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Try the 3-ingredient breakfast a Harvard doctor eats every day

Try the 3-ingredient breakfast a Harvard doctor eats every day
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Think about your usual morning meal. Does it engage a bowl of cereal, a donut, a bagel,  or a muffin? For your body, that’s the same as eating dessert, advises Dr. Monique Tello, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and main care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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The problem with the usual breakfast offerings like bagels, muffins,  pancakes and French toast is that they are made of processed carbs and sugar. You start your day with a huge blood sugar rush and insulin spike, and it sets you up to replicate that pattern for the rest of the day. That can be particularly problematic for people who are prone to diabetes or weight gain.

As an alternative, you should plan your morning meal around food that is full of fiber, protein, and healthy fat to hold your blood sugar balanced and keep your content. Tello shared her own daily quick, portable recipe that completes those goals using just three main ingredients. You can eat this breakfast at home or easily pull it together at work:

 

Step 1: Fruit

Fill one bowl with your favorite fruit — Tello’s go-to container holds about three cups. If it is plastic, be sure it’s BPA and dioxin-free and FDA-approved microwave-safe. Tello is a fan of frozen fruit since it’s easy, picked at the peak of freshness and ripeness, less expensive, and accessible year-round. You can defrost it in the microwave in just a few minutes.

Try the 3-ingredient breakfast a Harvard doctor eats every day

Try the 3-ingredient breakfast a Harvard doctor eats every day

“Fruit is magnificent. Colorful fruit is high in vitamins and antioxidants,” Tello said. “It tastes great, it is appealing, and it’s helping us to meet our daily necessity of fruits and vegetables.”

The sweetness comes from natural fruit sugars packaged along with lots of fiber, so you’re not going to get the blood sugar spike that you’d get with added sugars.

Step 2: Yogurt

Yogurt is the perfect source of protein and probiotics. “Our gut health is actually more important than we understand in the past,” Tello said. Top your fruit with plain or low-sugar yogurt. Tello skips the fat-free versions: “A little bit of fat is almost certainly good for us,” she said.

Step 3: Nuts

Take a handful of your preferred nuts or seeds and put them on the top. Tello often chooses unsalted cashews or almonds. “You are going to have a pleasant slow discharge of energy as that is digested. It’s going to hold you over a lot longer.”

Try the 3-ingredient breakfast a Harvard doctor eats every day

Try the 3-ingredient breakfast a Harvard doctor eats every day

Don’t force breakfast

At last, you should know Tello does not feel that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A lot of people just do not feel hungry when they get up and that’s OK.

“For the majority of healthy people, their bodies are going to tell them when they require fuel,” Tello noted. “When you do have fuel, it is supposed to be healthy, particularly your first meal of the day, regardless of what time it is.”

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Pregnant doctor delivers patient’s baby just before giving birth herself

Pregnant doctor delivers patient's baby just before giving birth herself
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A Kentucky doctor, who has already checked into the hospital to give birth to her own child, was back on call to deliver a baby of another woman first after the patient had last-minute complications.

Obstetrician Amanda Hess was getting ready to be induced for the birth of her second child when she heard suffering cries from another patient down the hallway.

Hess recognized the woman, Leah Halliday Johnson, since she had examined her a few days earlier. Hess was not the woman’s usual doctor, who was still on his way to the hospital.

And since the baby was starting to show signs of distress, Hess did what came naturally.

“I said, ‘You know, I’m not on call. I’m here in a gown, but I think we ought to have the baby,’” she evoked in an interview with NBC News.

Halliday Johnson said that she recognized Hess right away but had no idea that she was a patient herself.

“The signs were there. My husband observed that she was wearing a hospital gown, but at that point, I was so thankful to see one of my doctors that I was just prepared to move it along,” she said.

Leah Halliday Johnson holds the newborn baby delivered by Dr. Amanda Hess, who was just hours away from having her own baby.

Hess grabbed another hospital gown to cover up and slipped some cloth booties over her flip-flops. After that, she delivered Halliday Johnson’s daughter.

“The baby was perfect! Came out crying and screaming,” she said.

Hess hadn’t expected that she would be working on the day of her delivery, even though she had planned to work late into her pregnancy. Actually, she had delivered another baby the afternoon before.

“It was a 10-pound baby. I thought, this was the way to go out,” she said. “I was thinking, ‘A great big baby, I’m working up until the last minute!’ and then this came. I would never predict this. This is absolutely working until the last second.”

Hess began the medication for her induction only an hour later. She right away went into labor and gave birth to a healthy girl.

Halliday Johnson expressed gratefulness for what Hess did.

“It just shows you what a remarkable person she is, what a wonderful woman and mother and doctor,” she said.

Hess said the two women haven’t met since their deliveries, but she is certain that they will soon since Halliday Johnson is a patient at her practice. She, in addition, knows their daughters share “a special bond” since the circumstances of their birth.

Hess as well downplayed her actions, saying what she did were “absolutely more instinctual” than being worried about her own condition.

“I’m absolutely better at taking care of my patients than being a patient so it was so natural for me to go back into doctor mode,” she said. “Delivering other peoples’ babies is my everyday job. And I’m more comfortable when delivering someone else’s baby than my own, for sure.”

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