We all know that a healthy diet is essential but sometimes we do not follow that advice. The Chinese way is to eat sparingly only eat until you feel 80% full. All food must be well chewed so the enzymes in the saliva start breaking down the food immediately. They tend not to have extremely hot or extremely cold foods. They will sip fluids while they are eating and this is often hot tea. Coffee is frowned on in this diet.
There ideal method of cooking is steaming, poaching or stir frying. The traditional diet is one of complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit and very low in saturated fats. They prefer fish and they only eat meat in very small amounts.
The Chinese diet avoids the use of dairy because they believe it to be the main cause of allergies and infections. Eggs are rarely eaten but they will eat chicken. Chicken will raise the qi (energy) levels. They also avoid potatoes, peppers and tomatoes. Even in the Western world, some people get allergies from peppers or tomatoes.
A grain, particularly rice, is rated very highly in their diet. Pulses such as kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils are also included especially in their stir fries.
They believe that cooking their vegetables is beneficial and builds up the body while uncooked vegetables or cold vegetables have an eliminating action.
Red meat is rarely used in this diet as it is only consumed when the body is depleted of energy.
The Chinese are firm believers that food and herbs is the way to cure many illnesses and diseases. If you can find a qualified Chinese medical practitioner, you can avoid taking drugs and get better in a much more natural way. The old Chinese way was that you paid the doctor when you were well and if you fell ill under his care – you never paid him for the treatment.
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