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Hello, dear viewer, and thank you for visiting my blog! I am a dedicated (and certified) Food Coach and Personal Trainer with a very individual attitude to coaching. I search to look beyond people's health issues and modify their lifestyles so that they can live a healthier life, increase vitality and longevity. Recently as a strong believer in natural healing I have published two books on Ayurveda and how to use Ayurveda lifestyle and food at home. Further, I am very much into TCM and the concept of original Chinese Food, especially after my recent stay in China. I am striving to become a Yoga expert through intense training and am practicing some kind of exercise every single day. My second blog http://thrumyeyes-kat.blogspot.com/ is dedicated to my passion to capture the world with my camera and create my own world like that. Everything you will find on these pages about nutrition and exercising is authentic and self-tested. Enjoy and don't forget to send me your comments, which are always welcome in my attempt to meet your expectations even better!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Health food - the balance on my plate

„When i walk, I walk. When I sit, I sit. When I eat, I eat.“

(Zhen Buddhism)

Dear readers,

Not only in Ayurveda, but also in Chinese Medicine and originally also in our very own European / Northern kitchen eating balanced food is essential for health and wellbeing. Like in all matters of life, it is important to be balanced, to be Yin and Yang, man and woman, sun and moon, day and night, movement and stillness. Each element is also within the other, there is no Yin without Yang for example. This balance puts us into harmony, the state of balance is called „sattva“ (middle, equilibirum), which is an old Sanskrit word. For example in Ayurveda even today we strive to eat „sattvic“ food, which will not over acidify our bodies or deprive them of important nutrients. Extreme Yin or extreme Yang food puts our body out of balance and causes the organism to oscillate between two poles.

Obviously, each individual needs a slightly different balance to meet his needs. But if you prepare a nice variety, everybody will find something at your table. That is why my husband will eat more of the fresh salad while I will have a bigger portion of the grounding sweet potatoes. 

Example for a "bad" balance: if you eat a lot of food high in Yin like meat, eggs and other animal products, these need to be balanced with a high quantity of extreme Yang food like tropical fruits, sugar, alcohol, spices. Notice something? You sure do.

This equation can be applied to all our daily life’s fields. Multitasking, stress in the office and in your free time create a state of extreme Yang, which will increase your cravings for extreme Yin: alcohol, coffee, sugar, junk food etc. This balance is deceiving, though, as it creates only a very short term equilibrium. After that, your body moves even more out of balance, which in the end will create damage, even for the mind.

An understanding of these principles is very helpful on your way to live healthy and happy.

Let me explain a bit further....

Yin = cold                                                         Yang = warm
Winter = cold                                                   Summer = warm
Winter plants = grow beneath earth             summer plants = grow above earth

In winter the body needs more Yang food  („heavier“ plants, which preserve for a longer time beneath the earth) – did your granny have salad in winter, she sure did not - whereas in summer the body needs to be cooled with Yin food (light, easily spoiled plants, which sprout above earth). Easy, no? Mother natures does take care of us. Please consider these principles also when you travel. You will not want to eat a hot potatoe-chillie soup in a tropical climate.

Try to apply these principles to your life, start with some of the following measures:

1. Always prepare fresh food. Avoid microwaving.

2. Take your time for each meal: sit, chew, digest and above all enjoy.

3. Move a lot and get your quantum of oxygen every day, which would be at least 30 minutes.

4. Take your time off distractions (computer, phone, tv etc) and try to exist more conciously, take time for family and friends, do some yoga and meditation

As far as your daily meals are concerned, a balanced plate needs

-> many colours
-> various textures
-> various tastes and spice intensity
-> something boiled and something raw
-> some nuts and seeds
-> 25-30% of whole grains
-> 15-20% (vegetable) protein

You will notice how much you will suddenly indulge, how your palate will jubilate and thus your body!

The following combination is just one example to give you an idea about what a balanced meal combination could look like:

  • Wholegrain Soba Noodles with almond-tamari sauce

  •  Quickly fried Tofu (with soya oil and spring onions)

  • Grilled pumpkin or sweet potato

  • Steamed fennel with miso dressing

Get balanced – enjoy life!

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