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Spreading the Fare Wellness from sunny Palm Beach, Florida, to (a surprisingly) snowy Washington, D.C.:

Dr. Rob presented a talk to local residents and snow birds at The Breakers: A mini medical school on “The Art and Science of Living Healthfully” and another talk on getting “More Zzzzz’s.”

The following week, he was off to D.C. for a talk at the National Hispanic Medical Association on “Doctors in the Kitchen” followed by an awards gala dinner afterwards.

Off to SoCal soon. Stay tuned!

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Lunes sin carne en la cocina de Julia: Meatless Monday in Julie’s Kitchen!

Organic Raw Cashew Milk:
Organic raw cashews
Organic Medjool dates
Chia seeds
Vanilla bean
Coconut oil

Kale and Pineapple Smoothie:

Vegan Paella with quinoa, onions, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, red pepper, smoked Spanish paprika, saffron, cumin, cayenne, thyme, bay leaf, kidney beans, zucchini, asparagus, edamame, artichoke hearts and sprinkled with fresh parsley and cilantro.

Avoiding meat, using quinoa instead of rice and swapping edamame for green peas makes this vegan paella super healthy.

Buying some beautiful Spring flowers for your space increases the chi and is always good Feng Shui. Sun is slowly setting in a colorfully cloudless sky….

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On Monday, March 10th, the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) hosted another Meatless Monday cooking initiative for the resident doctors of Lenox Hill Hospital. Chef Richard LaMarita and Dr. Rob chose a southeast Asian vegan menu for this event and once again, the evening was a joy and the food was divine!

Chef Rich explained the inspiration for the menu, divided up the docs into small groups and off into the kitchen they went to cook. The smell of the food and the laughter of the group filled the space. Everybody was truly enjoying themselves while learning about some new techniques and ingredients. We were thrilled to have two medical students from Hofstra Medical School in attendance after meeting Dr. Rob and expressing their interest in the Fare Wellness movement.

What we love so much about NGI is their commitment to using only the finest and healthiest ingredients and Chef Rich always chooses such an incredible menu! The mission of these Fare Share classes is to show that cooking a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be bland or intimidating. There are so many wonderful foods and spices to make eating healthy simple and delicious.

Thank you to the doctors for submitting their recipes and for being part of the Fare Wellness movement. If doctors know how to cook healthfully, they can pass these tips onto their patients. Thank you to the Monday Campaigns for partnering with us as well. Until our next event, remember, “Let food be thy medicine.” -Hippocrates

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Last night, Dr. Rob attended a fundraising event for Toilet Hackers—a nonprofit organization transforming the toilet and sanitation crisis around the world. Toilet Hackers is committed to raising awareness and providing access to dignified sanitation to the 2.5 billion people without a toilet.

Why Toilets?

One child dies every 17 seconds due to lack of sanitation, unclean water and poor hygiene. Today, nearly 40% of the world does not have access to sanitation or toilets, or approximately the same number of people who live in the United States, India and Africa combined.

Community Impact:

Access to sanitation will keep girls in school—one out of every three girls in Sub-Saharan Africa drop out of school once they start menstruating due to the lack of access to toilets at schools.

Access to sanitation will eliminate disease—improved access to sanitation and hygiene could liberate 1/2 of the hospitals beds in Africa. 1/10 of the world illnesses are caused by poor sanitation, bad hygiene and unsafe water.

Access to sanitation is good business—poor sanitation costs countries up to 7.2% of their GDP. Every dollar invested in sanitation brings an average $7 return in health costs averted and productivity gained.

Dr. Rob is privileged to be on the Toilet Hackers Medical Advisory Board. Here is more information on how to get involved:

We sincerely hope you give a shit!


Dr. Rob

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Last night at the Lenox Hill Hospital’s Department of Medicine’s annual Christmas party, Dr. Rob was honored to receive the “Stepping Up to the Plate” Award from his medical residents. The evening was held at the gorgeous D & D (Decoration & Design) Building in NYC, and the vibe was festive, indeed.

Dr. Rob wishes to thank all his colleagues and residents for this first-ever-of-its-kind award for “stepping up” as Program Director. This incredible group of young doctors should make all of us feel like we are in good and caring hands. Thanks for making Dr. Rob feel like a true New York Yankee…since this is the closest he’ll ever get….

Happy Holidays,

The Graham’s

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On Monday, December 9th, Chef Michael Kiley and 16 chefs from nine North Shore LIJ hospitals joined Chef Richard LaMarita and Meatless Monday for a night of learning to cook healthy, nutritious and delicious meatless options at the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI). We were so delighted to be asked to participate in this first-ever “Fare Share” event.

Once again, Chef Rich LaMarita made the most incredible (mostly) vegan fare. Many of the hospital chefs were intrigued to learn how to prepare delicious vegetarian meals, so they can offer more vegetarian menu options at their respective hospital—for both the staff and the patients. I am so happy to say, the North Shore LIJ hospitals support “Meatless Monday.”

What’s so amazing about NGI is the care they put into choosing only the healthiest and finest ingredients. By the time our evening ended, many of the chefs admitted they had never enjoyed a vegetarian meal quite like the ones Chef Rich chose for us. It was so rewarding to see grown men completely satiated from a meat-free, plant-based meal. And, they seemed excited about the new creative possibilities.

Thank you again to Chef Michael Kiley for including us and for the blue chefs jackets. Thank you to Chef Rich LaMarita and all the chefs from the different hospitals. Also, this whole thing wouldn’t be possible without the amazing staff at the Natural Gourmet Institute. Thank you, once again, for opening your “home” to us. Until our next Meatless Monday “Fare Share” event….

Happy Holidays,

The Grahams

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This past October, Farmer Kristin and I planted organic herbs, medicinal plants, greens and flowers on the “Victory Greens” rooftop garden at Lenox Hill Hospital. Kristin gets all the credit here, as I was simply her “seed” eager to be watered and grow from this experience.

We are all so pleased how things are progressing at Lenox Hill Hospital and are so excited about using what’s been planted on the “Victory Greens” rooftop in the hospital cafeteria. I love hearing the stories from staff of how often they use “Victory Greens” to get some fresh air, eat lunch, and some doctors are even having meetings up there.

As we brace for the winter, Farmer Kristin has more good ideas! We have plans to plant more during the month of December. It’s going to be a fruitful Spring! Stay tuned….

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Yesterday, Farmer Kristin and I took a ride out to Riverhead, Long Island, to visit “Garden of Eve’s Organic Market.” What a lovely place! We had pleasure of meeting Eve and choosing our organic herbs, greens, flowers and medicinal plants for Lenox Hill Hospital’s rooftop urban farm, “Victory Greens.”

We are so excited to begin the planting process on Wednesday, October 16th. We both feel so grateful for this awesome opportunity! Come Spring, “Victory Greens” should be in full bloom. Stay tuned….

Your Fare Lady,



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