Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179, was a visionary and a Benedictine nun, a composer and a 12th century woman of Letters. Her thoughts about diet and food are but a small part of her works.
Here are some extracts from her work “How diet can help with healing” according to HILDEGARD OF BINGEN by Dr. Wighard Strehlow – edition F.X. de Guibert
« The art of healing by diet » according to HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
" … Hildegard describes the healing values of food in Physica and her medical treaty Causae et Curea. Nutritional principles had been rediscovered for the first time after the Second World War by Dr. Gottfried Hertzka who applied them successfully to some sick people, even to those extremely ill.
For centuries the diet of most civilisations was essentially comprised of fruit, vegetables and cooked whole cereals.
As people became richer and life more luxurious, so meals became larger, followed by orgies, which contributed to the decline of civilisations such as those of the Greeks and the Romans.
Recent contemporary research confirms what Hildegard wrote 850 years ago, that is, that a balanced diet composed mainly of unrefined grains, fruit and vegetables would help to prevent 40-55% of cancers.
The assessment of Hildegard’s culinary art is at once simple and amazing: with a diet based on unrefined grains, cooked fruit and vegetables one can prevent and cure the majority of illnesses linked to diet, as far as is possible.
This unrefined grain contains all the basic nutrition* that the human body needs to keep it healthy.
The grain (triticum spelta) or spelz in German, is not a variety of wheat (triticum sativa),
but an ancient cereal that is mentioned in the Bible in the time of Moses (Exodus 9-32).
Dr. Wighard Strehlow recommends eating it three times a day, in different ways: boiled, as a type of rice, put into thick soups, used as a flour in sauces and pastries, and to make bread, in order to stay in, or return to, good health.
Eat only moderate amounts of meat, fish, milk and milk products… »
Hildegard considered strawberries, peaches, plums and leeks to be the “poisons of cooking” that should be avoided as they are responsible for many illnesses.
By contrast however, chestnuts, fennel and quince are highly recommended by Hildegard.
The excesses of diet and drink, which have become a symbol of social success, are paradoxically the main causes of illness.”
*organic proteins, complex carbohydrates, essential minerals, vitamins which protect the organism and olio-elements. Spelt contains amongst other things substances vital for health and protect against illness.
Monica Le Pelletier (owner) has studied over twenty works of Hildegard of Bingen since 2009 and would be very happy to share her knowledge with you.
If you would like to mix the useful with the pleasurable, come and stay in one of our cottages and at the same time learn about Hildegard’s cuisine.
If you would like to buy Spelt and some of Hildegard’s other products go to the following website:
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