Hey guys! It’s Dr. Phoenyx Austin, and you’ve officially entered my hub for all things fitness! For those who don’t know, I’m a physician, author and owner of Dr. Phoenyx’s Beauty & Body products. I’m also a proud Panamanian, a rockclimbing enthusiast, a butternut squash soup fiend, and a huge fan of funky ties and red lipgloss.
I created this site because I wanted to build an awesome go-to blog for people like myself who are passionate about fitness. Thing is, being healthy is very important to me and I enjoy sharing advice on how people can get in shape and take better care of themselves. But I have to be honest, the path to becoming an M.D. caused this doc to briefly lose touch with the very same health and lifestyle values that I wanted to encourage in others. And what caused this disconnect? Well, fact is medical training is incredibly demanding and oftentimes requires functioning for long hours with little to no little sleep. So, like most medical students, I adapted to those demands by overindulging in a few not-so-healthy habits, like downing tons of sugary sweet caffeinated drinks, eating obscene amounts of carb-ilicious fast foods and barely getting any exercise. And what was the end result of my actions? Exactly what you’d expect. I got fat. Not obese in the technical sense of the word but I was definitely overweight. I also frequently felt tired, sluggish and blah in general. And as time went on, I began to grow more and more disenchanted with my physical appearance.
All my life I’d been an active and health conscious person. I loved sports and I loved going to the gym, but now I barely had the energy to work out and taking care of myself seemed to take a back seat to all my other responsibilities. Not quite the lifestyle I pictured for myself as a young and budding doc. Deep down I didn’t want to be the physician that was overweight, barely able to jog a mile, self- medicating with cheese puffs, and all the while telling patients how they needed to take care of themselves and get in shape. That’s definitely not the doc I signed up to be. On top of that, I’m a woman who takes pride in her body. And I’ll be frank, I like to look good, damn good in fact, (I mean, seriously, what woman doesn’t?) and I make no bones about the fact that every woman should possess a healthy level of vanity. The way I see it, we only get one body, so we best take care of it- and flaunt it from time to time too .
So needless to say, it wasn’t too long before I decided it was time to take charge and start practicing what I preached. I started eating healthier foods and I stopped using junk food to cope with stress. I also got my butt off the couch, got back in the gym, and started taking care of my body. Basically I took control of my life and my health. And once I accomplished my goal of becoming a fitter, happier and healthier me, I thought: Hey, I should totally build a blog for other folks who want to achieve the same thing!
Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, author and owner of Dr. Phoenyx’s Fit Body products. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Doctorate of Medicine (MD).
Dr. Phoenyx Austin has been featured in countless lifestyle publications and online magazines such as Essence and EBONY. She’s also appeared on popular syndicated television/radio shows on networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and Radio One.