Jan 232016


Healing Foods: Nutrition For The Mind, Body, And Spirit
by Michael van Straten

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Barnes Noble Books
ISBN-10: 0760706204
ISBN-13: 978-0760706206

Healing Foods: Nutrition for the Mind, Body, and Spirit shows you how you can successfully harness the healing power of food and how you can adapt your eating pattern to prevent disease and promote well-being. Divided into four sections, it covers the nutritional needs of people of all ages, offers an index of positive foods, lists ailments that can be cured or helped by a change in eating habits, steers the reader through the vitamin and mineral maze, and gives useful information on supplements and food additives.

This book only has 224 pages, but it’s packed full of information. It has 4 parts, each with quite a few chapters.

Part 1 is Food For Life
It covers a wide range of topics like Free Radicals and Antioxidants, Strength and Stamina (for men, women, teen girls and teen boys), Pregnancy, Menopause, and Memory/Concentration.

Part 2 is The Food Index
The first chapter explains in detail What Is Nutrution? It lists a few specific diets: Vegetarian, Mederterranean, Macrobiotic, Food Combining, Exclusion, and Convalescent. Next the book covers the different types of food like fruit, veggies, fats/oils, bread, eggs etc. It’s very detailed, even covering cerals and drinks. I learned that cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are part of what is called Brassicas.

Part 3 is Ailments That Food Can Help Heal
This is my favorite. It includes sections on foods that can help or prevent different conditions like allergies, alopecia, anemia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood sugar, bronchitis, childhood diseases like chicken pox and German measles, food poisoning, shingles, varicose veins and more. It gives you tips on what to eat/drink and explains what’s causing it.

Part 4 is Useful Information
This chapter has a section on Abbreviations. COAD stands for Chronic Obstuctive Airways Disease, WHO stands for World Health Organization, ADI stants for Acceptable Daily Intake. There are many more in this list too. More chapters cover Vitamins/Minerals, Medicine and Drugs, Additives, Further Reading guide, a really long list of Useful Addresses like Alzheimer’s Association, Epiepsy Foundation Of America, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and an Index.

I’ve had a few similar books throughout the years but I think this is the best I’ve seen. I love it so much I want to buy a copy  so I can have it handy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.


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  12 Responses to “Healing Foods: Nutrition For The Mind, Body, And Spirit
by Michael van Straten”

  1. This sounds like an interesting book and definitely a valuable resource! I love the idea of targeting specific ailments and issues with food. I’ll have to look for this one.

  2. This sounds very helpful for wading through the options and getting at what to try to see if it works.

  3. Sounds like a very helpful book to have on hand, thanks for the recommendation. Will have to get myself a copy.

  4. I agree this sounds like a great resource and one worthy to keep on the shelf.

  5. This sounds very helpful, I’m going to look for it.

  6. Sounds like a great book to have on the shelf… a ready reference. I’ll take a look at it next time I’m in B&N.

  7. Will have to look for this one.

  8. Vicki,

    This sounds like a GREAT resource book! The more we understand the value of nutrition, the better we’ll eat (most of the time, anyway). Thanks for presenting this book. I will definitely keep it in mind.

  9. Nutrition probably has a lot more to do with diseases than we know! This sounds like a book that libraries should have, too, because a lot of people are looking for this information from a reliable source.

  10. I think I need the memory and concentration aspects of this book. As I get older I have adapted my diet, looks like a good resource book.

  11. Wow–what a great resource! It’s amazing all the ways in which nutrition can affect our lives–for better and worse.

  12. Looks like it covers a lot in a short book!

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