When we’re willing to redefine what we think of as medicine, it can drastically impact our health. From a broad perspective, we know eating well and loading up on fruits and veggies is a crucial piece of overall health. But what about when we start to view the foods we eat as tools which can turn on our bodies natural abilities to heal?

Arranged Vegetables Creating a FaceWhat if you viewed your pantry (and produce!) as an arsenal of health-promoting foods and ingredients that you could select from every day to help stave off everything from genetic predispositions to seasonal allergies and cold and flu symptoms? From this perspective, you wield a tremendous amount of power every time you drop an item into your grocery cart.

Since I’ve been writing a lot about sugar lately, and I’m prepping for my talk at The Healing Place, I also want to throw in here that sugar suppresses our immune system, causes a lot of stress on our liver and pancreas and it’s hidden in many foods we don’t even think of, like barbecue sauce. So keep in mind as you add the good stuff into your diet that sugar is not your friend!

Here are some examples from my own life of ways that I treat the food I eat as healing medicine and eat intentionally based on the health patterns my body tends to lapse into.

Cilantro: Cilantro is FANTASTIC for detoxing, can improve sleep, have anti-anxiety properties and much more. I use it in this Mango Black Bean Salsa WFM recipe.

Cacao: Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, and magnesium has been crucial in helping to quiet my IBS symptoms. Unprocessed cacao (as opposed to the cocoa in dark chocolate bars) retains its antioxidant levels. It’s also a great mood booster and can help ease PMS.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is good for everything, ever. No, that’s obviously a lie, but the list of benefits from cooking with coconut oil is staggering. It boosts the immune system, improves digestion, treats candida specifically and a whole lot more.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar promotes digestion, balances the bodies pH, helps clear skin and again, much more. This is DEFINITELY an item you want to keep in your pantry; I love using it in salad dressings too.

Three things:

1.) I’m spending some time this afternoon plotting out a trip to Wanderlust Brooklyn on September 13th. It’s going to be a quick one for my birthday – and it’s going to be a goodie. Super psyched to take one of Seane Corn’s classes.

2.) Love is not Enough.  I’ve received a lot of solicited and non-solicited advice about being single and dating in the past few months. Some of it has been exceedingly helpful, and a lot of those more helpful points are referenced in this article, “Love is not enough” by Mark Manson. This is one of the greatest lessons that’s come about for me in the past months: “Love does not equal compatibility. Just because you fall in love with someone doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good partner for you to be with over the long term. Love is an emotional process; compatibility is a logical process. And the two don’t bleed into one another very well.”

He goes on to explain, “It’s possible to fall in love with somebody who has different ambitions or life goals that are contradictory to our own, who holds different philosophical beliefs or worldviews that clash with our own sense of reality. It’s possible to fall in love with somebody who sucks for us and our happiness.”

That last line, oh that one really gets me. The whole article is worth a read.

3.) T. Swift “Shake it Off” outtakes video 1. Is here!