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Balance between yin and yang: principle of macrobiotic cuisine

February 21, 2012

At the beginning of the s. xx Macrobiotics was born in Japan, a type of diet that tries to achieve a balance between opposite and complementary energies yin and yang. It is about knowing the nutritional and energetic characteristics of each food, to be able to apply them to your body individually, according to your needs. If you feed yourself properly through macrobiotics, you not only achieve good physical health, you also balance yourself emotionally and therefore you rise spiritually. Thus, with your health in order, you can focus your energies towards more creative projects.

Food itself has energy Ying Yang, or both, but also, when cooking them we can yanguize them or yinize them even more. Here are a few notes: If you are excessively yin you will often notice apathy, depression or tiredness, therefore you are interested in eating more yang foods or yangizing them by cooking them longer in the pan over high heat, with more salt, and without covering them so that the yin elements volatilize. If you have excess yang, you will often notice tension and hyperactivity, so you should yinize foods by cooking them shorter and faster, with more water, and with expansive movements, as in the case of fried foods. The way you cook them is also important for macrobiotics. Here is a brief ordered summary of more yang than yin: - Baked (300º): it is the one that contributes more yang, it is only recommended in very cold winters (very yin) to balance. - Fried (250º): provides a lot of yang, with the disadvantage that it turns fats into saturated and harmful to health. - Iron: the heat suddenly breaks the energy of some foods. - Stews: a softer and more recommendable yang. Ideal in winter (yin). - Sautéed: over high heat and with a bit of oil for a short time, so that it does not lose its properties. - Boiled: the more you boil it, the more yang you add. - Steamed: ideal in spring and summer, which is when we need more yin. - Blanching: goes very well for leafy vegetables. The vegetables are boiled for only two minutes and the water is thrown away. - Raw: they are used to pressed salads, blanched or in fermentation. It is not recommended to eat them raw directly because they are indigestible. Have you ever observed how the energy of food influences your mood? Have you ever noticed if your thinking is clearer by avoiding certain foods? Take the test and tell me what results you got! Irune

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