Dr. Colin Zhu has never regarded himself as “traditional” in the sense that he likes to look at things from multiple, diverse perspectives. Trained in Family Practice, he had learned the foundation of patient care. Osteopathy heightened his sense of connection with patients’ ailments. The culinary arts and health coaching elevated his palate for empowering people’s lives, not just maintaining their diagnoses.

Colin is the founder of TheChefDoc and an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, where he previously served as their affiliate vice president of development and executive board member for the professionals in training. Colin’s interests outside of medicine include triathlons, scuba diving and travel. He currently is a traveling doctor, assisting domestically and internationally with hopes of one day creating a center for wellness and lifestyle education.


Marlboro, NJ

What’s your favorite vegetable?

Okinawan Sweet Potato

What’s your motto?


What’s your favorite book?

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

What’s your favorite exercise?

Scuba diving

What’s your favorite way to center?


Colin’s Daily Routine:

  • 7AM — Wake Up, Coffee
  • 730AM – Morning Walk
  • 9AM – Telework
  • 11AM – Run
  • 1145AM – Lunch
  • 12PM – Work
  • 630PM – Dinner
  • 7PM – Evening Walk
  • 10PM – Sleep

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My personal mission.

What is the most important part of your daily routine?

Breathing and listening to people wholeheartedly.

What is your favorite part about living a healthy lifestyle?

Allows me to build a strong foundation to achieve my goals.

Whose “O”, or day plan, would you most love to see?

Will Smith’s. Would love to see his work/day regimen.

What is your #1 wellness habit?

Connecting with people. Reinforcing relationships.

What is the best piece of health advice you’ve ever received?

Simply be.

If you could give one piece of health advice to your future kids, what would it be and why?

Focus on prevention and wellness and do not wait to take care of yourself. You and your life mission is top priority.

Dr. Colin Zhu is a Family & Lifestyle Medicine Physician, Professional Chef, Entrepreneur and Member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. For more tips from Colin, check out his website TheChefDoc and follow him on: YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. To learn more about the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, check out their website here.