Food as Medicine

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The Food as Medicine Institute provides nutrition education for individuals, families, and communities to help nourish healthy relationships with whole foods and to enhance healthcare professionals’ understanding of food as medicine. Retrieved from

Your health and wellness can be controlled and monitored by your food intake. The moderate consumption of nutritious foods can make the difference in your health status. Consistency is the key to change and occurs through diet and exercise. I always thought if you are consistent for 21 days it becomes a habit, but according to Frothingham (2019) ” it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic.”

So, with that say find foods and exercise you enjoy this will assist you with maintaining your health and welling being and staying on tract. These changes should be seen as a lifestyle change and not a diet for long term effects. This mental shift can assist you with making this lifestyle change permanent.

Once you become more consistent with your food choices and exercise, you will notice a change in body image that results in weight loss. These are the wonderful benefits of consistent consumption of nutritious food and exercise. Good luck!

Just keeping you informed.l


Food as Medicine Institute. (2020). Retrieved from

Frothingham, S. (2019). How Long Does it Take For a New Behavior to Become Automatic. Retrieved from

Dr. Marilyn Crosby

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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