TCM nutrition teaches us how to eat according to our personal needs and the seasons. Here are our top tips for eating well this fall!
TCM nutrition is an ancient but emerging discipline whose principal purpose is to utilize food to create bodily balance and harmony. Healthy eating habits, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), are the cornerstone of good health.
A nutritious diet contains plenty of vegetables, fruits, complex carbs, healthy fats, and proteins from local, seasonal sources. According to TCM, you should consume based on your bodily constitution, present health circumstances, and season.
TCM nutrition focuses on descriptive words to determine the value and necessity of a food. These words are chosen from the following categories:
For example, a fresh watermelon would be described as cold, sweet, downwards, and catering to a stomach/bladder/heart meridian.
TCM nutrition is firmly based in the inherent laws of nature. As a result, seasonal eating is extremely important in TCM nutrition. Seasonal eating entails more than just eating fresh fruit that is in season. There are dried foods, cooking methods, and plants that are particularly suited to a particular location or season. A traditional Chinese calendar has 24 seasonal points, each with its own dietary wisdom and cultural practices.
QITCM recognizes five seasonal points throughout the fall season, based mostly on Chinese weather, which indicate which food would be best. These five points are:
During fall, traditional Chinese nutrition recommends focusing on foods that aid lung health, have a “metal element”, feature aromatic flavours and are yin-nourishing and moistening to combat the arriving cold.
So, what are these foods, exactly? Here is a list of the best foods to eat during fall according to TCM nutrition experts.
TCM nutrition also recommends certain foods to limit, such as:
TCM Nutrition is a great option to get your eating habits back on track. Combined with Traditional Chinese treatments such as acupuncture and massage, you will be feeling better than ever this fall.
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