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 If you recall, yin and yang are the two types of energy that give birth to everything that exist.

There are yin and yang energies in the environment, in our emotions, in our thoughts, in our body and everywhere. Therefore, there are endless applications of yin and yang but probably the most important is health because according to Traditional Chinese Medicine good health is only attained when yin and yang energies interact and reach balance.

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To contribute to your own yin and yang balance, and reach optimal health, have a yin-yang balanced diet taking in consideration the following:

  • Yin food is cool while yang food is warm.
  • Most animal proteins are considered yang, especially red meat; white meat is also considered yang but at a lower scale.
  • Most vegetables are considered yin but there are different levels of yin, and all root vegetables are considered yang.
  • Whole grains are moderately yang while beans and lentils are moderately yin.
  • Eat more yin foods in summer to cool down and more yang foods in winter to warm up.
  • What if you don’t like animal protein in your diet? Cooking yin foods increases their Yang energy so sautéing some vegetables and tossing them into your raw salad makes the trick for a more yin and yang balanced meal.
  • Roasting is the top yang cooking method so eating roasted root vegetables or any type of vegetables instead of boiled root vegetables or any type of vegetables is an additional alternative to balance your energy intake.

The possibilities are endless…leave me a comment if you want to know more.

BTW, when you follow the third habit explained in The Five Morning Habits to Win the Day, you force yin and yang energies to interact so that habit is great to trigger yin and yang balance.


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