7 Ways to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy

In my four-plus decades of practicing medicine, I’ve learned that the things you do every day all eventually add up, and can "make or break" your health. Here are seven steps you can take to get healthy and stay healthy. 1. Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Most people go on diets to lose weight. And, sure - maintaining a healthy weight is very important - but so is avoiding foods that cause chronic, low grade inflammation (like sugar and bad fats). For this reason, the anti-inflammatory diet I recommend over all others is Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean, or “PAMM” diet. Essentially, PAMM... Continue Reading

5 Things to Know Before Buying Olive Oil

The good news about olive oil – a cornerstone of the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet and one of my most-recommended superfoods – just keeps coming. Even the FDA now recognizes that: “Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.” Between its rich monounsaturated fatty acid content... Continue Reading

Delicious, Healthy Salads with Olive Oil Dressing

A salad can be one of the healthiest dishes in your diet – or it can be a diet nightmare! Whether it’s a hit or a miss depends largely on what toppings  and dressings you pick. The veggie part of the salad is pretty easy to get right. Try to select darker greens for the base of the salad because they pack a bigger nutritional punch than lettuces like iceberg or romaine. Choosing spinach, Swiss chard or kale will supercharge your salad with nutrients. Nutrition-Packed, Healthy Salads Are Colorful When building a great salad, let color lead the way! The... Continue Reading