There is a gaping division between physicians lifestyle prescriptions and executing change into patient’s daily lives. ┬áFrom the food deserts in the South Bronx, to the embarrassment of sugary sweets in┬áevery breakfast coffee┬ácart, living and working in New York City presents a unique situation. ┬áThe cost of convenience and┬álack of better food options often outweigh dietary adherence to medical recommendations. ┬áOn top of that,┬áthe incredible┬áfood┬áculture here with the enjoyment of food as not simply a life function, but a centerpiece for social gatherings and work events unfortunately adds the societal pressure to transfer┬ácontrol of what we eat to those to┬ámake it for us.

My vision to develop a series of courses to counsel how to build an individualized healthy kitchen based on their medical needs and teaming up chefs has already taken root.  Working alongside Executive chefs around the city, and introducing them to amazing Lenox Hill rooftop garden herbs and edible flowers for their culinary creations has inspired me to bring ideas back to my own patients (and kitchen!) as well.  Together, maybe we can have selected teaching restaurants throughout NYC.

Imagine the day when there are no patients in the hospital. ┬áInstead, doctors are in your┬ákitchen, cooking beside you and personalizing menus to address your health care needs. ┬áFuturistic sci-fi medicine? Think again. It’s happening in a kitchen near you…

Also check out:

“A Seismic Shift in How People Eat” (NY Times 11/6/15)