Being a dietician makes me, obviously, aware of the healing powers of food. This realization already started during my childhood. My mother used to cook a different meal every evening, with fresh and seasonal ingredients. One of my favourite activities was shopping at the organic farmers market on Wednesdays. My mother would give me some coin money and I ran straight to the farmer who sold sea beans to buy myself a whole bag to eat right on the spot. Apparently, I already started enjoying food differently at a very young age because I did not know anything else.
When I was about 9 years old I started to develop some eczema on the inside of my elbows. A doctor who combined regular medicine with food as a treatment for medical conditions treated me. I can still remember how I, as a little girl, was impressed by this very strong, calm, friendly and skilled woman. This is the first time I met Dr Goodfood herself: Anna Kruyswijk. She was responsible for healing my gut and making my eczema disappear after only one treatment. Anna Kruyswijk explained to me that skin problems are often the result of an inbalanced gut flora. She gave me a specified combination of nutrients and probiotics my body needed to heal itself. In a few weeks the eczema was completely gone and was never to be seen again. My respect for the power of food as medicine was born.
People are becoming more and more aware that we do not just feed ourselves to get rid of a hungry feeling. The food we put in our mouth can work in favour of our health. While studying Nutrition I began to understand the true influence of food on our bodies. The human body and all it’s functions had me in awe. When you look at the chemical analysis of the human body it shows that it has a similar composition as food. Most of it is water and, depending on how fit you are, about 10-25% fat. The rest of your body consists of protein, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. New cells are created every second of the day with the nutrients our food provide. This means you actually are what you eat.
“Fruits and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. Reduced fruit and vegetable consumption is linked to poor health and increased risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). An estimated 5.2 million deaths worldwide were attributable to inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption in 2013.” (World Health Organisation, incorporate link: http://www.who.int/elena/titles/fruit_vegetables_ncds/en/)
That is exactly why Nature & More brought the Dr Goodfood campaign to life. Dr Goodfood wants to team up with not only doctors, but also dieticians and spread the word about the healing powers of food. Dieticians are actually trained to provide knowledge about a healthy lifestyle. Keeping in regard, the medical issues their clients have. Dr Goodfood, Anna Kruyswijk, developed recipes which we call ‘Foodfixes’. She shares her evidence based insights about improving medical ailments with specific fruits and vegetables. Through sharing the recipes carefully composed by Dr Goodfood, Nature and More wants the consumer to experience how you can influence your health with fruits and vegetables.
The Dr Goodfood team is calling the world of dieticians, sellers of food products, initiatives for better health and everyone who cares to join us in this good food fight. Because we all have the ability to prevent (welfare) diseases by simply providing our bodies with the nutrients they are craving for. Be good to your body, and it will keep you well.
- Steffi Haazen, Dr Goodfood team member