Food as Medicine

Posted on September 14th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

Western medicine teaches us that good food is the basis for good health.  Food has the power to prevent much of the chronic illnesses we experience today and can play a critical part in treating these illnesses in a safe and more balancing way than pharmaceuticals alone. Eating a fresh, whole-foods diet is a very different experience from eating things that have no nutritional value, many of which have properties that can hurt us. Plant-based foods are particularly nourishing and healing as they supply us with nutrients and energy on many levels.

Food nourishes more than our bodies, it nourishes our souls and provides us with cultural meaning. Throughout history, meals have been a natural setting for people to come together. Our religious ceremonies often involve food. It is through food that we love and nourish our babies.  Food brings prana, or life force, into our bodies, where it is transformed into energy to sustain us as people living authentic, meaningful lives who serve our communities as much as ourselves. Food touches the deepest levels of who we are as human beings, inviting health and wholeness.

Do you have any traditions or rituals around food that bring meaning to your meals?


About Susan B. Lord, MD

Susan graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, completing her residency in family practice. From 1996 to 2007, Susan worked at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, where she developed and participated in professional training programs in mind-body medicine and nutrition. Since January 2008, she has been teaching and providing consultations at Kripalu Center. She also works with individuals and groups in her private practice in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, focusing on prevention and treatment through mindful living, lifestyle changes, and effective natural therapies.

2 Responses to “Food as Medicine”

  1. Laurie Herron October 4, 2012 12:15 pm #

    I have switched to a plant-strong diet and my prana has been turbo-charged. This is my way of life now. I feel so good, and I am having a blast with new experiments and recipes.

  2. KripaluEditor October 4, 2012 1:48 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Isn’t it amazing how good we feel when we eat fresh, non-processed foods?
    Enjoy your experimentation!
    Kim from Kripalu

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