Author: drmoniquetello

A proper childhood involves dirt. Lots of dirt. 

A proper childhood involves dirt. Lots of dirt. 

Anyone who’s been to our house knows we have a high tolerance for filth. The bathrooms smell like the urinals at a sports arena, and not uncommonly there’s poop and/or vomit somewhere where it’s not supposed to be. On a good day we only have […]

Can’t Sleep? Sharing a psychiatrist’s advice

Can’t Sleep? Sharing a psychiatrist’s advice

I feel sooooo much better when I get a decent night’s sleep. Doesn’t everyone? But we’re experiencing an epidemic of chronic sleep deprivation. Chronic lack of sleep contributes to many medical problems from mood to metabolic disorders. Seriously, when I have a patient who is […]

A Pediatric Specialist on Processed Foods

A Pediatric Specialist on Processed Foods

I know very well that a whole-foods plant-based diet is the ideal everyday-for-life diet. Hubby and I cook and enjoy a vegetarian meal about three or four nights a week, sometimes more. Heck, we get excited about things like brussel sprouts and broccoli rabbe.  But […]

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

I rarely get to the gym, and when I do get there, I’m on a tight schedule. So I want the biggest cardiovascular benefit and most calorie burn in the least amount of time. Plus, I’m a Type A, perpetually multitasking, frighteningly nerdy medical professional… […]

Breakfast, anyone?

Breakfast, anyone?

My breakfast was recently featured over on Harvard Health Blog. Seriously, it is my usual breakfast, sitting on my desk. I was inspired to write the post as I’ve had a fair number of patients ask me what I eat, and this very, very simple […]

Sharing a pediatrician’s post: Breast is Best…Unless it’s Not

Sharing a pediatrician’s post: Breast is Best…Unless it’s Not

Oh, man, did I struggle with breastfeeding. I’ve written about my personal pain, struggle, and small temporary success, and I’ve reflected on the whole experience. Yes, breast milk is definitely, without a doubt, the healthiest option for an infant… when there is that option. For […]

Again? And what can/ should I do about it?

Again? And what can/ should I do about it?

Yes, I could write about the horror and tragedy of yet another senseless massacre on American soil.  But what really gets me is why this is allowed to keep happening.  I had a clue when I was originally considering offering to cover this topic for […]

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

If I wasn’t a parent, being on call wouldn’t be so bad.  Except for these pathetically outdated pagers with the visually challenging black-on-green screens. One is forced to squint — painfully — in order to read the message.  There was an effort to switch over […]

When the News is Full of Disasters: Helping Calm the Kids

When the News is Full of Disasters: Helping Calm the Kids

My heart goes out to those directly impacted by any of the many natural and man-made disasters going on right now. I’m obsessed with my news feed, anxiously scanning coverage of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean, rescues from the rubble of Mexico city, the suffering […]

Take a Moment

Take a Moment

Rather than reflect on one of the unfortunately abundant apocalyptic current events, I’m going to describe a small, simple moment of peace. My family was driving home from a rare dinner out. The workweek had been hectic. Whose workweek isn’t, right? We were stopped at […]