I am not an inherently even-keeled human being. Heck, I can't even say that I'm always emotionally stable. A lot of ingredients and elbow grease help create and maintain my (currently) pretty high-functioning professional persona. One REALLY important ingredient is activity. I move around as much as I can when I can. The more movement,… Continue reading Fitting in Fitness: Hacking a Home Workout
Anyone who's been to our house knows we have a high tolerance for filth. The bathrooms smell like the urinals at a sports arena, and not uncommonly there's poop and/or vomit somewhere where it's not supposed to be. On a good day we only have spectacular tempera paint disasters and sharpie marker on the walls,… Continue reading A proper childhood involves dirt. Lots of dirt.
I feel sooooo much better when I get a decent night's sleep. Doesn't everyone? But we're experiencing an epidemic of chronic sleep deprivation. Chronic lack of sleep contributes to many medical problems from mood to metabolic disorders. Seriously, when I have a patient who is struggling with weight, if we also identify that they aren't… Continue reading Can’t Sleep? Sharing a psychiatrist’s advice
I know very well that a whole-foods plant-based diet is the ideal everyday-for-life diet. Hubby and I cook and enjoy a vegetarian meal about three or four nights a week, sometimes more. Heck, we get excited about things like brussel sprouts and broccoli rabbe. But our kids' diet is not as ideal. Somehow, somewhere along… Continue reading A Pediatric Specialist on Processed Foods
I rarely get to the gym, and when I do get there, I'm on a tight schedule. So I want the biggest cardiovascular benefit and most calorie burn in the least amount of time. Plus, I'm a Type A, perpetually multitasking, frighteningly nerdy medical professional... and you know how we are. Regardless if it's the… Continue reading The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym
My breakfast was recently featured over on Harvard Health Blog. Seriously, it is my usual breakfast, sitting on my desk. I was inspired to write the post as I've had a fair number of patients ask me what I eat, and this very, very simple recipe has been mind-blowing for some people. See, there's a… Continue reading Breakfast, anyone?
Oh, man, did I struggle with breastfeeding. I've written about my personal pain, struggle, and small temporary success, and I've reflected on the whole experience. Yes, breast milk is definitely, without a doubt, the healthiest option for an infant... when there is that option. For those moms who are struggling, the pressure and judgment of… Continue reading Sharing a pediatrician’s post: Breast is Best…Unless it’s Not
Yes, I could write about the horror and tragedy of yet another senseless massacre on American soil. But what really gets me is why this is allowed to keep happening. I had a clue when I was originally considering offering to cover this topic for Harvard Health Blog. Gun violence is, after all, a pretty… Continue reading Again? And what can/ should I do about it?
If I wasn't a parent, being on call wouldn't be so bad. Except for these pathetically outdated pagers with the visually challenging black-on-green screens. One is forced to squint -- painfully -- in order to read the message. There was an effort to switch over to text pages, sent directly to our smartphones, which would… Continue reading On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting
My heart goes out to those directly impacted by any of the many natural and man-made disasters going on right now. I'm obsessed with my news feed, anxiously scanning coverage of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean, rescues from the rubble of Mexico city, the suffering of the Rohingya in Burma and Bangladesh... I feel anxious,… Continue reading When the News is Full of Disasters: Helping Calm the Kids