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Ok, so today we have something really cool to talk about – energy. Different foods impose different energies on the body. Before you go rolling your eyes take a moment to reflect on this, because I know you can FEEL it every time you eat. For example, In the winter, do you crave salads and fruit and ice cold smoothies? No, instead we turn to roasted root vegetables, creamy hot soups or warm drinks. Why? Our bodies naturally know that in certain environments, different foods are needed as they provide a certain energy and feeling to the body. As well, each body type can potentially be its most vibrant with a specific set of foods. So which foods are right for you, right now?
Here is a sampling of some of the awesome energies that different foods have. If you see anything on this list that you think pertains to you, I recommend finding a qualified professional in your area to learn about it more (i.e. a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, Ayurvedic practitioner, etc.). These traditional modes of healing are verrrryyyy complicated and profound. Some of them overlap, and some of them contradict. So I don’t pretend to be an expert in them. But here is what I have learned so far….
Examples: raw fruits, sea vegetables, cucumber, mint, dill, potentially hot peppers (they make you sweat = cooling effect on the body), melons, raw vegetables and leafy greens, fennel
Best for: warm weather environments (spring/summer here in Canada) and naturally ‘hot’ constitutions (warm body temperature, produce too much stomach acid, heart burn, skin irritated easily, acne, quick metabolism…etc).
Overuse to be considered for: people with cool body temperatures, low appetite, winter months, people with slow metabolisms, people who need help with digestion (digestive “fire” is your stomach acid and can be imbalanced by too much raw and cold foods),
Examples: cooked foods, root vegetables (beet, parsnip, turnip, carrot…), meat, grains dairy, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, chai spices, garlic, ginseng, arugula
Best for: cool environments (fall/winter), naturally “cool” temperaments (naturally cold body temperature, slow metabolism, balancing extremely expansive ‘airy’ or ‘spacey’ minds/personalities , low sexual energy, easily fatigued, frequent loose stools, easily fearing and insecure…..etc)
Overuse to be considered for: people with hot conditions like inflammation and irritations, ulcers, high stomach acidity, thick mucous, fever…
Examples: dairy, sugar, meats, alcohol, refined grains, water, oils
Best for: Well……….the above food examples mostly have negative connotations in conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, etc. so I would recommend asking a qualified TCM practitioner to go over which foods would be best to help treat dry conditions like dry cough, constipation, dry flaky skin, dandruff, etc. (BUT I’ve seen beneficial oils like evening primrose and olive oil help with dry skin and constipation)
Examples: turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, onions, fennel…
Best for: damp conditions like wet cough, loose stools, excess phlegm and mucous, swelling, edema (water retention) and generally excess discharge from the body (oozing rashes or other lovely things). Might be good for people who spend a lot of time in damp and wet environments too.
Cool eh? I find it so interesting to learn about this stuff and use it in my daily life. If you have any medical conditions and want to pursue looking into your specific needs further, consider finding a qualified practitioner in your area. Your body is not just “dry” or “cool” – it is a multitude of things put together!