PBNM proudly hosted presentations by and discussions with Dr. Soham Patel and Dr. Ashwani Garg regarding several chronic diseases that plague many of us, but are particularly endemic in the Asian/Pacific communities. View entire presentation on YouTube here!
And Now This... The last 20 months have been absolutely incredible. Ok that’s a miserable understatement, but I am at a loss for words to describe most of it just about always. Between a worldwide public health crisis, questions about individual health autonomy, social disruption, civil unrest, economic upheaval, the political juggernauting to manage it all, and the bumbling responses to it, I'd say this has been a stretch like no other.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, I took that phrase from a Christmas song, but late summer is also a wonderful time of the year. It is the height of the farmer's market season with a bounty of beautiful fresh vegetables and fruits.
Nutrition is arguably one of the most controversial and charged subjects in lifestyle medicine. Food plays such an integral role in our lives—not only physically, but socially, emotionally, and even spiritually for some. Regardless of an individual’s particular situation, however, there is consistent and compelling evidence to support healthy eating patterns that are whole food, plant-based (WFPB) for preventing, halting, and often even reversing disease.
I can remember, as a young child, getting up very early in the summer, on a warm sunny day, to go and sit by the window, and look outside at the sky and the garden. The only sounds were the birds chirping. Most people, including my family, were still asleep at that time of the morning, and the peacefulness of it touched me. I can also remember it as a moving experience.
Awesome! It is one of the most overused words in the English language. We use it to describe something great or something we are in agreement with - a job well done, an accomplishment. But according to dictionary.com, awesome was first used in the late 16th century to describe “to be filled with awe” which is an entirely different meaning of how we use “awesome” today.
This is a question that as a Nurse Practitioner practicing Lifestyle Medicine (LM) I get all of the time. Before we get to what LM is, it is important to discuss why it is important and I will discuss briefly 3 of these reasons.
Challenge Yourself to Eat a Healthy Vegan Diet for a Week (or two or three). If you’re lacking energy and feeling less than healthy, it’s likely that your diet has been less than spectacular lately. You may not have thought of it this way, but food is medicine. One great way to slingshot your way back to feeling vital is with a healthier diet.
So much is written today about our gut microbiome, yet the gut remains quite mysterious to us. I equate it with our knowledge of outer space. We gaze in the sky and see stars, galaxies, and planets. We have made great strides in space discoveries - we have sent men to the moon, rovers to Mars, and multiple satellites are continually collecting new data.
This month I have been studying the 7 dimensions of wellness. Again. They are: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Spiritual, Environmental, Occupational. I go back to these often, especially when it is time to write an article or start a new endeavor.