iStock_8473223_MEDIUM-768x512It’s not simply what you eat that can influence health, it’s also how you prepare it.

Like most health-minded folks, you may be purchasing and eating the best quality organically grown and naturally raised foods, but if they are NOT prepared properly for what you are trying to achieve, it’s not going to fully serve you and your body.

Food and herbs can be used as medicine – but it’s important to know the dosage and preparation of that medicine to get the results you’re seeking.

There is a wide variety of cooking styles that can be used to create a desired effect for each specific condition. And, it’s imperative to know when it’s best to use each.

Let’s take a look at some of the various cooking styles to see what they are capable of doing:

  • Raw: cooling, refreshing, and hydrating. Raw foods can be an excellent choice for someone that is feeling hot, inflamed, or dry.
  • Pickled: sour, salty, and astringent. Pickled foods, as any pregnant woman can attest too, are very easy to digest because the tough cellulose fibers have been pre-digested by the fermentation process.
  • Steaming: adds moist heat to food and helps open it up. Steamed foods do not have direct contact with hot liquid, so they retain their integrity (remain intact), and are slightly warming and hydrating.
  • Sauteed: warming and energizing. Sauteed foods are usually cooked in a small layer of oil over high heat and quickly moved around the pan (think stir-fry here). These foods cook tender on the outside, enhancing their flavor, but retain internal crispness/freshness, and are considered highly energizing.
  • Stewed: deeply nourishing, with pronounced moist heat. Stewed foods are cooked for long periods of time, breaking down the cellulose fibers, carbohydrates and proteins, making the food extremely tender and easy to digest. Stewed foods are an excellent choice for someone that is weak and lacking digestive strength.
  • Roasted/Baked: Moisture removing, drying. Baked foods are very warming. They cook inside an oven completely surrounded by dry heat on all sides. This would be a great choice for someone that is often feeling wet (runny nose, leaking fluids) and cold.

To help present a clearer picture, I’ll share a couple of examples of how each food can be used to improve specific conditions.

Someone suffering from heart disease is oftentimes overheated and internally (inflammation). They could do their body a BIG favor by eating mostly raw, cooling, and fresh foods. Eating those raw foods can help rebalance their overheated condition so they don’t “burn” their system out and suffer with an explosion of heat (heart attack).

On the opposite side of that, someone suffering from hypothyroidism with a cold digestive fire, distended/bloated belly, and cold hands and feet would start the process of healing by eating more cooked, roasted and warming foods. This would bring more heat into their system to get their body properly digesting food, and absorbing nutrients better.

Beyond these two examples there are many ways to prepare food to create a desired reaction in the body.

It’s wise for you to continue shopping for the best quality food to nourish your system, and then prepare that food accordingly to get the greatest results.

Want more insight and guidance on how food can influence your health? Join me for a LIVE one-day workshop in Southampton, NY on Saturday 10/22. You are going to learn:

  • When is the best time to cleanse your system
  • How we can build the body to resolve any deficiencies
  • What is the most supportive way to prepare foods for healing
  • The various properties of food and herbs and how to use them effectively
  • What happens when you use the right foods, but the wrong preparation for specific conditions

Now, it’s time to get cooking! Sign up here: Food Literacy