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Dr. Adrienne Youdim

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Fed up with today's wellness culture? Tired of gimmicks, quick fixes and false promises? Tired of fear-based tactics filled with judgment and shame? Join Dr. Adrienne Youdim, a board-certified internist and physician nutrition specialist committed to empowering you with evidence-based yet compassionate 'health bites' to help you achieve greater physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Here you can expect expert no-nonsense guidance in nutrition, fitness, habit change, and mindset that she u ...
 
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Do you ever feel like you are trapped in an endless cycle of using mechanisms to cope from certain things that are also caused by other coping mechanisms? Have you ever found yourself on the way out of it, only to be enticed to come back to your old ways? Being sober from escape mechanisms is one thing that many of us surely look forward to this ye…
 
Are you that kind of person who loves to have a sip of that wine during or after finishing a stressful task? Or are you a beer person who treats himself with an ice-cold bottle of draft beer after a long day’s work? We all have heard about the benefits of alcohol on our body. The antioxidants that it contains, its relaxing effects, and simply the o…
 
Have you ever had the phrase "to lose weight" in your list of new year's resolutions? What happened? Were you able to do it, or did you – for some reasons – terribly fail? Losing weight is still one of the most popular new year’s resolutions up to this date. Many people tend to do it by means of “diet”, though that culture is now slowly being cance…
 
Just like that, the past year is over and we are now in 2023. I am sure many of you already have your new year’s resolutions set, be it going regularly in the gym this year, having more control of your diet, and many other typical goals for your physical and mental well-being. But spoiler alert: many of such goals fail early into the year. That is …
 
Do you find yourself constantly craving for food this holiday season? Does the sight and smell of those hot chocolate chip cookies and cute little bite-sized chocolates make you feel hungry, even if you know you’re not? The holiday season is when food pollution is literally everywhere. And it is not uncommon for you to crave for those deliciously l…
 
Do you see self-care as rewarding yourself with that good draft beer to relax after a long week’s work? Does it mean eating your favorite comfort food because it makes you feel good, or more importantly, “going easy” on yourself in the things that you do? In this episode, Dr. Adrienne enlightens us on how our wrong interpretation of self-care leads…
 
Do you want to change your lifestyle for the better by means of exercising and eating a nutritious diet, but somehow feel like you’d be punishing yourself in trying to do so? It has become so common for us to associate the terms “exercise” and “wholesome, nutritious food” with negative connotations that without us knowing, we've already started to …
 
Obesity is an ever-growing problem among us because of our general preference for low-protein, processed foods. Again, as we have always talked about in this podcast, diet is a major factor in obesity. But then, a lot of things that we talk about when it comes to diet and obesity are things that we actually already know. That’s why in this episode,…
 
It's Thanksgiving day again, and it's that time when most of us indulge in food and alcohol. It's that day when our Thanksgiving table seems to have an endless supply of food and beverages. Also, a time when overeating and weight issues arise. This space is sometimes hard to navigate for someone conscious and watching over food and weight matters. …
 
Have you done something recently that you really wish you hadn't done? Did you get upset and hard on yourself over the thought that you could’ve done things differently? As humans, we are imperfect by nature. We are bound to make mistakes again and again. Setbacks are inevitable; insecurities are always around. But really, that doesn’t mean that it…
 
Anne Kennard, DO, is a Board Certified OBGYN, Fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, an herbalist, and a registered yoga instructor. She completed a 2-year fellowship in integrative medicine through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and has additional training in contemplative medicine, herbal medicine, and Ayurveda. She is passi…
 
Why let ourselves get fooled by all the sensationalism out there when it comes to health and wellness when we can take simple steps towards our well-being’s betterment? There’s been a lot of bias when it comes to obesity and obesity management, so much that it has already pushed people to shame themselves. Patients come in every now and then, sayin…
 
Have you been struggling to remain healthy while maintaining a good, well-balanced diet? Have you ever felt that no matter how you restrict yourself to only eating ‘healthy foods’, you still end up feeling tired, anxious, or even depressed? Dr. Adrienne Youdim is a board-certified Internist and is the host of the podcast Health Bite. She specialize…
 
Why soothe your hunger with highly palatable foods that harm your mind and your body when you can turn that hunger into an opportunity to address your unmet needs? Dr. Adrienne Youdim is a board-certified Internist and is the host of the podcast Health Bite. She specializes in medical weight loss and nutrition, and she is aiming to transform the we…
 
We all have a food story of our own. Be that something our parents have dawned on us or something we have created for ourselves, our food story plays a huge role in how we see ourselves, especially in relation to weight. But how do we write the best possible story that can be written if we still see weight loss as taboo? How do we go after our goal…
 
