Food as Medicine for Health
Do you eat to live or live to eat?
Back at the turn of the last century, when industrialization was just beginning to rapidly influencing the lifestyles of people in America, people ate to live. People worked their family farms;. This meant giving attention to seasons, growing the food they would eat, caring for their farm animals with reverence. Their health depended upon the nutrition in the foods they grew, essentially, using food as medicine – largely preventative medicine.
Today what is old is new! Get up to pace with the return of cultivating health.
Why did people pre early 1900’2 eat bacon, eggs and milk for breakfast? Why did the eat steak and potatoes? We could say they “lived” on these foods. This is what they had to eat, there were virtually no processed foods.
Why did they enjoy these now more often forbidden foods and remain healthy, strong and mentally clear to ripe old ages?
Some say that environment is a big part of the issue. Environment in the world, in the soil, in the factories and in our bodies. What does that mean? Well one example may be the development of super-bugs during the innovative times of scientific advancement of products and means to kill bugs. Everything is more sterile and clean than ever, yet the bus, pests, viruses and bacteria are more virulent than ever.
How can this be?
During this period of major medical advancements treat majors illnesses, why has there been a surge of chronic diseases, a proliferation of obscure diseases and occurrence of new diseases?
In life, when something isn’t going right, sometimes you have to hit the reset button. Food has long been an indulgence and has become an overindulgence. The idea seems to be more – “Live to eat.” Independent researchers and experts say that foods are depleted of the nutrients necessary for healthy bodies. Processed foods contain left over contaminants that are damaging to our health. Even our pets, after years of eating processed foods are developing diabetes and cancer.
Consider, seriously, making the consciousness shift to “Food as Medicine”
There are popular jingles now that need to be considered;
- Know you grower
- Food as medicine
- You are what you eat
“Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine.” — Hippocrates
As a nurse, you are in a very influential position. Not only to give information but even more importantly to be a role model. If you learn about food as medicine for instance, and adapt you will exemplify the benefits and want to share them. The health of those in your care, your community and your family is in your hands. What do you teach without words, through your actions, choices and values?
Below is a video about food as medicine. Watch and consider it – Leave your ideas, wisdoms and comments below.
Top 20 Cancer Fighting Foods – Food as Medicine
Take Two Carrots, Call Me in the Morning – Johns Hopkins >>>
Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Top 10 Healing Foods Of The Decade – Huffington Post >>>