Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The shopping basket explained

This blog is to educate the way we shop, to see foods in supermarkets as source of well-being
To enable a shopper to be informed and knowledgeable


With so much delicious food around, so many ways of cooking, so many opinions, directions, diets how do I know what is right for me?

What about scientifically proven advice? What about minerals, vitamins, proteins? Am I doing the right thing?

Well, what I'm doing here is describing characteristics of foods following Traditional Chinese Medicine practice and protocols.

This information has been collected, tested, and passed down over thousands of years by TCM doctors who observed, recorded, and tested food systems - ending with a compilation of most foods available in the world.

For this blog, I chose the foods we normally eat and obtain in Europe.

This blog is not a cooking lesson; most people cook foods they are familiar with, perhaps adding one or more recipes to their repertoire.

These foods will not interfere with western concepts of nutrition, nor with medicines, unless of course you have been tested as allergic. In that case swap one food for another in the category.

You can mix foods freely depending on how you are at the time. These are not medical substitutes but they will support your body if you are ill, and keep it well if you are not.

I hope you enjoy this blog and find the information as useful and interesting as I did when I started.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Shopping basket: foods for energy

Foods for energy: transforming digestion into energy. In this list, some foods act directly on the stomach to make it more efficient. Others strengthen the constitution.

Aromatics, such as herbs and some fish (smelly) "awaken" the digestion. Warmers, such as spices "kick start" the organism. There are no extremes of hot or cold foods which are not helpful with this condition.
Corn, oats, rice, barley, wheat germ breads - energize the stomach
Sweet potato, pumpkin, squash and carrots - make digestive system stronger
Cherries, figs, dates, grapes - body tonics
Fennel, ginger, sage - aromatic gently stimulate the digestive system
Horseradish, cinnamon - warming  energise the stomach to work
Brown sugar - body tonic
Chickpeas, lentils - give energy to the stomach
Tofu - moistens the stomach and gives it energy
Almonds, peanuts - fortify the body
Pistachio, walnuts - fortify and warm the body
Herrings - fortify and detox
Mackerel, salmon, sturgeon - fortify the body
Shell fish - deeply strengthen the constitution
Ham, pheasant, turkey - strengthen the stomach
Beef, chicken - moisten strengthen the constitution
Licorice, ginseng tea - moisten strengthen the constitution
Notes: use this diet when you feel under the weather, add other diet sheets if necessary if the condition is mixed i.e you also feel cold, or loose hair etc.
This diet is not a substitute for diagnosed medical conditions - continue to use recommended therapy

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Shopping basket: warming foods

Foods that warm the interior
These foods deeply warm the body; they are hot, aromatic, nourishing and preserve energy and heat.

Garlic, onions - hot pungent tonics
Basil, chives, dill, ginger, nutmeg - warm pungent tonics
Cayenne, chilli, cinnamon, cloves - hot pungent tonics move circulation
Mutton, lamb, venison, beef - warm tonics
Walnuts, chestnuts - warm tonics help the circulation
All shell fish, trout - deeply strengthening for the circulation, trout is heating
Teas: Jasmine, star anise - pungent help the circulation
Notes: use this diet when you feel cold, lethargic; add other diet sheets if necessary if the condition is mixed i.e. you also feel tired, or loose hair etc.

This diet is not a substitute for diagnosed medical conditions - continue to use recommended therapy

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Shopping basket: nourishing foods

