Food as Medicine

The Healing Potential of Food

Food as medicine, is the prioritization of diet and nutrition (what we eat) as an important part of treating and preventing some chronic diseases. The fact that diet, healthy or otherwise, can impact an individual’s health is well-documented and acknowledged. Improvements in diet quality, like adding nutrient dense, fiber-rich foods, may reduce disease symptoms and improve quality of life.  For lifestyle medicine clinicians, this is a crucial part of their therapeutic approach.

ACLM supports the use of evidence-based food as medicine interventions by health care professionals in clinical settings. We offer training in the form of CME/CE online courses and live events as well as downloadable kits, tools, and resources that help clinicians actively apply all six pillars of lifestyle medicine.

ACLM’s dietary position statement:
For the treatment, reversal and prevention of lifestyle-related chronic disease,
ACLM recommends an eating plan based predominantly on a variety of
minimally processed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Connecting healthcare professionals to the training and evidence they need to:

  • Empower patients to restore their own health
  • Regain passion for their career and the field of medicine
  • Treat & reverse the chronic cycle of lifestyle-related illnesses

Food as Medicine Training for Clinicians

There is an urgent need to raise the level of competency in food as medicine for all health care professionals. Healthful eating patterns not only impact disease progression but encourage overall well-being, influencing a patient’s success in other lifestyle pillars. It just so happens that this dietary lifestyle pattern is also what is best for the planet.

ACLM is pleased to offer a breadth of  CME/CE educational courses, research, tools and resources to support health professionals and patients in their journey to use food as medicine.

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Remission of Type 2 Diabetes After Treatment With a High-Fiber, Low-Fat, Plant-Predominant Diet Intervention: A Case Series

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Remission of Type 2 Diabetes and Reversal of Insulin Resistance

Calorie Density

Food As Medicine: A Calorie Density Approach to Weight Loss


Food As Medicine: Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum


Lifestyle Medicine and Foods as Medicine Essentials


Nutrition | Core Competencies


Food As Medicine: Nutrition for Prevention and Longevity


Food As Medicine: Nutrition for Treatment and Risk Reduction

Download T2d

By providing your email address, you agree to future communications. Upon submission, you will be sent to a new page where we offer you a complimentary download of a useful practice tool and patient education handout. This two-page pdf provides practical tips on all 6 lifestyle medicine pillars to help with the prevention and treatment of food-related conditions.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

A recently published meta-epidemiological study from ACLM (published in Advances in Nutritionsynthesizes recommendations from 78 clinical practice guidelines for major chronic conditions and general health promotion.

“…These findings support both ACLM’s dietary position statement and its recent expert consensus statement that the most effective dietary intervention for achieving T2D remission is whole, plant-based foods with minimal consumption of meat and other animal products…”

Expert Consensus Statement

“Dietary Interventions to Treat Type 2 Diabetes in Adults with a Goal of Remission”

Expert consensus was achieved for 69 statements pertaining to diet and remission of T2D, dietary specifics and types of diets, adjuvant and alternative interventions, support, monitoring, adherence to therapy, weight loss, and payment and policy. Clinicians can use these statements to improve quality of care, inform policy and protocols, and identify areas of uncertainty.

Nutrition and Family Practice

In a 22-article supplement to the Journal of Family Practice introducing the field and implementation of lifestyle medicine to family medicine physicians, two articles focused on nutrition: “Nutrition and Disease Prevention” with first author Michelle E. Hauser, MD, MS, MPA, FACP, FACLM, DipABLM; and “An Approach to Nutritional Counseling” with author Thomas M. Campbell, MD, DipABOM.


Read more about the evidence supporting the use of a whole-food, plant-based eating pattern for optimal human health.

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The Culinary Medicine Curriculum is available via complimentary download and is intended to be used and implemented at medical schools, health professional education programs, residency programs and more!

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More Food as Medicine Patient Resources

Tools and support to help patients use food as medicine are critical to patient success.

ACLM has compiled a number of downloadable print resources including our free Food as Medicine Jumpstart Guide and a Whole Food Plant Based Sample Menu Plan that contain delicious recipes, tips and advice that can be used to augment your food as medicine.

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October 27 – 30, 2024 | Orlando & Online

Celebrating 20 years of Lifestyle Medicine

Every Fall, ACLM hosts the premier continuing education event focused on lifestyle medicine – the therapeutic dose of proper nutrition, regular physical activity, social connection, restorative sleep, stress management, and avoidance of risky substances.