I have known Andy since I was 13-years old. We met at the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida (which is where we live now) when I was in 8th grade and he was a junior in high school. I was new to the school and he was assigned to be my math tutor. Andy was then and still is the smartest guy I have ever met (so smart that he came in 2nd place in the nation in the National Spelling Bee when he was in 7th grade!)
Andy and I were always close but it was really my MS health crisis in 1998 that pulled us together as a couple. Andy had already graduated from Cornell University and was attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine when I was diagnosed and he was the one I turned to after my neurologist at the University of Miami suggested an anti-inflammatory diet might help slow the progression of my disease. Keep in mind, this was back in 1998 and long before nutritional therapy had really gone mainstream. Andy had never learned a thing about “anti-inflammatory nutrition” and certainly not for the management of MS, but he kept an open mind, one of the things I would later learn would make him the amazing surgeon he is today. Andy poured into the medical research relating to MS and nutrition underground at the University of Pennsylvania library (this was before the internet!) and came back to report that I had absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by changing my diet. Andy was the first person I trusted wholeheartedly who gave me hope that I could still have a good life and also have MS. We were married in 2000 and three months later I was pregnant with our first and only son, Blake (who is also now a contributor to Clean Cuisine!)
Today, Andy has an active surgical practice specializing in general and bariatric (weight loss) surgery. He serves on the board for the Palm Beach County Medical Society and has served as president of the society in the past. Andy has co-written four of my five books and has been the medical expert for all of them. When Andy is not working on our books or helping me with the website he enjoys being on the water, either on our boat or wave-runner or just sitting on the beach or lounging poolside. He enjoys running and playing tennis with our son Blake, too!
I had to modify the below questions a bit for Andy because he isn’t exactly into reading cookbooks or planning menus for dinner parties (wink), but here’s what he answered….
- Ivy is hosting a Clean Cuisine dinner party…what do you hope is on the menu?
I love Ivy’s famous black bean burgers. If it’s an all-out affair then it’s time for sea bass (see link on site); I love that fish so much we served it for our wedding. As a starter snack I’d serve Ivy’s curried kale chips (in book), as a vegetable side dish I like her gingered Brussels sprout has (in book). We also like to serve little mini-dessert “shots” in shot glasses with a bit of amaretto for a kick….these always are appreciated.
- What is your favorite Clean Cuisine recipe?
- What is your favorite book or movie?
I prefer to write books than read them…..movies are more my style, I suppose my favorite one for kids was Titanic, I can remember my son watching that one many, many times both with me and without and Jack’s character and all the excitement at the end really reminds me of Blake’s personality. I seem to enjoy for myself financial and legal thrillers like Wall Street and A Few Good Men. For a “food” or “health-themed” movie why not Super Size Me, a funny documentary that really was ahead of its time and did make a difference in the way the public and corporations perceived food.
- Favorite workout?
Since I was a kid I’ve always written out my workout then followed the steps, one after the other. Now I don’t have to because Ivy designs them all for me. Perhaps one day she will post my favorite on this very site. In the ideal world I would do her resistance circuit training workout twice a week, run a 5k full speed twice a week, and play tennis with my son twice a week.