Stanford Lifestyle Medicine Blog

Read the latest blog posts from lifestyle medicine experts at Stanford University covering health topics across our 7 pillars.

Alcohol: Is There a Healthy Way to Drink?

Alcohol: Is There a Healthy Way to Drink?

By Maya Shetty, BS "Salud!" If you've ever raised a glass to your health, you're not alone. For decades, many have believed that minimal alcohol consumption is potentially beneficial for your health. However, not every researcher would agree. A growing body of evidence reveals health concerns about alcohol use, making it crucial to understand the spectrum from harmless to harmful levels of consumption to keep your body healthy.  “Alcohol will impact everyone’s health differently,” says Douglas Noordsy, MD, Clinical Professor...

Protein Needs for Adults 50+

Protein Needs for Adults 50+

By Sharon Brock, MEd, MS   Key Take-Aways: For adults aged 50+, we recommend consuming 1.2  – 1.6 grams of protein/kg of body weight per day (0.54 - 0.72 grams/pound body weight per day). For a 165-pound adult, this translates to roughly 90 - 120 grams of protein per day. To build muscle past the age of 50, we need to eat enough protein AND do weight training, and consume 30 - 35 grams of protein within two hours of...

Practice of the Month: Make Your Own Balanced Bowl

Practice of the Month: Make Your Own Balanced Bowl

By Carly Smith, BS, MPH(c)  Making a bowl that has a mix of veggies, protein, grains, and fats can ensure you’re eating a meal that has balanced nutrition. While the specific ingredients can be changed to fit your personal preferences, below is the basic structure Nutrition Scientist Marily Oppezzo, PhD uses to create her own bowls: 1. Make your bowl half vegetables: Either raw or cooked, make vegetables the base of your bowl. While the exact measurement will depend on the...

Lifestyle Medicine Physician Works with Veterans to Improve Nutrition

Lifestyle Medicine Physician Works with Veterans to Improve Nutrition

By Carly Smith, BS, MPH(c)  MOVE! is a weight management program offered to veterans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program includes science-backed curriculum and practices adapted from the VA’s Whole Health program, an interdisciplinary and patient-centered program that empowers veterans to take control of their own health and wellbeing.  “Research shows that nutrition is often more influential for weight loss than exercise,” says Stanford Lifestyle Medicine expert Robert Oh, MD, MPH, and Chief, Well-being Officer (CWO) at...