Food Power: Consciously Feeding Ourselves to Optimize Health and Healing with Dr. Rupy Aujla, MD and Sophie Egan

Original Air Date Wednesday, April 8, 2020 

Proper nutrition is an essential component of staying happy and healthy. We know that healthy foods maintain our immune systems, reduce inflammation, stave off disease, and help us to thrive mentally. But, with misleading food packaging and confusing nutritional labels, it is becoming more and more difficult to identify what foods are good for us and which foods are good for the planet. To root out how we can consciously feed ourselves to optimize our health and healing, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen is joined by Doctor Rupy Aujla and Sophie Egan. Dr. Aujla is an expert in food science. He is the author of Eat to Beat Illness: 80 Simple Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Science of Food as Medicine. He shares excerpts from his book and tips about how we can easily add nutrition to our diets. Sophie Egan is a well-known authority on the food system and author of How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet. She shares ideas on how to eliminate food waste, curb climate change, and how food can keep us connected during social distancing.

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Dr. Rupy Aujla — Food as Medicine::
  • How to set up a lifestyle and a way of eating that supports health. [1:49]
  • Are there specific foods or herbs that will make us happier? [5:43]
  • How Culinary medicine supports multiple systems in the body. [8:01]
  • The importance of finding a good balance for your body and are superfoods really a thing? [11:40]
  • Doctor Aujla’s thoughts on animal products in a diet. [15:00]
  • The connection between good nutrition and cancer, the prevention of cancer, and inflammation. [17:35]

Dr. Rupy Aujla is a medical doctor specialized in General Practice. He is a firm believer in the power of food and lifestyle change to heal and prevent illness and wants to make healthy lifestyles enjoyable and deliciously accessible to everyone. He is the founder of the Culinary Medicine non-profit in the UK and is the author of The Doctor’s Kitchen. He lives in London, England.

Books: Eat to Beat Illness: 80 Simple Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Science of Food as Medicine



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Sophie Egan — Food Power::
  • Sophie describes the 3-part framework from her book, How to Be a Conscious Eater. [24:38]
  • How we can provision our pantries for nutrition and health while being Corona conscious. [26:14]
  • How to read food labels, expiration dates and how to minimize food waste. [31:00]
  • Finding the silver linings of the pandemic and the food generosity boom during social distancing. [41:38]
  • Best practices for being mindful of food choices. [43:19]
  • The connection between the Corona crisis and the climate crisis from a food perspective. [46:49]

Sophie Egan is a Stanford lecturer and New York Times contributor whose work at The Culinary Institute of America and now her own agency, Full Table Solutions, has galvanized a nationwide movement. Sophie’s mission is to help all of us make healthier, more sustainable food choices. She holds a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on health and social behavior.

Book: How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet



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“During quarantine, people say they are sleeping more than they usually do. And, I think that is a collective upside to the virus.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I think the world needs an optimism boost right now.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Your body intuitively knows how to look after itself if you give it the rights tools and the right fuel.” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Improving your diet can have tangible benefits for mental health issues.” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Adding greens to your diet is the one thing you can do to improve overall health.” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“It's not about singular ingredients. It's about getting as much complexity as we can to support our complex bodies.” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Two questions to ask yourself are 'what is the quality of my ingredients?' and 'what's the dose?'” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Treat animal products as luxury items if you choose to eat them. As if they are a prized commodity.” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I don't want to give people the impression that they can eat their way out of cancer.” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Mental health issues can be attributed to an excess of inflammation in the blood that courses into the brain.” @doctors_kitchen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“What is best for us and the planet is a diet of mostly plant-based foods.” @SophieEganM on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“In the US, we have kids who are unable to get their meals in school which is a huge source of hunger.” @SophieEganM on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Lots of frozen fruits and vegetables are generally a good rule of thumb for economizing and avoiding waste.” @SophieEganM on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“A lot of the words on food packaging is basically marketing.” @SophieEganM on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Sell by and other dates are not about food safety. They are about quality standards.” @SophieEganM on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Sleep and stress are enemies number 1 and 2 for immune systems.” @SophieEganM on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet





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