In this two-part episode, I talk with my good friend and colleague Jon Bonnet, MD about the world of Lifestyle Medicine and Obesity Medicine. 

In this first part, he explains what in the world is Lifestyle Medicine. Did you even know it even exists?!?!?!?! Let's get back to the pillars of health!

Jonathan Bonnet is a board-certified Sports, Obesity, and Lifestyle Medicine physician. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at Harvard while working at the VA Hospital in Gainesville. Jonathan has a background in exercise physiology and is also a certified personal trainer. He completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at Ohio State University before finishing his Family Medicine residency at Duke University, and his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida. 

Jonathan served on the board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine from 2014-2016 and is currently on the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. He has published research in sleep medicine, nutrition, sports and exercise, obesity, and behavior change. He has received numerous awards, including teaching awards from Duke University’s Family Medicine Department and from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Jonathan has a passion for health promotion and disease prevention and literally “walks the walk” with his patients through his involvement with the nonprofit organization, Walk With A Doc. 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jon.bonnet

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanbonnetmd/

*Interview views are opinions of the individual. This podcast is not a source of medical advice*

In this episode of Thrive Bites, I talk with Reyna about veganism through her unique expression of shirt activism! 

Reyna is a former High School Spanish teacher and School Counselor gone full-time small vegan business owner and Animal Rights Activist. The creative talent and graphic design work were created with tremendous help from Reyna's business partner and husband, Sam. Reyna and Sam are vegans of a combined 14 years. While living in LA for the past 3 years and running VeganShirts.com for the past 1.5 years, Reyna couldn't be happier running a business that is not only fun and encourages traveling across the U.S. and other countries for Vegan events but also promotes veganism through individualistic expression which to Reyna means puns of fun and veganized nostalgic fashion! "Be a walking billboard, wear awareness and share your message for your health, the animals, and the planet!"  

Social Media Links: 

Website- www.veganshirts.com 

Email- reyna@veganshirts.com 

Instagram- www.instagram.com/veganreyna 

Facebook- www.facebook.com/theveganshirts

*Interview views are opinions of the individual. This podcast is not a source of medical advice*

I had a great chat with my good friend and colleague Christian and we talk about all things herbs, tea, and CANNABIS! Did you know you can make tea out of Dandelion?

Christian is licensed by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and Certified in cannabis sales and training by the Trichome Institute, Christian has held sales leadership roles in the cannabis, healthcare and food & beverage industries.

With a background in nutritional sciences, he led corporate wellness screenings & health education talks at such settings as engineering firms and collegiate campuses. Operational/ sales management in food & beverage includes: working in the tea industry for Teavana at three (3) luxury retail shopping malls in New Jersey, cold-kitchen supervision as Assistant Garde manger at Colorado State University Catering (ServSafe Certified) and ran a boutique e-commerce drop-shipping business for teaware. Lastly, receiving a formal education in the clinical application of herbs & botanicals, Christian has applied experience in formulating and selling functional teas. Also, health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/treesleavesteas/

*Interview views are opinions of the individual. This podcast is not a source of medical advice*

In this episode of Thrive Bites, I had a chance to chat with Ingrid to discuss what really connects us all and how we can get there. Her story is so unique! Find out how this bada$$ physician is changing up the game to bring you total wellness!

Dr. Ingrid’s broad studies in cognitive science, eastern philosophy, and medicine come together in her role as Founder at both Valia Lifestyle and Valia Fitness. Her passion dates back to 2004 when Dr. Ingrid established Cornell University’s Meditation & Yoga Club and served as President of Cornell's Seven Spirits Kung Fu organization. This training in mind and body science continued in medical school and then in Preventive Medicine residency, where she simultaneously earned her Executive Masters in Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School. Dr. Ingrid is fortunate to share her passion for wellness and lifestyle design with the Valia Team, crafting unique programs for authentic health of body and mind.  

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.valialifestyle.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValiaLifestyle/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valialifestyle/ 

*Interview views are opinions of the individual. This podcast is not a source of medical advice*

On this inaugural episode of Thrive Bites, I talk about thriving in today's world with another Chef Dr. Robert Graham, MD.

Chef, MD, and Co-Founder of FRESH MED NYC, Rob sits down with me to talk about what actually constitutes great health, not just staying alive, but THRIVING! He goes over his own story on how he has reached many through doctoring, speaking, and cooking. 

Dr. Graham a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine has prescribed “food as medicine” for over 10 years, has taught over 500 healthcare workers, mostly doctors, how to cook whole food plant-based meals, created the first edible rooftop garden on a hospital in NYC and is the founder of FRESH Med, an integrative health and wellness center. FRESH is an acronym for their five ingredients for health: Food, Relaxation, Exercise, Sleep, and Happiness.

Social Media Links:

Instagram @FRESHMedNYC

Website: www.freshmednyc.com

*Interview views are opinions of the individual. This podcast is not a source of medical advice*