Food is medicine. I didn’t want to use that title, because it’s over-used and boring. Sometimes truth is boring, because we hear it over and over again and really didn’t want to hear it the first time.
Pure food may be boring to some, because we would prefer it to be sauced up and slathered, coated and covered in all types of goodness to prevent us from having to recognize the goodness in simplicity. The simplicity, however, is where the medicine lies. Nothing has to be done to a fruit or a vegetable to provide us with nutrients other than maybe disregarding a peeling, root or leaf. The nutrients are so apparent they can be seen in bright, deep colors. So when any produce is prepared, protecting the color protects the nutrients. It’s that simple. Meat can be dressed with a sprinkle of natural seasoning, and it doesn’t always have to be salt. That’s way too simple.
Taking a pill can’t always be replaced with eating nutrient rich food, but the number of illnesses that can be remedied or helped with replacing certain foods with better choices are too many to count. Inflammation is at the root of most disease and illness reported in this country, and it is pretty disheartening to know how much of it is 100% preventable with diet and exercise. I read a woman’s quote from her old-school grandfather who said, “If you don’t want to get fat, don’t put that biscuit in your mouth.” Sometimes the most black and white advice is the simplest — and hardest to hear — of all.