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…

How I Meal Prep

Nowadays, everyone can google “meal prep” and find countless examples of how to plan and prepare meals at home for a healthy week ahead. Ever since starting a new job where I no longer get free hot meals for lunch (those previous meals were mediocre at best and could hardly be called healthy anyway), I…

My Health & Fitness Journey 

Alright. So we are 3 days into 2017 and it’s been a bit rough and tumble over here. Between a sick baby, a 9.5 hour drive, crummy weather, and rushing to get things sorted at home (groceries, laundry, etc.) after a week away, I need a vacation from my vacation. Do ya feel me? Also, since I spent…

The Book That Is Changing My Life

…is The Dirt Cure. Before I delve into that, I want to mention the other book I recently finished (on Audible): Grain Brain. I cannot even remember now where I first heard about Grain Brain, but I listened to it in full and was intrigued by its assertions. After reading more about the book and the…

Sweet Gestures

After a very long and difficult string of weeks at work, often caring for patients who have endured terrible accidents (physically and biologically speaking), this evening I went to see a patient whose loved one’s gesture brought a smile to my face. This patient, a fairly young man who recently suffered a rare type of stroke…

Homemade protein bars

In recent months, I have been on a major healthy food/lifestyle kick and have really enjoyed eating wholesome and mostly homemade foods. It has helped me start shedding my pregnancy weight, and I feel overall more energetic and healthier. A huge part of this has been eliminating sugar as much as possible from my diet….

Fruit & Nut Overnight Oats

During our honeymoon in Thailand, we enjoyed a daily complimentary breakfast that was unlike any other continental breakfast I’ve ever had. Each morning there was a wide variety of breads, cured meats, pureed jams, fruits, and freshly squeezed juices to choose from. It was a challenge not to eat a bit of everything (which we…