5 Ways to Utilize Food as Medicine

September 25, 2019


It’s my guess you’ve heard this before: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates may be the Father of Western Medicine, but never in history has allopathic medicine strayed farther from this principle. In fact the majority of MDs today have zero training in nutrition and therefore no reason to talk to their patients about diet. I don’t blame them- they are experts in a thousand other areas and have enough on their plates treating disease and saving lives. Besides, there are plenty of other people that can help on the holistic health front. Here’s some examples:

  • Naturopathic Doctors

  • Functional Medicine Doctors

  • Chiropractors

  • Acupuncturists

  • Nutritionists

  • Health Coaches


Something I’ve learned from my personal brush with chronic illness is it’s my job to keep myself healthy. Believe me when I say the #1 way to do this is through food. Everyone is different, so investing time and energy into exploring your individual needs is sure to pay off. Here are 5 ideas to experiment with:


  1. Eat more vegetables, especially greens and green juices! Microscopically speaking chlorophyll from green plants has a near identical structure to the hemoglobin in our blood. Some of the benefits of chlorophyll are enumerated here

  2. Cut out sugar! When I’m not feeling well the first thing I do is reduce or eliminate sugar from my diet- especially in the form or processed sugar, alcohol & baked goods. Whether you’ve got the sniffles or chronic pain and inflammation, sometimes what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. Eliminating food that’s irritating your condition or creating inflammation in your body automatically improves your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients so that you have the energy needed to heal.

  3. Experiment with herbs and spices in your food and beverages. I believe herbs utterly unique flavors are an indication to us of the rare benefits they contain. 

  4. Soup! Warming, comforting and nutritious, well-cooked foods like soup are also easy to digest- so healing soup and stews aren’t just an old wives’ tale. 

  5. Many fresh fruits are natural sources of vitamin C and antioxidants. I especially gravitate to berries and citrus, as the antioxidant & micronutrient content balance out the natural sugar content. I hope this is helpful!

Naomi Perryman is a Personal Chef and Health Coach in Austin, TX. Like the folks at Prep to Your Door, she believes that connecting busy people with local food unlocks the power of whole foods to help us feel better, have more energy, and engage deeply with our lives and the larger world around us.

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