How to understand what to eat? First, we must understand what our body needs, so we can use everyday meals as vehicles of healing and restoration.
SELF ASSESSMENT. Assess your body your body into more Yin or more Yang. Here are some physical and behavioural traits of each type:
If you are more Yin, your signs of depletion are expressed in being overly sensitive to outer conditions, showing weakness and easily tired. You may lack motivation and perseverance, which require to find more rest and quiet. You may prefer small frequent meals.
You are also
- Cold: little thirst, craves spicy and hot food, slow and passive in behavior
- Damp: lack of thirst, oily skin or clammy hair, sticky perspiration
If you are more Yang, the signs of congested yang will cause you to feel uneasy fullness or pressure in the head chest, or abdomen, more than often constipation, difficult finding comfort or satisfaction, uneasy fullness or pressure in head, chest, or abdomen.
You are also:
- Hot: overly thirsty, provocative and impulsive in behavior
- Dry: dry skin hair and mouth, craves tart juicy and oily foods
THE TCM CHARACTERISTICS OF FOOD AND HOW FOODS CHANGE AFTER COOKING
Once you have determined your condition, you can better understand which foods to opt-for, and maybe which foods to avoid. If you are more of the Yin type, you might want to opt for more Warming foods, and vice versa.
Categories of Foods from Coolest to Warmest
- Soft juicy fruits (figs, grapes)
- Harder fruits (oranges, grapefruit)
- Dairy, seafood, poultry, meat
Categories of how foods transform in quality after they undergo different types of cooking methods
- Raw Vegetable (This is the coolest form of food)
- Raw Dried
- Boiled (This makes any food the warmest)
TO SUM IT UP.
Balance is key. If your body tends to run cool, for example, it is helpful to opt for more warm foods (nuts, body may run cool) this is meant to be a ritual for maybe 3 meals a week. We don’t recommend intensely consuming hot foods because this will actually lead to overheating of the body. We encourage you to practice mindful ways of balancing and restoring your body.