Saray Stancic, M.D. is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Lifestyle Medicine. She graduated from New Jersey Medical School in 1993 and after completing her fellowship, accepted the position as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley VA in New York. After 15 years, she left the work in Infectious Diseases to fully dedicate her time to the field of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Stancic’s interest in Lifestyle Medicine is rooted in her personal story as a patient living with multiple sclerosis. She is the founder of one of the first Lifestyle Medicine practices in the country, and mentors the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She seeks to spread the power of Lifestyle Medicine on a global scale, and bring needed change to how we train physicians. She is the producer of the documentary film, Code Blue. She is currently writing a book on the power that lies in lifestyle choice, to be released later this year.
Takeaways From the Show
- Find the “Walk with a Doc” program in your area — free walks with MDs and health-minded people.
- 50% of breast cancer could be prevented through lifestyle changes undertaken early in life.
- Six spokes on lifestyle medicine wheel:
- Eat a whole foods plant-based diet
- Incorporate daily exercise
- Get good sleep (stick to a bedtime and wake time. Room cool, dark and quiet. Don’t look at blue light before bed – no computer or cell phone; it interrupts melatonin production and impairs the sleep cycle)
- Increase social interconnectedness
- Avoid substance abuse
- Practice stress management
Dr. Stancic’s day:
- Up at 5 a.m., run, meditate, oatmeal, flax, berries
- Lunch big green salad with Trader Joe’s balsamic vinegar and garbanzo beans, or leftovers, fruit always around for snacks
- Dinner — with family, social interconnectedness, sit down for the meal, talk about the day, that’s medicine — pasta, Italian dishes, Cuban bean dishes, brown rice, avocado, big green salad, orichette with cannelini beans and extra broccoli — enriching the plants, eliminating the animal.
Blast from the past! ~ In another New Year’s episode back in 2017, Dr. Frank Sabatino, director of Ocean Jade Health Retreat in South Florida was on the show along with Allyson Kramer, author of the award-winning new cookbook, Naturally Lean: 125 Nourishing Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Recipes-All Under 300 Calories. Have a nostalgic listen at: Rock Your Resolutions wth Dr. Frank Sabatino + Allyson Kramer & Naturally Lean.
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