Juicing vs. Smoothies

What does science say about the juicing versus smoothies? That’s a big question so let’s break it down. Which is healthier – juicing versus smoothies? Let’s define healthy as the ability to maintain a steady blood glucose level without inducing or promoting hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is dangerous because our body needs glucose in our blood at…

Lunar New Year

Jin Chan, known as the money frog in the West, sits on a low wooden shelf next to our front door. His three legs perch on a puddle of gold coins while another coin nestles in his crater-like mouth and looks like a tongue. His red eyes pierce the dimly lit living room that looks into the…

Do Not Disturb Meditating Mind

I woke up this morning with the glorious ache of muscles well-used, limbs well-stretched and a mind well-meditated. Last night’s yoga class was militant, to say the least. The teacher rattled on in Sanskrit as our pores glistened in the small candle-lit studio. We catapulted into a quick succession of asanas: adho mukha svanasana (downward…

Habits are the Molecules That Make Up Our Day

Tough days in clinic often stem from the challenges of counseling patients on how to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Habits are the molecules that make up our everyday lives. It’s the little things that count, and yes, even the tiniest things can count so much. Something as seemingly trivial as posture can have dramatic effects…

Yoga Every Darn Day

My first yoga class was many years ago as a college student. I was so self-conscious that I got into downward dog thinking that my body just looked funny: my bony knees and small calves tapered into miniscule ankles, my arms felt simultaneously scrawny and flabby, and my wrists hurt. I grimaced my way into…

Eat your greens (and reds)

I pinched my nose, held my breath and closed my eyes so tight I could feel my eyelashes bend the first time I tried a raw green kale smoothie. That’s the truth. Health tastes…odd, and yes that’s a euphemism…especially if you’ve been conditioned to enjoy the gustatory delights of fast food and dairy-rich products like…

Yoga Grouch

I can be a total grouch when I don’t do yoga. Just ask my mom: on mornings that are particularly rough especially after a restless night of limited sleep, I can get snarky and on evenings after long trying days, I can be passive-aggressively curt. Yet a yoga session either at home or in the…

What motivates you?

What motivates you to get out of the bed in the morning, to take on the world, to be present? The answers to these questions are vast and diverse. Our motivations are highly personal and stem from a complex interplay of our unique experiences, singular beliefs and values. I think about motivation a lot. This…

Post Yoga Smoothie & Wellness

My days are getting longer with hours filled with frantic emails and my phone buzzing as I play phone tag with my advisors. I am drafting an IRB application for my research and applying to grants to fund travel to conferences this year, and in between all that is financial planning and a list of…

Cucumber Hummus 

Craving something refreshing and hearty? But also want it to be nutrient-dense, plant based and dairy free? Try my simple rendition of cucumber hummus! I’ve found myself gravitating toward summery foods like mangoes and coconut milk ice cream as the weather in NYC turns cold. This recipe for vegan cucumber hummus is a manifestation of…

Healthy is Hard Work

It’s not always easy to eat healthy! I will be the first one to admit that truth. I see patients in clinic who struggle with eating well and with incorporating healthy practices into their lives in a realistic and financially feasible way. And I am the first one to empathize with them: everyone struggles with…