I am a husband to an incredible wife, son to loving parents, and brother and uncle to an amazing family. I am also a doctor. Having practiced both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine I had been so focused on the treatment of the sick that I lost track of the more important prevention. I do not want you to be sick or injured. The majority of the medical care I provide is treatment, but I would rather help you prevent unnecessary treatment by helping you take control of your own health.
Half-way through my 30 year career in medicine, I have been fortunate to care for an array people from different backgrounds and in different parts of the world. In many ways, we are all the same. We construct our lives by what is around us, what our family and friends, neighbors, etc. are watching, buying and eating. I was no different. My mid-life crisis, so to speak came, as I was turning 40. Having had blood sugar problems for 25 years and always believing I was eating healthy, I found my erratic blood sugars becoming more frequent. I reached out to Paula Evans for guidance. She was a Registered Dietitian. I had worked with Paula a decade earlier. She opened my eyes to plant-based nutrition. I read the information and promptly ignored it!
Three months later and feeling worse over, despite competing in endurance sports, I finished a 5 and a half hour triathlon. It was a personal best time, but I was so sick from low blood sugar that my wife took me immediately to McDonald's. I then proceeded to eat four burgers. I immediately felt worse. The following day, I reread the information Paula sent me months ago, and knew I needed to do a better job of taking care of myself.
And so began the journey transitioning to plant-based eating. While most people, including my wife, will make a lifestyle change a little slower, I have a personality that sees something new and goes full speed ahead (neither approach is wrong, do what is best for you. After all, it is your life and your health). In three days and a couple of failed attempts at eating some frozen chicken bites later, I was fully plant-based. Sitting in my freezer was fresh lamb meat from my Uncle Richard’s farm that I had yet to taste because I was saving it for after my race (friends were kind enough to take it off my hands and enjoyed it). So there I was making a big change to my health which now nearly 3 years later has helped me not only live healthier but be a better physician and educator.
As we talk about plants on this website, know our goal is to guide you. We are not here to tell you what to do. It is our belief that positivity will take us further together. It is not our intention to chastise anyone for eating meat or eggs. That is just not true. The definition of “diet” is: the kinds of food that a person or community habitually eats.
Our community is focused on plant-based eating. Want to eat healthy? Lose weight? Improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, digestive problems, blood sugars and more? Plant-based nutrition does all of this. There is a large amount of science and research to support this and we will sprinkle that in from time to time. Through education of plant-based eating, the health issues you may be facing and medicines you are on that you hopefully want to get off of (yes, this happens) and much more, our site will show the benefits to your life overall by making simple changes to your daily habits (it may not seem so simple, but in time, you will realize it is).
Along with this blog, you will learn to shop healthier, eat better, and feel younger. We are what we eat.
If you are a patient that has been referred here by Dr. Roger Musa or myself, then you have seen the passion in our eyes for what lies ahead. If you have been referred by other medical personnel, family friends or beyond, we welcome you.