Author: drjoegalati

Family, Faith, and Food: the Keys to a Healthy Foundation

I was very fortunate to have amazing parents who instilled three values in my two sisters and me: family, faith, and food. Those “3 Fs” helped shape who I am today and also made for a family that did not have health or weight issues. We did not deal with the issues I see in […]

Anxiety Got You Down? It Might Be Your Diet

The winter months can bring on anxiety for many. For some, it’s post-holiday blues. For others, it’s the long days without sunshine. For many, it boils down to diet—the foods you eat could be causing or increasing your stress and worry. In addition to being a drain on your brain, anxiety can cause people to […]

Can Exercise Turn Around Fatty Liver Disease?

Sam was a patient of mine that had struggled with hepatitis C for two decades before finally being successfully cured after a third round of treatment. After that, his life circumstances changed—he traveled often for business and therefore ate out often—and he ended up gaining quite a bit of weight. That led to him developing […]

Good for Your Heart, Good for Your Liver, Too

February is American Heart Month, a great time to really start being good to one of the most vital organs in your body—your heart. But while learning to eat healthier heart-wise, it’s also good to consider foods that can keep your liver healthy. After all, your liver is vital to life. It is by far […]

Love Your Family with Food—the Value of Home-cooking

During American Heart Month, what better way to show your family some love than by beginning a healthier lifestyle. For most of my patients, that starts by making healthier food choices and making a commitment to bringing the family together for meals. Cooking, eating healthy food, and family togetherness are subjects I commonly talk about […]

Food and Faith—There is a Connection

One thing I especially remember from my childhood is my mom’s intense faith and her love of preparing food for family and friends. She passed those values on to me, and today a good part of my day is spent sharing those values with patients in my practice.   When I speak of faith, I’m […]

The Long-term Dangers of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity. It’s a big problem in the U.S. And without addressing the problem, today’s obese kids and teens will be tomorrow’s overweight adults. With that comes a host of health problems such as insulin resistance or diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL). Individually, these diseases are bad enough to deal with. Together, […]

Resolutions: How to Kickstart and Keep Your Healthy Lifestyle Change

With the new year comes the resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, and be better overall. Of course, few people follow through with resolutions for the long-term—for many reasons. Often, it’s because they make too many resolutions or because they set the bar too high.   The key is to remember that January 1 should […]

Seasonal Depression: What’s Food Got to Do with It?

The holidays can be an emotional time. While many people are out enjoying food-laden parties with family and friends, others find themselves alone and isolated. That feeling of aloneness can be amplified during the holidays, even amidst all the holiday cheer. One also needs to be aware of excessive alcohol consumption. al One of the […]

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