Now, here’s a surgeon I can get with!

Inspiring article in WSJ about neurosurgeon and Pittsburgh Steelers doc who does triathalons (26.2-mile run, and the 112-mile bike ride and the 2.4 mile ocean swim) at age 70! Take note of a few things he says:

When his father died in 1980, Dr. Maroon fell into a depression and needed to take a year off work. “I was 40 and out of shape,” he says. “A friend called to see if I wanted to go for a run and I agreed. We ran one lap around the high-school track. It took me 20 minutes, but afterwards it was the first night I had slept in four months.” Dr. Maroon returned to the track the next night and ran one mile, then one and a quarter miles the following night, then one and a half miles the next….“I just kept running, gradually going farther, and slowly the depression lifted.” …”I’m much more focused and efficient now.”

Before Dr. Maroon started running, his meals consisted of doughnuts, sugary cereals, hamburgers and hot dogs. “Now, I consider all of that poison,” he says. “The body is a fine-tuned machine. It needs the right fuel.”

Dr. Maroon is a proponent of the Mediterranean diet—lots of fruit, vegetables and protein. “I avoid all whites,” he says. “No white rice, sugar, pasta, salt.” Dr. Maroon eats salmon, which is rich in Omega-3 fats, three to four days a week. He eats foods that he says naturally reduce inflammation, such as green tea, which he drinks three times a day.

For breakfast, he makes a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, bananas and nuts and will also have a poached egg with a piece of lox for extra protein. Lunch is a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread and a piece of probiotic dark chocolate. For dinner, Dr. Maroon cooks his salmon with steamed asparagus, Brussels sprouts or broccoli, and will drink a glass of red wine.

His eating plan is almost exactly like mine!  But I’m not a triathlete; I doubt I ever will be.  But I am consistent with my exercise.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See 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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