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Chinese diet

Updated: Jan 30

Food occupies an important place in Chinese tradition. Cultural dishes relate to traditional Chinese medicine and the seasons. This is what allows us to nourish our body and to have an influence on our vital energy which is Qi, depending on our environment. The meal is a daily gesture of maintenance of our health. It provides the proteins, lipids, proteins, vitamins... which our body needs. Traditional Chinese dietetics can prevent certain pathologies and restore energy harmony. The goal is to avoid consuming foods that do not suit us and to find a harmonious diet. The meal must be in adequacy with each person, because we are all different. Each food is described by its 'nature' (effect it produces in the body after being ingested, ex: hot = pepper, cold = mint and neutral = mushroom for example). As well as its flavor(s): acid, salty, bitter, sweet, pungent. Flavors have a specific function in the body. The spiciness of wasabi, for example, circulates the Qi and warms. Ginger is according to Chinese medicine slightly lukewarm in nature and pungent in flavor. It therefore produces a warming sensation in the body and has an action on the stomach. Imagine eating a cold meal and feeling a weight in your stomach. We'll call it stagnant cold in the stomach. Ginger by its slightly lukewarm nature will warm up this cold and by its pungent flavor, disperse stagnation. Thus having the effect of relieving you of this weight felt in the stomach. Video on Chinese dietetics by a colleague from my network of practitioners :

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