Part of an overall healthy diet in China is that nothing is eliminated, so an expansion of the palate is necessary. Sweet, sour, bitter, savory, spicy, pungent and bland are all needed for total body health so expand your horizons and stop being picky if you want to be healthy. Forget what you have learned from western diet fads eliminating food groups in an effort to lose weight or improve health. These diets force the body to shed pounds by making it operate in manners it was not designed for stressing the whole body and the mind.
Herbal soup recipes and other healing foods are dependent on embracing everything in moderation. Controlling the body’s temperature is vital when consuming herbal soups. Do you tend to feel cold or is the weather outside or where you work cold? Then try soups containing warming components. Warming herb like ginger, turmeric, chili peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon, walnuts and green onions help raise the body’s temperature and return it to balance. If you typically feel hot, live or work in a hot environment, herbal soup recipes provide the solutions for you. Components of a cooling soup tend to be ingredients such as mint, tofu, citrus, tomato, celery, lettuce and cucumber.
With the body’s temperature in balance, the mind and body are free to heal themselves. Chinese herbal soup recipes include a lot of colors. Not those found in the prepackaged chemically laden aisles of the grocery store, but the colors found in nature. Spread your vegetables across the color spectrum to ensure total body maintenance and healing. White vegetables such as garlic and onions contain sulfides which are antibacterial, combat cancer and improve the immune system. Red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and watermelon contain lycopene which is linked to preventing cancer. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables such as carrots squash and apricots contain beta carotene which may not only reduce the likelihood of cancer but also minimize heart disease.