Hippocrates — “Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food”
I didn’t realize until my late twenties/early thirties how relevant that statement was in my life as well as everyone around me. In high school I became hypoglycemic due to my AWESOME lunch consisting of hot fudge brownie sundaes/or an ice cream sandwich, and french fries since I didn’t want to stand in line, followed by an after school Slurpee and ice tea until dinner. No wonder I passed out in chorus one day followed by an immediate trip to the Dr. who told me (after the 4 hour glucose tolerance test) that if I didn’t want my pancreas to burnout, and become insulin dependent, that I needed to make sugar my enemy and eat 5-6 small meals a day, protein and complex carbohydrate rich. I did not know what exactly my pancreas did and I did not want to become a diabetic, so started the journey of conscious eating. And within days I no longer had energy crashes, moodiness or dizzy spells. In college I find out I had gall stones. No big deal, that doctors said, once they bother me they’ll remove my gall bladder. Fast forward 10 years later when I have a burning in the pit of my stomach, take the required tests and learn that I am LOADED with gall stones. so many that I can actually externally move them out of the bile duct when it hurts too much. I didn’t have insurance at the time and I didn’t really want to have my gall bladder removed anyway (I needed it for something right? or it wouldn’t be in me). I had just begun my health food journey working as the manager in a cafe. My assistant tells me of a supplement that would ‘flush’ the gallstones out of me. Didn’t have clue how they worked, but if that meant not having this pain AND I didn’t have surgery I was all for it. Two bottles later, the gallstones are gone, along with learning that my eating habits yet once again need to be tweaked (due to my body telling me in the form of gallstones) that it does not like all the fat I am consuming (even if it is in the form of foie gras, along with the usual chicken wings, nachos and quesadillas). It is also at this time that I begin to learn about food allergies to wheat, dairy and egg. How it is surfacing in a large number of children. Being of Italian descent, I do not want the children to go without their favorite foods and so begins my never ending search of ways to prepare classic recipes in a ‘health food’ genre. My train of thought is this: If I can make a food taste as good as the original recipe without egg, dairy, wheat, or gluten then I am going to prepare that way. Try it out on the hoardes, and if it passes their approval, I am in the green. So what started as a way to help children still enjoy their childhood treats, has ended up helping many others (including myself) improve their health. Everything form sugar issues, cholesterol, blood pressure (food intolerances surface as blood pressure issues), inflammation (IBS and joint pain), fatigue, immune systems and skin problems.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates knew what he was talking about. It’s what I will talk about, along with everything that has to do with total body health.