Since the time of Hippocrates (460 – 370 B.C.), the healing power of food was well understood. Known as the”father of western medicine”, Hippocrates was a Greek physician who revolutionized the practice of medicine. His approach was very humble, passive and gentle on the patient. His theory is based on “the healing power of nature” and the belief that the body has the power to re-balance and heal itself. He often used lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise to treat disease. His motto was, “Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.”
Somehow since then a lot has changed. Much of what is considered to be “food” today, could never actually serve as medicine. In fact it’s hard to find any benefits from what passes for food today! Value meals, processed snacks, breads, sodas are significantly lacking for our needs and very harmful to our health.
Despite this radical change, food is still the best medicine we can find! Although the truly nourishing food is harder to find, a diet of pure, natural food provides a simple form of healing and cleansing.
What Is a Healing Diet?
A healing diet is also a cleansing diet. But by definition, it’s also a question of produce versus product. The list is mostly plant based, whole foods. These basically have only 1 ingredient and haven’t been altered. Here is a good idea of the types of foods:
- Foods rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants – pure living foods in their natural state, harness the power of the sun and are highest in nutrition.
- Alkaline forming foods – whole fruits and veggies, especially the green leafy kind.
- Organic, fresh, local foods – no pesticides or preservatives, and from your local area (especially farmer”s markets).
- Foods high in healthy fats – Omega 3 and good cholesterol (HDL) sources like olive & coconut oils, plants, nuts and fish.
- Raw and lightly steamed vegetables – minimal cooking preserves the nutrients and enzymes lost to high temperatures.
- Fermented foods – foods loaded with healthy bacteria, essential for a strong immune system (sour kraut, pickles, kimchi, natto, etc).
These foods not only nourish but they cleanse our bodies too. Of course it won’t be the same diet for everyone and balance and moderation are especially important. We should all try to eat the best quality, nourishing foods. I can tell you that your tastes and cravings will quickly adapt. So find what works best for you!
A Healing Diet – What it Isn’t
Modern life has led to serious compromises to the safety and quality of food. Many foods don’t serve any true purpose other than feeding our brain’s perception of being satisfied. In reality, low quality foods actually cause us to over eat while the brain thinks that we’re well fed.
Stop Eating Please!
The intestines will signal to your brain to stop eating once you’ve absorbed enough calories and nutrients to meet your needs. However, because digestion is slow, it can take a long time for these signals to reach the brain. So you could very well continue to eat although the body is already satisfied. In addition, by eating food without any real nutrition, the intestines won’t signal the brain at all. While in reality the body still needs more nourishment.
The brain does have it’s own way to make you stop eating. However, this has nothing to do with signals from the intestines and ignores the body’s nutritional needs. As the texture, smell and taste from the foods you eat becomes less appealing, your brain tells you that you’ve had enough. You might even get tired from eating and your stomach might get full as well. But as long as the body lacks the nutrition it needs, it will still hunger for more!
If the signals from the digestive tract aren’t the primary way we stop eating, we can easily end up overeating! Meanwhile the body is actually starving and at the same time we’re gaining weight and getting sick.
The Pink Elephant in the Kitchen!
Too many foods are not compatible with our bodies, but we’re just not listening. In fact, they’re killing us! Most foods have undergone a radical transformation from their natural form. The methods of production have become very low cost and efficient, however the costs in term of our health and safety have been skyrocketing as a result!
Foods Have Lost Their Healing Properties
Without healing and cleansing qualities, we shouldn’t even call them foods. Maybe “Super Disease Foods” is a better name! Here are a few of those:
- Processed Foods
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
- Artificial sweeteners (Aspartame)
- Pesticide raised crops
- “Factory Farm” fish and meats
- Acid forming foods
A healing diet avoids and strictly limits these foods and ingredients. To be pure, you can only put pure things into your body! Think about it, the food you eat creates the life you live!