Health & Fitness

Author: You can live like a rock star and thrive

You may not sing like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler or play the guitar like Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction fame. But you can have something in common with a lot of rock musicians: a healthy lifestyle.

No one knows that better than Gabrielle Francis, a practitioner of natural medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage who has been working with rock musicians for 30 years, including Tyler and Navarro.

Francis, teaming up with Stacy Baker Masand, has written “The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life” (HarperWave).

As musician Michael Franti puts it, the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle “is not that much different than that of a very intense business traveler; living out of airports, taxis, and hotels; dashing from appointment to appointment; working very late; getting up too early; answering emails; taking calls; and eating on the run.”

If uncontrolled, that can all add up to serious health issues.

Francis advocates good habits and smart choices, but she is no drill sergeant. She has her 90/10 rule – make healthy choices 90 percent of the time, and enjoy life’s pleasures the other 10 percent. As your body gets stronger from that straight-and-narrow 90 percent, the other 10 percent of the time, when you feel the effects of overindulgence, becomes less attractive.

Five stages to Francis’ RxStar Transformation:

Detox: Get rid of things that don’t serve you physically, mentally or emotionally.

Food: Eat foods for optimal looks, stamina and focus.

Body: Develop an exercise program you love.

Mind and spirit: Manage relationships, strengthen connections with those you love and eliminate those that are negative.

Socialize: Learn therapies and treatments that bring you back in harmony so you can enjoy life without destroying your body.