Articles written by Dr. Sam

The Mind-Body Well-being Initiative: a better lifestyle for people with severe mental illness (New)

Published in January, 2021, this article aims to describe ‘The Mind-Body Well-being Initiative’, a residential mental health treatment model based on the Lifestyle Medicine paradigm, which comprises a mind and body well-being programme. In people with severe mental illness (SMI), particularly for those experiencing psychotic illness, the physical health and mortality gap is significant with greater presence of chronic disease and a 15–20-year life expectancy gap.

Lifestyle Interventions for Mental Health

An article published in the Australian Journal of General Practice. Dr. Sam provides a concise update regarding the evidence-based clinical lifestyle interventions in the management of both mental illnesses and the physical chronic diseases highly prevalent in people with mental illness.

Principles before Position: A new 3-part series on nutrition, health, and sustainability.

Part 1: Diet is a tool and way of life, not a belief system

Part 2: Is ‘lifestyle’ really a choice? The socio-cultural-political-corporate determinants and the myth that ‘personal responsibility’ is all that matters

Part 3: We can no longer ignore the externalities of our food choices

Meal Plans for Healthy Weight Loss

Click to download PDF document. Each weight loss, one-week meal plan incorporates a variety of healthy, whole foods, with each day totalling ~1000 calories.

Meal Plans: Mediterranean | Vegan | Paleo | Keto

Nutrient Breakdown: Mediterranean | Vegan | Paleo | Keto

NOTE: While these meal plans are dietitian designed, it is for general information only and is not tailored to your specific needs. It is recommended this is used in conjunction with your doctor or dietitian and is not designed for long term use.

Blog Posts

In the face of COVID-19, do we need Lifestyle Medicine more than ever?

The COVID-19 pandemic has all of us concerned – and rightly so. COVID-19 has a case-fatality rate estimated between 2-4% (compared to <1% for seasonal influenza) and as high as 20% in those over 80 years old; those with comorbidities are especially…

Is the path to health the same path to environmental sustainability? 6 things you can do to improve both

Every day I read the horrors of humanity’s impact on the natural world, and more than ever such stories seem to be of increasing severity and frequency. Within me this stirs a deep conflict which is; I have dedicated my life to caring for people, but what am I professionally and personally doing to care for the very thing that sustains us all? Read on…

Ode to Lifestyle Medicine and the people and principles that make it so

It occurs to me I have not written as much as I should, and for that I am sorry. Fortunately for me, this is a blog and not a research paper, so I can relax a little in my style and more freely speak my natural tongue at this late hour. My two children are finally asleep and now I sit…