It! It also was inspired by something Swami
Satchidananda used to say when people would
ask, “Are you a Hindu?” and he’d reply, “No,
I’m an Undo.” Albert Einstein once wrote,
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t
understand it well enough,” so Anne and I are
simplifying our program down to its essence.
Why Marin? When I first moved to the Bay
Area in 1984, I rented a flat on Divisadero
Street in the city. My uncle lived in Sausalito;
when I visited him one day, I saw an open
house sign and went in. I had an overwhelming feeling that I was home, that this was
where I was supposed to live. I’d never experienced anything like this. I didn’t have any
money at the time (paying off medical school
loans), but I did have a $1,000 line of credit on
my new Visa card, which I put down, giving
me a week to raise the down payment. I flew
to New York City, wrote a book proposal on
the plane, and learned that Esther Newberg
at ICM was the best literary agent. I didn’t
have an appointment and she didn’t know me,
so I sat outside her office for two days hoping
she’d see me. At the end of the second day,
she invited me in and agreed to represent me
for the book that ended up being Dr. Dean
Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
She was able to negotiate an advance sufficient
to make a down payment on my dream house
— and I’ve lived there ever since (and she still
represents me). I love living in Sausalito, my
favorite place on earth.
Favorite vegetarian restaurant in Marin?
Surprisingly, there are very few vegetarian or vegan restaurants in southern Marin
other than the Veggie Grill in Corte Madera.
I’ve learned to frequent a few places where
they have vegetarian options available like
Poggio, Avatar and Sushi Ran in Sausalito and
Farm House Local in Larkspur. It’s a short
drive to Greens in San Francisco, my favorite
How do you get kids to appreciate a healthy
diet? Kids develop their taste preferences for
foods when they’re young. They also tend to
copy what their parents eat. So, in our home,
we serve mostly healthful foods. Nobody
wants to feel controlled, even children. When
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