Laurie Solomon, MD
My name is Laurie Solomon, and I am an Obstetrician-Gynecologist based in Suffern, New York. A few years ago, I gave up the Obstetrical piece of my practice. I had raised three children, and my youngest was close to the end of her college career. I had spent the previous 28 years in practice, and I never really took care of myself. I took care of other women, happily. But I started to see the toll that the years of stress and poor nutrition had taken on my mind and body. I needed healing, and stopping the Obstetrics seemed like the next appropriate response. It was life-changing for me. I changed my whole relationship with food and stress and realized that I was headed down the wrong road. I had inflammatory and metabolic issues, and I wanted to try to avoid medications. I believe that the body wants to be healthy, but we need to nourish it and take care of it. I lost weight, and also maintained the weight loss. I eat well, feel well, and have the energy I need. Food has become my medicine, and I did the bulk of this after my menopause. I feel passionate about helping women look at their lives and bodies and make the changes they need to improve both.
Wellness and weight loss are where I want to put my energies, help empower women to take control of their own lives, minds, and bodies. I want them to feel healthy, energetic, and confident. I believe specific disease processes are lifestyle-related and could possibly reverse with the appropriate nutrition. So, I have chosen to involve myself with more of a woman’s approach to overall health, with a particular emphasis on wellness and anti-aging. It is essential to structure your emotional, physical, and nutritional activities in a way that supports all of your body systems and, in some cases, how to restore the body’s hormonal balance using bio-identical hormones.
I am affiliated with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center-Suffern. I received my MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and finished my residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Hi! I am Kristy Baranovskis, a certified Health and Wellness Coach. From the time I can remember, I struggled with food. Food was the center of our family gatherings growing up. Over time, food became a comfort and also what I turned to when I was bored. The problem was the food I turned to was empty in calories and void of nutritional value.
I looked to food for comfort again after my oldest daughter was born, and my marriage began to dissolve. I went through a divorce and found myself a single working mom. Finances were a struggle, I was depressed, and I was thankful to just get through to the end of the week. I found myself lacking in skills to deal with all these life stressors, and found my usual comfort from food.
Sometimes you have an “ah-ha” moment. Mine happened on my 30th birthday while visiting my brother. I clearly remember standing on his deck, thinking that I did not want to eat like this any longer! Something had to change! I was so unhappy with myself. I was unhappy with the way I felt.
My first step towards change was going to Barnes and Noble and buying the South Beach Diet book and reading the book cover to cover. I made a grocery list and planned my meals for the week, something I had never done before. I was determined! I followed the diet exactly. My budget was tight as a single mom, but I made it a priority to buy all the ingredients for the weekly meal plans. I immediately started to feel an increase in energy and an improved sense of well-being. I became more comfortable with the whole foods I was using and began the transition to a plant-based diet. I liked the results of this new lifestyle.
Fast forward to ten years. I was able to maintain consistency with a plant-based lifestyle. I had found joy in my dedication to my health. Food was no longer my source of comfort but a source of energy and life! With this energy, I was able to develop a consistent and healthy exercise routine.
Meal prep has become such a big part of my life, that I now am passionate about dedicating myself to helping other moms like me solve this very problem in their own lives. I want to provide working moms strategies and tools so they can spend time with their family doing things they love instead of stressing over what they will be making for dinner.
I have since started teaching professional moms how they can do the same. I have watched their results, satisfaction, and confidence increase too! I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other professional moms achieve the skills needed to develop nourishing meal plans by teaching them how to manage their time in the kitchen and incorporate clean, whole foods into their diets.