Making Food Your Medicine

Let food be thy medicine.

“Use food as your medicine.” This is an often-repeated mantra in the holistic world, but how do you get started? If you’re new to all-natural living, this concept can be daunting at first. However, like most things in life, the key to success is to start from the beginning, and work slowly from there.

Many experts believe that changing the way that we eat is the #1 key to good health. The first step toward eating properly is to remember the 50%/25%/25% rule. Every plate you eat should be half filled with colorful vegetables. Nature uses rich colors, with dark greens to let us know that these foods are filled with the nutrients and phytochemicals our bodies need. Try to eat 8-10 servings of vegetables every day, preferably colorful, fresh ones. 25% of your plate can be made of a lean protein like fish, chicken or lean cuts of beef. The final quarter of your plate can contain a complex carbohydrate like brown rice, beans, fruits or sweet potatoes.

Learning to shun prepackaged ingredients and embracing raw foods is another gift that you can give yourPrescription blueberries. body, as well as your pocketbook. It doesn’t cost much at all to purchase the whole oats, fresh fruits and veggies and brown rice that should make up the bulk of a raw diet. And with proper planning, it doesn’t take much longer to cook. As a matter of fact, a healthy raw diet doesn’t involve a lot of cooking at all. Most of the fresh veggies and fruit that make up our diets don’t need to be cooked. The things that do, like rice, beans and oatmeal, don’t require much prep time to finish. A healthy diet can be remarkably simpler to prepare than the prepackaged convenience foods that you’re currently eating.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” These were the words of Hippocrates in 400 BC, and more and more people nowadays are starting to realize the truth in these words. It’s funny how this healthy way of living has been labeled as “alternative.” In a perfect world, eating properly, exercising, chiropractic care and massage would be the norm, while taking pills and potions would be an alternative lifestyle. We’ve all grown so accustomed to western medicine that anything else seems strange and suspect. How did we get to the point where healthy living is odd, but taking pills for every ache and pain is considered by most to be the right thing to do? All-natural diets can do a lot for your health. They can also keep your body looking younger and more beautiful, and you just can’t get that from a pill. Let food be your medicine. You’ll be glad you did. 

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