“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”--Hippocrates
How many of us think of food as medicine? How many of us think of medicine as something icky and unpleasant to be ingested as quickly as possible?
The irony here is that food really is meant to be our medicine, but so often we settle for an icky and unpleasant version of it that brings us harm instead of benefit. Oh, it may taste good--but the effect on our physical, mental, and emotional health is where the real ickiness and unpleasantness comes in: processed foods, foods laden with preservatives and refined sugar, lead to a host of issues ranging from sluggishness, poor digestion, brain fog, headaches, and, perhaps most significantly, inflammation, which lies at the root of so many debilitating conditions.
The icing on the metaphysical cake is that, in order to deal with the dis-ease brought on by not choosing to relate to food as medicine, we have to….take medicine.
This blog is not meant to disparage the legitimate usage or possible value of pharmaceutical medicines. It is meant to say that if we pay attention to the food we eat as our primary source of ingested medicine, we will very likely need less of the pharmaceutical kind.
And so this April, as we wait for Spring to finally make her presence known, we’re turning our #chronicwellness focus to one area that can give most of us a whole new lease on life--not just survival, but life--vibrant, healthy, full of vitality and energy, purposeful and capable of fulfilling purpose.
We’ll be chatting with you this month about all things nutrition: whole foods, kicking the sugar habit, fruits, veggies, hydration… We’re looking to share quick tidbits, little bites of inspiration, recipes, and practical advice that will help us all rethink our relationship to food, and we’re looking for you to join in the conversation!
We invite you to join us in saying yes to food as medicine for a healthy and vibrant life! Stay tuned for tips, fun facts, and inspiration--and don’t forget to share your own stories, ideas, and tips with us by tagging us at #chronicwellness and #cwquakertown.