Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in our country. While we have made progress in treating and preventing these conditions with medications and procedures, we have failed to address the true underlying cause. By consuming a toxic diet of highly processed foods, saturated fats, and too much meat and dairy, our population is becoming increasingly obese. Obesity has a clear association with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and systemic inflammation, all of which contribute to cardiovascular disease and other common medical ailments.


Diet and Breast Cancer

Did you know that nearly 90% of breast cancer has little to do with your genetics. In fact, the majority of breast cancer is related to lifestyle choices. There are many dietary interventions that can [...]

Mindful Eating

I've recently been working on educational modules to help me to eventually become a certified member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. One of these modules focused on the concept of mindfulness. What is [...]

Is it Okay to Eat Eggs?

Whether or not consuming eggs or dietary cholesterol has an association with cardiovascular disease or death has been a debate for years. The 2015 updated dietary guidelines removed a previously-recommended limit of 300 mg of [...]

Is Olive Oil Heart-Healthy?

Is olive oil a heart-healthy food? I get this question often and the topic was again raised recently at a vegan food festival I attended. While it may be less unhealthy to consume fats in [...]

Food Revolution Summit 2018

Brain Health: Keep Your Mind Healthy at Every Stage of Life Dale Bredesen, MD: The End Of Alzheimer's Daniel Amen, MD: Foods Your Brain Will Love Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, MD: Preventing Dementia With Nutrition

Below are selected handouts provided by the Institute for Functional Medicine. These can be printed and used for your individualized food and exercise plans.   General Dietary Information Functional Nutrition Fundamentals - Eating Your Way [...]

Nutritional Tidbits

I enjoy sharing brief nutritional facts about various foods on social media or accompanying the recipes on the Vibrant Beat. Since most of these tidbits of knowledge are educational, but not necessarily enough to warrant [...]

What Should I Eat?!

When consuming a whole-foods, plant-based diet, there are specific foods that we should try to eat daily to maximize health benefits. Most days a work, I observe people consume a typical lunch of something like [...]