Dr. Haller: Life balance

Dr. Sarah Haller is a current practicing podiatrist in New Jersey. Dr Haller is a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon at Essex Union Podiatry with a professional focus on musculoskeletal deformities, and sports medicine. She is also featured on TLC show “My Feet Are Killing Me”


Q1. What kind of diet regime are you on? What motivated you to do this?

I am not on any strict diet. I eat in moderation.

Some days I need a handful of Reece’s, while other days I survive on veggies or beans for protein supplementation. I think I made excuses for a long time in school, residency and fellowship such as “I don’t have time” and “it’s too expensive”. I think when I made the conscious decision to make my own health a priority things changed for the better.

Q2. What type of exercise plan do you follow? What is your favorite exercise?

I used to work out in the group fitness setting. I really enjoyed that vibe of hanging out with my girlfriends and getting a great sweat in. However, with a schedule of being on call and late office hours, this paved the wave for the convenience of home exercise.

I got a Peloton Bike in October 2019. It was an investment for my health and mental wellness. I try to spin six days a week for at least 30 minutes a day, and I add light weights for 10-15 min with a core focused program.

Q3. How important is meal prepping, or choosing what you eat?

I try to plan my meals for the week to minimize food waste as well as try to streamline other foods. I usually get home at 8:30pm and I don’t feel like cooking, so prepping in advance for me is key! My favorite meal right now is salmon and soba noodles!!! 

Q4. What personal health plan do you have for 2021?

Goals for 2021 – abs, I want abs!!

But really it’s about balance, I want to enjoy life (wine and food!!)

Q5. How do you cope with stress from job & personal life?

Learning how to cope with stress is one of the things I still struggle with. My respite is getting moving whether that would be a quick walk outside, down the hospital hall, or just something to change up the scenery to let my mind refresh.

Q6. What advice do you have for a 1st year podiatry student managing school, health, and stress?

It’s OK…

Everyone deals stress in their own way – some people deal with it in different ways than others, so don’t ever compare your situation and life to others. Try and focus on triggers. If it’s an exam that gives you stress, then give yourself plenty of rest and start studying early. It’s inevitable that stresses are going to creep in. I have learned it’s about strategically evaluating and knowing yourself to circumvent them!

Dr. Sarah Haller

Interview by Roberto De Los Santos DPM