How can we stop acting in a way that is oppressive to ourselves, and finally live the best life we’ve always dreamt to live? There are studies that have shown that this kind of internalization of negative stigma and bias not only affects our emotional and mental health, for they also carry physical health consequences. What’s worse is we can even p…
 
How can we make ourselves lean even more towards prevention, and not always on the treatment we need to get back to living in good health? So many of our drugs nowadays that are geared toward diabetes are all about treatment and almost nothing on prevention. But as the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure. So as promised, Dr. Adrienne…
 
How do you address wealth gain and/or obesity issues in your family without making everyone feel like they’re someone that needs to be fixed? As we celebrate National Pediatric Obesity Awareness Month this September, it is of much relevance that we talk about the issue of obesity, especially as the numbers rise to their highest at present. More oft…
 
September is National Childhood Obesity month, and a perfect time to have this week's guest, Dr. Wendy Sofer. She's a pediatrician and a certified health and wellbeing coach. And she's the founder of Family and Focus, a program she created for parents who are worried about weight at home, their weight, and their kid's weight as well. She helps them…
 
Do you get easily overwhelmed whenever you try to engage in a new habit? Is it hard, having a lifestyle change, because of that barrier overwhelm brings? Dr. Adrienne Youdim is a board-certified Internist and is the host of the podcast Health Bite. She specializes in medical weight loss and nutrition, and she is aiming to transform the weight loss …
 
Personalized nutrition leads to better health outcomes. And true personalization requires a practitioner and a patient, total nutrition (foods, supplements, medications, etc.), lifestyle, and health assessment. Today at Health Bite, we feature Ashley Koff , an internationally renowned, registered dietician and the brainchild behind numerous nutriti…
 
Even when topics of obesity, nutrition, and food always show up in the news, still, for some reason, these topics are often misrepresented. In this episode, Dr. Adrienne starts a new segment to review recent news about obesity, food, and nutrition. Here, she talks about a) the new FDA-approved medication for diabetes called tirzepatide which also h…
 
What are the things that matter most to you in life? Are you living in alignment with the values you hold dear in your heart? Dr. Adrienne Youdim is a board-certified Internist and is the host of the podcast Healthy Bite. She specializes in medical weight loss and nutrition, and she is aiming to transform the weight loss narrative into one that is …
 
How do we make it easy and relatable for people to get meals on the table? People have this tendency to overlook the influence we make when we are the ones providing and preparing our household’s meal plan. From buying groceries to having our plates filled, every single bit of that process contributes to the health of our loved ones. But as things …
 
Have you gained weight this summer, and now you regret what you did that led to those extra pounds? More often than not, when such cases happen, we tend to enclose ourselves in a space of remorse, overseeing the fact that our summer activities have brought us joy. We were happy. It gave us a strong push to keep going. So today, I encourage you to s…
 
Have you ever had a hard time eating just one slice of cake, or just a handful of chips? This week, I discussed with Dr. Vera Tarman, Addiction Medicine Specialist and the medical director of renaissance, an Addiction Treatment Center in Canada, a very large Addiction Treatment Center. She is also the author of Food Junkies Recovering From Food Add…
 
In this episode of my Hungry for More series, I discuss the connection presence has with how we see food and eat it. As we grow into the adults that we’re becoming, we’re sometimes already eluding the importance of being present to the habits we have in relation to our food intake. That might lead to numerous diseases when left the way it is, but o…
 
Welcome back, friends. We are well into the summer season. And whether you want to lose weight or not, I bet somewhere in your mind, when you think summer, you think to wait, or if you don't think about weight, you think about your body or its state of affairs. It's in our culture and it is indoctrinated. So instead of pretending it doesn't exist, …
 
Welcome back, friends. We are well into the summer season. And whether you want to lose weight or not, I bet somewhere in your mind, when you think summer, you think wait, or if you don't think about weight, you think about your body or its state of affairs. It's in our culture and it is indoctrinated. So instead of pretending it doesn't exist, let…
 
Welcome back, friends. We are well into the summer season. And whether you want to lose weight or not, I bet somewhere in your mind, when you think summer, you think wait, or if you don't think about weight, you think about your body or its state of affairs. It's in our culture and it is indoctrinated. So instead of pretending it doesn't exist, let…
 
A lot of times, people fail to notice how important it is for us to have an optimized breathing practice in order to live the life we’ve always wanted to live. We’ve had this thought for so long that breathing is something we’ve been doing so easily all these years that it already appears to be something we don’t need help with. Did you know that b…
 
Dr. Nishi Bhopal is an integrative psychiatrist, sleep specialist, and founder of IntraBalance, an online educational program that focuses on sleep and mental wellness. As a resident, she experienced the importance of sleep affecting work and life performance. She is triple board-certified and has advanced training in Integrative Psychiatry and Sle…
 
