// Diet

Although long known in India and other Eastern cultures, the recognition that food is natural medicine is only now starting to dawn in American culture. What we eat impacts every system of the body, contributing to our disease resistance, vitality, and hormonal function.

A poor diet is a key factor in chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. A healthy diet can boost stress resistance, awareness, energy level, physical ease, mood, quality of life, sleep quality, ability to overcome unhealthy habits, the efficacy of an exercise program and the ability to adhere to one.

It can feel overwhelming to wade through the mounds of information – sometimes contradictory – that tell us what we should eat and shouldn’t eat. We’re here to help you cut through the confusion and find what works for you. Here are two basic guidelines that we offer:

1. There is no one way to eat that is right for every body. Your body is unique and contains its own inherent wisdom to find what foods work best for you.

2. However, the evidence is clear that one thing should dominate your plate: plants, plants, plants. We are not here to say that you can’t or shouldn’t eat meat. We are simply saying that your health will improve as you gravitate towards a variety of high quality plants – organic, whenever possible.

In addition to promoting a primarily plant-based, whole foods diet, our healthy eating practices emphasize eating on a regular schedule, being mindful of portion sizes, staying hydrated, and limiting caffeine intake. How we digest our food is impacted by the stress or social setting in which we consume it. Eating while working and eating alone degrades our digestion.

Imagine making yourself healthier meal by meal!

Suggested resources to get started on your Diet practice, rethinking food as medicine:

• Books and articles by Michael Pollen and T. Colin Campbell
• Documentary film: Forks Over Knives (www.forksoverknives.com)

Online Resources

MyPyramid.gov, the site for USDA MyPyramid diet and nutrition guidelines

T. Colin Campbell Foundation website. Campbell, author of the ground-breaking The China Study, has produced revolutionary research into plant-based nutrition.

Information nutrition and preventive medicine, and plant-based diets including recipes:

Michael Pollan discusses his maxim: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

The effect of high fat diets on memory

Additional Resources

For information about food safety, diet, and nutrition, check out the European Food Information Council