My Top 3 Magical Moments from Food As Medicine 2014

Food As Medicine 2014 -- Kathie Madonna Swift

Hard to believe that just a few days ago I was on the West Coast at the Food As Medicine (FAM) Course, surrounded by so many wonderful minds – doctors, nutritionists, health care practitioners and civilians – all exchanging ideas and sharing wisdom on the healing power of food for four action-packed days. 

Though the run-up to opening day is always a bit of a marathon for those of us behind the scenes, when the curtain goes up and the opening remarks begin, the conference takes flight and the ride is truly awe-inspiring! And this year was no exception.

As I do after each FAM, I like to take time to reflect on the moments that made a difference, the ones that touched my heart and reminded me once again that the food as medicine philosophy is as innovative, dynamic and important now – if not even more so – as it was when the FAM course began more than a decade ago. And what a joy it is to be a part of this ever-growing, always evolving community!

Though it’s difficult to cull the list down, there are three moments which, two weeks after the event, still fill me with joy, gratitude and a renewed sense of excitement for our life-changing work:

  1. The moment when…one of our first-time attendees commented that he felt so nourished and at home at FAM, that it was a joyful “love fest of science and wisdom.” Not only did this echo my sentiments, it again brought home the idea that our community is about nourishment of the mind, body and soul.
  2. The moment when…another attendee told me she was returning home fully recommitted to her kitchen, returning to it inspired to cook with ingredients that bring health, creativity and love to the table. “No longer will I be lonely in, or a stranger to my kitchen,” she said.
  3. The moment when…our attendees took the matter of hunger to heart, sharing ideas on creating healthy, truly nourishing meals on tight budgets and committing to facilitating donations of “super foods” to food pantries so that those in need can be nourished with food that allows health to blossom.

If you wish be a part of the Food As Medicine experience, join us when we next meet at Kripalu for our East Coast Food As Medicine in September. I hope to see you there! 

For information or to register: http://www.kripalu.org/program/view/FAM-141/food_as_medicine_a_feast_of_science_and_wisdom

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