Chinese Nutritional Therapy Food is the foundation upon which the body’s energy is produced and is at the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine. At Orchid, we provide nutritional plans based upon your individual needs to improve your health and well-being.
The Chinese viewpoint of a balanced diet is very different from that in the West. In the Chinese system, a balanced diet is one which includes all 5 tastes – spicy, sour, bitter, sweet, and salty. Foods and herbs which have a particular taste tend to have particular properties. For example, bitter herbs and foods tend to be drying and Cold. This tends to make them good for treating Damp Heat conditions, but contraindicated for people who are too Cold and/or too Dry. On the other hand, the herbs and foods with a salty taste tend to be warming and moistening. This tends to make them great for treating people who suffer from Cold and Dryness, but they should be used cautiously in people who are Hot and Damp.
Our daily food forms the foundation of our nutritional, biochemical and energetic health. The food we eat daily determines how much energy we have (food as fuel) throughout the day. The foods we choose also influence our moods. For example, while sugar gives a great initial feeling, while prolonged, excessive use can contribute to feelings of depression, low energy, mental fog and even to outbursts of anger and frustration.
Our dietary and nutritonal needs change during each phase of our life, with seasonal or climate changes and with the level of activity in our lives. Thus, we need to periodically readjust. By selecting foods which suit our constitution, our bodies are able to work more efficiently, heal themselves, and encourage optimal health.
- Eat only foods that agree with you. If something gives you gas or indigestion, your body is telling you that it is not right.
- Eat only until you are about two-thirds full.
- Eat a balanced diet; rich in vegetables, with a good amount of healthy protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
- Eat simply; avoid rich foods, especially excess sweets and oily foods.
- Eat primarily cooked foods as they are easier on the digestive system.
- Eat organic, fresh food for the best quality of nutrients and Qi (life force)
- Eat foods appropriate for the season, for your constitutional type, your level of activity, and your location.
- Sit down when eating and enjoy the experience of eating.
- Avoid ice beverages these cool your digestive fire- try drinking water room temperature or warm.