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Health begins within and radiates outward. By making conscious food choices and providing your body with the fuel it needs, you will be well on your path to optimal health. Foods can either nourish and strengthen your body or cause imbalance. When an imbalance occurs, foods are chosen according to their energetic qualities, such as warming, cooling, drying and moistening. To correct this balance, according to Chinese nutrition, one wants to warm the cold condition, cool the hot condition, dry the damp condition, and moisten the dry condition:

COLD Foods for HOT/WARM Conditions: Bamboo shoots, banana, clam, crab, grapefruit, kelp,lettuce, persimmon, salt, seaweed, sugar cane, water chestnut, watermelon, and yogurt

COOLING Foods for HOT/WARM Conditions: Apple, barley, bean curd, chicken egg white, cucumber, egg plant, lettuce, mango, millet, mung bean, pear, peppermint, rabbit, radish, sesame oil, spinach, strawberry, tangerine, tofu, tomato, wheat, wheat bran, wild rice, and whole wheat

HOT Foods for COLD Conditions: Black pepper, cinnamon, ginger (dried), green, red, or white pepper, and soybean oil

WARMING Foods for COLD Conditions: Brown sugar, butter, caraway, cherry, chestnut, chicken, chive, clove, coconut, coffee, coriander, date, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger (fresh),ginseng, grapefruit peel, green onion, ham, kumquat, lamb, leek, maltose, nutmeg, onion, peach, raspberry, rosemary, shrimp, spearmint, squash, star anise, sunflower seed, sweet basil, and vinegar

DRYING Foods for DAMP Conditions: Adzuki bean, achovy, barley, celery, corn, daikon radish, garlic, green tea, jasmine tea, horseradish, kidney bean, lemon, marjoram, parsley, pumpkin, radish, scallion and turnip

LUBRICATING Foods for DRYING Conditions: Almonds, apple, banana, barley, clam, dairy, eggs, herring, honey, millet, oyster, peanut, persimmon, pine nut, pork, seaweeds, sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach and tofu

NEUTRAL Foods for ALL Conditions: Abalone, adzuki bean, apricot, beef, beetroot, black sesame seeds, black soybean, cabbage, carrot, celery, chicken egg, chicken egg yolk, corn, crab apple, duck, egg, egg yolk, fig, grape, honey, herring, kidney bean, licorice, beef liver, pork liver, mackerel, olive, oyster, papaya, peanut, pineapple, plum, pork, potato, pumpkin, radish leaf, rice bran, salmon, saffron, sardine, shiitake mushroom, sour plum, sunflower seed, sweet rice, sweet potato, white fish, white rice and yam

Simple Dietary Recommendations: Drink plenty of room or warm temperature water between meals. Avoid guzzling liquids during a meal and avoid consuming iced drinks or large quantities of raw food which is difficult for the body to digest. Eat mindfully in a quiet peaceful environment without multitasking. Eat frequent small meals throughout the day. Consume protein at every meal and avoid processed sugar. Eat lots of colorful seasonal local and organic fruits/vegetables as much as possible incorporating sour, sweet, pungent, bitter, and salty flavors into each meal for optimal energy and balance.

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