Plant Prescription Podcast

Lifestyle medicine & the role of diet on our health with Dr. Melissa Mondala

November 19, 2020 Season 1 Episode 24
Plant Prescription Podcast
Lifestyle medicine & the role of diet on our health with Dr. Melissa Mondala
Show Notes

We are joined in this episode by Dr. Melissa Mondala, a physician board certified in both family medicine and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Mondala is the Director of Primary Care of the newly established Institute of Plant-Based Medicine, in Newport Beach, California and alongside this, serves as family and preventive medicine faculty at Loma Linda University, serves in a lifestyle medicine specialty clinic and inpatient lifestyle medicine service. She is an engaging speaker that brings evidence based methods to combat chronic disease and uplifts potential barriers through self-empowerment and self-compassion. Her mantras are “love yourself through your lifestyle”, “I’m Plantbased without judgment”, and “personalized care is the best healthcare.” 

In this episode we cover: 

  • What inspired her to pursue medicine  
  • How she was introduced to plant-based nutrition 
  • The health improvements she experienced personally after changing her diet 
  • The five pillars of lifestyle medicine 
  • How lifestyle medicine is used in clinical practice 
  • Tackling the “low hanging fruits” of lifestyle medicine 
  • Which types of patients she helps 
  • How she prescribes exercise 
  • How much sleep people need and why quality matters 
  • Managing stress through mindfulness and perception 
  • Strategies to reduce toxin exposure 

You can connect with Dr. Mandala on Instagram: and Facebook: 

Dr. Mondala and her partner, Dr. Micah Yu have a joint website here: and her personal website is here: 

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