I recently attended Arianna Huffington's event, THRIVE, and listened to both Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Mark Hyman discussing the significant role of diet in overall well-being. The physical cannot be separated from the mental, and in fact without it thriving is almost impossible.
Our choices have implications, not only for how much we enjoy lunch today, but also for longer term goals like fitness and health. But how do we choose? What are the basic cognitive processes that lead from initial hunger pang to this soup or that sandwich?
Even though my son and I were on vacation, I continued to be a cardiologist, and the truth is, you can't really find a healthy meal at Disneyland, no matter how hard you try. Trust me, because we tried.
I can totally identify with the fact that when you find a formula that makes you feel really great, you want to share it with others, shout it from the rooftops. Where it gets dangerous though, is when we start to demonize foods or become negative toward opposing approaches.
I am convinced that it is impossible to have a virtuous fast food restaurant, especially if fast food still insists on world domination. For me, thinking big in the food system always means a degradation of quality.
Can the market do well by doing some good? Why not? In Chicago alone we have identified a half-million-plus people who live in a Food Desert with no or distant grocery stores but nearby access to fast food.