Culinary Medicine is a new concept in medicine that has doctors teaching patients about food, cooking, and basic nutrition. Patients learn skills in shopping for foods, building a healthy pantry, and how to build flavors without using so much salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats so that they can improve their health. Imagine your doctor giving you a recipe as a treatment instead of a prescription pill!
What happens in a Culinary Medicine Consult?
You will meet with me and my chef consultant, Chef Naveen Joshi. The appointment will last about 90 minutes. The first 45 minutes or so will be spent on gathering a lot of details about what you eat, what are your flavor preferences, how much cooking you do, whether or not you know how to prepare food, how much time you have during the week, etc. The second half of the appointment will focus on practical strategies that are customized for you to work specifically with your goals, your health conditions, and your level of culinary literacy. This first session is really designed to come up with a plan that is tailored for patients to help them get to where they want to go with their health goals.
After my consult, will I receive support in implementing the recommended strategies?
YES, absolutely! This program is designed to have patients succeed! Over and over, I have found during my 20+ years of clinical practice that just telling patients during a 15 minute visit to improve their diet is not successful in implementing lasting behavioral change. Patients need more intensive guidance in learning how to change their eating behavior.
Here are examples of services we offer patients to support them in their food journey:
-preparing tasty, healthy home-cooked foods for patients who don't want to cook or don't have the time and/or inclination to learn how
-teaching patients what foods to shop for & stock in their pantry
-teaching patients simple recipes
-teaching patients how to plan their menu
-teaching patients how to eat in restaurants
-personalized cooking lessons with the chef
Here are some lessons that you will learn while working with us:
-learning to use your body wisdom to connect how your body feels with what you just ate
-learning why weight is not just all about calories in and calories out
-learning that preparing food and eating can be joyful
-learning how your individual body chemistry is affected by specific foods
If this innovative service sounds like something that would help you or someone you know, please call Dessie for more information or to book an appointment at (818) 353-0694.
FYI, I am currently enrolled in the Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist program at Tulane Medical School's Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. I already hold a coaching certification in Eating Psychology, and next month I will be starting another coaching certification program, this time as a Chef Coach through the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard. Stay tuned for more updates in the way I practice medicine!
Click on this link to watch a brief video featuring Dr. Timothy Harlan, the executive director at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, describing the program at Tulane. It is my hope that this information will be incorporated into more and more medical schools so that our future physicians will have more knowledge of how to help patients use food as medicine.
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I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to complete Lissa Rankin M.D.'s Whole Health Medicine Institute Certification program this past year! This intensive 9 month program teaches physicians about practicing medicine according to the principles outlined in Lissa's New York Times bestselling book "Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself". We want doctors to practice heart-centered medicine, partnering with patients as equal collaborative partners in the doctor-patient relationship and to adopt the spiritually-based perspective of true healers. Using the Whole Health Cairn wellness model as a coaching tool helps diagnose the root cause of illness by using the "Six Steps To Healing" and helps patients to write The Prescription for themselves.
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