Lightning Round: Getting Personal with Dr. Lilli Link, Board-Certified Internist and Functional Medicine Practitioner at Parsley Health in New York City
My name is:
My non-negotiable wellness habits are:
Following a vegan diet, drinking green vegetable juice in the morning, and moving.
My morning routine goes something like this:
I walk my dog and get my kids off to school. Then I exercise for 10-30 minutes, depending on how early I start working. If time is short, I do the 7-min workout, which is, in reality, 10 minutes long. If I have time, I do a 30-min version of Bikram yoga using a YouTube video. On weekends, I take a long walk in Central Park with my dog.
While working in the morning, I drink herbal tea, followed by a green drink. When I make it at home it's a combination of cucumber, celery, lemon, herbs (mint and cilantro are my favorites), veggie leftovers (e.g., stem from cauliflower or broccoli, or ribs from collard or kale).
Coffee or Tea?
Herb tea only. I don’t drink caffeinated drinks (except kombucha).
My diet is primarily:
Vegan, gluten-free, very low sugar.
In my fridge, I always have:
- The makings for a veggie juice: Lemons, cucumbers, celery
- The makings for a salad: lettuce, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes
- Nut butter
- Tofu (an easy source of plant-based protein for dinner)
In my pantry, you’ll always find:
Most of the food I eat is fresh, so there isn’t a lot that I stock in the pantry:
- Vegetable broth
- Olive oil
- Almonds and walnuts (though I usually keep them in the freezer).
I usually just drink herb tea and the green drink, but if I am on the go and am hungry, I’ll make a chocolate pea protein smoothie with pumpkin seeds and almond butter.
Lunch is usually:
A salad with a plant protein ( e.g., chickpeas, sunflower seeds, tempeh) or leftovers from the previous night’s dinner.
- A square of very dark chocolate
- Some nuts with a little maple syrup
Dinner is often:
Salad and a plant-based main dish:
- Zucchini lasagna
- Tacos w/ black beans
- A vegetarian stew - often Italian or with Indian spices
My favorite way to get my sweat on is:
Bikram yoga and walking are my favorite exercises, but with COVID, I haven’t been in an exercise studio, so the only time I really sweat now is in the summer.
For me, self-care means:
- Eating well
- Eating mindfully
- Taking time to do something I enjoy, whether it’s having a meal with friends or family or spending quality time with Netflix!
Supplements I can’t live without:
B12 and occasionally iron - I’m vegan and don’t get enough through my diet.
On a Friday night, you can find me:
After a busy week, I love a relaxing dinner and am thrilled to sit on my couch with my husband and watch TV!
Words to live by/life philosophy:
We’re all doing the best we can. Well, maybe not all of us, but certainly most of us.
If I had known then what I know now, I would tell my younger self:
Don’t work so hard.
Where can readers find you?
Dr. Lilli Link is a board-certified internist practicing functional medicine since 2006. She completed her training in internal medicine in 1997 at New York-Presbyterian Medical Center and then studied lifestyle change and cancer at Weill Cornell Medical College. She also completed a fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she continued her research on diet and cancer. She currently practices functional/lifestyle medicine at Parsley Health in New York City and resides in New York City with her husband, three children, and beloved rescue dog.
Thank you, Lili, for giving us a sneak peak into your wellness routine.
About Author: Lisa Malin, M.A., CHHC, AADP, is a Board Certified Holistic Health + Wellness Coach with a specialization in Health Behavior Change and Integrative Nutrition. She received her training through the Mayo Clinic and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.Lisa is also the founder and lead coach at This is Grounded, a wellness coaching company that helps clients create meaningful, sustainable healthy habits in alignment with their unique goals and lifestyle needs.