The influence of Food on YIN and YANG
It is believed in Chinese medicine,in order to achieve health and bodily harmony, you must balance your intake of cool, bland foods full of yin energy with hot, spicy foods full of yang energy. The concept of yin and yang are fundamental to Chinese thinking. Everything in the universe can be afforded yin and yang qualities; yin is characterized as dark, cold, night and female, while yang is light, hot, day and male. While they are opposites, they indeed compliment each other. When the correct balance of food is eaten, your own yin and yang will remain balanced and energy or chi will flow unimpeded through your body,enhancing well-being and health.
Diet for Balance of Yin and Yang
Generally speaking to maintain balance, your diet should include neutral foods, such as plain rice, in combination with yin and yang foods. One must keep in mind that a yin/yang diet should be tailored to each individuals constitution. If there is an excess of either yin or yang, that will lead to one becoming overweight. On the other hand a deficiency of yin or yang leads to becoming underweight. People with an excess of yin tend to have shortness of breath, move slower, are heavy sleepers and retain fluids. Those with an excess of yang tend to sweat excessively, feel hot, are hyperactive, and tend to overeat and drink excessively. These people should eat more yin foods and less yang foods.
Yin and Yang Foods
Yin foods are cooling, tend to be watery,soft, and dark in color. Aquatic animals and plants such as fish and seaweed are yin foods. Other yin foods are those that grow underground or in the darkness, such as root vegetables or mushrooms. Yin foods include oats, barley, wheat, aubergine, beansprouts, beetroot, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin,spinach, tofu, tomato, watercress, duck, rabbit, pork, rhubarb, banana, grapefruit, lemon and watermelon.
Yang foods are warming, dry, hard and light in color. They are found growing on or above ground in the presence of light. The exceptions to this is shellfish, which are considered yang because of their shells. Yang foods include cloves, chives, basil, cinnamon, asparagus, celery, shallots, leeks, soya, lamb, chicken, mutton, apricots, cherries, chestnuts and peaches.
Stuffed Mushroom Recipe-Yin/Yang balance
The following stuffed mushroom recipe shows a yin food which has been combined with yang foods(garlic, shallots, and soy suace) to create a perfectly balanced delicious dish. The dish can be served as am appetizer, a vegetable side dish, or a vegetarian main course. Serves four
12-14 large flat mushrooms
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 sprig fresh rosemary chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4-5 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
1 small bunch parsley, chopped fine
Remove the mushroom stalks and set to the side. Scoop out the black gills inside the mushroom caps and throw away. Place the mushrooms, hollow side up in an oiled ovenproof dish or pan. Chop the mushroom stalks to fine and sauté in olive oil for one minute. Add the garlic and shallot just enough to heat through. Stir in the rosemary and soy sauce and simmer until the mushroom stalks release their moisture. Slowly add the breadcrumbs, just enough to absorbed all the liquid. remove pan ffrom heat and add the parsley.
Fill the mushroom caps with the mixture . Bake for only 5 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees (F) or 200 degrees (C). Serves 4
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