Choosing your diet based on nutritional medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, or other healing traditions

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  • If you follow a specialized diet based on a healing tradition, what factors motivated your decision and how have you integrated body listening into your adoption of the diet?
     
    #foodsasmedicine

    Rachel Carriere
  • I began seeing a naturopath as part of my “I’ll try anything” search for effective treatments and found that I really enjoy using nutritional medicine to treat my body. I’ve learned a little about ayurvedic medicine as well and have some friends that choose their diet based on ayurveda. Have any of you had experience following a diet based on ayurveda or other healing traditions? How has it worked for your body?
     
    #foodasmedicine #ayurveda #nutritionalmedicine #illtryanything

    Rachel Carriere
  • I have thought about trying one of these approaches but for me they haven’t quite fit into my lifestyle. I feel like with something as complex as Ayurveda or macrobiotic or anything there needs to be a lot of education and in some cases, developing new skill sets and then getting familiar with previously unfamiliar ingredients. I feel like if I had time, I would try it because I am interested, but it’s not a sweeping change I could make. If it was available in baby steps, then I would consider it. #ayurveda #foodasmedicine

    AppleStrudel
  • The principles that I follow in terms of food choices are a combination of my life experience as well as different cultural traditions.
     
    A lot of my choices are also based on heating and cooling characteristics of foods, which is a concept from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I tend to have a lot of problems with temperature fluctuation, in three senses: 1) I am sensitive to the temperature around me, both indoors and out of doors; 2) exercise can cause a large drop in my body temperature; and 3) eating food can make me extremely cold after I eat.
     
    So I try to avoid eating meals that have a disproportionate amount of foods that have cooling properties. One example is that I rarely have salads, and if I do have them, then I try to diversify the ingredients in them.
     
    This goes along with another principle that I try to follow whenever I make my food choices. I pay attention to color balance. This is a habit that I developed when I lived in Japan, as consideration of color is an important part of food culture there. It is interesting to think about how different traditions might have different reasons for emphasizing color. For example, one might think about how the color of foods is due to the different nutrients that they contain. So these different traditions can lead us back to the same place.
    #TCM #TraditionalChineseMedicine #heatingandcoolingfoods #bodytemperature #colorbalance

    annie
    • Honestly, the best I have felt while having my condition (fibromyalgia), other than while pregnant, has been while I have been on a high protein/low carb (Atkins Diet) eating plan.  Given that my husband eats everything and my kids eat foods kids love, it is very difficult to maintain for longer than a month.  Eating vegetarian is the same way.  If it was just me I needed to worry about, I’d truly have no problems finding what works and sticking with it.  I’m making greater strides each week in asserting my needs into the mix and not feeling bad that I’m looking out for myself.  I look forward to a time when I will be able to say that I’m doing what’s best for me and that’s that.

      MyndiR
      • Myndi, this is a really good point. There are a lot of factors determining our food choices other than solely our individual preferences, even when they are for health reasons! I think it is especially challenging when we want to experiment with what foods we are avoiding or selecting, or when we are combining diets to suit our individual needs.
         
        #foodchoicechallenges #atkinsdiet #combiningdiets

        Rachel Carriere
    • Sorry, Annie!  My initial post under your’s was supposed to go under the main heading.  My reply to you was going to say, “Wow!”  I know I have the same temperature fluctuations you describe…  now I need to track them and see if the same things are causing them.  I LOVE this sharing of information!

      MyndiR
  • Annie, I have heard a little bit about heating and cooling properties before but never really looked into it. It makes sense to me that different foods would have different energetic responses in the body. I did a quick google and enjoyed reading up about TCM on this site: Shen-nong: Properties of Food From a TCM Perspective
     
    I like that you’ve adopted different practices as your life experience has introduced them. I’ve done some picking and choosing from different healing traditions as I’ve come across them and experimented with what’s worked for me. For example, I learned about Ayurveda a couple years ago and did some research and experimentation and since then I’ve focused more on eating alkaline foods.
     
    #TCM #TraditionalChineseMedicine #FoodsforQi #Alkalinefoods

    Rachel Carriere

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