One thing that unifies almost all of us is our love of food of some kind or another. It is one of life’s great pleasures to sit down at a table with loved ones and enjoy a great meal.
But what if the food was even more than a source of enjoyment or sustenance and could provide therapeutic and healing powers? Depending on your situation and what health challenges you may be facing, you may want to consider the often lesser-known practice we call food therapy.
Food therapy first began as a form of Chinese medicine that considers how specific foods affect each part of the body differently. You may have some experience with this yourself, recognizing how carbs, meat, or dairy can impact your energy levels and mood throughout the day. With food therapy, we look deeper than that – we look at the nature of the food, and how those energetic properties can be used therapeutically and individually, depending on your underlining pattern differentiation.
A proper food therapy plan will consider the unique medicinal properties of a given food category and what benefit it may have for respective individuals; this form of treatment is often used in tandem with other methods, such as herbs or acupuncture.
Some may struggle so much in their relationship with good that it can damage their relationships and even professional life. For some face challenges like eating compulsively to self-soothe or numb themselves from stress. Others may skip meals or rely on controlling their food intake as coping mechanisms. These may be signs that you first need to start your healing around food by speaking with a mental health professional, someone who can help you develop a positive mental relationship with food. However, if you have developed a good relationship with food, you may be primed to take on food therapy as a therapeutic modality for some of the ailments you may be experiencing.
You might be a good candidate for food therapy if:
- You’re seeking counsel on the benefits of supporting your body’s specific energetic food needs
- You’re striving to balance “cold” and “hot” food in a concerted approach (ie: not everyone is able to tolerate eating salads – what we view as energetically cold – every day, and that’s ok, we all have different needs!)
- You’re seeking a consistent balance between your dietary intake and your unique health conditions.
To achieve maximum results, you may choose to combine food therapy with other approaches, including herbs and acupuncture. You may also seek out other services like patient understanding, a greater understanding of food labeling, and other needs.
Our team can help.
Some may be concerned about the logistics of how to set out on a food therapy regimen, given how seldom this practice is commonly discussed or used in Western culture. The safe path is to work with a team of practitioners like the Balanced Healing of Jacksonville professionals who bring extensive knowledge of safe and natural ways to support your body.