Let thy food be thy medicine: Fruit & vege boxes from The Herbal Dispensary

What we eat is one of the most powerful ways that we can impact our health and wellbeing. 

This can be summarised by the well-known Hippocrates quote ‘let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food’. The food we eat can either be a source of nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, benefitting and enhancing our health and lifespan, or it can be one of the most inflammatory sources of toxins in our life, such as a diet high in alcohol, processed foods, refined fats and sugars. 

What is the best way to let your food be your medicine?

Eat real wholefoods! Focus on at least 80% of your diet consisting of fresh whole foods, in the form of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, etc. ‘Wholefoods’ are simply foods which are in their natural, whole, unprocessed form, as opposed to refined, packaged foods which often have added sugars, preservatives, and are processed in ways which reduce their nutrient density.

There is often the perception that eating healthy is more expensive, more time consuming, and more challenging than eating a conventional, standard NZ diet. Whilst this can be relevant in some scenarios, these statements are certainly not true as a whole. 

Healthy foods can end up being significantly more affordable than processed ones when you learn how to shop for and prepare them. Make a list of pantry staples or basics that you can base meals around. These are often extremely affordable, such as beans, chickpeas and legumes (canned or dried), oats, brown rice, and so on. And for fresh produce, the secret is to shop seasonally! Fresh produce that is in season will always be cheaper (and more nutritious). 

Let our fresh, organic, seasonal produce boxes make it easy for you!

At The Herbal Dispensary, we offer fresh, organic produce boxes which can be picked up in-store or delivered locally + throughout New Zealand! To sign up for a weekly or fortnightly subscription box (where we pick the best seasonal produce for you), give us a call to organise starting your subscription. Or you can visit our website to order a fruit or vege box whenever you’re in need of some goodness, or custom order your own tailored produce box with exactly what you’d like to order. Alongside your fresh fruit and veggies, you can also order essentials from the shop to be included such as wholegrains, nuts, seeds, eggs, sourdough, oils, and more.

To support our community at this time, we are also currently offering free local delivery on our produce boxes (or any other shop/dispensary goods) to the local Raglan community, to help ensure access to fresh, healthy foods and supplements whether you are self-isolating or wishing to spend a little more time at home.

The Herbal Dispensary, Natural Health and Skincare. Organic & Artisan Food & Produce 07 825 7444 or order online: https://www.raglanherbaldispensary.nz/collections/vegeboxes