Food to nourish hair, nails and skin

These foods deeply nourish, moisten and enrich the blood, they are nutritious, colourful, dark
Oats, rice, wheat bread - energize the stomach, enable efficient digestion
Beetroot, sweet potato, kale, spinach - rich vegetables that nourish blood
Berries, dates, figs, avocado - tonics, berries detoxify
Black, kidney, soya beans - all beans tonify the constitution, bones, teeth, hair colour
Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, mutton - warming, tonic, moistening for the blood and constitution
Cheese, eggs, milk, goat's milk, yogurt - moistening, very nourishing, good for blood
Salmon, shark, tuna, mussels - enrich, nourish the blood
Condiments miso, molasses, coconut - moisten, nourish blood, miso detoxes as well
Notes: use this diet sheet after blood loss, if you are pale, tired, suffer hair loss, hair whitening,  weak bones, poor teeth.  If you take medication that causes such symptoms, including chemo. Add other diet sheets if other conditions occur, mix the foods.
This diet is not a substitute for a diagnosed medical condition - continue to use the recommended therapy

Shopping basket: foods that moisten and lubricate

To treat your dry skin and help with wrinkles

These foods are moistening, cooling, soothing, calming

Buckwheat, millet, wheat breads - very moistening they help with boils and inflammation as well
Spinach, string beans, asparagus - enrich the blood, moisten the sinews
Potato, tomatoes - moistening
Apple, pear - moistening foods, especially good for anxiety

Banana, mango, peach, plum - moistening

Black, kidney, mung, peas, tofu - all types of beans act deeply in strengthening the constitution
All shellfish, sardines, whitebait - shellfish works on constitution, the others moisten

Beef, chicken, duck, pork - pork is very moistening, others work on the constitution

Butter, cheese, eggs, milk, goat's milk, soya milk - moistening, very blood nourishing
Condiments: Sesame oil, honey, coconut - moistening, nourish the blood

Notes: This is a cooling, deeply nourishing, calming, soothing diet. It helps with liquid loss in the body. It is good for post partum, blood loss, hot arthritis, inflammation, anxiety, dry skin and counteracts medicines that provoke heat and dryness in the body.

This diet is not a substitute for diagnosed medical conditions - continue to follow the prescribed therapy

Shopping basket: weight control

Weight control and cellulitis

Foods that gently stimulate, warm the digestive system and strengthen the constitution
Barley, Rye, Wheat bran breads - these foods make the stomach more efficient at digesting
Artichoke, asparagus, celery, cabbage, lettuce, endives, watercress - this group transforms fat into energy
Carrot, parsnip, pumpkin, squash, yam, turnip - this group soothes and stimulates the stomach
Onions and garlic - hot foods that "kick start" the digestion
Berries - berries nourish deeply and help to detox
Cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon - warm spices stimulate digestion
Basil, juniper, rosemary, sage - aromatic herbs "awaken" digestion
Blackeyed, broad beans, chickpeas, kidney beans - all beans work on the constitution
Anchovies, tuna and mackerel - fish is a tonic for the system but unlike meat, it balances excess water in the body

Dandelion, berry teas -  these teas dislodge, transform fat

Notes: to solve this condition you need to make the digestive system more efficient. At the same time, the organism needs to become stronger. 

This diet is not a substitute for diagnosed medical conditions - continue to use the recommended therapy

Shopping basket: softening foods

Foods that soften hard lumps


Aromatic teas, hot spices to stimulate the digestive system, drain excess water and soften lumps and hard skin
Fruit peels - citrus - citrus peel added to teas or cooking helps the digestion to break down and separate food
Shellfish - works deeply on the constitution
Seaweeds - this food type "softens" hard lumps in the body (use small amounts regularly)

Black pepper, mustard - hot spices energise the digestion
Yam, plantain - control and balance the water content of the body
Onions, garlic, radishes - hot vegetables energise the digestive process
Rosemary, thyme, sage - aromatics "awaken" the body systems of digestion
Jasmine, peppermint, aniseed - perfumed teas gently stimulate

Notes: it is quite common to have odd lumps and nodules under the skin. In such case, we need to address the lumps directly, and support the body as well. Aromas, and perfumes in the food work wonders in gently stimulating the organism to function more efficiently.

This diet is not a substitute for diagnosed medical conditions - continue to use recommended therapies. All unusual lumps should be checked by a doctor first. Avoid self diagnosis and medicating