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Eating Purposefully: Food is medicine

8 Jun. 2014 Posted by Hannah Mich
energies of food, TCM, chinese medicine, diet, detoxifying foods, anti-oxidants

Eating is a necessity of life. Our eating habits reflect our daily routines, traditions and overall health. Food is so much more than calories, fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is how we provide hundreds to thousands of nutrients for our body, and it is how we promote balanced energies. Lately I have been discussing diet with my clients, and I am finding that we have quite shallow fews of the foods we eat. For example, apples are a fruit and are "worth" a hundred calories. Sigh...Looking a little deeper tells us apples are so much more! They provide anti-oxidants, vitamins C and B-6, and some magnesium. Red apples support the root chakra ; and they are also considered a food that is a natural detox.

The dynamics of food are vast and would take more than a simple blog to do it any justice. Therefore, the mission of this blog entry is to simply make my readers and clients reflect more on the food they eat and the role that food plays in their health. Instead of "inhaling" your lunch that you bought at the nearest drive-thru, be more purposeful with your food decisions and eating patterns. Prepare at the beginning of the week: look up a few new recipes, make a grocery list, go to the grocery store, prepare and cook the food, and place in individualized containers. Depending on the recipes all this preparation may take 3 to 6 hours of time over a weekend to prep your lunch and dinner meals for the 5-day work week. Then you may have 20 to 30 minutes of additional preparation for your meals the day of. In my book this is all worth it if it keeps me from grabbing all of the wrong foods, which continue to perpetuate the cycle of food cravings and poor health.

Below I have provided a few food lists that will make you see your food a little differently. I have also marked some foods according to their chinese energy and what chakra they support.

High anti-oxidant foods:

1. Berries (i.e. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.): strawberries are cool and feed the sacral chakra, raspberries are warm, and blueberries feed your third eye chakra

2. Apples: cool and red apples feed the root chakra; and other apples feed throat chakra

3. Plums/Prunes: plums are neutral and feed the third eye chakra and throat chakra

4. Cherries: Warm

5. Beets: cool and feed the root chakra

6. Red Bell Pepper: Warm

7. Tomatoes: cool

8. Kale and Spinach: Kale is warm, spinach is cool; both feed the heart chakra

9. Brussel Sprouts: feeds heart chakra

10. Garlic: Hot

Natural Detoxifying Foods:

1. Avocados

2. Seaweed: cold and feeds the throat chakra

3. Brazilian Nuts

4. Basil: neutral and feeds the heart chakra

5. Ginger Root: neutral

6. Sesame Seeds: feed the sacral chakra

7. Artichokes

8. Fennel: Neutral and feeds the solar plexus

9. Parsley: feeds the heart chakra

10. Lemons: cool and feeds the throat chakra

Print this blog and keep the lists close by when you eat and/or go to the grocery store. The additional knowledge may help shift the foods you eat and how you eat them; purposeful eating is how food should be eaten.

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