December 7, 2016

With the recent recall on hummus... (press 'play')

...Its a GREAT time to learn how to make this healthy spread/dip at home! Not only is preparing your own budget-friendly, but you can individualize the flavor to your own specific taste!  Like it lemony? With added avocado? Caramelized onions?  You are only limited to what's in your kitchen!

One of my favorite cooking websites/blogs is written by Jennifer Segal, classically trained chef, recipe developer and

Once  Upon a Chef ( has a GREAT and EASY recipe for hummus with beautful photographs.  The following recipe is for a more traditional flavor, however go ahead and replace one can of chickpeas and cayenne for two avocados, lime juice and cilantro and you have a new twist on guacamole! Another suggestion is to replace the chickpeas with roasted cauliflower. It may back down on the protein, but it also lowers the calorie count by 90 calories per serving! (Suggested serving size on your typi...

November 1, 2016

It's 9:00 p.m. and the exodus of Trick or Treaters have left you and your now sleeping children alone on this cold, dark Halloween night. The only light visible is the blue-ish glow coming from the television and the single light over your kitchen stove.

All of a sudden, you feel its presence.  A nagging constant subliminal tap-tap-tapping coming from the day-glo orange plastic squash stares you down.  It sits there silently, waiting. You've welcomed it in: Halloween Candy.

The kids are asleep and won't know. In fact, they aren't called "Fun Size" for nothing, right? Each piece is so small...barely one bite.  Couldn't do much harm.

Leftover Halloween candy can be the beginning of a long and highly caloric "holiday season".  Typically, households get twice as much candy in return as they give out.  What really do you plan on doing with it all?  For one-quarter of the year (late October thru early January), most of the celebrations we attend focu...

September 22, 2016

I don't weed my garden. I water it infrequently. I don't have root-eating pests. I rarely fertilize. I have more fresh beautiful produce than I know what do with!

Two years ago I heard a Joel Karsten speak on the radio about how he grows so much fresh produce and doesn't have to weed his garden.  This of course piqued my interest as weeding to me  is like living in pergatory- never ending!  

Joel set up his successful container garden solely using straw bales and 2 or 3 pieces of string.  No rototilling. No prepping the soil. Nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Now this is the type of gardening I could do.

What Joel has perfected is called Straw Bale Gardening.  It's a different type of container gardening where the straw bale becomes the container filled with enriched perfect soil. 

What is so wonderful about this type of gardening is that you can do it ANYWHERE! Yes. I said and anywhere! Pick a place. Parking lot: Yes. Balcony: Yes. Sand: Yes. Gra...

September 20, 2016

Eating well, not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, avoiding processed meats. You name it. We, as a society, do pretty much do everything we can to keep from developing certain types of cancers. However, there's one thing you probably do every day that is putting you at risk and you don't even realize it.  

Sitting on your duff, butt, derriere, heinie, behind or ba-donk-ka-donk.  No matter what you call it, sitting for most of the day (either at work or at home) can raise chance of developing cancer.

According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers report that people who spend more hours sitting than they do standing/moving have a 66% higher chance of developing certain types of cancer. In reviewing over 43 studies, researchers noted a correlation between sitting for most of the day and cancer incidences. Dr. Graham Colditz, of Washington University School of Medicine, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, stre...

September 20, 2016

As much as I would have like to have written this piece, I did not. Fellow DPC physician, Dr. Jeffery Wacks from Natick, MA, did an outstanding job doing so.  Click on Victor Hugo and visit his practice site.

“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come.” These famous words of Victor Hugo from the 19th century ring equally true today. No, we are not talking about the French Revolution, we are talking about a revolution in healthcare that is on the cusp of taking this country by storm: Direct Primary Care.

But why now? Quality has always been an issue in healthcare, particularly primary care. Patients are sick of not being able to get in to see their doctor, only getting 10 or 15 minutes with them when they do, and not being able to communicate with their doctor when they’re not face-to-face with them. But what is extraordinary about this particular moment in history is that for the first time, the average annual health insurance deductible is now more expensive than the Dir...

September 20, 2016

What a ride these past nine months have been! Ever since taking that leap of faith back in January, Dr. Sacchetti and I have been busy creating an innovative and patient-centered Direct Primary Care Internal Medicine practice: Independent Health Advantage.

Every day, it seems, we are coming up with new ways to enhance our patients' experiences. From simple things like sending out greeting cards to our patients on meaningful dates to more complex ideas such as incorporating genetics into our patients'  health and fitness goals.   From spending the time needed to uncover an underlying medical concern to hosting an educational wine tasting on the benefits of red wine.  We are able to do these because we are independent and do not rely on third-parties for payment.  We treat patients how they should to be treated- not the way a insurance company, who has never met the patient, thinks they do.  We are fortunate to not have to abide by insurance co...

July 1, 2015

Notice: I am NOT a medical professional and have no desire to be. I am writing from personal experience only.  To avoid spoilage, contamination or illness, follow proper safety guidelines when canning.

When you live in New England, Maine especially, you have to really take advantage of the summer months.  Squeezing six months of activities like visits to/from family, trips to the beach or lake house, or quality time in a garden, into ten short weeks can be daunting.  Everything seems to happen at once.  Including vegetables ripening.

Remembering that I do live in Maine and at any point after say, August 30th, I could be paid a visit by that all to unwelcome guest, Jack Frost, ! find I have to speed harvest. Baskets of tomatoes, beans, summer squash and cucumbers coming out my ears! There is no way that my family could consume this much produce before rotting! All my hard work down the drain.  That is until I learned how to make pickles....

June 10, 2015

How Can THIS....

Turn Into THIS?

By using THIS!...

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

No one will know that this super-moist cake has zucchini in it! Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries for dessert, or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. But don't spoil your appetite for dinner! 

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

1 Tbs. instant espresso granule, dissolved in 1 Tbs. hot water (or from this morning's left over coffee)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups finely grated zucchini (ends trimmed, unpeeled, about 2 medium)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I use the mini chips.)

confectioner's sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Butter and flour a 10-inch bundt pan-really. Do this part.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking pow...

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Peter Sacchetti, MD

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York, Maine  03909

Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, Portsmouth, Kittery, Kennebunk

Practice Tel: 207-703-5365

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