We all know that famous quote by Hippocrates right? “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”? Of course. And of course it’s true.
What if we look at the definition of each for a moment here:
Food: The Definition
Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.
Medicine: The Definition
1. a) The science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind. b) The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other non-surgical means.
2. An agent, such as a drug, used to treat disease or injury.
3. Something that serves as a remedy or corrective.
Now, what if we join these two? It’s easy right? We used our food to serve as the remedy or corrective.
As you know, last week I was down in California with my brother and his family visiting our parents. My dad is a busy bee healing from his cancer, and I am so excited over the changes he has not only taken on, but fully and completely embraced.
This way of living may seem scary, overwhelming, or even unpalatable. The thing is, the more of these goods you have, the more you want to have and before you know it, it is your life, your tastes change and most of all, you feel amazing. Tomorrow, I have a very special podcast interview with my dad on my final morning in California. But this is how the days went down.
We all started with our daily dose of Green Juice. Whoever says their kids wouldn’t touch it, just hasn’t tried. Or kept trying. Mia couldn’t get enough and my brother and sister-in-law both said they missed it when they were back home. This stuff is life blood and fully picks up your day. Just as many people have their morning coffee ritual, what if that ritual was a morning green juice ritual? Just a thought.
We would then head off to the ‘pharmacy’ to get our ‘medicine’. Or perhaps we can describe it as heading to the market, for fresh, local, organic greatness.
Afternoons were spent resting, relaxing and exploring and we would then sit down to another dose of medicine together in the evening. Tonight’s prescription, steamed beans and Brussel’s Sprouts, wild rice, grilled salmon, fresh green salad with a miso dressing and roasted sweet potatoes. Yep, this healthy eating thing is really terrible.
And what is the best part of this food as medicine thing? Dessert of course. My dad is staying away from sugar, as we know sugar feeds cancer, affects stress hormones and depletes immune function, and all that other bad stuff, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have dessert and eat loads and loads of cancer fighting berries.
Raw Chocolate Mousse anyone?
Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Pulp from 2 young coconuts
1/2 cup raw cacao
2 tsp maca
2 Tbs chia seeds
1/4 cup raw honey (or to taste if you are watching sweetener)
- Blend until smooth in your high speed brand new vitamix blender ;)
- Serve chilled in a small bowl, or serve as a dip with a selection of your favourite fruits.
And since food is not everything when it comes to healing, how about ending the day with a little rest, relaxation and perhaps getting your eyes, body and soul nourished by a little burst of beauty.