Recently, I gained some weight after jumping on the raw foods bandwagon, and I was inspired to go back to the basics and see what happened. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner, I always revisit my teachings whenever I feel off.
In TCM, digestion is viewed as a process that requires warm energy. So how does that relate to what we eat? Well, according to TCM, all foods have properties according to how they behave energetically in the body. Some are warming (think meat and chili, for example) and others are cooling (like melons and berries).
For people with a cold constitution, (you know, the folks who literally sit on the heater), adding more cold can be disastrous. For those who are hot, adding heat isn’t ideal, either. It can lead to all kinds of issues such as period pain or headaches. The point is: What works for your cousin's-uncle's-babysitter won’t necessarily work for you. And just because Miranda Kerr thrives on juice, doesn’t mean you or I will. You need to work out what works for your constitution. But at its best, the digestive system doesn't differ from person to person. It has a way it likes to run. And so you might be surprised to see the following on a list of fattening foods. Not only are they helping you pack on the weight, they could be interfering with your fertility, too.)