You really are what you eat, so eat well!
The idea that food should be viewed as medicinal is not a new or radical idea. In fact, it has been around for many centuries. Over 2500 years ago, the great philosopher Hippocrates said: “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. That message is just as true today, as it was then.
Using food as preventative medicine has become increasingly popular amongst those seeking to approach their health in a more holistic way. People are beginning to take charge of their own health. Accessibility to healthcare, whether that be physical or financial, is at the forefront of many political discussions. The rising costs of healthcare mean that many people go without. There is room to begin to bridge this gap in access, by educating people on the benefits of certain foods, and how to incorporate them into a healthy diet.
There are different ways to help incorporate food as medicine, but it always begins with mindful eating. If we are able to notice the way certain foods impact our body and mood, we can then begin to make more informed decisions. Below are some of the key dietary requirements that your diet has an impact on:
An essential component of any healthy diet, fiber aides our health in a variety of ways. Foods high-in-fiber boost our immune system, facilitates proper and healthy digestion, and provides a great environment for all the beneficial bacteria living in your gut!
High-fiber foods, such as vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruit are linked with a host of positive benefits, whereas diets that are low in fiber are linked with increased risk of disease, cancer and stroke.
Protein and Fats.
Many people have misconceptions about the role of fat in one’s diet. Healthy fats (such as Omega-3) are important in maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. Healthy fats, found in fish and nuts, can help to regulate inflammation, contribute to a robust immune system, and lead to improved heart health.
Vitamins and Minerals.
There has been increased cases of malnutrition in western countries due to the increase in highly processed food, devoid in key nutrients and minerals. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the greatest way to gain these nutrients. Insufficient intakes of vitamins C, D, and folate can cause harm to your heart and increase your risk of certain cancers. Ensuring that your diet has plenty of fresh produce is a crucial part of a balanced diet.
Here on the farm, we are fortunate enough to be able to grow an abundance of health-promoting foods:
We encourage everyone to experiment with their diet, and to find foods that make you feel great. Understanding the benefits of certain foods, are a powerful way of taking back control of your own health.
Come join us on one of our permaculture and yoga retreats, where you will learn about natural gardening and farming systems, practice mindfulness, and practice the tools to engage more powerfully with your diet!