Friday, September 25, 2009

macrobiotics-the yin and yang of food part 3

"You could say that cooking is what separates
man from beast, as it developed as an art along with culture. To master the art of cooking-to choose the right kinds of foods, and to combine them properly-is to master the art of life, for the greatness and destiny of all people reflect and are limited by the quality of their daily food." ~Michio Kushi

Yin attracts Yang and Yang attracts Ying:

Grain and vegetable based meals provide:

-Steady Energy
-Fewer Cravings
-Less dramatic moods

Sugar and caffeine can space you out leading to cravings for meat, cheese, and salt, leading you to more chocolate, sugar, alcohol... and on..and on..extreme yin foods attract extreme yang foods...

Symptoms of eating too Yin:
(sugar, alcohol, fruit...)

PHYSICAL:

dull aches and pains
moist conditions (runny nose, loose bowels)
feeling chilled
fatigue
bruising easily

EMOTIONAL:

spaced out, dreamy
confused, forgetful
worried, sad
overly sensitive
fearful
hyperactive
hysterical

Symptoms of eating too Yang:
(salt, meat, cheese...)

PHYSICAL:

sudden sharp pains
dry conditions (dry skin, constipation)
high fever
muscle tension
grinding teeth

EMOTIONAL:

impatient
stubborn
resentful
stuck
insensitive
compulsive
controlling
angry

Adapted from The Self-Healing Cookbook by Kristina Turner and
The Book of Macrobiotics by Michio Kushi

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