“Medicine and food have the same source. Medicine and food have the same reasons.” Classic Chinese Medicine saying
“Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.” Hippocrates
All, Mostly and More
Whole grains, beans and legumes, green vegetables and root vegetables, sprouts, all types of fruits. Simple breads. Fermented foods: such as krauts, pickled foods, miso. Vinegar, nut and seed oils. Fresh, raw, lightly cooked or steamed. Try to use simple recipes with fewer ingredients and fresh items. Whole foods that come as they are.
Moderate, Less or None
All kinds of meat, fish, dairy, cheese, eggs, animal products, refined sugars, coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, garlic, onions, chives, leeks, scallions, fried or heavily seasoned foods. Highly processed foods or food with many additives and preservatives. A food ‘product’.
Food is the first medicine we give our bodies. We eat to be healthy, have the energy to go through our day and to sustain us. This should be enjoyable but not at the expense of our health. There should be consideration for one’s own constitution and the effect of the food on the body. From a holistic point of view if we take medicine from a doctor or herbalist but do not pay attention to changing diet or lifestyle we only maintain the patterns of imbalance and illness.
Make changes in small steps so that it becomes a natural habit. What is outlined is a template for food choices not a dogma.
Firstly enjoy eating- there is no reason whatsoever to be hard on yourself for having coffee or refined sugar. Avoid guilt in eating, or else you’ll just be eating guilt and holding that in your body. Check for yourself, through experience, how you feel when you reduce or increase a type of food in your diet. Over time you will become more aware of the effects of foods on your body and nervous system. With this awareness you will know if they are more beneficial or less beneficial for you.
The approach I take with clients is based on their elemental constitution or organ imbalances. Foods can be recommended as each plant, fruit, seed, grain and legume can be used as a ‘medicine’. For example greens are often detoxifying and good for the liver, many red colored foods nourish the blood and heart while many roots help the digestive system and to build vital energy in the body.