Dr. Paul Farmer: Honoring a Legend

I first learned about Dr. Paul Farmer in college during a Public Health and Medical Ethics course. We read multiple excerpts from his various books along with the biography, Mountains Beyond Mountains, of this world-renowned figure in Global Health. His important contributions to medicine and people in poverty-stricken countries are innumerable. Dr. Farmer served as…

My Health & Fitness Journey: Part 3

Since I wrote my first and second posts on my Health & Fitness Journey, a lot has changed! I have learned so much about fitness, nutrition, and overall health over the last six-ish years. I certainly do not claim to have all of the answers because in all honesty, no fitness “guru” out there truly…

Podcast Episode 2: Mood & Meds

I know it’s been nearly two months since my first podcast episode! I finally got my act together to record another episode. Baby steps! In today’s episode, I discuss mental health and the stigma around it and its treatments. I offer some personal experiences here, and I hope you find this helpful! As always, I…

My 2021 Audiobooks (and Actual Books!)

It’s already that time when I review the books I have listened to this year! Last year’s list was much shorter than I would like, but between having a new baby and dealing with a pandemic, free time was not in abundance ;) I haven’t read a ton of books in previous years as I…

Body Image in the 21st century

The helpful folks on social media I follow whom I mentioned in this podcast are: @BreeLenehan @justget.fit @deliciouslyfitnhealthy whose podcast I mention is Make it Simple And check out noom.com which was invaluable for me!

Sitting with Suffering: A Lesson from a Patient

“Don’t throw away your suffering. Touch your suffering. Face it directly, and your joy will become deeper. You know that suffering and joy are both impermanent. Learn the art of cultivating joy. Practice like this, and you come to the third turning of the Third Noble Truth, the “Realization” that suffering and happiness are not…

How to Crave Salad

Years ago, a salad was probably the last item on a menu I would order and the last thing I would want to make/eat at home. However, I do not recall salads being as versatile, nutritious and delicious as they are now! You definitely need to be careful not to load your salads with unhealthy…

How I Use My Fitness Tracker

If you have read my previous fitness posts (linked below) or follow my IG stories, being active is a very important part of my life. My love of exercise actually began in medical school over a decade ago. It was an outlet for me which helped my mood and gave me a way to manage…

Measles, Medicine, and Modern Ethics

The ongoing news reports of measles outbreaks in the United States and my concurrent readings for a course in Theories of Justice has gotten me thinking. A lot. I’m thinking about the undoing of medical progress and the unfortunate damage done by the now debunked Lancet study about a purported link between the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine…

Heart Disease Risk in South Asians: My Two Cents

February is heart disease awareness month, and I’ve been especially interested in the discussions around cardiovascular (CV) disease risk (along with diabetes and insulin resistance) in the South Asian population. I am so glad to see so many South Asian medical professionals highlighting this important topic on social media, since the risk of diabetes and…

My Favorite Healthy Social Media Accounts

The New Year is a popular time to think about resolutions. I never was one to make resolutions because honestly they always felt too forced, and by nature are set up for failure. I recently listened to a great podcast (episode #186) by Cassy Joy of Fed & Fit on rethinking resolutions. Instead of general resolutions…

Health & Fitness Update

I was debating writing this post for a while because I hated that my earlier healthy lifestyle came to a grinding halt with pregnancy #2. It took me a little over a year to start learning a TON about nutrition, health, and wellness. I learned more in that time about food than I did in…