Transforming the System of Medical Care with David Donohue, MD: PYP 255

David Donohue is a primary care physician in Wilmington, Delaware, and one of only 280 board-certified lifestyle medicine specialists in the United States. As David points out in our conversation, that's fewer than one for every million Americans.  I wanted to talk with David about the successful and innovative Cure Diabetes program that he's run over the past year, but we quickly started egging each other on to describe our pet peeves about the current medical system. Read more »

How to Live a Better Life Every Day with Bryan Falchuk: PYP 251

From the moment his parents' marriage fell apart, Bryan Falchuk turned into the fat kid. In a world out of control, food was the one thing he could control, and the one thing that could soothe his deep hurts and anxieties. Every day Bryan woke up and was determined to lose weight, and twenty minutes later he'd be elbow-deep in the foods he'd sworn to give up, or at least moderate. He experienced himself as someone untrustworthy, someone who lacked agency, someone to whom life happened. Read more »

Tina Seelig on Designing Our Ideal Life Through Creativity: PYP 250

These days I'm really into creativity, and how we can foster it, and how it can help us lead happier and more fulfilled lives. Plus it's fun. So when I saw today's guest, Tina Seelig, give 90 seconds of truly excellent advice to Daniel Pink's audience in his PinkCast, I reached out to see if she would be willing to share her wisdom "long form" with the Plant Yourself crowd. Read more »

Cultivating Simplicity and Progress with Ian Cramer: PYP 247

Plant-based cyclist Ian Cramer and I spent a lovely hour geeking out on our journeys, and podcasting, and our gratitude for the trailblazers who introduced us to the plant-based lifestyle.  Ian is a certified athletic trainer at the University of Rochester, a competitive cyclist, a podcaster, and a freelance health and performance coach.  Read more »

The Matador, the Car Wash, and the Ten Commandments of Holiday Eating

When I am eight years old, my dad gets us a new car. Because he is an organizer with the United Auto Workers, a foreign car is out of the question - even as the 1973 OPEC crisis sent most Americans scurrying for fuel-efficient Datsuns and Toyotas. Also not on the acceptable list is his dream car, a sunflower yellow Corvette C3 Stingray convertible: Bad form to show up at a picket line in a set of wheels that expensive and flashy. So, practical man that he is, my dad settles on a lemon-yellow 1974 AMC Matador with a black vinyl roof.  Read more »

Scott Stoll on Disrupting Healthcare with Plants: PYP 244

Scott Stoll, MD, understands the power of Believing You Can. Which is a good thing, because he's made his life mission a task that would seem daunting to most: to transform the healthcare industry into one that actually practices health care rather than disease management and mitigation. Read more »

Designing Your Life with Dave Evans and Bill Burnett: PYP 243

Dave Evans and Bill Burnett are co-authors of the New York Times bestselling Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. You may not have heard of them, but their design work has almost certainly touched your life. You know Dave's work if you've ever used an Apple mouse or laser printer. And Bill's designs include the hinges on Apple's Powerbooks and the original Hasbro Star Wars figures. What do these guys have to teach us about being healthy and happy? As it turns out, plenty.  Read more »

The Mental Health / Lifestyle Link with Dr Elizabeth Winings: PYP 242

Elizabeth Winings is Doctor of Nursing Practice at  Nemours Children's specialty care and Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She specializes in working with children and teens who are receiving mental health care in an acute in-patient setting. In her work with the children and their families, she emphasizes wholistic, therapeutic, and lifestyle approaches toward wellness. Read more »

Having a New Heart and Filling It With Love with Ken Lander: PYP 233

When Ken Lander disembarked from a plane on December 16, 2016, he lost his breath, stumbled, and couldn't make to baggage claim. When the 430-pound Lander was examined in the emergency room, it was determined that it was a very sick heart that had nearly cost him his life that day. Further tests revealed a 90% blockage in the left descending artery, and severely compromised heart efficiency ("ejection fraction" in cardio lingo). Read more »

Bernie Roth on Designing the Lives We Want: PYP 226

Bernie Roth is a co-founder and Academic Director of the incredibly influential d.school at Stanford University (officially known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design). He's also the author of a charming, unflinchingly honest, and hugely helpful book, The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life. Bernie's great contribution to the world, aside from his numerous inventions and innovations in machine design, robotics, and engineering, is the insight that successful, happy, healthy people generally don't achieve these nice things by accident. Read more »