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Food as Medicine is a preventative movement built on the premise that good nutrition habits can reduce the risk of illness. Andrea started Healthy Healing Eats founded on her passion for health promotion through mindful eating. Her goal is to stimulate and inspire a shift in consciousness to food as the core of good health. As a certified health/life coach, she recognizes the gap between what the healthcare industry offers and often what people need to achieve their health goals. Through her unique motivational and empowering method of habit change she partners with clients to design their healthiest lifestyle.
The Food-as-Medicine philosophy is based on the belief that whole food is a traditional remedy with the therapeutic power to improve and maintain one’s health. The philosophy has been around for hundreds of years. Imhotep, the Egyptian inventor of medicine, extracted medicine from plants. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine.” Traditional Chinese medicine believes that slow-cooked food is essential; as a result, food is seen as healing and arresting illness. The Mayans used cacao (chocolate) as a medicine.
The FAM movement is gaining traction as studies demonstrate that much of what ails us are a result of poor food choices. Eighty percent of deaths from heart disease and stroke are caused by high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and low daily consumption of fruits and vegetables according to the World Health Organization. Diet alone is not always the solution and it is true, not every illness can benefit from dietary changes. Nonetheless, physicians and nutritionists say looking at the cumulative data, a clear picture emerges: the salt, sugar, fat, and processed foods in the today’s diet contribute to the world’s high rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Our philosophy here at Healthy Healing Eats; that medicine is delivered out of the home beginning in the kitchen means that food is seen as a daily nutritional remedy. Using whole food to prevent illness such as an apple which is shown to lower cholesterol, contains vitamin A and C, the antioxidant quercetin (better lung function), and its peel which is linked to lowering the risk for obesity; contributes to whole body maintenance and well-being. It’s got a reputation for keeping “the doctor away” for good reason.
The Food-as-Medicine philosophy is based on the belief that whole food is a traditional remedy with the therapeutic power to improve and maintain one’s health. The philosophy has been around for hundreds of years.Read More