Food Energetics is a principal of traditional Chinese medicine that helps us to understand the relationship of food and how it affect their body.
Keeping in mind that if your dog is showing signs of physical disturbances, them you can be assured it is also effecting their mental and emotional state of wellness.
Five Elements Theory
The five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, are believed to be the fundamental interaction in which everything in the universe occurs.
It is an intricate system of Chinese philosophy that has been used for over 4000 years. IT describe interactions and relationships between the Physical, Mental, and Emotional aspects of wellness and how things effect them.
The 5 elements along with the 8 principles, Yin-Yang, Hot& Cold, Internal & External, Excessive & Deficient, help to give us an in depth mapping system to restore behavioral, emotional and physical imbalance.
We begin with Food
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Organs: Heart & Small Intestine, Pericardium & Triple Warmer - Season: Summer - Heat -Direction: South -Emotion: Joy -Color: Red -Taste: Bitter -Sound: Laughing -Sense Organ: Tongue -Sensation: Taste -Body Tissue: Vessels
Easily excited, Extroverted, Love to be loved
Difficult to calm down, Sharp mental activities
Strong body, Small head, Small, but bright, shining eyes, Runs very fast, but easily fatigued
Heart disease, Separation anxiety, Restlessness
TCVM Health Suggestions: The Heart belongs to Fire. Diet recommendations include foods such as pork heart, fish, brown rice, wheat and vegetables such as broccoli and celery.
Organ: Spleen, Stomach -Season: Late Summer/Harvest -Weather: Damp - Direction: Center -Emotion: Worry -Color: Yellow
Taste: Sweet -Sound: Singing -Sense Organ: Mouth, Lips -Sensation: Touch -Body Tissue: Muscles, Flesh
Honest and kind, Takes care of others
Laid back, Slow response to a stimulus
Short but sturdy body, Prominent musculature
Big head, Disease Predispositions
Chronic gastrointestinal disease, Obesity
TCVM Health Suggestions:
The Spleen belongs to the Earth. Like the Earth’s characteristics, the Spleen works very hard. There are no complaints until a big problem develops. The Spleen deserves special attention because the Spleen, as the source of energy, muscular strength, and defending force, is important to the whole body. The recommended foods include rumen, lamb, chicken, ginger, garlic and sweet potato.
Organ: Lung, Large Intestine -Season: Autumn -Weather: Dry -Direction: West -Emotion: Grief
Color: White -Taste: Spicy -Sound: Weeping
Sense Organ: Nose -Sensation: Smell
Body Tissue: Skin
A leader in a group, Always follows the rules,
Holds oneself aloof, Confident and consistent
Broad chest, Good hair coat
Respiratory problems (cough, asthma, nasal congestion), Diabetes, Constipation
TCVM Health Suggestions:
In TCVM, the Lung (Metal organ) functions primarily to control breathing and to regulate the respiratory system. The recommended foods include eggs, duck, barley, tofu and rice.
Organ: Kidney, Bladder -Season: Winter -Weather: Cold -Direction: North -Emotion: Fear -Color: Black, Dark Blue -Taste: Salty
Sound: Groaning -Sense Organ: Ear -Sensation: Hearing, Balance -Body Tissue: Bone, marrow (CNS)
Introverted, Fearful of everything, Quiet but good observer, Willing to live alone, Very consistent but slow when doing something,
Thin, middle sized body, Deep big eyes
Cold intolerance. Prefers warmth
Infertility, Back pain, Urinary infections
Diarrhea at dawn, Depression
TCVM Health Suggestion:
The Kidney (Water organ) dominates reproduction and supplies vital force. Coldness is a natural enemy of the Kidney. The Kidney stores the Essence (Jing), which influences the animal’s growth, development, and reproduction. The food recommendations include pork kidney, eggs, duck, mussels, sweet potato, and black beans.
