Month: September 2019

Panzanella Salad

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28 September 2019

Hi, thank you for coming back for the latest edition of Beyond Primary Cares blog; where I highlight healthy and fun recipes, healthcare news, advice for medical conditions, as well as how membership for care works! Dr. Jeff O’Boyle is the owner of Beyond Primary Care, which is a new approach to family medicine and addiction medicine that creates the time and space your healthcare deserves. Beyond Primary Care is the only Direct Care clinic serving patients in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw, Livingston, and Wayne County giving families and employers peace of mind with healthcare costs by providing affordable, accessible, and authentic primary care services. 

The primary purpose of the blog is to introduce healthy lifestyle concepts and answer common questions I receive from patients that I believe are important. I want to start discussions that will help educate, benefit, and improve your well-being. 

This featured recipe is a Panzanella Salad. These recipes are my attempt, in a way, to bridge that Doctor’s adage of “Eat Better & Exercise More.” In this post, I will showcase a healthy meal made on a budget, my pictures are pretty decent, and that is how I got into this food endeavor.

Panzanella Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients

1 loaf tomato bread from panera or any flavored bread you like
6 whole assorted tomatoes, cut into wedges
½ cup corn
1 Avocado, cubed
4 strips bacon, cooked and broken into small pieces
¼ cup olive oil and more for drizzling on bread
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
15 basil leaves, destemmed, roughly chopped
½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 bunch romaine lettuce, shredded

Instructions

1) Turn oven to 400 F.
2) Spray a cookie sheet with a non-stick spray, place over a cooking tray. Lay bacon strips on top, bake bacon for approx 20-25 minutes.
3) While bacon is cooking, prepare bread by cutting into 1 inch cubes, arrange on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
3) Once bacon is cooked, remove from oven and let cool.
4) Turn oven down to 275 F and place the pan into oven for 20-25 minutes to slightly crisp the bread without toasting it. Remove from oven and let cool.
5) In a large bowl, combine avocado, tomatoes, and corn.
6) In a small bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over salad ingredients, tossing gently. Add basil and parmesan cheese, toss again.
7) Add cooled bread and bacon to bowl, toss.
8) Place romaine lettuce on a plate. Add salad ingredients. Serve



Slow Cooker Chili

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27 September 2019

Hi, thank you for coming back for the latest edition of Beyond Primary Cares blog; where I highlight healthy and fun recipes, healthcare news, advice for medical conditions, as well as how membership for care works! Dr. Jeff O’Boyle is the owner of Beyond Primary Care, which is a new approach to family medicine and addiction medicine that creates the time and space your healthcare deserves. Beyond Primary Care is the only Direct Care clinic serving patients in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw, Livingston, and Wayne County giving families and employers peace of mind with healthcare costs by providing affordable, accessible, and authentic primary care services. 

The primary purpose of the blog is to introduce healthy lifestyle concepts and answer common questions I receive from patients that I believe are important. I want to start discussions that will help educate, benefit, and improve your well-being. 

This featured recipe is a slow cooker chili. These recipes are my attempt, in a way, to bridge that Doctor’s adage of “Eat Better & Exercise More.” In this post, I will showcase a healthy meal made on a budget, my pictures are pretty decent, and that is how I got into this food endeavor.

Slow Cooker Chili

Prep time: 25 minutes
Total time: 8-10 hours

Ingredients

1 (16oz) package Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll (any flavor)
1 lb pre-cut stew meat, cubed
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 beer (or 8 oz water)
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 (10) oz can diced tomato with green chilies with juice
1 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can corn kernels
1 (15.5) ounce can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15.5) oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
¼ cup ketchup
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Shredded cheddar, green onions, greek yogurt, and corn chips (or oyster crackers) for topping

Instructions

1) Heat a large, non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and crumble as it cooks. When almost fully browned, add the onion and cook until onions are translucent. When almost completed, add garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add to crock-pot.
2) Add stew meat to pan and brown on all sides, but not cooked through. Add to crock-pot
3) While sausage and stew meat is cooking, place corn in a heavy cast iron skillet over medium heat with no butter or oil. Add salt and cumin, sprinkling on top. Do not stir! Let corn roast for several minutes before stirring. Let it roast for a few more minutes before stirring again. Continue this for 10 minutes, until corn is browned on the outside. Add to crock pot
4) Pour in bell peppers, kidney beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chilies, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, and beer.
5) Season with chili powder, black pepper, salt, and oregano.
6) Stir well, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours string only once or twice.
7) Ladle into bowls, if desired: add shredded cheddar, green onions, corn chips (or oyster crackers)



