Combining Chinese dietary practices with a Western diet is a process of expanding what you eat, along with eliminating processed and chemically laden foods. Eastern and Western dietary therapy is the blending of a diet rich in organic whole foods to include; whole grains, fruits, vegetables, sea vegetables, and legumes. Both dietary therapies include small amounts of farm raised hormone and antibiotic-free lean meats and fresh wild fish. The principle of Chinese dietary therapy is all about harmony and balance in food. According to Chinese Medicine, foods are categorized according to their energetic values (hot, cold, warm and cool) and tastes (bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and spicy or pungent). Combining these food qualities in a harmonious way, the Chinese believe you can achieve vibrant life and a sense of well being.
The American Diet
Public concern over the quality of the Standard American Diet (SAD) has been growing at an astonishing rate. Most people are aware of the seriousness of our American diet and the significant health effects of eating processed, chemically colored, flavored, and preserved foods. Two thirds of all deaths are directly affected by poor eating habits. It is time to take control of our lives and not succumb to the TV advertisers extolling the benefits of their "processed foods". What we put into our bodies is about the only thing that we have complete control over in our lives. Why not make 2009 the year that you take control over your health.
Chinese Medicine believes that one should eat "whole foods" according to the seasons and has classified foods based on their warming cooling, moistening and energetic values. Knowledge of these food qualities is indispensable for using food as medicine. Whole foods consists of whole grains such as brown rice, whole grain pasta, millet, oats etc.,legumes, (beans) fruits, and vegetables. Our diet should be based primarily on complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables with small amounts (3-4 oz.) animal protein (fish and meats). Eating according to the seasons means not eating peaches, plums and corn on the cob in the winter or winter fruit in the spring and summer.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese Herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat a myriad of conditions. Unlike Western drugs which just mask the symptoms, Chinese herbal medicine treats the underlying or root cause of illness.