Chinese Medicine looks at the world on an energetic level. It sees how our body functions through how we interact with our surroundings, the food we eat and the seasons we live in. As Chinese Medicine practitioners, we believe we can improve our energetic function and overall wellbeing by eating the appropriate foods for our body type and the season.
While we tend to place less importance on the vitamin and mineral components of food and more importance on whether the food will do such things as strengthen the digestive system or clear heat from the body, we do believe in the consumption of whole organic foods and ditching the processed, poor quality foods.
As a rule of thumb, if you are preparing your own meals, eating a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables and staying away from too much wheat, dairy, sugar and packaged foods you are doing well.
If you are a meat eater, choosing free range, organic meats that have been processed chemically-free is ideal. It’s a good idea to get to know your butcher and where your produce is coming from. There are some great local farmers who may not be organically certified, but still produce good quality meats.
Coffee, alcohol, artificial sweeteners and MSG are other things that everyone can benefit from cutting back on substantially, if not avoiding all together. Green tea, dandelion tea and any herbal teas are great substitutes.