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Food IS Medicine

I was recently on a trip to NJ.

A guy named Sanjiv in my group told me he was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

At the break, he pulled me aside and said "do you think I NEED to go on medication or can I cure this without?"

I said, "Sanjiv, medication won’t cure anything.  It is like a Band Aid on the underlying problem.  Food IS medicine.  Exercise IS medicine.  And combined, they can cure your diabetes."

Now, and this isn’t putting "blame" on him because he was completely unaware of how to eat to better control his blood sugar.  Sadly, he said his physician simply told him to "eat less and start exercising." 

chris mohr says food is medicineBrilliant advice.

During our conversation he was eating a bagel with jelly, had a plate with banana slices and some dried granola and was washing it all down with orange juice.

Loads of carbs, which are exactly what he doesn’t need.  Very little fiber (which would help), zero protein (this would help too), and no healthy fats (so would this).  He just wasn’t aware.  Yet. 

And, sure, there’s some controversy over whether diabetes can be "cured" or just "controlled" — but we’re of the mindset that type II diabetes can be cured

Again, Food is Medicine!

Outside of the diabetes, let’s look at this a little more closely.

It’s interesting that the majority of people suffer from diet dependent disease.  Does that then mean it’s possible to prevent disease through diet?

We think so.

For example, one recent study showed 100% of people don’t get the recommended amount of omega-3 fats. Yet another showed omega 3 insufficiency (less than optimal intake) is the 2nd leading cause of dietary related mortality!

A simple problem that eating more fish — or, better — replacing less healthy protein options with fish, could "cure."

Other studies, too many to count, show that including more veggies and fruit in the diet can lessen the risk of cancer, heart disease and others.

Replacing low fiber, processed carbs with their high fiber counterpart could also lower the risk of disease.

Standing vs. sitting can prevent disease.  A recent study showed too much sitting leads to heart disease, cancer and depression.  Sitting. Something we all do way too much of day in and day out.  Simply replacing that habit with more movement – get up once per hour and move for 5- 10 minutes – in addition to structured exercise can cure (or prevent) disease.

Diabetes is one great example – one of the scariest diseases, but at the same time one of the easiest to control.

So, yes, there you have it.  Food IS Medicine.  Exercise IS Medicine.  They are the two most powerful "drugs" in the world.  Changing habits on both fronts will also cure the modern day health care crisis.

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6 Responses to Food IS Medicine

  1. Ann Bradshaw March 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Love the “simple solutions” to such vast problems, like eating more fish, fruits and veggies. The problem for me has been the ease of grabbing a bagel with jelly, rather than taking the time to sit down and enjoy a variety of GOOD food for breakfast. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Matthew March 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    It is great to see exercise and fitness being touted as another option.

    But what steps are needed to utilize these drugs and what is the realistic turnaround time for improvement?

    I am all for this approach, but what would be a realistic plan for busy people? And is getting up once an hour really that helpful? If you aren’t doing any movement now, it is a start, but what about lasting change through movement and diet?

  3. Tracy March 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Excellent, excellent article. Thank you and I agree 100%. I would like you on facebook, but I don’t do facebook or twitter or any of them. I’m glad that you send these articles to e-mail. Thank you again for one of the best articles I have seen.


  4. Rose March 22, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    I’m so glad I found this article which led me to your site for the first time. I soooo agree that food is the key to healing and have been on that path for some time now myself.
    The general population needs to keep hearing this message from MD’s since doctors are typically thought to focus on prescribing medication as a solution. Band Aid is right! We must eat our way to better health.
    Please keep posting more articles like this one.

  5. John March 25, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    You mention Omega 3 fats in the post here and I got a serious question about this, would you say its good enough to get your Omega 3 fats from canned food like for example canned tuna or should you stick to fresh fish?

    Fresh fish is prohibitively expensive in many parts of the country (including where I live), so incorporating fresh fish in the daily diet not really an option for me.

    – John

    (I tried posting this once, but the number I had to enter was wrong or something – so sorry about the double comment if you got 2)

    • Chris and Kara Mohr March 25, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      Canned works great

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