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More Food For Thought

By: Eluv
Posted: August 17, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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If a person with a yin deficiency spends time in a dark environment with little exposure to sunlight, eats too many cooling or cold foods and drinks, or is exposed to external cold, this will continue to deplete yin and consume the yang energy. Sunlight, a warmer environment, warming foods, drinks, and herbs can help disperse cold and support more balanced energy.

Finding balance is like learning to dance a new dance—sometimes it’s a bit difficult at first, but after some practice, it becomes easier and much more fun. Balance is not about perfection, it’s about doing the dance of going with the flow and keeping the energy moving.

As a spa professional, your health and well-being impacts and influences your energy, and the energy you share with your clients. Giving too much depletes, as does giving insincerely. You may choose to take a moment to observe the areas in which you would benefit from greater balance. Choosing to take good care of yourself benefits everyone around you. Ultimately, it is the most important gift you can give yourself. Your health is your abundance and the gift you share with your clients.

Always seek the advice of a trained TCM practitioner who is an expert in food therapy or a nutritionist. Do not self-diagnose.

Quick and healthy snacks

  • Apple slices drizzled with tahini or dipped in cashew or almond butter.
  • Avocado sliced in half, drizzled with honey, and powdered with cinnamon, cardamom or other sweet spice.
  • Avocado sliced in half, then drizzled with coconut oil, lemon juice, salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Hummus with fresh celery, baby carrots, fennel or other raw veggies for dipping.
  • Lightly steamed asparagus and fresh, thinly sliced cucumber tossed in coconut oil and chia seeds, then wrapped in seaweed.
  • Sardines in spring water, with a little added sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice. Sardines are considered a neutral food beneficial for the stomach.

Reading list

  • Asian Botanicals (Allured Publishing, 2003) by Evelyn Su
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: Esthetician’s Guide (Allured Publishing, 2008) by Michelle O’Shaughnessy, DOM
  • Nutrition: The Healthy Aging Solution (Pat Lam, 2008) by Pat Lam
  • The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine (McGraw-Hill, 2000) by Ted Kaptchuk
  • Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies: Psychology, Energy and Chinese Medicine (Station Hill Press, 1991) by Leo Hammer
  • Generative Energy: Restoring Wholeness to Life (Raymond Peat, PhD) by Raymond Peat PhD
  • Helping Ourselves: A Guide to Chinese Food Energetics (Meridian Press, 1994) by Daverick Leggett
  • Chinese System Of Food Cures: Prevention & Remedies (Sterling, 1986) by Henry C. Lu
  • The 5 Laws for Healthy Living (Thorsons, 1998) by Angela Hicks
  • Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Vol 1 and 2 (Lotus Press, 1998) by Michael and Lesley Tierra
  • Planetary Herbology (Lotus Press, 1988) by Michael Tierra
  • Detoxify or Die (Prestige Pubs, 2002) by Sherry A. Rogers