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The Doctor's Kitchen
Supercharge Your Health With 100 Delicious Everyday Recipes
- Read in 13 minutes
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- Contains 8 key ideas
The Doctor’s Kitchen (2017) is a guide to healthy eating, backed by extensive scientific research. It shows how eating well doesn’t have to be expensive, difficult, or boring – you just need to stock up on the right ingredients, cook them properly, and develop some good habits!
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Rupy Aujla’s personal experience – and his medical training – taught him the value of eating well.
Rupy Aujla was just beginning his career as a doctor in the British National Health Service when, at the end of a weekend shift, he felt something strange in his chest. His heart was beating unusually fast – 200 times per minute, to be exact.
He recovered, but the palpitations kept coming back. And none of his doctor colleagues knew what was wrong. All they could recommend was either a lifetime of medication or a highly risky medical procedure.
Aujla didn’t like either option. So he decided to rethink his diet. And guess what? Once he started eating a well-researched, healthy diet, his heart problem went away – which made him reconsider the role that nutrition plays in keeping all of us healthy.
The key message here is: Rupy Aujla’s personal experience – and his medical training – taught him the value of eating well.
Being a qualified doctor, Aujla knew exactly what the diet shift did and didn’t tell him. While it had doubtless solved his heart problem, it wasn’t exactly clear why. The best he and his colleagues could guess was that a range of factors were involved. But that, in itself, was still remarkable.
Eating more vegetables, for instance, had probably replenished his cells with electrolytes and vitamins. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower would have had particularly beneficial effects on his DNA. His gut bacteria would have likely improved when he started eating more fiber, and taking in more essential fatty acids may have helped calm his stress levels. Mindfulness helped with that last point, too.
A miracle cure? Not by a long shot. By simply creating the best possible environment for his body, Aujla had maximized the chances that it would function well.
It wasn’t long before Aujla realized that the passion he’d developed for good, healthy cooking was intimately connected with his work as a doctor. So he started talking to his patients about their diet, quizzing them about their eating habits. Recommending a few recipes, he found, was much more effective than medication in motivating people to live a healthier lifestyle.
And in the blinks to come, you’ll find out why.