Food as Medicine: Fuel Your Workouts

Posted September 13, 2023 | By Jordyn Flannery

As the saying goes, a healthy body is made in the kitchen, not the gym. Your workouts are crucially important to your overall health and wellbeing, but are you undermining your hard work with unhealthy eating habits? Are you fueling your body in the healthiest ways possible to get ready for those sweat sessions? And giving your body the nutrients it needs to recover and build muscle? Join Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Tara Moncman of Rothman Orthopaedics and Registered Dietitian Allison Harrell in our Nutrition Theater to discuss how to properly eat to fuel your body. From protein to carbs, learn how to boost your workouts by fueling your body the way athletes do. 

Recipes can be found here.

About the Presenters:   

Allison Harrell is a registered dietitian nutritionist and plant-based chef who has been passionate about food and nutrition for more than 20 years. She advanced her knowledge by becoming a certified Culinary Medicine Specialist, certified in Weight Loss Management. Harrell believes that every time we eat, it is an opportunity to promote our health. She incorporates culinary experiences with a science-based approach. Her programs and tools make a positive difference in the health of our communities by instilling confidence and knowledge in the kitchen. 

Dr. Tara Moncman of Rothman Orthopaedics is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of all foot and ankle conditions. She completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine at Jefferson Health System in Stratford, NJ. She followed with a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Rothman Orthopaedics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  

Dr. Moncman has particular interest in minimally invasive surgery and uses this technique to treat bunions and other forefoot disorders. She also specializes in total ankle replacements, deformity correction, arthritis, and neuromuscular conditions (stroke, Charcot-Marie-Tooth). 

Dr. Moncman was a collegiate soccer player and has run ultra-marathons on five different continents. She has a special interest in treating athletes, including tendon/ligament repair/reconstruction, cartilage repair, and arthroscopy. She has authored numerous research publications and is a host of the Orthopod-cast Gamechanger podcast series on new treatment trends in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 

Dr. Moncman is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, and the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society. 

About the Food as Medicine Series: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” isn’t just a quote from ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates, it’s a framework to healthy and healing eating that’s more relevant today than ever. Join CHWB Chefs and AdventHealth physicians for this innovative program from the Center for Health & Wellbeing. You’ll learn more about the intersection of food and medicine, dive deep into the ways your food choices affect your health far beyond the numbers on your scale and learn easy recipes using new and interesting flavors and techniques.