Introduction to Food Energetics

These educational tips about food energetics are meant to serve as little introductions to Eastern thought on food. As Westerners, we mostly associate foods with words like protein, vitamins, calories, fats, etc. Western thought is good but combined with Asian food energetics, you would be given the tools to use your food as medicine & begin to heal your body before disease strikes or to resolve whatever ailment you have.
There is a whole other view on food that has been tried & tested for thousands of years & most of us have never heard of it. In fact we are so far removed from our food sources, that most people have a difficult time recognizing certain vegetables or fruits, let alone know how to grow their own foods or recognize whole grains that don't already come ground & mixed in a ready-to-make box. I can't tell you how many times I've gone through the checkout line with something like an eggplant & the cashier didn't know what it was & had to ask. 
I want to introduce the West to terms that Asian food energetics attribute to foods: flavor, color, season, yin & yang, Qi (pronounced Chi), deficiency/excess, hot/cold, phlegm, dampness, stagnation, etc. Nature gives us the tools we need to nourish our bodies, to live healthy, fulfilled lives. Everything in this world is connected & food is the foundation; fuel to strengthen our bodies. If you have never watched the documentary Super Size Me I suggest you do- last time I checked its on instant view on Netflix. It is somewhat dramatic, but shows the effects nutrient-depleted food has on the mind & body: depression, obesity, stress, poor sleep, high blood pressure, impotence, just to name a few. Wouldn't it be better to change before poor health forces you to or worse? 
Look for more articles & resource articles coming soon. 

Did you know that poppy seeds sedate & calm the nervous system? They help to relieve coughs & are medicinal for the colon.

  In the West, foods are described in terms of how much proteinfatcaloriesvitamins &minerals it contains. The emphasis is placed on the chemical composition of a food to determine whether it is beneficial & nutritious. 
  In the East, foods are described by qualities such as temperatureflavor, & action. TCM determines the unique energy & characteristic properties of each food such as hot/cold,salty/sweet/bitter flavors, & how foods act on & move throughout our body. All foods have a distinct energy & characteristic properties that either help to balance our bodies & make us healthy, or to create imbalances which ultimately result in sickness.

Eating 1-2 raw tomatoes daily will lower blood pressure. Tomatoes encourage absorption & are excellent in treating low appetite, indigestion, food retention & constipation.
Although considered acidic, once a tomato is digested it alkalizes blood. Reducing acidic blood helps to treat inflammation, rheumatism, & gout.

Most fruits are cleansing & will help reduce stagnation. The diets of most Westerners tend towards excess- for those eating meat-rich diets, fruit is very helpful in preventing accumulation of heat & stagnation. Heat & stagnation in the intestines is how most illness comes about in America, especially if left unresolved.