New Year, New You
The holidays have come and gone, and while many people have set resolutions to lose weight in the new year, others may find it more difficult to get started. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork understands how hard it can be to break bad habits and commit to living healthier, and he’s created a new diet plan to help you lose weight and restore health by using food as medicine.
“I know that food can save our lives,” Dr. Travis says.
With a three-step plan — STAT, RESTORE and MAINTAIN — Dr. Travis’ healthy food prescriptions and his easy-yet-nutritious and delicious recipes, The Doctor’s Diet helps you stay slim, while allowing you to eat a wide variety of foods.
The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is more than three times the amount that they should. Dr. Travis says that one of his most important food prescriptions is to break up with sugar. As diabetes takes the life of someone every six seconds, it’s become more important than ever to curb your sweet tooth and build a healthier relationship with food.
• Are you addicted to sugar? Take Dr. Travis’ interactive quiz to find out!
• Try Dr. Travis’ recipe for a healthy spinach omelet.
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The Doctor's Diet is published by Bird Street Books, Inc., which is owned by The Doctors' executive producer.
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Dr. Travis’ House Call
Julie, 26, says she has struggled with her weight her whole life. She used to play sports and dance when she was in school, but since graduating, she’s found it harder to motivate herself to exercise, resulting in further weight gain. Plus, having to cook for herself on a small food budget has led to poor eating habits.
"I’m definitely not eating healthy,” she says. "I'm eating a lot of pasta, easy dishes that I can make quick."
Dr. Travis visits Julie at her home to investigate her eating habits and share some of his weight loss tips from his new book, The Doctor’s Diet. Armed with a bag full of fresh produce and a $1,000 gift card from Whole Foods, Dr. Travis shows Julie how to begin her journey to better health.
Cook It or Crunch It?
The nutritional benefits of vegetables are well known. But are you better off cooking them or eating them raw? The Doctors uncover the best way to serve four popular vegetables.
• Broccoli: Crunch it! Heating deactivates broccoli’s natural myrosinase, an enzyme that helps cleanse the liver of carcinogens.
• Mushrooms: Cook it! Heat brings out more potassium, which helps build muscle and protect your heart.
• Red bell pepper: Crunch it! Red bell peppers have twice as much vitamin C as an orange, but that vitamin breaks down when cooked above 375 degrees.
• Spinach: Cook it! Cooking allows spinach to absorb more calcium, iron and magnesium.
Would You Rather?
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