According to The
Five Transformations Of Energy, it is summertime and that means
we are entering the Fire energy phase. For those who are
not familiar with The Transformations, let me elaborate on the subject.
The Five Transformations Of Energy is the ancient Chinese
study of the energy of nature and how it relates to us and our health.
It is studied and used in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and some forms
of martial arts. I have been studying and applying the theory in my
own life for 18 years. It may seem foreign at first when you hear about
it, but the knowledge is self evident when you learn about how each
season, or energy phase, connects with a certain part of our body and
the foods we eat.
We are entering
the Fire energy phase or Summertime. This is the most active
time of the year. We are outside more doing yard work. We are doing
adventurous things like kayaking, bike riding, swimming, and playing
sports. This is the time of the year when we focus on easy, quick cooking
foods and eat more raw foods. The Fire energy phase is the most Yin
energy phase. Yin is an upward, expansive energy. Just like the flames
of a fire that move outward and upward rapidly, this rapid energy holds
the potential for moving forward in your life, creating and getting
your creations out into the world. The two most active organs in your
body are associated with Fire energy, the brain and heart. Also in this
energy phase is your small intestines and circulatory system. Your brain
is always thinking and creating and your heart is always pumping blood
through your whole body. With the heart being animated by this energy
phase, it is no wonder the emotions associated with Fire energy are
joy and passion.
The signature flavor
for this energy phase is bitter. Anything you eat with a bitter
taste will feed and nurture your brain, heart, small intestines, and
circulatory system. This includes; arugula, endive, broccoli, rabe,
collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, parsley, and dark leafy lettuces.
The signature grains for this phase are quinoa, corn and amaranth. These
three grains are quick cooking and have a light energy perfect for summertime.
They are also very hardy plants that are known to survive in challenging
conditions. This gives them the strengthening quality that when we eat
them, becomes our strength. You are what you eat. And you become the
energy of what you eat.
There are ways to
tell if your Fire energy is balanced, excessive, or depleted.
Balanced Fire energy gives us a sharp and clear mind. We can express
our true selves freely. Our communication skills are good and we are
passionate about our life path. We have a good sense of who we are and
can be perceived as charismatic. But just like the fire we also have
our calm side which allows us to have compassion and empathy for those
around us. If our Fire energy is excessive we can be over dramatic.
We talk with excessive animation and can be highly excitable. We magnify
everything, positive and negative. We may experience excessive anger,
crying, or even joy. Because we are overly dramatic it can be extravagant
or flamboyant. We may appear to be always on. This can be
exhausting to be around for long periods of time. It our Fire energy
is depleted we experience the opposite. We are left slow moving and
expressionless. We lose our ability to feel joy or passion. We lose
our ability to move forward, no longer having passion or enthusiasm.
Our goal is to have
balanced Fire energy along with all the other energy phases. By focusing
on eating whole, unprocessed food we take a big step forward to achieving
balance. There is important knowledge about the energy of the food we
eat in The Five Transformation Theory. Our cultures simplistic views
of diets and other health fads do not incorporate this knowledge.
I believe this is the missing link that we need to understand to create
a healthy life. I see and feel unbalanced energy in the people I counsel
on a regular basis. My goal is to help people understand this ancient
so they can apply it to their lives to create health and longevity.
My cooking classes are based in this knowledge. To learn more, come
to my cooking classes so you can learn how to incorporate this balanced
approach to health in your life and experience how delicious balanced
energy food can taste.