Category: diet and food

How do we put on weight? -Chinese medicine perspective

It is commonly known that weight gain occurs when there’s an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure. But how do we see weight gain in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?  There are four main reasons to gain weight from the TCM perspective (Li, 2014) : Firstly, heat in the stomach combined with poor digestion due to... Read more

Mediterranean diet and health

Advice on food,  what is good for us and what is bad for us, seems to change all the time. One minute we are told red wine is good; and the next any alcohol is bad for us. One minute butter is bad, now we are told that butter is good. We can see this... Read more

Mid-life wellbeing

I attended a seminar last week about mid-life wellbeing. The middle-age individuals are those between 45 to 65 years old. Mid-life is the phase when one faces physical, mental and societal challenges.  The top health issues during this phase are reduced immunity, weight gain, fragile bones, and increased incidence of cancer. On the one hand... Read more

We are what we eat

  Healthy eating is very important. The types of nutrients in the food we consume determine the composition of every single cell in our body. On average, an adult loses roughly 300 million cells every day and we are replacing them with food. Our bodies are literally manufactured out of food we eat. Chinese medicine... Read more

Life and food in summer

Summer is here, and will be here for a while. In Geelong, summer can be hot, humid, and the temperature also changes dramatically, varying from 42 degree to 20 degree within one day. When hot, naturally people want to take cold food and cold drink to help with the heat or dress coolly, such as... Read more

Healthy eating tips from Chinese medicine

The views on healthy food change all the time, usually depending on the latest research findings. In Chinese medicine, the concept of healthy eating has never changed. Choosing from seasonal and unprocessed food with various colours and flavours to match with individual constitution is the key of a healthy diet. In Chinese medicine, food is... Read more