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September 18, 2009Jo CooperFood As Medicine0

The Saturday morning scene at the New Morning Farm farm market at Sheridan School, Washington, DC. Most of the food is organically grown

A young MD from Johns Hopkins turned to me at the end of a Food As Medicine training a number of years ago and said, “Great! I totally get it, and I can’t wait to get home and completely change how I eat. But… where do I start?”

Oh, dear. We’ve added more practical bits to the program since then to obviate that question, including one of the most popular sections of our syllabus, called ‘Everyday Food”, with recipes and food profiles of typical days for our faculty members. But ever since that moment I’ve been focused on how to make the science transform in the kitchen, in real life, in real time. I teach colleagues to cook greens at the office, and write handouts with simple steps to take, and, whenever, possible, feed people.

My favorite recommendation to the seeker of good health is to find a nearby farm market. There you will find local, sustainable fruits and vegetables, changing with the seasons, beguiling with new, colorful and often affordable temptations week by week. You’ll also find your neighbors and generously offered recipes for the less familiar offerings. It can become a way of life, as it has been for my family for 22 years, every Saturday morning, rain or shine. This way lies health and a richness of life that only nature can bring.

This blog will be about the food in Food As Medicine. We will share all sorts of goodies to enrich your repertoire, pique your curiosity and expand your knowledge of food.

To your good health!


Love that early morning light!


How can you resist?


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Jo Cooper, Online Communications Editor, is the editor of the Centering blog. She posts on www.facebook.com/MindBodyMed and tweets @MindBodyMed and about marketing, design and photography on @JoCooperStudio. Questions about the blog? Contact her at Centering@cmbm.org.

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  • Alex

    Love the gorgeous pictures and great suggestions! Looking forward to the next blog.

  • janet

    So excited to have found you and looking forward to reading a great blog!

  • Beth

    these pictures are beautiful! thank you for the post. i love going to my neighborhood farmers market and am trying to go more often. Once I am home and reach for my leafy greens or veggies to cook, it makes me so happy to know that I met and was able to thank the farmer!

  • Jo Cooper

    Alex, Beth, Janet- Thanks for your enthusiasm! Hope you enjoy future posts, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  • Jo-Ellen

    Hi Jo! your words are inspiring and the veggies look so radiant! Food at its best. Looking forward to hearing your winter veggie recipes.

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