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.
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.
Alfalfa sprouts Artichoke
Fresh water fish
Sheep & goat
Deep-fried or grilled meat.