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Food as Medicine

Use this guide to assist you in planning your meal preparations with your trainer.

Eat Consciously-Your tongue is your receptor for nutrients.

The Six Tastes of Life - Use these 6 flavors in your diet everyday preferably in every meal.

  1. Sweet
  2. Sour
  3. Salty
  4. Pungent
  5. Bitter
  6. Astringent

Taste Sources - Use these foods as examples to help you find the six tastes.

  1. Sweet-Grains, pasta, breads, nuts, dairy, oils, sweet fruits, starchy vegetables, fish, poultry, meat, sugar
  2. Sour-Citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, tart fruits, vinegar, chutneys, salad dressings, pickles, condiments
  3. Salty-Table salt, fish, seaweed, soy sauce
  4. Pungent-Spices  (Pepper, cayenne, ginger, garlic, onions, leeks, chilies, radish, horseradish, salsa, basil, thyme)
  5. Bitter-Green and yellow vegetables, green leafy vegetables
  6. Astringent-Beans, legumes, peas, tea, cranberries, pomegranate, apples, green leafy vegetables

Actions of Tastes - These are the physical actions that these tastes will aid in.

  1. Sweet-Nutritive, Soothing, Softening
  2. Sour-Increases appetite, Promotes digestion, Carminative (relieves gas)
  3. Salty-Promotes digestion, Laxative, Mildly sedative
  4. Pungent-Promotes digestion, Diaphoretic (sweat inducing), Expectorant (releases phlegm)
  5. Bitter- Depleting, Anti-inflammatory, Detoxifying
  6. Astringent-Reduces sweating, Drying, Vulnerary (helps to heal wounds faster)

Eating Awareness Techniques - Use these steps to enhance your nutrient absorption and improve digestion.

  1. Sip water with your meals
  2. Eat freshly cooked meals
  3. Reduce raw foods
  4. Reduce ice-cold food and drink
  5. Eat at a moderate pace
  6. Drink milk separately from meals, either alone or with other sweet foods
  7. Sit quietly for a few minutes after your meal, then take a short walk to aid digestion

Don’t FLUNC!!! - Minimize these “FLUNC” foods

  1. Frozen
  2. Leftovers
  3. Unnatural
  4. Nuked
  5. Canned

The longer the food sits the less life force it contains.  If you’re micro waving all of the time, you’re probably moving too fast. 

BITS-Body Intelligence Techniques - Follow these BITS to expand the satisfaction your body derives from eating.  You will be surprised at how much more enjoyment every meal can give you.
  1. Eat in a settled atmosphere
  2. Never eat when you’re upset
  3. Always sit down to eat
  4. Eat only when you feel hungry
  5. Reduce ice-cold food and drink
  6. Don’t talk while chewing your food
  7. Eat at a moderate pace, neither too fast nor too slow
  8. Wait until one meal is digested before eating the next (i.e., intervals of two to four hours for light meals, four to six for full meals)
  9. Sip room temperature water with your meal
  10. Eat freshly cooked meals whenever possible
  11. Minimize raw foods-cooked food is much easier to digest
  12. Drink milk separately from meals, either alone or with other sweet foods
  13. Experience all six tastes at every meal
  14. Leave one-third to one-quarter of your stomach empty to aid digestion
  15. Sit quietly for a few minutes after your meal

Major Quick Tip

Eat your six tastes using the seven colors of the rainbow to create a natural variety of nutrients with your meals.  Create a scale for yourself from one through ten, so you can gauge your hunger.  A “one” is starving and a “ten” is “Thanksgiving full.”  Begin eating at no more than a “two” and stop eating at a “five” or “six.”  This will help you to more easily balance your weight, as well as your energy levels.  By leaving room in your stomach and eating a range of tastes and colors, you will find that your “diet” has never been more efficient and life-changing.


 
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