Are your favorite go-to foods getting your emotions out of whack? Check out Traditional Chinese Medicine’s 5 element healing method to find clues:
If you swing too much towards anger and irritability and need a bit more of a sense of humor, you need to balance the wood element which governs the liver and gall bladder. Wood is the sour taste. Chicken, liver, wheat, greens, citrus, plum, pineapple, vinegar, sauerkraut, olives and yogurt are some foods that support wood element and benefit erratic, scattered people.
Feeling sad and wish to find more joy and cheeriness in your life? Use the fire element. Fire governs the heart and small intestine and is associated with the bitter taste. Fire foods include lamb, asparagus, lettuce, leeks, strawberries, dandelion, alfalfa, citrus peel, celery, peppers, corn, cayenne, wine, coffee, and tea. These foods can benefit slow, overweight, over-heated and aggressive people according to TCM practitioners.
Worrying, blaming or feeling guilty and wish to have more compassion and empathy?Work on the earth element which governs the spleen and stomach. Sweet is the taste associated with earth element and foods that work well are beef, millet, cooked onion, watermelon, apple, cherry, dates, figs, grapes, peaches, carrots cabbage, potato, squash, almond, and coconut. Dry, nervous, and weak people are helped by the sweet taste as well as aggressive people.
A depressed outlook on life that needs to be turned positive can be helped by supporting the large intestine and lungs. This is the metal element and spicy/pungent taste. Some foods in this group are tofu, rice, garlic, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, cinnamon, mint, rosemary, scallions, horseradish, navy beans, basil, and nutmeg. These foods promote circulation and benefit sluggish, damp, lethargic, and cold people.
And finally, fearful people who would like to be more playful and have good insightscould use some kidney and bladder (and reproductive organs) tonifying. This is all about the water element and salty-tasting foods. Foods in this group are fish, shellfish, pork, beans, soy sauce, miso, walnuts, black sesame seeds, duck, watermelon, eggs, pickles and butter. These foods benefit thin, dry, and nervous people and promote moisture and calming in the body.
So, what’s for dinner tonight?