Food As Medicine by Angela Clark

Posted on August 11, 2011


Angela Clark

Today we are excited to introduce Holistic Healer and Reiki Practitioner Angela Clark. Angela will be bringing her wisdom and experience in the healing journey as a regular contributor to the Proactive Planning community. Making small changes over time can lead to some big payoffs. Today Angela introduces her new column Food As Medicine as a core component of learning to create and live in wellness as part of a Proactive Plan for reducing reliance on or safely withdrawing from psychotropic medications. 

And the topic is FOOD!

We all have to eat – it is as basic as air and water to our survival. Most of us have taken medicine for infections or depression, with this column I would like to introduce the concept that what you eat can be medicine for your body.

I have never had a doctor write a prescription for beets or garlic, however, I do have an acupuncturist and a holistic nutritionist that prescribe food and sometimes supplements.

I have learned that garlic reduces inflammation internally and topically, beets are great for detoxing the liver, ginger helps heal a sore throat, chamomile can calm and relax me while mint is refreshing and rejuvenating.

When we eat whole foods that are fresh, we are giving our body the support it needs to function AND heal. When our body is out of balance we experience discomfort.

What if part of our solution included making changes in our food?

Consider that we are what we eat, which means food is directly related to our:

  • Emotions
  • Sleep
  • Energy
  • Mental clarity
  • Mental health
  • Hormones
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Blood pressure

What you eat and how you eat makes a difference.

We are going to cover topics like vitamins vs. fresh food, how to choose supplements, gut health, elimination (yep, I mean bowel movements) nutrient dense foods, super foods, essential nutrients and anything more you want to learn about.

We will have professionals contributing to the column as well.

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about these topics, here are some great websites to visit:,, and for health food stores and other food related resources.

Eat up the fresh vegetables and fruits that Iowa is famous for this summer and fall.

Challenge yourself to learn about one new food that you have never tasted before.

Let food preparation be an experience of your senses: smell the aroma of herbs, spices and fresh veggies and fruits, hold that piece of mango or orange in your mouth and savor it, explore new textures, have fun creating a plate of colorful food like strawberries, blueberries and avocado on fresh leafy greens.

By conference time next year, I hope we have stories about how we ate more fresh food, nuts, seeds, veggies, fruit, legumes and greens AND how we have learned to read labels to know what is really in that processed food. Let’s start making choices that help us be well.

Here is a challenge: Take your journal and check in with your body starting at your feet. Write down all the places you feel discomfort. Thank your body for giving you pain – pain often leads to making changes.

Next – choose to reduce at least one of these for a week:

  • Pop
  • Candy
  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Sugar or fake sugar

Each day, check in with your body for a few minutes.

At the end of the week, check in with your body again and write in your journal about the changes you feel.

If things are better, then choose another item to reduce or eliminate the next week.

Here is a healthy morning beverage that helps your liver, kidney and bowels:

Zippy Morning Cocktail

  • Juice from half a lemon / fresh or from a high quality concentrate – found at your local health food store
  • 8 ounces of water warm or room temperature
  • Optional: 1 TBSP of coconut oil

Yep, it is tart, but tasty! I promise your taste buds will adjust in a few weeks.

Remember it is medicine, so no sugar is allowed here. Sugar actually feeds inflammation, so we don’t want to give our body sugar first thing in the morning.

Angela Clark loves to talk about her healing experiences with food. It is her mission to help people connect to healthy lifestyle choices in Iowa. She is grateful to have health and happiness in her daily life now. She has worked on healing herself for 25 years using many holistic therapies. She has personal experience with depression, post traumatic stress disorder and violence. She is available to speak in your community about healing and health. Contact her at 

Look for more from Angela in weeks to come as she continues to share from her own life experiences and expertise on healthy, holistic alternatives to support you in your quest for creating your own best life through taking that proactive stance to reduce reliance on or withdraw from psychotropic medications.