How to start using food as medicine
1. Eat whole, plant-based foods
Step one of incorporating the food-as-medicine approach into your lifestyle is becoming more mindful of what you’re eating. Modern diets typically feature lots of processed foods and are low in whole foods like fresh produce. This means you’re likely not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs which increases the risk of disease.
Focus on bringing in more whole, plant-based foods into every meal and cutting out or minimizing the amount of processed food. Naturally probiotic foods (major shout out to kombucha) and foods high in fiber are especially helpful as they support good digestion and feed healthy bacteria in the gut.
2. Consume medicinal foods
Certain foods are known to have powerful medicinal properties. These include berries, cruciferous vegetables, fatty fish, spices, herbs, and green tea. Stepping up your food-as-medicine game can be as easy as incorporating more of these foods into your diet.
3. Work to reduce stress
Even if you’re eating all the healthy foods possible, if your stress is high, that will impact your digestive function, so your body won’t reap the benefits of the food. Stress can also lead to many gastrointestinal disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Implement stress-reducing rituals like a heart-opening yoga flow and stretching to help you keep you calm and cool.
4. Practice mindful eating habits
How you eat matters too. Ensure that you take your time and eat slowly. Really savor the food. Consuming mindfully not only increases your enjoyment but also reduces how much you eat because it gives your stomach time to register that it’s full.
5. Be the captain of your health
All that said, everybody is different. Even if certain foods are known for being beneficial that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be the best foods for you. Get to know your body and what it needs. Pay attention to how particular foods make you feel. Be the captain of your own health. Do your research. If you need additional support, find a health provider who focuses on holistic tools such as nutrition, stress management, and exercise.
When it comes to making any healthy lifestyle changes, remember to practice grace. It’s not about being perfect. Don’t beat yourself up. Every day is a fresh start. Don’t forget to notice and pay attention to what foods make you feel good and adjust as needed. We challenge you to practice being the captain of your health by taking one baby step towards implementing the food-as-medicine food approach today.
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