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Food as Medicine?

January 25, 2012

Most people believe that we are what we eat, since that’s true on the most basic, physical level. Our cells repair themselves, renew and regenerate based upon what we’ve given them. On a deeper level, we know that eating leafy greens and colorful fruits help our bodies and make us feel better.

We now know that whole, pure foods help the body fight infection and inflammation as well as promoting clear minds and overall well-being.Plus, a healthy lunch just feels better, and comes without the guilt that follows, say, a big, greasy burger.


Celebrity chef Paula Deen has been all over the news lately because of her recent announcement that she has Type 2 diabetes. Somewhat unsurprisingly, she has been reticent to admit that her lifestyle choices and career of bacon n’ butter recipes could have played a part, instead blaming her genes.

In this article, Dr. Mark Hyman challenges Deen to see food as medicine and to hit the rewind button on her celebration of excess. If Paula can reverse her diabetes with healthier lifestyle choices, she might inspire millions to do the same.


Kris Carr—author, cancer survivor, and founder of the blog, Crazy Sexy Life, completely believes in food’s restorative powers.

Carr has kicked cancer’s butt and attributes her health to green juice, eliminating refined sugars and reducing animal products in her diet. Check out her diet manifesto as well as this guest post about the ethics of veganism here:


Smoothies and juices are a great way to start your day, especially if you choose one that will fill you up while also delivering great nutrients. This easy smoothie recipe from The Juicing Bible by Pat Crocker uses tofu, citrus and berries in the “Spa Special”:

¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
¼ cup soft tofu
¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
3 hulled strawberries, fresh or frozen

Using a blender, process all ingredients until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

-Compiled by Courtney Sorrell

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