Gladys Wong, CMT, MIM,
Less is more, more is less
Smoothie is an excellent way to increase fruit and vegetable intake in our diet. Eating a plant-based diet not only provides you with essential vitamins and minerals but also fibers and proteins. Animal proteins are harsh on the digestive system; it consumes a considerable amount of energy to digest the food, leaving you feeling sleepy and sluggish. Plant-based proteins are not only easy to digest and absorb but also, its alkali properties neutralize excessive acid in the body—balance the pH. Eating a plant-based diet will energize you; makes you feel lighter and healthier.
In traditional Chinese cooking, food is a medicine; the Chinese prepare their meals in a way that Yin and Yang are balanced. Yin is cold energy, and Yang is hot. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) categorizes food energy into four elements: cold (yin/alkaline), cooling (neutral), warming (neutral), and hot (yang/acidic). Some vegetables are cooling or even cold. Others, such as pepper, ginger, and garlic, are warming or hot.
Raw food is a cold element; frequent consumption of uncooked food weakens the spleen’s energy. The spleen plays multiple supporting roles in the body, like, filtering and recycling blood, and fights bacteria. In TCM, the spleen is a sub-organ that enhances stomach activities—it is a food warmer. Adding a slice of ginger root in cooking warms the food by pulling the elements together to meet in the middle, bringing the energy to neutral, helps conserve spleen energy.
My daily smoothie (is a meal on its own) for one person serving:
Non-diary milk (soy, almond, hemp, or coconut) 1/4 cup
Water 1/4 cup
Spice powder (anti-inflammatory agents):
Ginger, Jiāng 薑 (warm) 1 slice or 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder
Cinnamon, Ròuguì 肉桂 (hot) one pinch
Clove, Dīngxiāng 丁香 (warm) one pinch
Turmeric, Jiānghuáng 薑黃 (warm) 1/4 teaspoon
Cardonmon, Dòukòu 白豆蔻 (warm) 1/4 teaspoon
Cilantro (warm) a handful
Parsley (warm) a handful
Celery (cool) 1 stick
Carrot (neutral) 1 stick
Banana (cold) 1 (riped)
Apple (cool) 1 small
Wheatgrass (cold) 1 teaspoon
Blend all ingredients until smooth, and serve.
Remember, your body is different than mine. If you develop an allergic reaction to edibles and health products, stop using them, and consult your health physician. Excessive consumption of anything can also lead to ill health. Always research your topic in-depth, exercise your intuition and common sense, and listen to your body.
Gladys Wong is merely sharing her personal experience with her audience to raise health awareness. You are solely responsible for your health. Always consult your doctor or dietician before you change your diet. Please use the above information at your discretion. Be well.
The above information has not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The above information is not intended to cure, treat, or prevent disease. Use it at your discretion.