Food can go a long way to either making us feel fantastic or absolute rubbish. I may have had a couple of wines and some pizza on the weekend…This always leads to me waking up around 1.30am (the time of liver in Chinese medicine) feeling a little sweaty . Not only that, I felt quite ‘grotty’, my head was very sluggish and my mood was somewhat irritated all the following day (when will I learn?!).
Herewith a lovely chart of some quick remedies (based on Chinese medicine) for when you may be feeling down (bananas for me all the way yesterday).
FOOD AND MOOD CHART*
|See if the diet has a lot of||And/or not enough of||Possible quick remedy||Organs involved (traditional Chinese Medicine)|
|Depression, melancholy||Sugar, honey, maple syrup; milk and milk products; allergenic foods; over 70% grains||Beans, fish, fowl, meat, whole grains||Something salty, umeboshi, olives, anchovies. Also aromatic spices||Lungs, large intestines, adrenal insufficiency|
|Fear||As above; also, meat, fats||Brown rice, barley, beans, cooked vegetables||Apple juice kuzu* (if tension); shoyu-umeboshi-kuzu (if un-centred)||Kidney-adrenals, weakness in the heart|
|Anger, short temper||Fats, salt, brown rice, cheese, meat, fried eggs||Salad, sprouts, sour food, cornmeal||Bananas, fruit juice, apple-juice-kuzu||Liver-gall bladder, weakness in stomach|
|Overexcitement, excessive laughter, anxiety||Wheat, greens, raw food; stimulants such as coffee, chocolate, alcohol, strong spices, sugar||Seaweeds, salty foods, millet||Something salty (see above)||Heart-small intestines, weakness in lungs|
|Worry; lack of empathy||Dairy products, sugar, sweets, honey, salads, sour foods||Sweet vegetables, millet, corn cooked greens, fats, oils||Bread and butter||Stomach-spleen-pancreas; weakness in kidney-adrenals|
*Kuzu is similar to arrowroot or corn-starch and is available from health-food stores.
Apple-juice-kuzu. In 1 cup apple juice, dissolve 2 tablespoons kuzu and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional). Cook until thickened, stirring all the time. Swirl in 1 tablespoon tahini. Eat hot or cold.
Shoyu-umeboshi kuzu. Dissolve 1 tablespoon kuzu in 1 cup cold water and cook, stirring until thick. Add 1 tablespoon tamari or shoyu and 1 mashed umeboshi plum or 1 teaspoon umeboshi plum paste; let mixture simmer 2 minutes longer. Can use less soy if too salty.
*Taken from Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin