Medicine Straight from the Garden
The Latin translation for medicine, "the art of healing," suggests that treatment methods should work synergistically with the body. Regrettably, medicine is often viewed as exclusively coming from a prescription pad and a pill bottle even though our gardens, farmers markets, and produce sections house a cornucopia of nutrients worthy of being labeled as medicine. These medicines come without warning labels or undesirable side effects and have the ability to prevent and even reverse disease. To be clear, Meals for Medicine doesn't wish to discredit modern medicine and the progress it has achieved; prescription drugs are sometimes lifesaving. However, a sole reliance on prescription drugs with the goal of attaining optimal health is unrealistic. A deeper understanding of the body's biological needs and the natural nutritive composition of edible plants reveals the true medicinal power whole foods possess. Kathryn Ayres, MA RD LD/N, the founder of Meals for Medicine, hopes to encourage and assist people in taking a proactive role in achieving optimal health by blurring the line between meals and medicine.
How to Use this Web Page
Nutrition 101: First visit the Nutrition 101 tab to begin gaining a higher understanding of how plants offer true healing power. This section includes information on the body, disease initiation, and how they both relate to the foods we eat.
Farmacy: Next visit the Farmacy. This section provides an in- depth look at the benefits food provides, access to whole food plant based recipes, and methods to use when planning a grocery list for the week as well as the whole grain descriptions.
Services: If interested private nutrition counseling, or hosting a nutritional expert guest speaker in the Traverse City, Michigan, area, visit this section for more information. If you are not in the local area but seeking nutritional guidance Skype sessions are available as well.
Disclaimer: This web page, run by a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist, provides comprehensive, evidenced-based information about food and how it interacts with the body. This site is relatively new and constantly being updated with content and recipes, so please be patient and continue to visit while we get up and running.