AT THE CLEVELAND CLINIC…

I’m spending today visiting Dr. Roizen at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.  He’s featured prominently in a profile of Dr. Oz in yesterday’s NY Times Sunday Magazine.  I note with interest the author’s description of Dr. Oz’s eating habits:

all of it — every crumb, every drop — was healthful: low-fat Greek yogurt mixed with brightly colored berries; spinach; slaw; raw almonds; raw walnuts, soaked in water to amplify their nutritional benefit; a dark green concoction of juices from vegetables including cucumber and parsley. Roughly every 45 to 60 minutes, as if on cue, he would ingest something from his movable buffet, but only a bit, his portions assiduously regulated, like an intravenous drip of nutrition. It was the most efficient, joyless eating I have ever seen.  His wife, Lisa, says, “He doesn’t have the relationship with food that a lot of people have.”

That resonates with me. I don’t “graze” as much as he does, but I have certainly tried to / ended up in a similar place – food has become more functional, less about grand pleasure, solace, stress relief, etc.  My meals are VERY regularized… While they don’t represent grand pleasure, I do enjoy them!
Dinner last night: steamed swordfish, steamed spinach, both with hot sauce. Bread. Breakfast this morning:  the usual (about 99% of days): oatmeal (not instant! Not flavored!), cinnamon, protein powder, skim milk, dried cherries. Two apples in my briefcase to tide me over til lunch…
Oh, and the Cavs beat the Bulls 🙁


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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