Yin and Yang Foods!

I have been paying particularly attention in the way my children eat since I have started Feng Shui. I strongly believe in the yin yang concept in food. 

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One of my child is very attracted to yang food. She loves eating all kind of meats and loves her spicy food – ie black pepper. I am sure she would love to try chilli sauce but she is not allowed – yet!  My other child is totally attracted to yin food such as banana, fish, ice creams, strawberries, and white sugar. 
 
I have been searching a lot on the Internet about the concept of Yin Yang Food. I totally believe in the concept and do think the right choice of food can help restore balance. I have read that for a healthy and well balanced diet, meals should contain three parts yang and two parts yin. However using more yin foods than yang foods can also be beneficial in calming children who tend to be hyperactive. 

In Chinese medicine, yin and yang food treats energy imbalances and provides ordinary nutrition.
In other words, when the body is in balance it will be in a better position to fight diseases and maintain health. This can be achieved when you manage the smooth flow of qi in your body.
 
All foods fall into three categories: yin food, yang foods and neutral foods. The Yin Yang concept classifies food relates to whether a food is a cooling or a warming food. It does not relate by the taste nor the way it is cooked. They instead relate to deeper essences of the food nature.
 
Yin Foods are being told to moisten the skin, strenghten the blood and semen and promote the generation and flow of all fluids necessary for the body to function properly. Boiling, poaching and steaming increase yin in foods. White foods often provide strong sources of yin. 
 
The proper balance of Yang Foods keeps the mind alert and the body strong and healthy. Foods strong in the yang force include beef, shrimp, kidneys and liver. According to Cornell University, the cooking method also affects the yang quality of the food. Yang increases with deep-frying, roasting and stir-frying.
 
Neutral foods serve to neutralize, thereby bringing about a balanced state. 
 
Yin and Yang foods can be further broken down into four categories – cold, cool, warm and hot. Again, these categories have nothing to do with the physical temperatures of the foods, but the energetic effect on the body. As with Yin and Yang foods, the ideal is to stick to the middle. This is why Vietnamese loves stir-fry mixes of meat, vegetables together in the same dish – a big range of foods ensures a healthy balance of cool, cold, warm and hot energies.
 
I found this list on the Internet. It is quite good to have it in mind while cooking.
 
COLD


VEGETABLES:

Asparagus
Bean Sprouts
Bok Choi
Cauliflower
Celery
ChineseCabbage
Cucumber
Eggplant
Seaweed
Snow peas
Turnip
Water chestnuts
White mushroom
Zucchini

FRUITS:

Banana
Blueberry
Cantaloupe
Cranberry
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Lemon
Mango
Mulberry
Persimmon
Plum
Pineapple
Rhubarb
Tangerine
Tomato
Watermelon

GRAINS:

Wheat germ

MEAT:

Clam
Crab
Octopus

SPICES

Salt
White pepper.

MISC:

Soy sauce
Sugar cane
Tofu

 

COOL


VEGETABLES:

Alfalfa sprouts Artichoke
Bamboo shoots
Bitter Gourd
Mushroom
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cooked Lettuce
Cooked Onion
Corn
Daikon radish
Endive lettuce
Lotus root
Mushrooms
Potato
Snow Pea
Soybean Sprouts
Spinach
Tomato

FRUITS:

Apple
Avocado
Black currant
Cherries
Fig
Lemon
Oranges
Pear
Prunes
Strawberries
Tangerine

GRAINS

Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Millet
Wheat
Wild rice

SEEDS

Lima beans
Mung bean
Soybean

MEAT

Duck egg
Duck
Eggs
Frog
Oysters
Pork
Rabbit
SPICES
Cilantro leaf
Marjoram
Mint
Peppermint
Tamarind

MISC

Beer
Cheese
Green tea
Milk
Miso soup
Oolong Tea
Peppermint
Sesame oil
Yogurt

 

WARM


VEGETABLES

Bell pepper
Chive
Cooked Tomato
Fennel
Green bean
Green Pepper
Leek
Mustard green
Onion
Oyster mushroom.
Parsley
Parsnip
Pumpkin
Squash
Sweet potato
Watercress

FRUITS

Blackberry
Coconut
Dates
Grapes
Kumquat
Litchi
Longan
Nectarines
Pomegranates
Quince
Raspberry

GRAINS

Oats
Quinoa
Safflower
Sweet/glutinous rice

SEEDS

Black bean
Chestnut
Lotus seed
Pine nut
Walnut

MEAT

Anchovy
Beef
Butter
Capers
Chicken
Eel
Fresh water fish
Ham
Lobster
Mussels
Pig tripe
Sheep & goat
Sheep’s milk
Shrimp
Turkey
Venison

SPICES

Anise
Basil
Bay leaf
Caraway
Carob
Clove
Coriander 
Cumin
Dill seed
Fennel
Fenugreek
Fresh ginger
Jasmine
Nutmeg
Rosemary
Sage
Spearmint
Thyme

SWEETENERS

Amasake
Brown sugar
Malt sugar
Molasses

MISC

Black tea
Coffee
Goats milk
Plum vinegar
Rice vinegar
Wine
Vinegar

 

HOT


VEGETABLES

Garlic
Green onion
Raw onions
Red pepper

MEAT

Deep-fried or grilled meat.
Grass fish.
Sparrow meat.


SPICES

Black pepper
Cayenne pepper
Chili pepper
Horseradish/wasabi
Mustard

MISC

Chocolate
Cocoa

 
 
 

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