My two wonderful children
My Health Journey
I started to question my lifestyle during medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, Class of 1992. I was one of the top students in my class and graduated Cum Laude. By that time in my life, several family members had suffered from heart attacks and diabetes, some as early as age 50. Clearly my family seemed prone to diet-related health problems.
Within about ten years after developing diabetes, my father's health declined. In my early 40s, I watched my father die from complications of diabetes, watched several family members die from a heart attack, and watched my 42 year old cousin deal with her stage 2 breast cancer. My father's passing bothered me greatly because he had worked so hard all his life. He could have enjoyed retirement but never got a chance to do so.
I felt helpless. I did not want to die that way. I had a nagging feeling that I was missing something. My medical school education and attending standard medical conferences seemed incomplete somehow. That's when I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. It saved my life. From it I learned that good health is something we can all achieve. It does not require more pills, more procedures, more tests, and more doctor visits. I relearned nutrition through conferences sponsored by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and nutrition seminars conducted by Dr. T. Collin Campbell. I am never going back to my old ways. Medicine has become gratifying again because I feel like I can truly help my patients.
As a busy mother of two, juggling work and home, having to incorporate a healthy lifestyle for my family and me was challenging. But I learned how to make old recipes in new ways and how to make new recipes as well. I decided to show others that this way of eating is totally doable.
Take a look around the website for recipes, cooking videos, podcasts, and blogs. I want to share with you everything I have learned that has made me feel so good.
Please check out my podcasts on ITunes, Google Play, and Spotify. My cooking videos are on YouTube, and follow me on Facebook and Twitter
I dedicate this website to my amazing father, Dr. K. N. Rao
Married to my physician husband for 25 years
Dr. Padma Garvey
The plant-based Doctor Mom