FOOD IS MEDICINE
My interest in food and it's effects on my body was sparked with my very first job - strawberry picking and baking at a country store in upstate New York. I believe it was here, at Yonder Farms that I began to understand how lucky I was to be surrounded by the positive benefits of home cooking. Throughout my adult life I have been inspired by my mother, my roommates, my travels and my desire to feel good after eating. A lifetime of stomachaches and bloating pushed me to investigate how much effect my diet was actually having on my digestion. While I reportedly had no allergies that registered on a skin, blood, or breath test, I began to see the link between food combining and digestive upset. I spent 1 year eliminating wheat and dairy. After about 3 months, my husband noticed I no longer complained of low energy, headaches and back pain. I now allow myself all foods across the board but my philosophy in life and food is about taking the 70/30 mindset. Eat until you are 70% full, make 70% of what you eat, alkaline (lots of greens, avocado, leaves and stems). I feel it is imperative to teach each patient to look at how specific food combinations can effect their energy, mood and joints.
My nutrition, workout and lifestyle pal, Callie Exas, gives some good advice on how to eat to improve your mood and tackle your pain.
Adding seeds like hemp, flax and pumpkin to your breakfast bowl is an easy way to approach a food as medicine mindset with an anti-inflammatory mindset. I use this trifecta to enhance my Omega- 3 Fatty acid intake as a way of offering support to my joints, heart, brain and belly.
This plant-based inspired lasagna will knock your socks off. No meat, no dairy but a whole lotta flavor!
Lentils falafel have become more than just a once in a while treat? We make them regularly now that we have a recipe in place. Try it!
Yummy Sesame noodles the whole family will love! Quick, simple, delicious.
Lacto-fermented vegetables are a true food as medicine experience. Got 3-5 days? I got your recipe!
Watermelon juice is my #1 cure for heat exhaustion. Drink it all summer long and stay cool inside and out.
This mixed lentil stew will nourish and warm you from the inside while the weather is cold outside.
This summertime smoothie is three ingredients that never grow old - strawberries, raspberries, watermelon.