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• 保持放鬆和積極，享受你的食物：快樂地用餐 - 情緒化或分心會導致氣滯，食物停滯，消化不良。
The following are general guidelines based on theory of Traditional Oriental Diet:
• Eat a variety of food: food variety means eating balance diet from various food groups. Similar to western nutrition, the classical medical text, Inner Cannon of Yellow Emperor, groups food into grains, animal products, fruits, vegetables. On top of various food groups, one should also try to incorporate various flavors and colors as they indicate tropism to different organs.
• Eat more warm and hot food, do not consume too much cold and raw food: cold and raw food needs extra energy for the body to process. It can damage yang qi with over consumption of cold food or if the body constitution is weak. It is generally not recommended.
• Eat at regular time, 3-5 meals a day: this is related to the time that food stay in the stomach. It takes about 4 hours for vegetables and about 6 hours for meat to be processed by the stomach. Regular intake can help stabilize blood sugar as well as reduce the sudden dip in energy after meal.
• Avoid overeating: overeating damages spleen. General recommendation is eat to 70% fullness. It is also a good idea to consume the same amount of food at regular time to avoid unnecessary stress to the digestive system.
• Moderate consumption of pickled, smoked, barbecued food: this is a modern day advice. Pickled, smoked and barbecued foods are carcinogenic and best to avoid them.
• Reduce salt intake: sodium is required to keep fluid balance in our body but only a small amount is required. Too much salt can increase blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
• Have a good breakfast, a full lunch and a light dinner: in the morning, the body needs energy to
get started. A good breakfast provides the necessary support to begin the day. In the afternoon,
more energy is required as work is ramping up. A full lunch will continue the motivation
and stamina. But be careful not to overeat. At night, there is fewer activities and less
energy is required. A heavy meal with food in the stomach will cause insomnia and poor sleep.
• Keep relaxed and positive, enjoy your food: eat with pleasure – emotional or other distraction
can cause digestive system blockage and results in food stagnation
• Savor and chew your food completely: eating slowly helps reduce the burden of the spleen
and stomach as well as relax the mind.
• Avoid smoking and too much alcohol
• Avoid late night dinners: late night dinner causes food stagnation and weight gain as body function is at
a resting stage and late dinner can damage spleen function.