We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year, and thought it was time you meet the guy who opened the clinic way back when! Dr. Avtar Jassal opened Jassal Chiropractic in Vancouver to help people regain and experience optimal health. He has a passion for improving the lives of every patient he meets. Find out what makes Dr. Jassal tick, below!
Best part of your job?
Watching the change in a new parent when their child starts sleeping more, starts feeding better on the breast or when colic is reduced. Hearing how a patient’s life changes when they heal from a crisis or their health changes. Or seeing that lightbulb moment when I explain on how their nervous system has the capability to heal themselves from the inside out. Empowering them with the knowledge that they are far more capable of improving their own body functions than they were led to believe.
Biggest lesson Chiropractic has taught you?
The biggest takeaway for me is that every person, regardless of age or state of health, has the same ability to heal and self regulate.
Day off pastime:
I enjoy spending my days off drinking coffee at Revolver or Elysian and reading magazines like Fantastic Man or Monocle.
How do you take your coffee?
I drink Cortados which is 2 oz espresso with the same amount of steamed milk.
I like to keep breakfast simple yet nutritious so I go for a green juice.
Food philosophy in one sentence:
I believe that you should eat closest to the way your ancestors did – for me that would be mostly vegetarian, so whole organic fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.
I don’t necessarily recommend daily supplements if you eat a well-balanced diet of organic whole foods.
Go-to juice or smoothie:
I like convenience so I always grab a cold pressed green juice from my favourite store.
What is your morning routine?
Stretch. Mediate. Listen to a podcast. I then take some time to plan the top priorities for the day. Of course, I shower, shave and get dressed but I also take time to pray and go through affirmations. I ensure to get hydrated by drinking water. I usually end up running out of the house with a green juice in hand all while trying to be quiet enough not to wake my son!
3 Staples always in my pantry:
I always have coconut water, chocolate and bananas on hand.
At least once a week I cook:
Actually, I am not much of a chef so my wife does most of the cooking. When it is my turn, I opt for take out from my favourite places like Tractor, Juke or Pizzeria Farina.
Top 3 restaurants you love in Vancouver?
I really enjoy Savio Volpe, L’Abattoir and Nook.
Can’t live without:
Strange wellness habit:
A great habit to get into is to think positive. Thinking positively causes chemical reactions and the release of hormones that increase one’s state of wellbeing and reduces suffering.
One piece of advice you would give to your younger self:
Spend less money and keep consistent with physical exercise, read daily.
Current read on your bedside table:
The Paleo Cardiologist by Jack Wolfson.
Best concert you have been to:
The most memorable concert was Arcade Fire.
Always wearing lately:
Maison Margiela sneakers and black jeans.
Quote(s) to live by:
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi
If I could give just one piece of health advice it would be:
The nervous system controls and coordinates the function of every cell in the body. Take care of it first and most often in your health routine.