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ICP 39: Dr. Colin Zhu-

The Chef Doc-Integrating passions for food, medicine and travel

In this episode, I’m speaking with Dr. Colin Zhu, known as The Chef Doc. Dr. Zhu is a family practice D.O who is a traveling doctor. A personal passion of his is he loves to travel and has a lot of unique stories and pearls that should get the wheels turning. He also has a passion for cooking, hence The Chef Doc, and is also skilled at connecting with people with his energetic and open personality. All of these skills and passions makes him a shining example of what a doctor should be and how a doctor should practice medicine and makes him a valuable asset to the lifestyle medicine movement.

Colin has worked in many settings, in many locations with an array of patients that has given him a perspective to more effectively connect with people in order to find what makes them tick. From listening to this interview for a second time in post-production, one of the things that struck me is Dr. Zhu is wise beyond his years, and I think a big reason why is his experiences. Dr. Zhu exemplifies the proverb “Walking 1000 miles is better than reading a 1000 books.

Dr. Zhu is also the author of Thrive Medicine: How to Cultivate your desires and elevate your life.

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If you’re listening and you’re an endurance athlete or really an athlete of any kind, I created a free eBook that highlights the reasons to adopt a plant-based lifestyle as an athlete, marketed to athletes. We often think of athletes needing more than the average lay-person, and that’s true. And meat and animal products are often synonymous with athleticism. We can get everything we need from plants and I argue that we would be better athletes by adopting a more plant-centered diet. So, if you’d like to get that free eBook, the easiest way is to look in the show notes of this episode either on my website, plant-based or on iTunes or Libsyn and click on the Free eBook link to get it. If you have any friends out there who are struggling with their nutrition, struggling with their weight, with energy, with recovery or who may have a family history of a chronic disease, feel free to point them in the direction of this eBook as well.

Free eBook Link-CLICK HERE

I will also be sending out regular e-mails to those who are passionate about plant-based nutrition and who may have a particular interest in how they, as athletes can integrate this into their lifestyle. You can sign up for those regular e-mails through my website on the homepage.

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