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Here are 5 eastern healthy eating tips from an interview with Bronwyn Whitlocke. Bronwyn is an Australian expert on Shiatsu, acupuncture, and clinical aromatherapy and shared with us some tips from the eastern diet. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, and having written a book on Chinese Medicine, Bronwyn provides a glimpse of the diet that could actually change people’s lives for the better.
Digestive issues such as bloating, irregular bowel function, cramps, flatulence, and burping are some of the problems which Bronwyn regularly identifies with her patients. She also points out certain emotional issues which can be exacerbated by eating the wrong foods such as grief, fear, and depression. Some of her patients also deal with asthma, ADHD, acne, and autoimmune disorders.
The biggest problem of all is the patients’ dietary habits, like skipping one or more meals or eating on the desk at work. These habits consequently affect a person’s health, leading to various illnesses.
According to Bronwyn Whitlocke, “Food should be served with the idea that the senses enjoy i.e colour combination, display, taste, and aroma.”
Reduce Cold Foods
People in the west should consider the eastern diet philosophies that Bronwyn recommends. This includes the reduction of cold raw foods for certain body types, as well as the temperature of food and fluids. For example, microwave cooking is a cool form as the food cools very quickly, while stir frying and roasting are warm forms of cooking.
Eat Soup When Tired
The idea is to match the food type based on health issues. Roasted food is recommended for cold conditions. Soups, meanwhile, are useful for empty conditions where there is lack of energy – Yang. As soup is already predigested, it takes less energy for the body to process it, providing optimal benefit for the person’s health.
When Injured Try Herbs
When recovering from injury, Bronwyn Whitlocke sheds more light on post operative care. As the use of antibiotics and pain killers can reduce appetite and possibly cause candida, Bronwyn suggests the right diet. Soups and plenty of water at body temperature should be consumed. A probiotic should be taken as well.
In regards to the muscle injury, herbs should be added to the soup for faster healing. Huang Qi, Bronwyn suggests, provides excellent protection for the immune system.
Reduce Processed Foods For Children
Based on her experience, Bronwyn Whitlocke had seen her patients’ health improve after the change in diet. One good story is that of a young boy, who had been diagnosed with ADHD at age 9. The consumption of a lot of processed foods and high sugar juices was reduced while water intake was significantly increased. Only 3 months after consulting with Bronwyn, the boy now at age 16, has been off from medications.
Most of her patients who are complaining of asthma have also responded well to diet change.
Eat Big Early
If there is one piece of diet advice that she could give to people, Bronwyn concludes, “Eat like a king for breakfast, prince for lunch, and a pauper for dinner. “ She explains that the Yang energy is at its peak in the morning, and starts to wean at lunch. After 6pm, it becomes minimal as this is the Yin time for the body to rest.