Food is medicine

How’s your relationship with food? Do you eat without thinking about it? Or do you over-think it and end up going in circles? There is so much conflicting information out there about food right? I don’t know about you, but I feel like one week I’m praising the glory of the egg, and the next week I’m afraid to touch one… Okay that’s a bit exaggerated, but you get the idea.

My relationship with food is a bit of a funny one. I started having issues with dermatitis when I was 3 and at the age of about 20 I started noticing that different foods had a huge impact on my rashes. So even though I haven’t wanted to, I’ve had to watch what I eat in order to avoid being in pain.

But I’m 38 now and I’m still dealing with the issue, sometimes chronically, so whenever I come across another idea that ‘should’ fix it, I generally try it. Anything to be free of the rash!

So here’s the latest idea I’ve come across. I’ve found this guy called Anthony William. And I’ll say it right off the bat… he’s called the Medical Medium. Yes, that’s right, all of the advice he gives, comes straight from Spirit, as he claims.

Now I’m not saying he does or doesn’t have that skill, and I’m not saying that what he says is or isn’t right. But I’m open to anything, so I read the book.

It’s called ‘Life-changing foods’ and basically he’s saying that food is medicine, and in a far more powerful way than any of us realise. The heros are fruit, vegetables, herbs & spices, and wild foods. This totally rings true with me. I’ve always had the belief that food is medicine, so whether or not he’s legit, I like his premise.

He goes over the health benefits of the most powerful foods we can eat and he links them up with the illnesses that they can benefit. He also gives a rundown on the causes of these illnesses and while the situation looks pretty bad, he says that we can turn everything around with food. He says to take out a few things, and go hardcore on a few things.

He’s got some controversial ideas too that are contrary to what the latest research shows. For example, he says we shouldn’t be limiting our fruits (including dried fruits) for fear of having too much ‘sugar’ in our diets. He says that fruit doesn’t feed candida for example.  Again, I’m not making any claims about what is true. I’m just saying I found it interesting.

Over the years of trying to deal with my dermatitis, I’ve done a few pretty hardcore elimination diets, so when I saw what he was suggesting in order to solve my issue for ever, I thought it sounded actually relatively doable… so I’m doing it!

Here’s what he says: Dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis is an issue with the liver. He says there’s a build up of toxic heavy metals in the liver that’s passed down through the generations (which is why so many babies have eczema) and there’s also a pathogen feeding off the metals. Both need to be eliminated. Sounds pretty full on right?

Here’s what he suggests to cut out:

  1. Dairy (ouch)
  2. Eggs (sorry chook)
  3. Meat and all animal proteins
  4. Wheat
  5. Soy
  6. Canola oil
  7. Corn

And here’s what he says to go hardcore on:

  1. Fruit of any variety (thank God! I’m a total fruit bat)
  2. Vegetables of any variety especially leafy greens, avocado & sweet potatoes
  3. Herbs of any variety, especially coriander & licorice root
  4. Wild foods including aloe vera, seaweed & raw honey

He reckons that four weeks on this liver cleansing diet will clear my liver out of the metals, and get rid of the pathogen, which attacks the derma in the skin. Four weeks?

So far I’m on day four and I have to say it’s been a breeze! This is the easiest ‘diet’ I’ve ever tried!

Here are some of the things I’m loving introducing into my diet:

  1. A super breaky smoothie
  2. Home made sushi
  3. Vegetable curries of all kinds
  4. Fridge fudges & dried fruits

Super smoothie

  • The clear gel of one aloe vera leaf
  • A cup of coconut water
  • A dash of coconut milk
  • Berries or fruits or your choice
  • ¼ small raw beetroot
  • lots of greens (I pick spinach, beetroot greens, rocket, thyme & parsley from my garden)
  • ice

whiz it all up and man oh man… it’s good! Even my husband digs it!

Home made sushi

  • nori sheets
  • avocado
  • your choice of veggies (I use capsicum, cucumber & some kind of green leaf)

Since soy is out, I sprinkle a little salt over it. Yuuuuuum!

 

Veggie curries

  • Super simple, I fry up some onions, then add garlic, ginger & turmeric. I throw in some veggies and when they’re done I pour some coconut milk over them.  And when it's in the bowl, add a squeeze of lime juice and some coriander.
  • Another one is to do a dahl with split peas.

