Anthony William’s new book Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it. My favorite section gives in-depth analysis of many different fruits, vegetables, wild foods, herbs, and spices. Each food or herb profiled is given an overview of its benefits, as well as an analysis of the specific conditions and symptoms that might be addressed by eating more of this food. Additionally, the emotional support each food provides as well as its spiritual lesson of that food is included. The many healthy recipes will certainly inspire readers to incorporate more of each food in specific, healing ways.
Food as our Healer: Years ago, I purchased The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, and enjoyed researching the benefits and blessings of crystals. Though crystals are powerful, beautiful, and healing, how much more important are the physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities of the food we ingest each day? After my NDE, I have been deeply enthralled by the senses and food. Though the spirit world is a lovely place to exist, I can’t help but be grateful for the opportunity to enjoy the senses while living in this body. Food can be a joyful experience but also a powerful form of healing.
I am immensely grateful for William’s comprehensive look at the healing properties of food. He beautifully explains the significance of the growth of plants and what qualities and gifts they bring to us because of the way they grow. Personally, this book helped me connect many ideas that have floated in and out of my consciousness. For example, I have often thought that if one apple “keeps the doctor away,” then perhaps we need more apples in our diet when we are not well. According to this book, we should eat more than one apple when possible. I’ve also thought about soil, rain, and sun quality in our increasingly polluted world, and William addresses this problem early in Life-Changing Foods.
Unexpected Solutions: Many of the solutions and revelations in this book are not expected and are certainly ones I never imagined. For instance, did you ever imagine that berries could reverse stains on the brain such as lesions, gray areas, calcification, or heavy metal deposits? Did you ever consider that cherries might be a liver tonic or think that cranberries might help you better deal with criticism and rejection? A cranberry dish (with honey and not sugar) might be a necessary food at some family dinner tables over the holidays.
Did you ever think a mango might help you sleep better or that artichokes should be listed in the top ten of superfoods? We all want to stay young or look younger, and who would have guessed that asparagus is one of the foods that might be a fountain of youth food? Some foods even live up to their sayings. For example, “cool as cucumber” is an appropriate thing to say as cucumbers might help with anger issues. I knew the basic benefits of many herbs, but now I am curious to see if licorice root (not in an alcohol based tincture) might be a great support for Hashimotos.
William also asserts that cruciferous foods like kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts are wrongfully accused of harming the thyroid and causing goiters. He assures readers that these foods help the thyroid. Other foods that get a bad rap include potatoes, both sweet and regular, though he suggests not using dairy toppings or frying them. Many humble foods like pears are given the praise they deserve. Whatever your symptoms might be, you are certain to find a food in this book which might help with your healing journey.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I enjoyed his first book, Medical Medium, and posted a review earlier, but this latest book inspired me to look at my food with even more love, reverence, and honor. Feeling more closely connected to Mother Earth is an important reminder for all of us, especially during trying times.
The holidays are often a time of overindulgence, but what better time to start focusing on health. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to have a banana and berry coconut “milkshake” tomorrow and lots of greens, papayas, onions, celery, and cucumbers throughout the day. May we all glow with greater health throughout the holidays!
Here is a receipe for berries and cream that you might want to try one morning.