Live Dirty & Eat Clean | Omega

Robynne Chutkan, an integrative gastroenterologist and founder of the Digestive Center for Women in Washington, DC, reveals her tips for how to live a longer, better life. 

Omega: Your mantra is "live dirty and eat clean." What do you mean by that?

Robynne: To “live dirty" means to restore our essential connection with nature and with the trillions of microbes that call our bodies home—and whose survival is inextricably linked to ours. To “eat clean” means to eat unprocessed food from nature (mostly plants) grown responsibly, without harmful pesticides, etc.

Omega: What’s your personal recipe for feeling your best?

Robynne: I feel my best when I hit this triad:

1) Sweat: Usually from a heated vinyasa flow yoga or a run in Rock Creek Park near my house.

2) Veggies: I try to follow my 1, 2, 3-rule from The Microbiome Solution, which is one veggie with breakfast, two with lunch, and three with dinner.

3) Joy: Curling up in bed with my 10-year-old daughter reading a good book together or cooking up something delicious with my husband in the kitchen brings me joy.

Omega: What do you see in common among people who are living a vibrant life?

Robynne: When your personal and professional passions collide so that work becomes meaningful and joyful, that's when you have a vibrant life.

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