Vegan vs. Paleo: Finding the Middle Way

Vegan and Paleo diets are the two fastest growing styles of eating in the U.S. these days. Why?  Because we are realizing that our Standard American Diet (a.k.a. “SAD”) is sorely devoid of many vital nutrients, while being full of processed and chemical ingredients that harm our bodies, promoting chronic illness. Both camps, vegan and…

Awesome Asian Kale Salad

Recipe (vegan, sugar-free & gluten-free) I have made this salad several times, doubling the recipe, and taken it to parties.  Amazingly, even though most people would say they don’t like kale, (especially raw kale), this salad is completely devoured within an hour of setting it out.  And many people demand to know the recipe.  So,…

Plant-Based Meal Ideas

As I teach my patients the benefits of a more plant-based diet, many are at a loss for how to create plant-based meals.  Below are some meal suggestions that may make this transition easier. For health, we need to increase vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, fiber and water, and to decrease processed foods, refined…

Nutrition, Part 3: Animal Foods in the Diet

excerpts published in Tampa Bay Wellness, June 2011 Nutrition, Part 2 discussed Nutrition from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) viewpoint.  The TCM recommended diet is: Whole foods with about 75-85% of the diet as vegetables, whole grains and beans/legumes; 10-15% fruit and nuts, and 5- 10% animal-based foods. Animal-based foods in TCM: The TCM recommended…

Nutrition, Part 2: Nutrition in Oriental Medicine

excerpts published in Tampa Bay Wellness, May 2011 Nutrition, Part 1 introduced the idea of nutrition as medicine, and explained the value of consuming whole foods instead of processed or refined foods for health. Now we will explore what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has to say about nutrition. TCM Theory in a Nutshell TCM views…

Nutrition, Part 1: Nutrition as Medicine

excerpts published in Tampa Bay Wellness, April 2011 He who seeks medicine and neglects his diet wastes the skill of his doctors.  – Chinese Proverb A very common topic of discussion in my clinic is nutrition:  Part of my health history intake is asking about the patient’s diet, and I very frequently make nutritional recommendations to…