 

Fridge fudges

  • 100g nut butter (I used tahini, but cashew etc would be great too)
  • 80g dates (or you could use honey or maple syrup to taste)
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • pinch of salt

Throw it all in the food processor until smooth and then pour into a small baking tray lined with baking paper and put it in the fridge.  

So… as I said… I’m not making any claims about what people should or shouldn’t be eating, I’m just sharing my food & health experiments with you in the hope to inspire us all to be more conscious about what we eat. And I’ll report back honestly!

3.5 weeks to go….

And if you want to check out that book I’m talking about, it’s called:

Medical Medium: Life Changing Foods by Anthony William

He’s also got a podcast.

Are you doing any kind of food experiment for your health? Feel free to share!

Kate x

 

 

4 Replies to “Food is medicine”

  1. Thanks for this, Kate.. haven’t come across him before. I first went raw (omni) when I was 23 (for 2 years), then raw vegan (for 5 years.. early 2000s). Hippocrates was right, “let you food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food”. I think Ann Wigmore was the first person to apply this principle to a cohesive dietary system (“The Hippocrates Diet”). She “invented” wheatgrass juice (and a bunch of other things we take for granted today) along with another really important contributor, Viktoras Kulvinskas.

    You’re right, it’s easier to take on seemingly extreme dietary regimes like these than we might think, and the immediate effects can be amazing.. but the diet has to stack up, if we are to “do no harm”. I haven’t had a look at his material yet, so can’t comment on it. I’m currently gearing up for a new dietary adventure, drawing on my experiences with raw.. a hybrid-raw diet(?) of my own design. Not a “cleanse” as such, but a permanent lifestyle.

    1. Hey There Happiness says: Reply

      Hey Brett! Great to hear from you. Can I ask what your new dietary adventure looks like? Hybrid-raw sounds very interesting!

      I think that above all, one of the most important things is that we all need to learn to listen more to our bodies and do and eat just what our bodies need. I think that each of us needs slightly different things, which is why listening is the biggest challenge. It’s so easy to get caught up listening to what our taste buds say, and ignore what the rest of the body is saying. So that’s what I’m trying to do now… we’ll see how it goes!

      1. Very very quickly; I’d describe it as “Raw Vegan Inspired”.
        First, everything is raw, except for those foods which either gain in nutritional value from heating and don’t cause known harm (eg; tomatoes), or which gain flavour from heating (eg; mushrooms, garlic).
        Second, absolutely no processed starches.. so no rice, potato, pasta, bread (which of course, follows from the first point). An exception would be “starch resistant” processed carbohydrates, like cold boiled potato.. but hardly necessary.
        Third, seeds, nuts and grains must be soaked or sprouted.. and from there would be either:
        – eaten like any other food (eg, sprouted organic wheat in a salad is incredible), or;
        – be processed into “secondary raw foods” such as (soaked) tahini, almond butter, sunflower seed sauces, milks, etc., or;
        – fermented into something else.. eg; Fermented almond cheese or a fave of mine, “Rejuvelac”, a fermented wheat sprout drink which is an amazing probiotic and source of the B vitamins (all of them), or;
        – used to make dehydrated foods, like linseed and buckwheat sprout crackers, or sprouted trail mix, or finally;
        – grown into baby plants for eating.. eg; sunflower greens, wheatgrass (for juice), buckwheat greens, etc..
        … I’m getting hungry 🙂

        It involves a bit of organisation, a few new skills, and ideally would involve a couple of new appliances, but it’s a lot of fun. It will take about 6 months to fill your recycle bin.. hardly any packaged foods (maybe the plastic bags your seeds and nuts come in (twice a year), and the box they were delivered in.. which is composted or used for mulch anyway). You probably wouldn’t use your other wheelie bin at all, because everything else goes in the compost or worm farm.

        This way of eating/living is not just about health, for me, it’s about connectedness and joy.. about personal responsibility and sustainability.. and food providence. Thanks for your post, it’s just what I needed right now to stop procrastinating and jump back in the pool.

        1. Hey There Happiness says: Reply

          I love that Brett! Taking the time to really take care with what we’re eating is such a beautiful rewarding practice. I love that you say it’s about connectedness, joy, personal responsibility and sustainability! So often we’re caught up in the busyness of today’s modern lifestyle and we just don’t take the time to even consider these things.

          But we need to! For ourselves, and for future generations (with the health that we pass on to our children, and the planet that we leave for them).

          Good on you for jumping back in! By the way, I’m on day 9 and I’m feeling amazing!

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