In this episode, I talk to Dr. True about the important subject of physician wellness and burnout! Most people do not know that burnout is an official diagnosis according to the World Health Organization!

Dr. True describes herself as "I am a Midwesterner, who was going to be an artist, a jockey (until I grew!), a veterinarian, a researcher until finally landing in medicine. I worked for about 6 years before Med school. I thought I’d be a pathologist but ended up loving Family Medicine. Did residency in my community, and stayed here for a PCP job. Loved working with patients. Was in an independent clinic, saw patients in hospital & nursing homes. It was okay until the electronic health record came along & changed my relationship with my job. And I had become a pill pusher - rather than knowing how to help the root causes, I only treated symptoms. Very frustrating. Now I worked all day, worked all night and was miserable. For 5 years I struggled to find a balance where none existed.  I started looking at other options. I attended 3 conferences that taught me that Medicine could be different. An Ideal Medicine retreat, PriMed, and my first Lifestyle Medicine conference in 2013. I was hooked, and haven’t looked back. I got additional training, learned amazing things and met awesome people - my Tribe. My interests are in Lifestyle Medicine & physician Well-being. I want to save the world - and my community is a place to start. I’ve become involved, I’m happy, I am changing lives in different ways than what I thought I’d be doing when I graduated."

Dr. Cheryl True is board-certified in family medicine and lifestyle medicine, is a CHIP facilitator, Walk-with-a- Doc organizer, and started Heartland Rooted, PlantPure Pod, a non-profit in Davenport, IA. 

Social Media Links:

Heartland Rooted:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/464588727084230/ 

CHIP:  https://www.facebook.com/QCCHIP/ 

Walk With A Doc:  https://www.facebook.com/WWADQC/ 

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

In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Rani Polak, who is also a chef doctor who teaches the importance of why we need to get back into the kitchen to take back our health!

Dr. Rani Polak is the founding director of both the Culinary Healthcare Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching program at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Center of Lifestyle Medicine at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel; as well as an Assistant Professors, Part-Time, at the Department of PM & R, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Polak’s focus, along with clinical care, is on clinical and translational research relating to the Culinary Coaching method which combine culinary training with health coaching principles. Dr. Polak is the PI of the Culinary CoRe (Culinary Coaching Research) group which aimed at expanding the culinary coaching as an effective, scalable telemedicine method to improve nutrition; and a course director of a medical education program at Harvard Medical School that disseminate culinary coaching to hundreds clinician worldwide. Dr. Polak's work has been featured in many media outlets including Scientific American, Herald Tribute, US News and World Reports and USA Today.

Social Media Links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaniPolakMD

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rani-polak-md-mba-chef-22578744/

Chef Coaching: https://www.instituteoflifestylemedicine.org/?page_id=511

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

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 second part, he explains what we do not commonly know about obesity and he shares his best self-care tips with us all!

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, I chat with Sherene Chou, MS, RDN about the intersection between sustainability, nutrition, and community. How can we make food sustainable again?

Sherene is an award-winning dietician and chef focused on sustainable food and plant-based nutrition. She served as nutrition director for L.A. Kitchen, a non-profit focused on serving low-income seniors, empowering former foster youth, formerly incarcerated, and formerly homeless individuals. As a USC Trojan, she co-created USC Keck Medical School's first nutrition selective for medical students, the Culinary Medicine Selective. In 2017, she received the Excellence in Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Leadership Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and in 2018, she was recognized by USC Keck Medical School for Outstanding Teaching Contributions. She's collaborated with national brands and institutions to build innovative programs and serves as the Chair-Elect for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group and as the Nutrition Advisor for the Plant-Based Foods Association. Most recently, she was featured as one of Today's Dietician Magazine 10 RDs who are making a difference.  

Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.sherenechou.com/

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherene-chou-ms-rd-6022589b/

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