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

What Foods Can You Eat on a Plant-Based Diet?

What Foods Can You Eat on a Plant-Based Diet?

Well…just about anything.

There isn’t a plant-based diet police. Maybe there is, ignore them. Plant-based diet is more about emphasizing plants and eating less processed/refined foods. It’s about the sciences of Ayurveda, Blue Zones, plus others bringing the importance of our food relationships in our healthcare. Plant-based is more of a food relationship math ratio with options.

Mostly Plant, all the health.

What You Can Eat on a Plant Based Diet

This is what our food relationships need to see more of.

  • Fruits
    • But what about the sugar? One my favorite, Nutritionfacts.org addresses the sugar factor of fruits. The problem with sugar is when it’s added to foods or altered from plants to put in foods. Your body does not process fruit sugars the same way as added sugars. You need fruits and the nutrition they offer. Three one cup or one whole fruit serving a day is what we need.
  • Vegetables
    • “Eat the Rainbow” they say, sometimes me too. But what does that actually mean??!! Simply put, variety. Greens are a daily must but can look different. Aim for two servings of greens a day. Cruciferous vegetables need one serving daily- your cabbange, broccoli, cauliflower to name a few. The point is to be adventurous and rotate out. Spinach or kale does not have to be daily.
  • Whole Grains
    • Quinoa or to not to Quinoa. An excellent grain but not totally necessary. Do not have have to go gluten free either. Whole wheat, oats, quinoa, amaranth, buck wheat, rice are all perfectly acceptable.
  • Legumes/Beans
    • These are your protein, vitamin, and fiber contributors. Peas and a variety of beans. Caution with canned versions with salt.
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Your brain and nerve loves omegas. Nuts and seeds have that and more.

What You Should Eat Less of on a Plant Based Diet

  • Meats and Dairy
    • You can still eat meat and dairy but this is where the math kicks in the most. According to The Whole Foods Diet, meat and dairy should be in the 10% of your food relationship. Say you eat three meals a day and a couple of snacks- your meat and dairy should be about one snack serving a day. Personally, it’s a working progress. It becomes easier as you gather recipes and find quick snacks/meal ideas.
  • Processed foods
    • Generally speaking this is frozen or boxed meals, sides. Even some prepared foods are processed. I get needing quick pick- up meals and even advocate for some. There isn’t always time for cooking! Aim for the least amount of ingredients and ingredients you can pronounce.
  • Marketing ploys
    • Plant-based is everywhere and an official marketing scam. Not going to lie, I love certain plant based meats. However, this is still processed. Restaurants, packages, prepped meals with plant based “meats” are still processed foods! Third time is a charm (maybe) plant-based meats are still processed! Enjoy them every once and awhile. The best meat-substitutes are vegetables and grains themselves. Think whole food replacements.
  • Carb Bull Shit
    • Yes fruits, vegetables, and grains are carbs. The bull shit is that they cause weight gain. Processed versions of whole foods do. The whole foods in the right balanced diet do not cause weight gain. Carb smart is reducing your refined and processed carb intake. Carb dumb is not eating a whole food or plant based because it has carbs. Be carb smart.

I love the plant-based diet for its health benefits and healing properties. I love the most that it’s fairly-open minded food relationship that doesn’t judgement for hating kale but applauds my other greens intake. What can you eat on a plant-based diet? Plants and no bull shit.

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