10 Mar Let Food Be Thy Medicine
If you’ve been around the wellness movement long enough, undoubtedly you’ll come across this statement often. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.
Health enthusiasts the world over all agree that nutrition is the building block and a primary foundation for health. Many foods packaged and otherwise processed are touted as “all natural” and therefore “good for you.” Big corporations take great pains and even leverage lobbyist groups to influence even the government to further spread their products to consumers, making them seem healthy when nothing is further from the truth.
It’s a far cry from our modern way of life that evolved during the post WWII era when TV dinners first came out, and it became quite popular and stylish to eat them. Then McDonalds with their iconic Golden Arches sprung up all over the world and a new age of fast food was born. During the new era of convenience, mass production and packaging of foods, we have seen a steady decrease in our health and longevity, and an increase in diseases and a whole host of issues from food intolerances and allergies, to chronic inflammation and with it heart disease, diabetes, and the dreaded “C” word – cancer.
Today more than ever, it’s so important for ourselves and vitally so for our children to return to a traditional lifestyle and culture of food not unlike our predecessors. Fresh whole foods, farmed organically whenever possible, not mass produced, locally sourced and properly cooked, from scratch whenever possible. This is real food, and this is optimal for real health!
Fresh, whole foods, raw or minimally processed contain within them nutrition which are the building blocks of the life that empowers and sustains us, and are popularly known as “clean eating.” Packaged foods are processed and much of the life force of the food has been removed and then preserved by means of chemicals added to retain shelf life. Mass production and food spoilage are concerns in our modern era, and even in the fruits and vegetables in our supermarket, are way past their prime having been picked too early and shipped too far; sometimes from overseas, then irradiated, and even colorings added or injected into them to give the appearance of the natural fruit, waxed, polished and beautiful, but far from it in terms of nutritional value.
When we are young, it’s so easy to feel invincible and strong; nothing can stop us! We can overeat, skip meals, eat sugar, live on pizza, stay up all night, even drink and run the roads with little consequence it seems. But when we begin to advance in age and when the stresses and responsibilities of everyday life begin to weigh upon us, suddenly we find ourselves in need of a reality check when a health crisis occurs. Even nagging aches and pains begin to tell us a state of dis-ease is entering our bodies!
Simply stated, our health begins to erode when we are not adequately nourished. This statement by Ann Wigmore, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison,” is becoming a battle cry amongst health activists who no longer will settle for the “SAD” Standard American Diet imposed upon us by Big Agra corporations who pay their lobbyists big bucks to hide or withhold vital information to consumers.
“Every time you eat or drink, you’re either feeding disease or fighting it” – Heather Morgan, M.S., N.L.C.
“You are what you eat”
The truth is, foods are designed to mitigate disease in our bodies! Stay with us as we discuss the healing properties of food in future posts, and the knowledge that empowers us to take vital steps to regain lost health, or to build up and strengthen the systems in our bodies. It IS possible to take back our health, and it DOES NOT have to be hard! It will take work, patience, perseverance and dedication, but it does NOT have to be misery! It can and should be empowering, joyful and full of rewards! Discoveries like the power of coriander to remove heavy metals from our bodies, the properties of lemon that gently cleanse and detoxify livers when freshly squeezed and taken in a tea in the early AM, the absolute WONDER of cinnamon to help reverse insulin resistance and alleviate diabetes, pineapple to wash away inflammation….the list goes on and on! Learn which foods FEED cancer, and which foods STARVE cancer, which foods to stay away from for high blood pressure and which cause diabetes! Bottom line: Foods do have the power to energize and heal, or bring us to a state of dis-ease!
The power lies in your hand, and starts with your will to simply acknowledge and take the first step. We’re glad to be alongside you on this journey called health. See you next time!
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