The First Yoga, Food & Functional Medicine Retreat

I am leading a wellness+ yoga + foodie retreat at Old Stone Farm in Rhinebeck, NY, November 6th-9th!

One of the reasons I became a functional medicine doctor was because of the transformative experience I had on a yoga retreat 8 years ago. When you step away from your regular routine for even a few days and focus on living well, nourishing your mind and body, and joining a community of like minded people, the results are massive.
This is why I am beyond honored and excited to be leading my first wellness retreat with ABC Carpet & Home! Old Stone Farm is a gorgeous 250 acre horse farm, inn and spa. Everything about it defines why the Hudson Valley is magical, and it’s only a short train ride away from NYC. This retreat will be a powerfully healing experience.
Book fast because there is a 25% early bird discount until September 30th –
  • Singles – Book Here – starts at $1688 + tax until 9-30
  • Doubles – Book Here – starts at $2713 + tax until 9-30
The retreat is called Whole Body Healing and includes the following:
  • All delicious healthy meals by Matt the farm’s amazing in-house chef
  • Cooking class with chef Carolina Santos-Neves of Comodo NYC
  • Yoga each morning with Nikki Vilella, one of my favorite Kula teachers
  • One-on-one sessions with me to help you to optimize your health
  • Meditation classes and hikes in the woods each day
  • Free time for massages – their spa is ridiculous! – and for getting to know the horses and the grounds
  • Awesome people who are into living well
  • A beautiful luxury room at the inn
  • Transportation to/from Rhinecliff Amtrak station

Sign up now with Old Stone Farm or if you have questions, write to hello@robinberzinmd.com for information!

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Tomato Love Summer Salad

Nothing is better than late summer tomatoes!

I have my friend Jane to thank for this gorgeous Jersey tomato grown right on her farm. Diced, sprinkled with sea salt, drizzled with olive oil, and scattered with fresh basil from the window. Summer lunch perfection, sweet tomato love.

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What is Beauty?

A photo from today’s shoot @refinery29 for the #R29beautynation series featuring women pushing boundaries in health and wellness.

One of the questions they asked for the interview was what do I think “beauty” is. I had to think about it for a second, but it comes down to this.

To me, beauty is about expressing your interior on the exterior. So whether it’s clothes, makeup, hair, your words, or your actions, beauty is ultimately about creativity and expressing your inner voice. That’s why fashion is so much fun. It’s an opportunity to show the world the essence of YOU.

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The Nature of Energy

Calmer than You?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the nature of energy. There are different kinds. Calm energy. Hyper energy. Stressed energy. Aggressive energy. Lustful energy. I see a lot of people – friends, patients, people on the street – in NYC who have tons of energy, but they don’t have calm energy.

I also see a lot of people who have to exhaust and deplete themselves to find a sense of calm.

It’s so important to find something that energizes you AND makes you feel calm at the same time. For me it’s yoga, meditation and cooking. All three make me feel alive, without revving me up into a state of stress.

Where do you find your calm energy? If you’re not sure, explore. It’s so important for your body, your mind, and your health.

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Stress is Literally Corrupting our Wealth and our Health

Stress is Literally Corrupting our Wealth and our Health

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Dr. Robin’s Morning Smoothie Recipe

My Ultimate Morning Smoothie Recipe – I literally have this every morning. It’s filling, and gives you a blast of antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup of frozen wild organic blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic cranberries
  • 1/8th lemon, rind included (ok to adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of walnut pieces or hemp seeds
  • 2 pinches of flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 leaf kale (optional)
  • 3 brazil nuts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or other nut milk (except soy)

Add water to desired consistency

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Serving size: 1 cup. Calories 350-400.

Prep time 5 minutes.

You can also put all ingredients in a large mason jar and blend with a hand blender and take the whole jar on the go for the day!

– RBMD

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The Power of Plants – Turmeric!

Never underestimate the power of plants! Curcumin, the active ingredient in the Turmeric spice, has gone head to head with NSAIDS in studies on arthritis pain relief. You can get curcumin in supplement form to get the maximum effect – it’s a powerful antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory. If you have chronic pain or chronic inflammation I highly recommend making it part of your daily routine – you will avoid the downsides of over the counter pain relievers.

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Med School Full Circle

I was honored to speak last night for the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Integrative Medicine club! I was the president when I was at P&S. thank you Christine and Ravi for inviting me! It was surreal to be back on campus.  I’m so happy you guys are carrying the torch for a more holistic health care system. you rock!

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