This winter I have been guilty of eating heavy foods, more beef and some pork. I noticed my belt was a little tighter and so was my shirt collar. I also noticed I was more sluggish and my energy level had dropped. Conversely, last spring, summer and fall, I was eating mainly plant proteins(nuts, beans) and whey protein for breakfast and dinner; Every day for lunch, I was eating home grown tomatoes and home grown cucumbers with a vinaigrette dressing. I was feeling great, my belt was not tight and I had energy all day.
I do appreciate modern medical advances, as well as traditional medical approaches. As Hippocrates, the “Father of Modern Western Medicine” said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be your food”. This is a truism even today in our “modern” and “advanced ” world. We actually realize the human body has sustained, since the beginning, on the bounties of this earth.
Hippocrates was a well respected Greek physician and wrote an oath to his practice called the Hippocratic Oath. This is a fascinating Oath that is “supposedly” taken by our modern doctors. As we all know, an oath is an oath, and this oath is directed from Hippocrates to the patient, an excerpt: “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never to harm to anyone. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel” This is quite a statement when compared to our “modern medical practices” of lasers and nuclear medicine.
As I have stated before in one or more of my blog posts, we are ultimately responsible for our own health.
I am starting my organic, heirloom tomatoes this week and looking forward to some fresh lettuces, kale and other early spring greens. I will choose not to follow our current dietary paradigm of processed foods and meats. I will also feel better, have more energy and make a positive contribution to my health.
Photo: Martin Cathrae