My favorite phrase of late is food is medicine. For the month of March, the focus in my practice is on supporting the physical body with good nutrition. Part of this is because of my upcoming Spring Reboot, and part of this is because March is when a lot of people start to shift out of winter mode and into spring mode. Meaning, there’s a change in focus on the foods we eat and our activity level. Especially if you live in a climate with four seasons.
Today, I wanted to take a moment to talk about a phrase I use a lot with clients, friends, and even family.
Food is medicine.
To expand on that- whole foods (not the store) are nature’s medicine.
Our bodies are meant to thrive when provided with 80% whole, nutritious foods that Mother Nature provides us. It’s a cool and odd thing- but in a lot of ways, our bodies still function like we’re cave people living it real rough. Despite all the advances in the past hundred years, our bodies haven’t really adapted to modern, processed foods. I say again, whole foods are nature’s medicine.
Yeah, we can eat nearly whatever and stay alive for a while. But, if our diet lacks the important things, we don’t feel great. Sometimes we’re not even aware of how not great we feel cause we’re used to how we currently feel. I always ask my clients to take time to pause and check in with their bodies. What symptoms are you ignoring out of habit?
How have you been feeling lately? Sluggish? Tired? Are you having gut issues? Sleep issues? Are you moody, and stressed out? Is your skin unhappy? Do you get headaches and migraines a lot?
The foods we eat, and the beverages we drink, can make or break us. What we put into our body affects everything, and when we’re feeling off, our diet is usually to blame. It’s also the easiest thing to change if we’re committed.
Food is medicine. It sounds silly, but it’s true. If I asked you to picture medicine- your first thought is likely the pharmacy area at your local grocery store, or drugstore, right? Did you picture bottles of tablets, pills, and vitamins? Maybe you thought of a doctor’s office?
It’s okay if you did! But the reason I stress that food is medicine is that it’s the food you put in your body that has the greatest overall impact on your health. Vegetables positively fuel your body. Lean proteins and healthy fats give you energy- the good kind. Healthy, fibrous foods like whole grains help clear your gut and help bowel movements. Fruit in the right quantities also provides good fiber and vitamins.
These are real, whole foods. Foods our bodies need and love. Now, there isn’t one diet that works for everyone, but everyone I know feels better when they incorporate more whole foods. Nature provides this for us, and has been for thousands of years.
So, check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What does your body need?
If you’re not sure about what you should do, follow my socials for amazing recipes, or reach out for a session. There’s also the Spring Reboot which is an incredible week dedicated to a back-to-basics, whole food, nutritious diet that our bodies love.
You absolutely can change your diet to change your life.
It’s up to you!