Day 263: NYT article – Doctor’s Orders: Eat Well to Be Well

23 09 2010

There was a great article in the New York Times on Tuesday about Dr. Preston Maring, a 64-year-old gynecologist and obstetrician at Kaiser Permanente who feels that food is the main ingredient in health and wellness. He has worked to get local fresh foods into hospitals and has helped start a regional growers’ cooperative. Dr. Maring’s son Ben is a fourth-year medical student at NYU School of Medicine. He developed a series of cooking classes he refers to as CHEF – Cook Healthy, Eat Fresh. The classes combine clinical medicine and nutrition tips. “I thought it was important for medical students to learn how to cook and eat well,” he said. “I also thought it was important for us to walk the walk when it comes to counseling patients about the importance of diet. We get so little training in nutrition that I wanted to provide some basic knowledge.”

According to the U.S. government’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines, (to be released in December), obesity is identified as the nation’s greatest public-health threat. It also emphasizes the importance of plant-based foods and the relationship of fast food and lack of exercise to unhealthy weight gain. Considering the long hours, high stress levels and limited access to healthy meals during working hours, it’s always surprised me that more doctors and clinicians aren’t overweight. I think Dr. Maring and his son have a great idea going.

Today’s food journal: Today was weigh-in day at Weight Watchers. I gained 2.4 pounds, but really I wasn’t surprised by that. Disappointed, but not surprised. I ate crap last week and haven’t exercised since weekend before last. This week will be better.

— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points

— Turkey sandwich on whole wheat with mayo and pepperjack cheese = 6.5 points
— 1/2 bag multigrain Sun Chips = 2 points
— Crystal Light = 0 points

— Grilled chicken sandwich = 4.5 points
— 1 cup homemade potato salad = 8 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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