Ever wondered if what you’re eating is right for you? Today there are so many diets, so many gimmicks and ever so many ways to stay healthy that it’s hard to know what to believe. Some of the promises made in magazines, on TV and online are really “unbelievable”…and perhaps that should be our warning.
Sure…I’ll admit that sometimes the advertisements are so good…and so enticing that I get hooked into trying something… but overall I always go back to the basics – the chi theory when it comes to choosing foods and dietary products.
You see “chi” is the life force or energy flowing through us and of course the food we eat is also an energy source. The key to keeping your body healthy is the eat the correct balance of Yin and Yang foods with of course appropriate exercise and reduction of chemical and artificial additives.
Please take a few minutes and enjoy my article this weak on The Chi of Eating. I’ve listed some yin and some yang foods and how they can help you when you eat a balanced diet!
To your health!
The Chi of Eating…Ancient Secrets Revealed
Are you ready to make this Year of the Wood Horse your happiest and healthiest year ever?
We Chinese believe that the secret to happiness emanates from a healthy body and mind…they are inseparable. The health of the body affects that of the mind…and both are defined in terms of CHI. The key to a healthy body is to eat a correct balance of Yin and Yang foods…and to reduce the intake of pollutants like chemical and artificial additives.
The “Chi Theory” of Food
Now as many of you know, “chi” is described as the LIFE FORCE of the human body and spirit. When it is in balance it radiates strong heath and interacts favorably with the environment of space and time. When it is out of balance, it becomes weak and this manifests a variety of negative body systems. Hence the quality of your body chi is a vital component of your personal feng shui.
One form of energy or “Chi” is the food we eat – and since it is the easiest and most accessible form of energy, it is helpful to understand the “Chi Theory” of food.
According to this theory the higher up the food is in the echelon of living things, the less favorable it is in terms of being a source of good Chi.
Animal foods are high up the echelon while vegetable foods are in the middle level and root foods are on the lowest level…so the most favorable foods are plants and vegetables but better yet the edible roots of the plants. So a good rule of thumb is the closer to the ground or earth, the more favorable in being a source of Chi.
YIN YANG YUM!
Tea is Yin, Coffee is Yang
Foods are also classified according to yin and yang. If you follow the Chi theory of food, it is generally accepted that when your body is more “yin” in nature, you will live a longer life because the degeneration of the internal organs is slowed down…thus many people favor a diet of more “yin” foods.
Yin foods are also ideal for those who feel stressed out, irritable and under pressure as they serve to calm the spirit and revitalize the inner Chi essence…and they are generally best consumed during the summer “yang” months to help keep the body in balance.
Do be aware that too much yin food in the body reveals itself in forgetfulness, tiredness, lethargy and a general feeling of listlessness. Bodily symptoms could manifest in the form of diarrhea, pale complexion and lack of color in the eyes and skin. If you observe these symptoms you may want to up your intake of YANG foods. For your reference I have included a list of yin & yang foods which is by no means exhaustive but will give you some ideas.
Yang foods on the other hand are usually rich, heavily flavored strongly sauced and hot, often fried and best eaten during the winter “yin” months. Yang foods are excellent for those who are chronically short of energy (your body is depleted of yang essence and will benefit from extra yang chi) and also for new mothers.
When there is an excess of Yang foods in the body, you may find bodily symptoms such as heartburn, constipation, cold sores, rashes, pimples, acne and ulcers and when you observe such symptoms you may want to increase your intake of Yin foods.
The key to a healthy body is to eat the correct balance of yin and yang foods…so if you’re feeling stressed try more yin foods, and if you’re tired and listless add more yang foods to your diet.
Note: This article focuses only on an awareness of yin & yang foods and is not intended as medical advice. For more info and further study you may want to consult a qualified Chinese herbalist or traditional Chinese Medical doctor.
Accessing Your Inner Chi…A Sacred Journey
There is a subtle life force…an all-encompassing energy presence that resides deep inside us affecting every aspect and dimension of our life. It is by tuning inward that we can connect with it.
Think of your spirit as an invisible life force composed entirely of energy – without form or substance and know that it is this powerful wisdom source of your spirit that nourishes your body and mind. When you connect with this inner source an awakening occurs that accelerates the flow of energy and fuses the chi of mind, body and spirit or what the Chinese refer to as tien, ti and ren – heaven, earth and mankind.
The Flow Of Light
Some refer to the manifestation of life force or chi as the flow of light…the vibration and movement within our bodies going on all the time. As life courses through the heart and blood vessels there is movement, and therefore there is also inner yang spirit energy. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the vital points of the body stay connected via meridians and these meridians or energy lines flow through the human body, directing chi.
When we begin to tune inwards we become aware of both inner and outer vibrations with people and the world around us and our mind and body develop new auditory sensitivities. Before long we begin to hear and feel our inner vibrations and we realize that we vibrate differently with different people. This inner wisdom tells us who and what excites us, what makes us happy.
Accessing the Spiritual Self
Begin today to connect to your own spiritual essence and become sensitive to your internal vibrations. Over time you will instinctively respond in tune with them. Develop your awareness by making a conscious effort to focus your mind inwards.
Accessing the spiritual self involves reaching inward for the energy source within…your inner chi. It is a very personal, wonderful and sacred adventure.
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Never bathe immediately after you eat. This puts out the fire in your belly, which is bad for digestion and bad for body weight. Ayurvedic experts say this is one of the more harmful things you can do to yourself and you may not even realize it.
It is the fire in our bellies that keeps us alert and revs up our energy levels. It is what gives character and spirit to our personality. If you put out your fire too often the effects could become permanent …making you moody and depressed.
Don’t put out the fire in your belly!
Always be mindful of your own motivations. Your attitudes and actions towards whatever you are doing creates karma – either bad karma that can cause obstacles to manifest and block the actualization of your good fortune…or good karma which speeds up the ripening of your good fortune.
This is called “mankind” luck – the luck that you create for yourself. Your own actions create the causes for great good fortune that lies inherent within you to manifest. Never discount or downplay the impact of karma.