Food Is Medicine, Or Is It?

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The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poisoning.  -Dr. food is medicineAnn Wigmore

Who Determines What’s Healthy?

As Americans, we’re constantly bombarded with messages about eating healthy. Nutritional studies are conducted all the time. Yet many of them are contradictory.

For example, for 40 years (if you’ve been around that long) we’ve heard how we should avoid cholesterol, and especially egg yolks.

(Personally, the yolk is my favorite part. And when I eat eggs the protein keeps me satisfied until my next meal).

Recently we learned that eating foods high in cholesterol is not a problem after all. The current thinking is that eating high-cholesterol foods does not raise a person’s blood cholesterol level.

Forty years after the U.S. government placed warnings on eating eggs, we’re told it is finally safe to eat them again! (This is good, because I never stopped eating them.)  😉

All of this indecision causes us to wonder if we can trust any of the nutrition information we’re being “fed” by the government.

It’s no secret that the food companies are able to sell more food because of all the research studies and talk about what is healthy.

Despite the constant barrage of nutritional advice we hear, obesity and chronic illnesses continue to rise at an alarming rate.

Even though I’ve always been health conscious, it wasn’t until I became chronically ill that I discovered the healing power of healthy, whole food.

So, What Do We Eat?

Fortunately, most of us know what we should eat:

  • a variety of whole foods
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts and seeds
  • “healthy” fats
  • protein in the form of meat (or plant-based protein if you’re vegan)

Cut It Out

food is medicine
Food is Medicine

What foods should we stay away from?

  • processed foods (anything in a package with words you have trouble pronouncing)
  • sugar
  • empty calories, such as those in soda
  •  white flour

Our modern diets are often  prepared for convenience. Chemicals and additives are used to preserve our prepackaged Twinkies, Big Macs, and microwavable dinners.

The soil our foods are grown is now depleted. This robs our “natural” foods of essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay healthy and thrive.

Chemicals are used more and more for growing food and raising animals, such as cattle and pigs, for food.

There are so many reasons we need to pay attention to what we eat!

Food Is Medicine

Whole foods contain amazing healing properties and health benefits!

  • antioxidants
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • fuel for our mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell

Please keep in mind that we are all unique and have different nutritional needs.

But when we strive to eat more of the good stuff, such as coconut oil, and less processed foods, our bodies are well-nourished and revitalized. And who doesn’t want that?

Do you agree that food is medicine? Why or why not?

You might want to check out this compelling video of Dr. Terry Wahls sharing how she used nutritious food to reverse her Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.


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