In this brilliant double-episode of Thrive Bites, I sit down with Chef Rich LaMarita and talk about his unique and personal journey in meditation & Ayurveda to his culinary career in world-renown Natural Gourmet Institute to the Institute of Culinary Education. 

Chef Richard LaMarita has had a diverse culinary career. He was a chef-instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for 25 years. His specialties, along with vegetarian and vegan cooking, are Indian and Italian cuisines.

A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education's Culinary Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Management programs, he has worked with numerous chefs in NYC, including Floyd Cardoz, Dan Kluger and Ben Pollinger. He has also worked for notable families as a private chef and private instructor in Manhattan and the Hamptons since 1995.

Richard has been a practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda, a science of life, health and balance, for 35 years. He has studied with Vedic and Ayurvedic master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has led seminars on Ayurvedic diet, cooking, yoga, and meditation throughout the U.S., and in Europe and Asia.

Richard joined the Institute of Culinary Education in 2019, teaching Health-Supportive Culinary Arts career classes and leading recreational classes on Ayurvedic, Asian and vegan cuisines.

Social Media Links:

https://www.ice.edu/newyork/explore-ice/faculty-profiles/richard-lamarita

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

In this brilliant double-episode of Thrive Bites, I sit down with Chef Rich LaMarita and talk about his unique and personal journey in meditation & Ayurveda to his culinary career in world-renown Natural Gourmet Institute to the Institute of Culinary Education.

Chef Richard LaMarita has had a diverse culinary career. He was a chef-instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for 25 years. His specialties, along with vegetarian and vegan cooking, are Indian and Italian cuisines.

A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education's Culinary Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Management programs, he has worked with numerous chefs in NYC, including Floyd Cardoz, Dan Kluger and Ben Pollinger. He has also worked for notable families as a private chef and private instructor in Manhattan and the Hamptons since 1995.

Richard has been a practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda, a science of life, health and balance, for 35 years. He has studied with Vedic and Ayurvedic master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has led seminars on Ayurvedic diet, cooking, yoga, and meditation throughout the U.S., and in Europe and Asia.

Richard joined the Institute of Culinary Education in 2019, teaching Health-Supportive Culinary Arts career classes and leading recreational classes on Ayurvedic, Asian and vegan cuisines.

Social Media Links:

https://www.ice.edu/newyork/explore-ice/faculty-profiles/richard-lamarita

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

In this episode of Thrive Bites, I chat with Dr. Linda about what it takes to holistically raise children and practice self-care as parents. 

Dr. Linda has been practicing medicine for 31 years and is on a mission to make holistic wellness and natural medicine readily available to every family who seeks it. She is Board Certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She has also trained in Acupuncture, Pediatric Hypnosis, Reiki, Energy Medicine, Clinical Homeopathy and Grief Recovery and is well-educated in the use of herbs and supplements to keep you healthy and restore you to health when it is temporarily lost. 

Dr. Linda owned and operated her own Pediatric Integrative practice for 15 years while she was raising two very active children (now young adults) while dealing with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia as well as a sleep disorder. She was married for 20 years and was given the task of caring for her husband and supporting him during his transition after a losing battle with cancer.  As a result of her education and training as well as her personal and professional experiences Dr. Linda sought out and developed holistic practices and solutions to support busy working parents in their quest for ultimate health and wellness in body, mind, emotions, and Spirit for both their children and themselves. 

Social Media Links: 

Website: https://askdrlinda.com/about-dr-linda-ammari/ 

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

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Hodges about the ins and outs of weight loss and what constitutes losing one's weight as healthfully as possible. 

Dr. Linda Hodges is a physician in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She is triple boarded in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Obesity Medicine.  Linda is a self-proclaimed multi-potentialite....meaning she loves way too many parts of medicine..and life.  While she still practices intensive care medicine, which is where she only cares for people that are admired to the ICU, she also has two private clinics: one where she provides specialized treatment for those suffering from refractory PTSD and depression and one where she helps women with their weight loss journeys.  Since writing her book "Weight Loss that Works:  Secrets to Restoring Confidence and Reclaiming Your Body" she has moved most of her weight loss practice online and has started at a 12-week group coaching program based on methods that were successful in her clinic.  Linda is married with two children - a son who is 9 and a 16-year old daughter.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.exceptionalweightloss.com

FB/IG/Twitter: @drhealthyweight

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

In this episode, I chat with Dr. Witkowski about how to implement lifestyle medicine into your every day lives right now!

Dr. Daniel Witkowski is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Lifestyle Medicine. He is one of 30 Fellows of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in the world.

Since August 2018 he has been employed as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with Tufts Medical Center Community Care in Melrose, Massachusetts. Prior to that he was in private practice, since 1993, at Women’s Healthcare Associates, in Melrose, Massachusetts. He also serves as Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at MelroseWakefield Healthcare.

Dr. Witkowski is a Certified Nutritionist and has been a Lifestyle Medicine Physician since 2011. He is the co-creator, with his wife Pamela, of Lifestyle Design MD™, a program where they educate individuals, families, and health practitioners on how to obtain optimal health and prevent and reverse chronic disease through nutrition, fitness, stress management, and lifestyle design. They are nationally recognized public speakers and trainers.

Dr. Witkowski received his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston, MA in 1989. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He received his Certification in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, Cornell University.

Daniel and Pamela are high school sweethearts and have been married since 1984. They are the parents of 6 children and grandparents to Ella and Brody.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.danielwitkowskimd.com/

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

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