Usually we eat without being present or enjoying it because we are doing something else. Today’s guest, Claire Matern, will teach the importance of having a mindful experience with food. She is a leader in intuitive cooking, and her mission is to empower and encourage people to cook by sense and instinct, adding common sense to the kitchen. Growing…
 
How do we know that it’s already time for us to visit a mental health professional and get help? People have been dealing with mental health disorders even before the pandemic, but the moment we got locked inside our homes was the same moment the numbers rose. Things got worse. More people got diagnosed. This pandemic brought us lots of difficultie…
 
A sound mind in a sound body. Same as how poor mental health causes excess weight, obesity also entails physical and mental challenges, which all take a toll on one’s mental health. ‘Perfect’ images have been planted in our heads, with all the “must have’s” portrayed by the media and our norms. Having this said, have you ever thought about how you …
 
Are you a casual alcohol drinker or are you the one who excessively consumes? How and why are you drinking? How much and how often? As we go into living a life in this pandemic, studies show that alcohol consumption has become more widespread than before, especially in women, be that with casual or excessive drinking. However, physicians haven’t re…
 
All these years, weight has been a cosmetic concern for almost everybody. People associate one’s weight to how pleasing one looks like, usually disregarding the fact that it is a health concern that impacts our whole life. But how can we really gear ourselves up towards a compassionate journey of weight loss and finally maintain a healthy weight wi…
 
Have you been suffering from depression and/or other mental health issues, but even with treatment and medication, you just cannot find your way out of the gloom? We’re already in the month of May, and May is the month of Mental Health Awareness; the perfect time to talk about keeping our mental health and well-being in good shape. Having that said…
 
Have you ever tried to incorporate herbs and spices to your diet? Did you know that by the simple act of adding some spice to your meals, you open the doors for you to enjoy its long list of benefits for our mind and body? Herbs and spices have long been present in the fields of health, of nutrition, and of medicine, and it’s already proven to be o…
 
As we engage in a journey of losing weight, most of the time, we’re already sabotaging ourselves without us even knowing it. We tend to restrict ourselves of what should be and what shouldn’t. We work so hard to the point that we’re already running after perfectionism, not effectiveness. “It’s as if I’m not capable. Why can’t I lose weight?” “I can…
 
Most people who start engaging in intermittent fasting practices either aim to lose weight or change their body composition. However, more often than not, we are actually unaware that there’s so much more to the benefits, aside from the fact that it helps us lose fats. Fasting helps us become more aware of and in tune with what true intrinsic hunge…
 
How can we balance a desire for healthy weight with body positivity and positive self acceptance? There’s no point in denying that there has always been a social stigma around people who are of excess weight. It got so bad to the point that even wanting to lose pounds becomes an embarrassing action to take. We see excess weight as something that’s …
 
At some point in our life, we’ll all go through heartbreaks and breakups that will indirectly lead us to realize how bad we’re selling ourselves short all this time. There will come a time when you’ll realize, that’s enough. It’s about time to make change happen for yourself, for your own life. But let’s face it. We’re humans, and sometimes, change…
 
From weight gain, mood swings, and experiencing a decline in cognitive aspects – there’s really nothing so easy with the things women go through at this point of time. Do you want to be able to celebrate your womanhood in the healthiest manner, taking into consideration all aspects of your wellbeing? Do you want to be able to go through menopause w…
 
Have you ever wanted to consume something so bad that you already had this desire to go back for more and more and more, despite knowing that by the end of it, you might get sick? Did you, like most people of this time, get in the habit of repeatedly hitting the pantry while binging on Netflix for the past two years in this pandemic? Do you find yo…
 
Many of us have heard a "fact" about food that we gullibly believed to be true only to discover later that it was untrue. Nutrition and food have long been associated with myths and misconceptions. We tend to be mindless when it comes to food as long as it satiates our hunger, as long as it fulfills our cravings. How do we live a healthier life in …
 
After two years of having to live around the circumstances of this pandemic, we cannot deny that we’ve all fallen into a space of fatigue where living life seems to be a never-ending burden to face already. Do you feel like there’s no light at the end of this hell already, that this, too, is how our future is going to be? At some point, we lost a h…
 
Happy Valentine’s! By this time, I assume people are already having quality time with those they dearly love, however, as you love and care for others, it is also important that you do the same for yourself. Self-love and self-care have been the focus of people’s love conversations these days, and that’s making a huge change in how we value ourselv…
 
No matter the advantages of having a smartphone nowadays, still, our health should always be taken into consideration in the first place. Statistics show that half of the Americans usually spend 5-6 hours in front of their smartphones, basically forming up ¼ of our 24 hour days, and that’s scary! We tend to just scroll, scroll, scroll especially on…
 
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