Monday, April 15, 2013

Food As Medicine? It's Definitely a Form of Prevention.

"Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food." -Hippocrates.

From acai to mangosteen you have probably seen superfood claims.  The LA Times had an interesting examination in the theory of food as medicine recently.

"The idea of food as medicine falls under the umbrella of holistic health, a philosophy and approach to medicine that takes into consideration the interconnectedness of the body, mind, spirit and emotions, and emphasizes balance."

"They're add-ons that bump up the nutrient value of her repertoire, including goji berries, cacao, maca root and hemp seed, bee products and aloe vera, spirulina and other "super blue-green algae," sea vegetables and fermented foods like kimchi, burdock root, dandelion root and stinging nettles."
I am certainly no expert but I can attest to the fact that when you eat well you feel better and look better.  I feel better after eating my yummy kale, lentil sweet potato soup versus a plate full of enchiladas.  While I love the latter and enjoy them on occasion, the meal doesn't always feel so good going down during the digestion process.

The article elaborates about packaged "superfoods" like goji berry capsules, etc.  I don't want to debate the benefit of those things.  I do know something that is not up for debate: it is MUCH easier to prevent disease and medical issues that to treat them.  From diabetes to obesity-related diseases, it has been proven time and again that eating a healthful diet is a vital key in disease prevention.

I'd rather take my medicine in the form of an apple or cauliflower any day.

Mediterranean diet staples
Any easy way to adopt a "food as medicine" type diet?  Try  the Mediterranean "diet", or perhaps better stated, Mediterranean approach to eating.  It has been lauded as the healthiest "diet" you can consume.  Double bonus: it's delicious, too.

Here is one of my favorite Mediterranean diet fish recipes.
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