Food As Medicine



Who do we turn to for advice and guidance regarding out health and wellness?

Who has the most up to date information?

How do I know what to believe?


These are huge questions, I am sure we are all struggling with and have for many years. I wish I had more answers. The most important thing is that we are shifting our awareness on this issue and we realize that we have the ability to make healthy choices on an individual level. The more we explore and discern, the better choices we can make for ourselves!


Our food industry has changed drastically since the 1950's largely do to post war industrialization, food manipulation, and inconsistent/profit driven research coming from the food industry! However, we are starting to once again look at the power of nature and the wisdom of natural, nutrient based foods to sustain and heal us.


These natural foods are the food we were meant to be eating all along. Foods that contain all the nutrients, fiber, antioxidants that our bodies need to survive and thrive.

Why is this so important? According to Mark Hyman, MD, from his book, The Pegan Diet- 2021, "Our modern industrial diet is currently the biggest killer on the planet, exceeding smoking and every other cause. Conservatory, our modern diet, rich in processed foods made from wheat (white flour) corn (high-fructose corn syrup and many industrial food additives and sugars), and soy (soybean oil), and lacking in protective, healing whole foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, beans, seafood, etc.), kills 11 million people a year. Each year, 57 million people die around the world. Three quarters of those deaths, 42 million, are due to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and dementia, mostly caused by poor diet. Dr. Hyman also states, that he feels this is a gross underestimate! He goes on to say, that if we want to lower our total burden of chronic disease, save our planet, and create a happier, healthier society, we have to overhaul the way we grow, produce, distribute and consume food around the world.


This idea of food as medicine can be overwhelming. But like so often in life, we need to narrow things down to "bite size pieces'...pardon the pun! This week in our Caring Circle, I would like to discuss how to make small changes to our diet that have healing and long lasting effects. Also, I have attached three short 5-16 min. videos below that will give you "food for thought" and set us up for our class this week.


How to make diseases disappear | Rangan Chatterjee | TEDxLiverpool - YouTube


Fighting Inflammation - Harvard Health


8Foods that fight inflammation - Harvard Health


Sukie Baxter Pain Free At Any Age PFAAA Video




Health Inquiry: What small, manageable change could you make this week to continue your wellness journey?


In Gratitude,

Beth


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