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Let Food be thy Medicine

Hands up who has ever been inside a Chinese Herbal Medicine shop?

I have, I really do enjoy exploring alternative healing and I was truly fascinated by the way they use dried herbs and natural remedies to help overcome many ailments. I do think they may have become slightly commercialised but hasn't everything these days? That said I love browsing around in all manner of Health Food shops in case I come across something new and interesting!

Recently I have been looking at how eating fruit and vegetables can help heal the gut and I have made a huge change in my mindset about eating lots of veggies for breakfast... I know this is still a foreign concept to many of you, but it really is very refreshing to eat a lovely light meal of scrambled eggs and a helping of spinach and sugar snap peas. (try it - hop over to my recipe page)

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, instead of describing foods by protein, fat or calories they focus more on the quality of the food as all foods have a distinct energy and properties that either balance or nourish our bodies or create an imbalance that can result in some form of sickness. Its known as food energetics.

Having a good idea about food energetics can help with your health and well being by eating different foods that have differing effects on the body.

Growing your own food or buying from a farmers market will leave you feeling more connected to your home, earth and a local community. If you eat local, seasonal foods your body is in tune with the natural order of things and balanced from the inside out.

Why not try eating lighter greens in summertime when they are at their best, and carrots and squash in winter which have a warming effect on the body.

Take a look at this table and see where you can balance your foods to help you feel nourished.

Food

Quality

Preparation

  • Root Vegetables
  • Sweet Vegetables
  • Meat, Fish
  • Beans
  • Grounded
  • Relaxed
  • Stewing
  • Pressure Cooking
  • Baking
  • Leafy Greens
  • Wheat, barley, quinoa
  • Fruit
  • Raw Foods
  • Chocolate
  • Light
  • Creative
  • Flexible
  • Boiling
  • Steaming
  • Gas Stove Cooking
  • Organic Foods
  • Whole Foods
  • Local Foods
  • Brown Rice
  • Connected
  • Harmonious
  • Home Cooking
  • Home Gardening
  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Tense
  • Anxious
  • Microwave Cooking
  • Electric Stove Cooking
  • Factory Farming


I can relate to the feeling of being connected when gardening, just this morning I took 20 mins to potter around the veggie plot making sure everything was as it should be, adding more soil or moving my little plants on to bigger pots. It left me feeling good and in tune with what really works for me.

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