Ways Your Family Doctor Helps You

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25 September 2019

Hi, thank you for coming back for the latest edition of Beyond Primary Cares blog; where I highlight healthy and fun recipes, healthcare news, advice for medical conditions, as well as how membership for care works! Dr. Jeff O’Boyle is the owner of Beyond Primary Care, which is a new approach to family medicine and addiction medicine that creates the time and space your healthcare deserves.

Beyond Primary Care is the only Direct Care clinic serving patients in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw, Livingston, and Wayne County giving families and employers peace of mind with healthcare costs by providing affordable, accessible, and authentic primary care services. 

The primary purpose of the blog is to introduce healthy lifestyle concepts and answer common questions I receive from patients that I believe are important. I want to start discussions that will help educate, benefit, and improve your well-being. 

In this blog post, I wanted to talk about family medicine and what exactly can your family doctor (such as myself) do for you. 

Family Doctors

Family doctors are trained to practice a spectrum of comprehensive primary care medicine ranging in ages from newborns, toddlers, teenagers, and through adults including end-of-life care. I like to say we take care of people at all ages and stages, guiding males and females through the complexity of human health and helping coordinate care of their health.

Why such a broad age range? That allows your family doctor to better know you and your family over what is hopefully an extended period of time- years to decades. Not just days to weeks. Family doctors don’t just see you when you are ill and at your worst. This continuity allows us to give you that longitudinal care which can help aid diagnosis, understanding, and treatment of any medical condition far more than someone just seeking that ‘one-off’ or ‘one-time’ visit.

Imagine you love your car. You depend on it. In return for continued performance you have to put periodic maintenance into it such as oil changes, new tires, new brakes, etc. You could go to a different auto shop every time.

The mechanic who doesn’t know your car may lift the hood and start tinkering with the engine even if it’s the radio that’s making the noise because he doesn’t do radios, he does engines. 

But, like any other process, you want trust. Trust that the mechanic is going to recognize you (and your car) every time you go in and can be counted on to tell you when there may be a forthcoming issue. You also want that person to be approachable and genuine in their assessments and responses. 

In much the same way, you want trust, sincereness, and consistency with a family doctor. These are attributes of a family medicine physician, not urgent care or other ‘one-time visit’ clinics. 

Family doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of acute and chronic conditions. 

Acute issues such as:

  • Rashes
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Colds / congestion
  • Skin wounds that needs stitches
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath and so much more.

It is our goal to try to keep you out of the emergency rooms, and instead in the familiarity of your home and family. 

Chronic issues Family Doctors treat include:

Not Just Sick Visits

Don’t let all those illnesses distract you though! Family doctors are not just there for the ‘what if’ scenarios, giving you only that ’reactive’ healthcare that is part of America’s cost control problem. Family doctors are ‘PROactive ‘ physicians.

This is why we encourage ALL of our patients to have at minimum yearly physicals were we can have a conversation about what we can do together to keep you healthier, longer. Infants and children often times have to be brought in multiple times a year for wellness checks to make sure they are growing properly and meeting milestones to keep up with their peers. There are few other physician specialties that actively work to keep you continuously healthy than family doctors. 

Keeping It Simple

Family doctors are not referral specialists. Referral rates to specialists in the United States are estimated to be at least twice as high as in Great Britain. Family doctors can help you control your healthcare costs through the elimination of unnecessary referrals to medical specialists.

As you can see, a good family doctor can cover 95% of all medical conditions. Family physicians knowledge is expansive. Because of this eclectic knowledge base, there is less likely a chance of the proverbial ‘hammer and nail’ approach than you may find with more specialized, narrowly focused physicians. 

Life Expectancy Increases

You will also live longer with a primary care physician! If you take a population of 10,000 and add a family doctor, there is a statistically significant drop in the death rates.

With family doctors your care will be individualized and engaged with a guided decision making approach. 

I believe knowing the person is way more important than knowing the disease.