Change Your Nutrition, Change Your Life
Food is powerful medicine. When used with a comprehensive health care plan, healthy dietary changes can have a positive and dramatic effect on the prevention and management of many chronic health conditions.
FAME Guiding Principles
Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) education programs are offered through Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center, which is a founding member of the Food as Medicine Institute Alliance.
The FAME program is built on six guiding principles:
- Choose whole foods and low-processed foods
- Whole foods are foods that are not highly processed or altered, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, wild fish, grass-fed beef, and eggs
- Highly processed foods lack essential nutrients and fiber, causing deficiencies and chronic diseases
- Develop a diverse, primarily plant-based diet
- Plants such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains are nutrient-dense, fiber rich, and full of antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body
- Include foods made from healthy animals
- Animals raised in their natural environment produce food that is more nutrient dense and less inflammatory
- Choose grass-fed, organically raised meats over conventionally raised meats when available
- Choose anti-inflammatory foods
- A personal diet high in added sugar and highly processed foods leads to inflammation
- Inflammation can lead to the development of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes
- Understand individuals have unique food needs
- No one “diet” is right for everyone
- Health history, lifestyle, and food sensitivities can all dictate unique individual food needs
- Choose foods that make you feel energized
- Care about food and food production
- Your food choices can either nourish you or increase your risk for disease
- Understand where your food comes from and how the food is produced
- Quality grown foods lead to quality health
All recipes are PDFs.
“This series was so much fun and practical. Not only do you learn about nutrition, but you also learn how to prepare food. I feel like I have the tools to be successful in making life style changes that will last.”
– Heather, Lone Jack, MO
“As a trained Family Nurse Practitioner, I entered this course with a high level of nutrition and health knowledge. The FAME course has succeeded in adding to my knowledge base as well as allowing for an opportunity to apply this education during the hands-on cooking segment."
– Alison, Shawnee, KS
“It was very beneficial when we cooked one of the FAME recipes as a class. It gave us a unique opportunity to put to use the healthy knowledge and techniques we learned from Lucas.”
- Pat, Louisburg, KS