more to come on this, but here is a link for a list of foods and when they come into season in Australia. something we emphasise is to eat local and seasonal produce.
Chinese medicine dietary therapy is complex and goes into the 'nature' of foods, e.g. chilli is 'hot' and yang in nature, cucumber is 'cold' and yin in nature. will expand on this more later but here is a fantastic link with information on different foods and their nature.
the key is to eat balanced meals according to your own constitution and to address any imbalances in the body. there is no generic diet that is good for everyone... the Chinese medicine approach is patient specific and addresses your personal deficiencies or excesses.
one of the best things you can add to your diet to assist your digestive system, and thus your immune system, is bone broth. the Jade Institute has an excellent article on this: https://www.jadeinstitute.com/jade/bone-broth-health-building.php
keeping the liver and the rest of the digestive system working well also helps balance the endocrine system and hormones levels, helping eliminate excess estrogen. powdered organic beef or chicken bone broth can be purchased from Broth of Life:
Breakfast: apple, goji berries, fresh ginger & tumeric, cinnamon, black pepper, walnuts, almonds, oats, yoghurt & molasses. Yum!
GOLDEN RULES FOR DIET:
BIG COOKED BREAKFAST, SMALL DINNER
Why? Because of the way energy moves in the body, in time with the rhythm of the universe. Contrary to popular belief, we are part of a larger organism and our hormones are controlled by the rising and falling of the sun (look up Circadian Rhythm)
So, when the sun is rising, energy is moving upward and outward... body temp is on the rise and the digestive fire is at its peak around 10-11 a.m.. just before the peak height of the sun. As the sun descends, so does yang energy/digestive fire/energy... the energy starts moving downward and inward, cooling and preparing to settle the body into sleep.
Baring this in mind then, in order to work in harmony with your own body, you need to fuel the fire in the morning... eat a big, spicy, pungent, protein rich meal (NO NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE!!!... they are cold and damp and will kill your yang energy... its like throwing a cold blanket on a fire that you are trying to light.). If you must have a protein shake, have it in the evening before bed, when the fire is dying down and the body is naturally cooling.
Have more carbs in the morning.. you will burn them off during the day... don't have them at night or reduce the intake of carbs in the evening... you don't need them.
So, big pungent spicy meal in the morning (get up earlier, that Wheatbix/yoghurt/muesli/ cold raw food is not cutting it and you will continue to put on weight/feel tired/have circulation issues, fluid retention, etc., because you are depleting your spleen/stomach/liver and kidney energy by not eating 'in harmony with your body'.
Lunch is big and cooked too... lay off the salad... its killing your yang which is being continually consumed by stress/work/aircon/poor diet.
Dinner can be cooler leafy green (high in magnesium) stir fry or a light warm salad. Less carbs and less meat... there's no digestive fire to digest the meat and it will sit there clogging your digestive system. Bone broth soups are great for evening meals. Less pungent and less spice in the evening. Have your curry for breakfast!
FIVE FLAVOURS AND COLOURS RULE:
There are Five Flavours, Five Colours.... they all go to supporting different organ systems/different elements. This is in relation to Chinese Medicine Theory... Wu Xing. Therefore, the best meals are colourful!
THE YIN AND YANG NATURE OF FOODS
In the morning the foods should be more yang in nature but you can add a little yin natured food... e.g. if you have a warm spicy cooked meal (yang), you can add a little dollop of yoghurt, (yin). In the evening you can add a little garlic and ginger (yang) to a veggie and sesame seed stir-fry (mostly yin). So breakfast is yang with a little yin, and dinner is yin with a little yang. Less pungent and warm foods at night ... this change will help you sleep.
Poor diet will lead to, or contribute to: poor overall health, poor sleep, infertility, menstrual irregularities, mood swings, fatigue, poor immunity, gut dysfunction, depression, weight gain or weight loss. Food can be a medicine or a slow poison.
Below are some great links to explain in more detail the nature of individual foods: