Although she aims for whole, real, quality foods, Dr. Wendy describes herself as a “real person” eater: “I appreciate having treats with others and learning other peoples’ likes and enjoyments.” What are her favorites?
“I love flavor and texture…romaine lettuce in a salad, peppery watercress, or a finely chopped kale salad.”
“I do love a good caramel apple. I don’t see them out and about that often, but if I do, I make room for one in my day! I love homemade apple pie (with very little sugar) and have no issues with making a slice my breakfast along with a nice portion of Greek yogurt to accompany it.”
“I love a great watermelon, arugula, feta salad in-season and adore roasted Brussels sprouts, apples, and dried tart cherries in the fall/winter.”
“Rice and beans with veggies and salsa, or making tacos or simple pizzas—like margarita or veggies. Sometimes we do ‘apps for dinner’ at home; we call it a ‘Med Spread’ and build on a beautiful board: some special cheeses, grapes, olives, interesting crackers, walnuts, dates, veggies, and hummus.”
“I like to enjoy as many as I wish, sometimes arriving to a state that I call ‘bluephoria.’” Dr. Wendy describes her health philosophy as “simple, achievable, and realistic”—but here are some more descriptive definitions.
“Eat how? Well. Well connotes: goodness, health, in abundance, the right amount, celebration, and depth. It’s concrete, yet flexible. We can each be well—though our ‘well’ is individual and related to our own self.”
“Move how? Daily. To survive and participate in life at all, we have to move our bodies. Every day has 24 hours, 1,440 minutes—if you can look at ‘daily’ as a goal, with features and ideas about different kinds of movement, you can always be successful.”
“Be healthy. That’s you, and it’s active, and it’s a command. We own this word. It’s not always perfect health but describes behaviors, ways, choices, and attitudes that are in motion and being practiced. ‘To be’ comes in tenses and they allow for goals and change: I was, I am, I will be.”
Jennifer Boden is an award-winning journalist, wine country expert, and travel author for Homeaway Inc. “Eat well. Move Daily. Be healthy.” is a registered trademark of Dr. Wendy Bazilian. Photos of Dr. Bazilian by Pearl Preis Photography.