When I was a child, I often heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Why do we not hear that saying anymore? It is still true that healthy foods can keep us healthy. But, in our current culture and society, we are more inclined not to take care of ourselves and then look for medications to solve our health problems.
I greatly appreciate the knowledge and skill of health care providers, those who assess, diagnose, and prescribe and those who reset bones and do surgeries and remove ‘bad’ things. These are things I grew up with, and these are things I believe in.
Which Is Better?
So, which is better? What should we do? Should we try to prevent illness and disease, or should we go to doctors when we are sick? Well, if you ask me … and, you did not, I know! 😉 … we need both! It is clear that we are killing ourselves with what we eat, what we drink, what we inhale, and how little we move. And, we make it worse by worrying, feeling stressed, and letting things make us angry.
Can We Just Start Over?
What if we just start over? Can we do that? Can we stop for a minute and look at how we are living and then adjust ever-so-slightly and see how if feels? What if we drank one more glass of water each day and one less glass of sugary (or caffeinated or alcoholic) drinks? What if we ate one more apple or sweet potato each day and one less candy bar? What if we ate more fatty fish and less of other fatty meats (or, maybe no meat at all)? What if we ate dark green vegetables and avacados and whole grain breads and blueberries and olive oil? What if … ? The possibilities are almost endless, and I’m only thinking about food (not even reaching the point of moving instead of sitting for hours a day).
Can Food Be Medicine?
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald thinks so. I don’t know her credentials, I only read her article. 🙂 But, I like to consider any kind of primary prevention. I like the idea that we can take care of ourselves now and maybe avoid having to repair ourselves later. Dr. F published an article recently on Huffington Post entitled Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Top 10 Healing Foods Of The Decade.
Many fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed whole foods have properties that can benefit our health. Studies in the past decade have taken nutritional research beyond protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Chemicals in the plants called phytochemicals have been a specific focus in the past decade, offering benefits such as cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, and hormone regulation, to name a few.
Dr. F’s Top 10 Super-Foods
Spices – Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger
What’s So Great About Those Foods?
Read it for yourself, and see! 😉 Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Top 10 Healing Foods Of The Decade
PS – My Mom Said …
I wrote this while visiting, and read this to my mom when I finished writing it. She said, “Is that something you’re going to post?” I said yes, and she said, “It’s easier to give advice than to take it, isn’t it?” I laughed out loud and asked if I could quote her. She gave permission. It’s true. I know the right things to do, but I do not do the right things enough of the time. I am definitely talking to myself with what I have written here. (Today, I ate both healthy food and junk food. And, I sat for most of 8 hours at school, and I’ve been sitting for most of the past 4 hours. I am definitely one who needs to “eat right and move more.”)