Is Food Really Medicine?

Is Food Really Medicine?

” Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine”

Hippocrates (allegedly)

There is truth and there is stretched truth.

Is Food Really Medicine?

Truth.

What you eat affects your body. Food as medicine is a preventative health care investment. Food can be a prescription to specifically address and promote healing. Heart healthy diet? Food as medicine. Diabetes diet? Food as medicine. Plant based? Effective food as medicine for many. On the flip side, when damaging foods are part of the relationship, they can contribute to disease and overall ill health.

Foods can heal or destroy you.

Stretched truth.

“Food as medicine” that has meaning of eating certain healthy foods or that only eating super foods will make your problems will away is the stretched truth. Food as medicine is part of holistic medicine. Holistic medicine for your health includes: Hygiene. Exercise. Proper sleep. Stress. Relationships. Boundaries. Food relationship is part of the healing process.

Missing Truth.

What you believe and how you relate to your food affects how you process food and contributes to your mental health. Beliefs like: guilt, hate, disdain, elitist. Yes, elitist- your food relationship is better than anyone else. All of these affect food choices and digestion. Negative beliefs or thoughts induce stress. Stress impacts many biological processes, including digestion. Loving yourself in each stage of your food relationship is part of food as medicine.

  • Be thankful when you have food.
  • Have grace when you don’t make the best choices.
  • Find power in making small changes.

Ignore the assholes who say you can only eat raw, salads, or juice/shakes to be healthy or this is food as medicine. It’s just bull shit. You can eat healthy doing these things and you can eat healthy in a variety of other ways. You can eat healthy with frozen veggies. You can eat healthy and hate salads.

How to Eat Food as Medicine Overall

  • balanced vegetables
  • discovering food sensitivities
  • more whole grain fiber
  • less boxed or premade foods
  • more herbs and spices
  • less salt
  • loving where you are in your food relationship
  • be thankful
  • donate foods
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Food as medicine is the entire relationship you have with your plate. This includes what you believe about yourself and your food relationship. Food donations when you can certainly helps. That’s positive energy for others and yourself. Food as medicine goes with self care, mind care, and appropriate physical activity.

Food relationships are a part to holistic health care.

JRiley

Holistic Health Practitioner

Healthy Eating From Canned Foods: Easy Lower Acid Pasta Sauce

Healthy Eating From Canned Foods: Easy Lower Acid Pasta Sauce

Fresh produce is generally best when cooking but not always. Some frozen foods, jarred or BPA free canned foods retain the fresh nutrients better than a “fresh” produce item that has travel long way to your produce section. Having a stocked freezer or pantry of fruits, veggies, and whole grains is a smart practice. This makes those crazy nights, tight budget times, and just need it simple- MUCH Easier.

Eat to Heal. From a Can.

Every heard that medicine is food? It’s true. Your diet feeds health or disease. For the most part. Being a holistic practitioner, I cannot ethically say food is every thing to your healthy. Your food relationship does play a major role in your health.

What health benefits do you get from this pasta sauce recipe?

  • Anti inflammatories from tomatoes, carrots, garlic, and herbs
  • Antioxidants such as lycopene
  • Rosemary is known to aid in mental function
  • Basil is known to help with digestive issues
  • Oregano is known to have antibacterial benefits
  • Nutrients with all recipe ingredients:
    • Vitamin C
    • Potassium
    • Folate
    • Vitamin K
    • Iron
    • Maganese
    • Vitamin A
    • Tryptophan
    • Calcium

What does this mean for your health?

You are literally eating your medicine that combats cancer, aging, and other degenerative diseases. These nutrients and anti-inflammatories benefit heart, gut, nervous system, immune system, and more. Much of the benefits are from the smallest ingredients. Herbs and garlic are small potent punches of medicine to your food relationship.

So where’s the food?

Download the recipe with both fresh version and completely canned food addition.

Done and next meal prep on deck!!!

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JRiley

Holistic Health Practitioner