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Mind Full or Mindful?

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

I was eating lunch at my desk about half a year ago, quickly wolfing it down in the 15 minutes before the afternoon session started. The following is a list of everything I was thinking and doing in that 15 minutes:

  • Eating (of course)
  • Answering patient messages
  • Refilling medications
  • Intermittently answering questions from passersby
  • Figuring out what to make for dinner
  • Making a grocery list
  • Charting patient notes from the morning
  • Making lists of gifts I needed to get for birthdays
  • Making a list of chores I needed to complete that evening
  • And on and on…

What did I eat? No idea. What did it taste like? No idea. What did I get done? Not much! I got a lot of partial stuff done, probably forgot to do some stuff. Also, at the end of my 15 minute break I felt stressed! Read more…

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Show me the Money!

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Everyone knows smoking is not good for their health. For example, it:

  • Increases risk of heart disease by 2-4 times
  • Increases stroke risk by 2-4 times
  • Increases the risk of men developing lung cancer by 23 times, women by 13 times
  • Increases the risk of dying from emphysema by 12-13 times
  • Increases the risk of leukemia, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, voice box cancer, mouth/ oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer
  • Increases the risk of infertility, preterm delivery, low birth weight, SIDS

Although the list of serious, life threatening health effects goes on and on, sometimes it’s not quite enough…a little extra nudge is needed. Read more…

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Lucky Me!

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.


Look at some of the lovely gifts my wonderful patients have brought and made for me over the years! When I am having a particularly bad day, I just take one look at the snow globe collection one patient has brought me as she crisscrosses the country, long haul driving, and a smile comes across my face. Temporarily, my troubles vanish. Read more…

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Grabbing the Qi

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Acupuncture Wednesdays at work! One of my favorite days!

Betty (pictured here), my nurse, was having some knee pain. As you can see, she has realized that acupuncture is not really painful. In fact, she sat back and let the stressors of the day fall away…

To learn more about this ancient form of healing, check out this site from the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

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Meh…it’s just 100 calories

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

All 100 Calories

I get a lot of questions, especially this time of year, about my thoughts on certain “extreme diets”– high protein/ low carb, liquid diets, hormone injections, appetite suppressants, juicing, etc.

My answer is generally: “I’m sure you’ll lose a lot of weight quickly, but you’ll gain it all back when you get tired of it.” (And mark my words, you will get tired of it.) Read more…

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Hooray, it’s Gym Day!

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Gym day today…determined to go after work today! At the end of the day my brain always says, “don’t you just want to go home and relax on the couch after your long hard day? You deserve it! ” Here are some tips I use to trick myself into going to the gym:

  • Dr. Tang - ready for the GymBring my gym clothes to work. I DO NOT go home- I know I will not leave.
  • Sometimes I’ll meet a friend there so I can’t bail.
  • Eat a small snack before my workout so I can’t say “I’m too hungry to go to the gym” (use whiney voice to get the full effect). A cheese stick and some carrots keep me satisfied.
  • I like to go to group classes and stand up front so I am shamed into staying the whole time. It’s also more fun and your competitive spirit comes out.
  • When all else fails, weigh myself. That will most certainly get me motivated!
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How I Start the Day… Everyday

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Have you ever thought about how much of your life is ruled by your habits?

I woke up this morning, went downstairs, barely awake, and:

  • ground the coffee
  • started the coffee maker
  • poured my coffee
  • added sugar and cream
  • drank it

…without even thinking about it. Can’t remember anything about it. Don’t really even remember doing it.

What else do I do on autopilot? What else is just out of sheer habit?

Routine ChartThere’s a book out now called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

The book describes the formation of a habit: there’s a cue—a trigger for a particular behavior; a routine, which is the behavior itself; and a reward, which is how your brain decides whether to remember a habit for the future. Read more…

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Well, Hello There…

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Hi there, I’m Dr. Grace Tang, a family doctor, practicing at Rex Family Practice in Wakefield and here are some random facts about me:

  • I have been in practice for 10 years, which makes me older than I care to admit.
  • One of the most important parts of my job is to talk to patients about prevention of disease and illness. One of my latest obsessions is this YouTube video:

  • I really like to exercise and I know it is really good for me. Every week I intend to go to the gym at least 5 times, but sadly I usually only make it about twice. Each week I convince myself I’ll go more often next time. Read more…
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