yin & yang food
The principles of Yin and yang can also be applied to diet. The term yin or yang relates to whether a food is a cooling or a warming food, but these terms often have nothing to do with the taste or how it is cooked, instead relating to the food's deeper essence. You might assume that all drinks are cooling; however beer is but brandy is not.
Yang foods are warmer, drier and increase the internal heat of the body, whilst Yin foods tend to cool, add moisture, and decrease the body's heat. Yang foods also tend to contain more fat and provide higher energy levels. Conversely, yin food has a higher water content.
Healthy, well balanced meals should contain three parts yang and two parts yin. Using more yin foods than yang can also be helpful in calming children who tend to be hyperactive but common sense must prevail and you should always seek medical advice before making changes to a diet.
Foods fall into three categories; yin foods, yang foods and neutral foods. Here is a very basic food list.
|Yin Food||Yang Food||Neutral Food|
|Almonds. Apple. Asparagus. Bamboo. Banana. Barley. Bean curd. Bean sprouts. Beer. Broccoli. Cabbage. Celery. Clams. Corn. Corn flour. Crab. Cucumber. Duck. Eel. Fish. Grapes. Honey. Ice creams. Lemons. Mushrooms. Mussels. Oranges. Oysters. Peppermint tea. Pineapple. Salt. Shrimps. Spinach. Strawberries. Soya beans. White sugar. Tomatoes. Water.||Beef. Black pepper. Brown sugar. Butter. Cheese. Chicken liver and fat. Chillies. Chocolate. Coffee. Eggs. Smoked fish. Garlic. Green peppers. Goose. Ham. Kidney beans. Lamb. Leeks. Onions. Peanut butter. Roasted peanuts. Potato. Rabbit. Turkey. Walnuts. Whisky. Wine.||Bread. Carrots. Cauliflower. Cherries. Lean chicken meat. Dates. Figs. Milk. Olives. Peaches. Peas. Pigeon. Plums. Pork. Raisins. Brown rice. Steamed white rice. Sweet Potato.|
Yin and yang information is encoded into the ancient symbols known as Trigrams and form the basic Bagua used in elementary Feng Shui. See our Trigram Trail