I’m a doctor, wannabe-chef, wife and mom.
I provide time-efficient plant-based solutions to busy people who want to lose weight and prevent or reverse illness.
I’m Jennifer Singh
and this website is home to my passion helping people live healthier lives with as few medical problems as possible. As a board-certified internist and pediatrician, I’m well-acquainted with the typical outcome of the Standard American Diet & Lifestyle – weight gain, medical problems, and prescriptions. You don’t want to go there.
I know, many MANY people are preaching the same thing, so let me just summarize my approach right here:
- I’m obsessed with the scientific evidence for all things related to nutrition, exercise, and other habits that influence how each of us is going to grow old. But mostly food. Because I love food.
- A few things are irrefutable in the science. These irrefutable things are not sparkly, glamorous, experimental, mysterious, or expensive.
Eat lots of plants. In fact, eat MOSTLY plants (I’m talking fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts & seeds). If you want to eat ALL plants, that’s fine. Possibly the most. important. thing. you can do for your health.
Maintain a healthy body weight (the previous point can help with that!)
Don’t put toxic junk in your body that messes up the systems (tobacco, excessive alcohol).
Move your body every day, or at least 5 days a week (this can just be walking, nothing fancy.)
See, isn’t that easy? If it were easy, Americans would not be in the health fix we’re currently in. I’m sorry to be a downer but I have to show you this:
- 4 out of 5 people over age 50 have at least one medical condition and are on at least one prescription medication. That’s. almost. everyone.
- Adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana (ahem), has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent. (See http://stateofobesity.org/rates/)
- The most common chronic diseases in America (heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer and many more) can be prevented and often treated and reversed with the four habits above. (See D. Ornish. Mostly plants. Am. J. Cardiology, 104(7):957–958, 2009 for an evidence review and commentary.)
So if you’re healthy, you have the power to stay healthy.
But let me say this part again, because I like saying it…
If you have a chronic disease, are on medication, are chronically tired, or want to lose weight, there is scientific evidence that you may be able to improve your condition and even get off of your medication by changing to a plant-based diet.
How I Got Here
I spent the first few years of my medical career managing illness in the traditional way – writing prescriptions. I loved seeing patients, but simply managing illness instead of really fixing the root problem, well, that can be discouraging for everyone, both patients and doctors. I didn’t accomplish very much disease reversal in my earlier career. And most people would rather just not be a patient at all.
Along the way, my father was diagnosed with chronic leukemia. I became obsessed with discovering any and all approaches that may improve his condition. And what I found changed my mind and career forever.
I learned of a different school of medical thought – an approach to medicine that was so full of simple common sense, also backed by mountains of science, and actually helped people get off of their medications by reversing or improving their condition.
So I started my new “practice” with my father – he was my first new patient – and, of course, myself and my own family (husband and two reluctant kids)
The medicine? Plant-based foods. Lots of them. In fact, we tossed out all dairy, meat, chicken, fish and eggs. Well, I tossed them out. By myself. In the dead of night. While my husband was, sort of, out of the country.
I had to learn a whole new way of cooking and eating. I had many victories and many, many epic fails! But we ALL experienced benefits! Migraines – gone. Constipated kids – so long. Energy – through the roof. Yearly colds – hardly ever. And my father? He has done fantastically through his treatment for chronic leukemia, and is still eating a plant-based diet and enjoying a great quality of life…. and riding his mountain bike at age 70.
How I Can Help
Since I began helping people transition to a plant-based diet, I’ve been amazed by how powerful this approach really is. My goal is to teach you enough science so you’ll understand why in the world you should bother, and then give you support, accountability, and all the recipes, tips, tricks and hacks I’ve learned along the way.
Changing our diet and other health habits can be tough, I get it. Just knowing what to do sometimes isn’t enough. The key to behavior change is to overcome the everyday obstacles that stand in the way of health.
I work alongside clients and their health care providers to make change happen with a five-pronged approach to behavior change: goal setting, mind setting, education, practical planning, and support and accountability.
Priorities and Goals
Want to lose weight? Lower your cholesterol, blood pressure or blood sugar? Reverse heart disease? Improve your arthritis or gastrointestinal symptoms? Or just maintain your good health, prevent future disease, and teach your kids great health habits? Your clarified goals and priorities are the power source for the other components of your health transformation.
Do you believe that your health is at the mercy of chance? Or that because a condition runs in your family, that you are stuck with it also? If so, you will benefit from a change of mindset! Studies show that diet and lifestyle change is so powerful, that our genetic tendency toward some chronic diseases can frequently be overcome. You may be able to eat your way out of your genetics! That’s exciting! Changing any limiting thoughts or beliefs about your health is a priority.
I’ll use my years of teaching experience to entertain you with the science behind this powerful approach. Your new knowledge base will leave you with more nutritional training than many health care professionals, and set the stage for…
By naming the exact obstacles that stand in your way, you can create real solutions. Do you travel a lot? Hate to cook? Too busy? Worried about food expense? Hate fruit and vegetables? You’re not the first one to have your challenges, whatever they are. You just need some guidance for coming up with creative solutions.
Support and Accountability
By checking in frequently to the private community on Facebook, you can meet others on the same journey to share your challenges and victories. Weekly check-in with me for a review of your goals and progress also keep you on track.
Ready to discover how to start your plant-based journey?
What I do not do
I work alongside patients as a partner and coach, in conjunction with their doctor or health care providers. I do not prescribe any medications, alter a patient-client’s current medications, perform exams, order diagnostic tests of any kind, or diagnose specific conditions.
- Bachelor of Science – Zoology, Louisiana Tech University
- Doctor of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport
- Combined Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Residency, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport
- Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine
- Certified, American Board of Pediatrics
- Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
- Licensed, Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
Disclosure of Conflict of Interest
Although I recommend some products as useful for pursuing a plant-based diet and optimum health, I am not currently affiliated with or earning a profit from any other company or product manufacturer.
Any information provided through this website is not meant to be a substitute for personalized medical care about your conditions and symptoms from your doctor or health care provider.
Never change your medications, change your diet, or begin an exercise program without talking to your health care provider.
If you have any medical problems, especially diabetes, blood pressure abnormalities, or take blood thinners, consult your health care provider before making dietary changes. Dietary changes can be so effective that your medication needs may change quickly.