Food as Medicine
Food is a powerful self healing tool at your disposal each and every day. 2,400 hundred years ago, the Greek Physician Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine.”
While that quote is a timeless truth, it has never been more confusing than now about what to eat. There is a lot of conflicting information coming from very reputable scholars, scientists and physicians. T. Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas Campbell MD, authors of The China Study, tell us animal protein increases the risk of developing cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Mark Hyman MD, author of What the Heck Should I Eat says things in stark contrast, that animal protein and food like eggs are not to blame but instead it is sugar that is the real culprit in creating these diseases. There is much debate about how much protein we really need each day. Paul Pitchford author of Healing With Whole Foods shares in great detail that eating for your body type and a diet of whole foods is the best middle ground. After much experimentation and study I agree with him. Buddhists would call this approach “the Middle Way,” which means steering clear of extremes.
Once we recognize the middle way of eating a whole unrefined diet that may include quality and ethically raised meat, achieving this in our grocery cart can be very difficult. Then, there is whether or not the folks in your household feel like being on board. And what about how busy you are?
There is a way to enjoy a whole food, predominantly plant based diet, low in sugar with some meat and dairy. The food as medicine sessions are an opportunity for you to learn how to make that transition for good. Your body, the planet and generations to come, will thank you.