Food…Better Than Medicine

Hippocrates wrote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” He also said, “If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” Food Better Than Medicine will show you the way….

Food Struggles

As babies, we learn that if we feel discomfort, we are fed. We carry that coping mechanism into adulthood and if we haven’t learned to recognize what our true needs are, food can become an issue for us. Add in all the messages from the media about what we are supposed to look like and BAM, you have a potential recipe for a lifetime of struggling with eating too much, eating too little or a case of bulimia. Any of these can wreck havoc on your system and can cause gastrointestinal disorders is left unchecked. When the time comes that you are ready to get well, the following suggestions can get you on the road to recovery.

Joshua Rosenthal, founder of Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, teaches bio-individuality meaning that no one diet works for everyone. It’s so important to listen to your body and see what feels right but most importantly, what feels wrong.

Elimination Diet

A good way to see what might be causing you discomfort is to try an easy elimination diet. The duration can be from 21-30 days and that depends on you and how you’re feeling. During this period, eliminate all dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, junk food, caffeine, and alcohol. Your diet will be truly clean at this point. After 3-4 weeks,

Your diet will be truly clean at this point. After 3-4 weeks, add 1 of the above items back into your diet and see how you feel. Notice any energy or mood changes or any digestive discomfort. If this food did not cause a problem, eat it again and wait a couple of days. You can then decide if you want to add that food back into your diet.

This is the perfect way to see what you may be sensitive to and you will be amazed at how you feel. It is super important during this time to eat organic food as much as possible. Pesticides floating around in your system can give you false results from your food elimination diet plan.

The difference between organic and non-organic food

Non-organic food can contain a cocktail of numerous types of pesticides whereas organic food is free from them. Many clients have asked me, is organic food really organic? Am I just wasting my money? The answer is yes and no respectively. There are third-party organizations that test and make sure that you are getting what the label says.

If you have a high glucose number or have already been diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic, please consider a low carbohydrate diet. I wrote an article about it here:

The Best Ketogenic Diet Plan

Years ago, we were told that fat was the enemy. As such, food manufacturers lower fat contents and added sugars to make flavors more enticing. That is precisely when the obesity epidemic happened! I’m not saying to eliminate carbs, just drastically reduce them.

The carbs that should remain in your diet are vegetables and occasionally, berries. I am a bread lover and have found some amazing recipes for low carb bread using almond flour and coconut flour. So see… you can have your cake and eat it too!

One of my favorite cookbooks to boost your immune system, reduce cravings and improve digestion is called Whole 30. You can get it here.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comment section below.

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6 Thoughts to “Food…Better Than Medicine”

  1. Hi. I am very happy finding your website. We have the same concern “to manage aging”. I agree that food can be the best medicine for us. I love the painting in your website, very beautiful. Have you collect subscriber of your website ?

    1. Diane

      I will be adding an area for subscribers soon. Thank you for your nice comments!

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I can relate this to “emotional eating”. I’ve had quite a struggle in the past few years, if I had a discomfort I would eat it away. If I was sad, I would eat. If I was tired, I would eat. If I was happy I would eat. I had to find a way back to eating “normal”. I will try the elimination diet to get back to taking care of myself! Thanks again!

    1. Jessica,
      Thank you for sharing about your struggles. There is a great series of books by Geneen Roth that addresses our “love” for food. Let me know if I can assist you along the way:-)
      Diane

  3. Lainie Johnson

    I’m enjoying your blog and am planning to spend regular time learning ways to help me age gracefully! Thanks for all this helpful information.

    1. Thank you Lainie! I’m so glad you are finding it useful. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

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