No, You Really REALLY Don’t Need To Eat Breakfast

Oh dear, it’s observational study oops time again: Causation and conclusions are drawn, where only loose associations and interesting hypotheses emerge. Meanwhile, the media hubbub may be harmful to your health. The headlines blare: “Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds”. The study was conducted by researchers at a quality institution… Continue reading No, You Really REALLY Don’t Need To Eat Breakfast

healthy lifestyle, home life

Vacation Message

You can have your vacation, and eat healthy/ exercise/ relax/ sleep, too! This is our family vacation, and I mean family: Grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins... The idea is very simple. We rent a house near the beach in Maine, and then everyone takes turns visiting for the day and/or night. We have a roughly organized… Continue reading Vacation Message

fitness, healthy lifestyle

Heart & Soul (& Brain)

My article on the link between heart and mind is up over at Harvard Health Blog. I had so much fun researching this connection, and incorporating the new WHO guidelines on dementia prevention. It all makes such good sense. From the article: "We have long known that the diseases and conditions that clog the arteries… Continue reading Heart & Soul (& Brain)

medical students, recipes

Healthy Habits: Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk!

Some truly terrific Harvard medical students invited me and lifestyle medicine hero Beth Frates MD to give a lunchtime talk last week. I could talk about nutrition and healthy lifestyle stuff all day long, so I jumped at the opportunity! The event was organized by members of the activity-oriented Fit4Life as well as the Lifestyle… Continue reading Healthy Habits: Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk!

fitness, healthy lifestyle

Exercise: Stick With It & Stay With It

Running, walking, biking, dancing, housecleaning, whatever you enjoy! It's all good for your mind. And I'm not talking only about the proven mental health benefits. Yes, physical activity of any kind significantly reduces stress and anxiety and is a recommended part of the treatment for depression. But activity also has big brain benefits, and can… Continue reading Exercise: Stick With It & Stay With It

public health

Standing Strong for Science

Over the past few months, I've become a major immunization advocate. But it was almost by accident. Yes, we are in the midst of a measles outbreak. Measles, a potentially debilitating or even deadly virus, was declared eradicated in 2000, can be easily prevented with a simple vaccine. As a matter of fact, alot of… Continue reading Standing Strong for Science


Hear My Words: Podcast Roundup

I realized that I've been on the radio a lot lately! It's not my usual medium, but man, these interviews are fun! In every show, the goal is to provide listeners with real, useful, and at times entertaining content: Constant Wonder (BYU Radio): Of course you know that “breakfast is the most important meal of… Continue reading Hear My Words: Podcast Roundup

healthy lifestyle, recipes

A Heart- Healthy Easter Supper

Easter is a joyful holiday for many reasons. Yes, for Christians it represents resurrection, rebirth, and the ultimate hope. The timing is perfect for celebrating Spring and nature's awakening, and for kids running around without jackets hunting for sugar sugar sugar, and their grownups standing around chatting drinking alcoholic beverages at, like, noon. Yup, it's… Continue reading A Heart- Healthy Easter Supper

home life, parenting

Running Away

I was solo with the kids all day Sunday, which turned out to be Sibling Rivalry Day. I applied I don't know how many ice packs and band-aids to increasingly serious injuries. My voice was literally hoarse from yelling. By evening, I was way beyond "Calgon, take me away..." It was more like "Get me… Continue reading Running Away