After over 14 years in clinical practice as a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist focused on GI and Liver diseases, what I thought I already knew has become even clearer: Physicians are provided very little formal training on nutrition and diet, nor on their overall impact on one's health, disease states, and well-being.
An actual leftover lunch of mine
We all know the basics: Eat a high fiber, low-fat foods, etc. Yet we all need reminding.
I will use this evolving blog as a tool to share, educate, remind, and redirect people to healthier, cleaner eating, with the goal of a sustainable plan and overall better quality of life.
Here are some of the Basics:
Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein
You can eat—but moderate salt, fat, and sugars
Exercise (even on any level) is necessary for a long life
Basic enough concept. Read the labels. Too long? Can you not pronounce it? Comes in a bag? Likely it is processed foods. More and more data is being published showing how unhealthy "processed" foods are.
What I tell my patients when asked: "How do I lose weight?"
1. No white flour 2. No white sugar 3. Nothing in a bag
Last October, I started to reassess how I ate. How much. How often.
I went to my coach. Even as a Gastroenterologist—I needed coaching on how to "reset" my "healthy" eating, nutrition, and dietary choices. I needed accountability.
I lost 15 pounds in 3 months and ~5% body fat with accountability. Maintaining it today with minimal weekday exercise. I saw it work on others. Then it worked for me.
This is me. October 1st to December 31st. Some meals I made.