My guest today is Dr. Rishma Walji, ND. She is a naturopathic doctor that has been studying naturopathic medicine for over 20 years. She also has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toronto. Dr. Rishma Walji, ND is incredibly talented with a diverse background; she’s an entrepreneur, she’s an adventurer, she’s a mother — and she has so much to share!

One of the most interesting parts of this conversation today — and there were a lot of them — was looking at this notion of boundaries and how they impact us as effective practitioners, consumers of healthcare, entrepreneurs, parents, and as fundamental KPIs of our health.

This is a super fascinating interview for anyone who has struggled with boundaries. If you are finding that you are getting frustrated driving down the road or getting angry with the people standing in front of you in line, or your kids are driving you crazy — I can almost guarantee you that your boundaries have melted a long time ago. This episode we’re going to talk about the importance of having them in place, along with some of the other foundational pieces of health that are going to keep you performing at your best!

Key Takeaways:

[1:41] About my guest today, Dr. Rishma Walji, ND

[3:19] Welcoming Dr. Rishma Walji, ND to the podcast!

[3:25] Dr. Walji’s journey that has led her to where she is today.

[7:10] How Dr. Walji’s views changed on naturopathic medicine after earning her Ph.D. Her thoughts on western vs. eastern medicine.

[9:50] The power of changing your diet and the risks of not changing it.

[11:43] As a patient trying to navigate the advice of their family GP and functional medicine practitioner, what should they infuse in their dialogue to ease the risk of tension?

[14:47] Dr. Walji’s approach to practice.

[16:58] Why do we need to drink so much water?

[19:08] What does Dr. Walji sees as the things that people are not doing but could easily adjust.

[21:18] Key performance indicators people should be looking out for in terms of their own health.

[24:15] In looking at the mental states of her patients, does Dr. Walji find that boundaries are a consistent theme that comes up?

[25:21] How Dr. Walji stays compassionate in her establishment of boundaries.

[30:04] About Dr. Walji’s journey as an entrepreneur.

[33:26] Where does Dr. Walji see herself in five years? Where does she see this journey taking her?

[34:45] What does Dr. Walji want her legacy to be?

[35:10] How Dr. Walji defines health.

[36:44] Dr. Rishma Walji’s key-performance indicators!

[40:24] Where to find Dr. Walji online.

Mentioned in This Episode:

TEP Episode 2: The Molecule of Motivation with Sachin Patel

Brene Brown on boundaries

The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness,

by Erik Weihenmayer and Paul Stoltz

More About Rishma Walji

Dr. Rishma Walji is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist for over 15 years. She has her undergraduate degree from McGill University in physiology and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toronto. She also completed two postdoctoral fellowships at McMaster University in aging and pediatrics.

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I encourage you to check in with your boundaries! If you find that you’re driving down the road and getting angry with everyone or getting frustrated with all the parents pulling into the daycare — now would be a good time to start! Gently push back and create a perimeter for yourself. The world will benefit from your being happy, so share your commitment on the Entrepology Podcast Facebook page. Because when you are accountable, you are helpable.


“I’ve always sort of believed … in both sides. … There’s a place for western medicine and there’s a place for … traditional, eastern medicine. I think the biggest challenge is working together.” — Rishma Walji


“The bottom line is that we want to get our patients better.” — Rishma Walji


“If you are low in energy your body is telling you something; you’re not functioning properly.” — Rishma Walji


“I think energy and mental state are really big indicators of telling you what’s going on in your life.” — Rishma Walji


“I don’t like being told what to do … so I’ve always been an entrepreneur!”
— Rishma Walji


“I just want to empower people to really live their best life.” — Rishma Walji