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Dr. Jaime Hope: “We need to let go of the guilt and shame around healthy living! Oooh, I ate a brownie, I am SOOO bad!!”. Calm down, you didn’t murder someone!”


Let go of the guilt and shame around healthy living! We have these very strange ideas…”Oooh, I ate a brownie, I am SOOO bad!!”. Calm down, you didn’t murder someone! A healthy lifestyle can absolutely include some treats and entertainment food. It is all about the ratio of nourishing food to entertainment food. Aim for 70% nourishing (or better!), and when you do choose to enjoy some entertainment food, enjoy the full sensory experience of it without the unnecessary burden of guilt and negative self-labels. If you have the mindset “I am a healthy person” and the majority of your habits are in alignment with this, your life will be a happier, healthier, and much more fun shame-free place!


I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jaime Hope, an Attending Physician of Emergency Medicine at one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Centers in the country! She is also an Assistant Professor at the OUWB School of Medicine where she teaches courses Behavior Change and Motivational Interviewing. In addition to her clinical and academic work, and being a busy mom of 2 wonderful maniac children (and 2 rescue dogs!), Dr. Hope is the author of Habit That, which became an Amazon #1 Bestseller in multiple categories within the first day of release!


Thank you so much for joining us Jaime! What is your “backstory”?

I was the WORST picky eater growing up! (Sorry Mom!!). I would rather stare down a plate of green beans until bedtime than (gasp!) actually eat a vegetable. But, I knew I wanted to be a doctor more than anything! And as I studied science and nutrition, the evidence was undeniable. So I finally began to understand that if I was going to tell patients to behave and have healthy habits, I should probably wash the Cheetos dust off my hands and do the same! So I started with a few simple habits. I created check lists, connected with my ‘real why’ and created SMARTER goals. It’s been almost 2 decades and I am much healthier now in my 30s than I was in my teens and 20s! It was more simple than I realized, it just takes using human nature for our benefit instead of working against it!

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?

Working as a physician, especially during those residency training years, can definitely be exhausting! We work for so many hours, I thought I had plenty of practice with sleep deprivation (note, this is NOT something to be proud of!). Little did I know that having a baby would be a whole new level of sleep deprivation! My daughter was underweight at birth so I was nursing her every 2 hours to help her put on weight. One night that I was particularly exhausted, my husband brought her to me for a feeding. I snapped at him, wondering why he was still standing over me while I was nursing her. He calmly pointed out that I was in fact attempting to feed a giraffe pillow pet rather than our infant daughter in fuzzy pajamas! This has inspired me to teach the importance of good sleep as a habit, in addition to diet, exercise, and stress relief!

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I have been honored to be asked to be on several podcasts, television, and live appearances. I did 45 speaking events last year all over the country. I am creating workshops for companies to help their employees create and sustain healthy habits. Healthy habits substantially improve employee productivity and reduce absenteeism, so it is a win-win! I am doing additional training and education with LEAF certification through the Flourishing Leadership Academy. I am excited to be one of the founding members of the GoBundance Women’s group and have ongoing close relationships with Genius Network and Genius Recovery. I am also in talks to co-author Health Can’t Wait with David Osborn, New York Times Best Selling author of Wealth Can’t Wait, as well as The Miracle Morning for Millionaires.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

I am inspired by people who overcame obstacles to make a difference in the lives of others. Despite humble beginnings or seemingly overwhelming circumstances, the ones who see the bigger picture and rise up to serve others are simply amazing. Also, people who were ‘firsts’, which can be a scary and even dangerous place to be in. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female physician to be granted a medical degree in the United States, and she died before women even had the right to vote! Imagine the hardships and discouragement she endured on her journey! It is on her shoulders that the female physicians of my generation stand! Because of pioneers like her, a woman like me, first generation college, can apply to and get into medical school based on my academic and community service merits, not the basis of my gender. And that education has allowed me the opportunity to serve the healthy of my community and save lives, the ultimate honor!

Which literature do you draw inspiration from? Why?

I LOVE personal development and inspirational books! We all have our own struggles, silent battles, and unique journeys. Yet feeling connected to others with authenticity creates community. Authors of these genres share stories of their own and others so we can learn from the collective wisdom of human experience. I get energized from reading these and love seeing how the lessons can help me create a better world for myself and those around me.

How do you think your writing makes an impact in the world?

In this day and age, we crave authenticity. We don’t need another guru from on high telling us to lead perfect lives (insert eye roll!). We are busy and we are hard enough on ourselves already! There is no magical Utopian time during which we will have unlimited time and money to get healthier. I write for REAL people. We are perfectly imperfect and need to embrace reality. We CAN create healthy habits within the realistic context of our messy, busy, imperfect, wonderful lives! It is time to remove guilt and shame from our healthy lifestyle and embrace a whole new mindset! The era of the BS fad diet is over, it is time to get real!

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming an author like you?

Do it!! People are sometimes intimidated that there are already successful books in their genre. But no one else has your unique story and voice. You will connect with your audience in a way that no one else can! And worry less about what people think, we want the authentic you to come through. There are many ways to write, you can even voice-to-text your book. If it is inside of you, you must let it out! It doesn’t have to be a bestseller to be successful. The most important outcome is who you become in the process of writing it. You will not regret it!

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 

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