I am clinical psychologist working with adults at Carle Physician’s Group. I have an inherent interest in nutrition and lifestyle medicine and adhere to and promote plant-based diet to treat chronic illnesses (e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type II Diabetes, heart disease) at Carle collaborating with medical doctors. To this end, I run a program for individuals with chronic illnesses providing evidence-based information and specific guidelines for implementing a low-fat plant-based diet. Patients learn to plan menus, get recommendations on various recipes and how to prepare them, learn how to read labels, check and monitor their fat and fiber intake etc. After the initial educational and preparation period, the Program gears towards a 21-Day Kick-Start period where the patients are asked to adhere to this diet 100% for 3-weeks. Overall, the Program takes about 8 weeks which includes the initial preparation and education, 21-Day Kick-Start, and long-term maintenance.
Psychology and implementation of plant-based diet for chronic illnesses