Cleanse and Rejuvenate with Food

Dietary recommendations for the spring season

Food, Rejuvenate, Cleanse, Eating, Vegetables, Organic, Healthy Living, ChicagoSpring is finally here! Everyone is cleaning their house, but we can also clean our body with food.

According to Chinese medicine, the spring is related to the liver, thus it is the time to support its function by eating plenty of green vegetables such as dandelion, asparagus, artichokes, cabbage, celery and cucumbers.

Also, it is time to sit down and think about our food choices. We should control what we eat and food should be our medicine to avoid the need for pharmaceutical prescriptions. I would like to share my vision and why I like the Chinese approach.

My journey started several years ago when I tried different diets and fads. The one I liked at the time was the Mediterranean diet. However, when I became interested in holistic medicine and started reading about the healthy population in the China countryside, the book “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell came into my hands, as well as other publications suggesting that a plant based diet was the best. I tried to become vegan, but it did not work out. I was working 14 hours a day and traveling 60 percent of the time, so I put vegan to the side for a while. Later, when I learned about Chinese philosophy and the way people use food as medicine, I changed my present view of eating and my combination of foods. I also went back to my ancestors’ diet in Mexico which was based on grains, vegetables fruits and some animal products. Beef and pork were considered a “luxury” so it was scarcely available.

The main component of the traditional Chinese diet is vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, seed and animal protein. Dr. Maoshing Ni, the author of “The Tao of Nutrition”, suggests the following food proportion: 40% whole grains, 40% freshly prepared vegetables, 10% fresh fruits and 10% protein from legumes, seeds, nuts and/or animal products.

Everyone is different, so you need to know what the best foods for you are. There are some general principles to ensure that the foods we eat are digested and used by the body in the best way.

  • Prepare your own food
  • Eat relaxed and chew well
  • Steam, stir-fry or bake your food
  • Eat whole foods as much as possible
  • Follow the season
  • Stop before you are full
  • Drink room temperature water

During the spring, the liver season in Chinese medicine, abundant green vegetables are recommended. Green, bitter food and herbs are used to support the liver function.

Note: This is my personal opinion and does not substitute your doctor advice.

Disclaimer for the blog: This article contains general information about health topics but does not constitute medical advice.  If you have any questions related with your condition you should contact your doctor or healthcare provider.  If you think you may be suffering form any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.

By Cristina Torres-Moore MSOM, LAc.

Integral Alternative Medicine

 

 

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