Food as Medicine

How Smarter Food Choices Shape our Health

The food we eat is as important a part of our overall health as getting enough sleep, exercise, seeing the doctor, and managing stress is. Food is meant to nourish our body so that it can function properly. Providing your body its required nutrients can help ward of injury, illness, and infections. When we’re busy and stressed, it is easy to fall into a pattern of eating quick meals, such as frozen food or take out, but taking the time and energy to properly feed your body can have long-lasting benefits.

The idea of using food as medicine promotes eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats (or plant-based proteins), and healthy oils and fats. It encourages using your diet as your primary source of health, rather than relying on medications and supplements. One of the easiest ways to be sure you are providing your body with proper nutrients is meal planning and preparation. When we are tired and busy in the middle of the week, we are more likely to reach for unhealthy foods that make us feel good in the moment, but do little to boost our overall energy or mood. Having meals planned and the ingredients ready, or even already prepared, makes it more likely you will eat healthy, beneficial food. Meal planning might take a little big of extra time and thought, but spending a couple hours on a Sunday preparing food saves you valuable time during the week, and has such positive health benefits that it is worth it. Prepare meals with flavors you crave the most so that you look forward to eating them. Eating healthy does not mean depriving yourself of food you desire, it just means putting a healthy spin on them or allowing them in moderation. Allowing yourself the things you crave on a regular basis prevents binge eating unhealthy foods and sets you on a path of success. Pinterest is a great place to find healthy recipes for any craving you might have.