Sunday, September 20, 2009

macrobiotics- the yin and yang of food- part 1

When we apply yin and yang philosophy to food, this is what we get:

Expansive Foods (YIN) are:

light, porous
grow upwards
grow in a warm climate
tender, juicy
cool, wet
sweet, sour, or bitter
spicy or oily
chemically processed

They encourage mental, psychological, or spiritual activity, relaxation, looseness in our body.

Contractive Foods (YANG) are:

dense, heavy
grow downwards
keep well
grow in a cool climate
tough, fibrous
warm, dry
salty, bland, or meaty

They encourage physical activity, purposefulness, focused work, tension in our body.

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