Father and Uncle established the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre in the early 1980s, so I have been exposed to the importance of health and wellbeing my whole life. Being a professional soccer player also made me really appreciate the importance of good health, nutrition, sleeping, breathing and mental health for improved performance. Passing on these lessons to others is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
- Talk us through a typical day in your life…
I wake up early at around 6am, have a shot of apple cider vinegar, then I usually make an omelette for breakfast with some veggies through it. I find that this gets me through to lunch after a busy morning seeing patients. For lunch I’ll tend to have a salad with some veggies and some chicken or another protein. For an afternoon snack I will normally have some nuts & dark chocolate. After work I always like to be active to relax my mind after a busy day. What I decide to do will depend on my energy level. It may be a hard workout, a light jog or walk, a swim at the beach, a yoga class or I will sit in my infrared sauna. I will then eat my dinner, which is usually lots of veggies and a moderate amount of fish, chicken or red meat. I have a dark chocolate addiction so it is rare that I don’t have a couple of pieces after dinner as a treat. Sleep is the most important part of my day so I will be in bed by 9.30 and asleep by 10.30 at the latest. On weekends I will tend to do my workouts early in the morning.
- Coffee or tea?
Green tea makes me feel great but I tend to drink more coffee than tea. I’m trying to favour tea in 2018.
- What is your indulgence of choice?
I like to treat myself to a massage every few weeks. Dentistry can take its toll on my neck and back so I like to get that sorted out!
- Three foods you can’t live without?
Eggs, veggies and dark chocolate.
- What’s your go-to snack for those days on the run?
Almonds, dark chocolate, celery and carrot sticks.
- … And any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey?
Don’t get obsessed with being perfect and don’t take your health journey too seriously. Always allow yourself a little indulgence every day.
To find out more about Dr. Lewis and his inspiring work, head to https://www.drlewis.com.au.