Food as medicine is an ancient concept. The father of medicine Hippocrates has it as one of his most famous quotes
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Today I would like to share some basic principles about healthy eating. The more I learn about nutrition the more I come to the same conclusion – It is all about balance. This principle was the first principle I learned as a child from my parents who in turn learned it from their master at the time – Yogi Bhajan.
To begin with, all food was considered as human medicine. Food is the medicine which creates equilibrium. That is the beauty of food. The basic properties of a food must be that it should be nutritious, sustaining, and balanced. Balanced food is that food which can be digested without drawing on your health. It should not put a strain on the body.
We take medicines to get rid of disease. What does medicine do? It fights the disease and gives the body a chance to recuperate. What is a medicine? It is a sustaining food. Chemical medicines are produced because they are inexpensive. The difference between organic medicine and chemical medicine is that chemical medicine is direct, while organic medicine is indirect. Organic medicine affects us slowly but its effects are long term.
Eating tasty food is nutritious, but eating right food is sustaining too. Eating the right food is a cure in itself. What has happened with modern medicine is that they have removed the curing properties of foods. They have taken those direct properties, filled the medicine with them, and have shoved it into people. If the whole food or the whole herb is used, rather than merely taking the extract from it, there is hardly any negative reaction.
It is pretty simple. All we have to do is eat whole foods. We have made things so complicated. You don’t need supplements, formulas, shakes, powders, so may grams of this or that. If you eat whole foods and balance the foods you have all the medicine you’ll need.
A Cleansing Diet
If you are eager to begin to bring about a distinct improvement in your general health, try a special diet of eating only fruits, nuts, and vegetables (cooked or raw) for thirty days. This diet is used in India when the person looks old and the body is wearing out and becomes impotent. It is said to cleanse the system and revitalize the body. The first few days you may feel weak, but then gradually your strength will increase and you will start to feel light and happy. After thirty days, dairy products may be added to the diet.
The best seasons for this diet are summer, spring, and fall, when the weather is warm and these foods are available fresh. Springtime is when new blood starts coming in. It’s a good time to cleanse. It is written that you cannot be a man of experience unless you cleanse yourself in the spring.
Summer is pretty much here so if you want to make a change towards a more healthy life style and eating habits you have a wonderful opportunity.