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energetics of food

Name That Green!

When it’s said that “variety is the spice of life,” greens are no exception! 

Plants “allow” humans and animals to eat ALL of their fruits, but only PART of their leaves, because plants need to have leaves for their own use – which is manufacturing chlorophyll. Yet, plants depend on moving creatures for pollination, fertilizing the soil, and helping eat the ripe fruit. For this reason, plants accumulate a lot of highly nutritious elements in their leaves, but mix these nourishing ingredients with either bitterness or very small amounts of alkaloids (poisons) – which is why animals are forced to rotate their menu. They eat a small amount of one thing, then move on to other plants. The body is only capable of detoxifying small amounts of a great many things, but it is much more difficult for the human system to get rid of a large amount of one type of poison. This is why it’s so important for us to learn to rotate the greens in our diet.

Simply eating “lots of salads” is not truly benefiting you if you’re using the same greens over and over.  

It’s important to alternate our variety of greens as much as possible. My hope is that our farmers will actually grow a larger variety of green leafy vegetables to increase our green intake. Many of the greens available in grocery stores are mostly bred from the dandelion and mustard families. Despite their names and appearances, cultivated greens have similar nutritional content. To truly meet our nutritional needs, it’s important we include greens from a number of totally different plant families into our daily diets. 

So, the next time you’re making a salad, consider adding a combination of 4 or 5 greens.  Consider adding a few of these:

Greens:   Arugula (rocket), Asparagus, Beet greens (tops), Bok choy, Celery, Chard, Collard greens, Escarole, Fresee lettuce, Goji leaves (wolfberry), Kale (3 types), Mache, Mitsuna, Mustard greens, Lettuce (all types red and green), Radicchio, Radish tops, Spinach, Romaine lettuce green and red leaf, Turnip greens, Wheatgrass

Herbs:  Basil, Cilantro, Lemon Balm, Mint, Parsley, Peppermint leaves, Spearmint

Ready to experiment a litte more the next time your shopping?  I hope so! If you have a great recipe you’d like me to share, send me an email! 

The Energetics of Food

Food can be measured in many ways–for its nutrition – for the experience it gives you – and the energy it creates throughout your body. You’ve heard it said “you are what you eat.”  Certainly, it’s true that food makes up the cells in your body, but have you ever thought the energy of food?

If we look at vegetables, we can see that they have a root, a CONNECTING point, and leafy part.  When we eat vegetable, we can enjoy similar energy.  According to Chinese principles, root vegetables grow down into the ground so we relate them to being good for the lower part of the body and helping us feel grounded.
Round vegetables have a more balanced energy supporting the center health of our body, helping us to feel steady and secure.
Leafy vegetables grow UP and OUT, nourishing the upper body and head, helping us feel inspired, light and youthful.

Here are a couple of examples of how food might impact your emotional health.

·         If you are feeling anxiety ridden, tense and need to lighten up, try adding in more leafy greens, which grow toward the sun. These foods are cleansing and provide lighter energy for the body.

·         If you are feeling unfocused, scattered and want to feel more grounded in your life, try eating root vegetables, which grow  in the ground and provide heartier, more sustainable energy than would eating a salad.

Root vegetables
Sweet vegetables
Meat, fish
Pressure Cooking
Leafy greens
Wheat, barley, quinoa
Raw foods
Gas stove cooking
Nut butters
Microwave cooking
Electric stove cooking
Factory farming
Organic foods
Whole foods
Local foods
Brown rice
Home cooking
Home gardening

It’s good to choose a balance of hearty and light foods, to maintain a delicate balance of focused, yet flexible energy.  If you’d like to learn more about the energetic qualities of certain foods and how they can directly impact your health concerns or conditions, call 804-288-3927 or email
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