Organs: Liver & Gallbladder -Season: Spring
Weather: Wind -Direction: East -Emotion: Anger -Color: Blue/Green -Taste: Sour
Sound: Shouting -Sense Organ: Eye -Sensation: Vision -Body Tissue: tendons, sinews
Dominant behavior or attitude, Quick, fast movements, Enjoys or skilled with running or moving, Impatient, Easily becomes angry or loses temper, Alert and responds quickly to stimuli, Good at adapting to changing conditions, Quickly forms ideas then changes mind, Narrow minded or intolerant to different ideas
Thin body, either tall or short, Big eyes, Performance is good but variable, Tendons are strong and healthy, Runs like the wind. Quick and nimble movement
Stroke, Allergy, Depression, Neurosis
TCVM Health Recommendations:
Wood types have limited tolerance for depression. Even a small amount of stress or depression will strain the Liver (the organ of the Wood element) function. Thus, foods that have harmonizing or regulating properties are very important to Liver function. The recommended foods include chicken liver, pork liver, green vegetables (mustard greens, spinach, cabbage), carrots and citrus fruits.
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Color: Green | Organs: Liver and gall bladder | Symptoms of imbalance: Eye and skin problems, allergies, cracked nails, dull muscle and tendon pain, menstrual problems, spacey, unruly, lack attention, training can be difficult, distracted.
Foods of the season: Eat fresh, lightly prepared greens. Spinach, chard, parsley, romaine lettuce, collard greens, kale, sprouts, seaweed, celery, chives, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, radishes, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, grapefruit, black beans, chicken, turkey, shrimp, chicken, eggs
Need and explanation on rotational diets and the benefits. rotational diets in the raw world mean to rotate ingredients to make sure you balance out the nutritional value of the bowl to make sure your dog is getting the nutrience needed.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is considered a time of rebirth and growth. The liver and the gallbladder are the organs of the season; meaning that a diet tailored to support these two is going to be the best choice for spring.
The thinking is that when the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly, which lend itself to optimum health. Of course the liver is responsible for detoxification within the body, so incorporating foods that contribute to this process is ideal. Foods to focus on:
According to TCM, summer is the most ‘yang’ (which represents fire) of all of the seasons, and this can quickly lead to imbalances if not treated carefully. Because of the hot, drying weather, the best foods for summer are cooling, sweet, hydrating and neutral.
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Neutral foods can help to counterbalance the heat: rice, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and salmon,
Hydrating foods like cucumber, strawberries, lettuce, celery, and pears really help to temper excess yang.
Sweet foods like sweet corn, carrots, sweet potatoes and cooked grains
Light broths and soups to keep portions smaller than during other seasons
Cooling foods like coconut, apples, cucumbers and watermelon are great in hot, humid days to keep your dogs from over heating.
Color: Red | Organs: Heart and small intestine/Late Summer: Spleen and stomach | Symptoms of imbalance: Heartburn, poor memory, nervousness, insomnia, red complexion, bloating, sluggishness, anxious, hyperactive, barker, pee'r, overheats
Foods of the season: Eat more raw foods and fresh fruit. Watermelon, apricots, peaches, cantaloupe, cucumber, bok choy, oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, corn, spinach, watercress, summer squash, mint, dill, cilantro, fish
Color: White | Organs: Lungs and large intestine | Symptoms of imbalance: Respiratory ailments, dry skin, negativity, constipation, digestive issues
Foods of the season: Cut back on raw foods; eat more slow-cooked foods and soups. Sweet potatoes, onions, cabbage, mustard greens, garlic, leeks, bananas, plums, limes, lemons, apples, ginger, pears, eggs, yogurt, cheese, navy beans, soybeans, pork, walnuts, almonds, cinnamon, cardamom
Autumn is a season of distinct transition from the yang-heavy summer to yin-laden winter. Warming, pungent foods are the best picks and methods like slow-cooking or braising make for delicious meals that will support your emotional and physical health, and focus on the season’s organs—the lungs and large intestine.
Foods to focus on:
With such high levels of yin (water) energy at play during winter, your diet needs to be tailored in order to support the kidneys—which in TCM, is the root of all of our energies. Unsurprisingly, foods should always be cooked and warm
Foods to incorporate:
Color: Black | Organs: Kidneys and bladder | Symptoms of imbalance: Excess fear or stress, dehydration, bone issues, fatigue, insomnia
Foods of the season: Slow-cook soups, broths and stews. Black beans, kidney beans, squash, potatoes, root vegetables, winter greens, carrots, celery, endive, escarole, cabbage, mushrooms, apples, pears, lamb, chicken, walnuts, seeds, roasted nuts, quinoa, oats, rye, barley, millet
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