Take a tropical adventure – without leaving your couch! Join Plastic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon on a journey to the islands of Tahiti to uncover the wellness secrets of this famously healthy Pacific paradise.
Chef Lou Wellness cCoach Tuomo and show Dr. Ordon how to make delicious Tahitian specialties, including including a vegan coleslaw, Poisson Cru, a Tahitian version of ceviche, and breadfruit appetizers spread with pesto. No menu is complete without dessert and this one, coconut-crusted banana slices, can be made in minutes!
These dishes contain a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, full of antioxidants. “You can taste the freshness,” notes Tuomo as they all dig in.
Next, Dr. Ordon visits the pineapple fields of Moorea. “I call pineapple a super fruit!” says Dr. Ordon. “It’s loaded with vitamins, has plenty of fiber in it. It’s loaded with something called bromelain – I use bromelain in my practice to keep inflammation down.”
Tour Guide Moana takes Dr. Ordon to sample pineapple juice and pineapple wine. “The sweetest I’ve ever had, and no added sugar,” he notes. Moana also shows him the easiest way to cut fresh pineapple. The day ends taking in the views from the cliffs of Moorea. "This is beautiful here... unbelievable view... this is one of those magical moments. I really feel the peace, the tranquility, the spirit here. Sometimes you've got to just slow down a little bit," Dr. Ordon says.
But to see everything in Tahiti, you need to take to the water, so Dr. Ordon joins Maui, the owner of Corralina Tours. First they snorkel with sharks and rays. “If there was ever an environment you want to protect, it’s right here,” Dr. Ordon says as fish circle them. Then it’s time for lunch on a private island.
“We wanted to know … why are Tahitian people so happy?” asks Dr. Ordon. “We’re happy because we want simplicity,” Maui explains. Tahitians don’t go to the gym. “That’s my gym! Life on the sea is healthy,” Maui says.
“You go away like that and you reflect on your life, you think about what you’re doing,” Dr. Ordon tells ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork upon his return. “You incorporate a little bit of what you learned there into your life.”
“Season 10 of The Doctors – should we host it in Tahiti?” Dr. Stork wonders. He also notes that time spent planning a vacation can be just as healing as actually getting away – so start thinking about your next escape now!
"Tahiti Tourisme really rolled out the red carpet for us," says Dr. Ordon. He stayed at Hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort right on the water, and flew Air Tahiti Nui to and from his island adventure.
You can make the delicious meal that Dr. Ordon sampled at home -- we've got the recipes for each dish.