Mercy & Wisdom Community Health Clinic Benefit Dinner
Sunday November 3, 2013
To be held at the Serene Care Center
7411 SE Powell Blvd. Portland. OR 97206
Have you heard of the Chinese five energies of foods referring to food as either hot or cold? This doesn’t refer to the state of the food but its effect on our bodies. For example, tea has a cool energy, it means that when we drink hot tea, it generates cool energy and it is therefore considered a cool beverage. Shortly after you have drunk hot tea, the heat begins to fade quickly and it begins to generate cool energy internally allowing your body to cool off.
To seek a balance in diet, we can classify food as predominantly yin (cool) or yang (hot). Hence, if you eat predominantly yin foods, your body will be capable of producing only cold energy; in contrast, eating predominantly yang foods produces hotter energy. If a person suffers from cold rheumatism, eating foods with a warm or hot energy would be helpful. If a person's acne condition deteriorate due to consumption of fried foods, it is beneficial to eat cooling foods to relieve symptoms. Hence, to strike a yin-yang balance in the diet, it's almost natural for the Chinese to have a glass of a lemon barley or winter melon (cooling) drink to go with a plate of (heating) fried rice, or a bowl of (heating) spicy noodle with some (cooling) fruits such as star fruits or water melon.
Yang foods include ginger, sugar, peaches, vinegar and walnuts.
Yin foods include bananas, zucchini, pears, kidney beans, pumpkin and broccoli.
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