Choose Foods to Reduce Body Fat
Nowadays emphasis in the West is on the chemical constituents of foods: that they be nutritious, not poisonous and not fattening.
In Chinese Medicine, these factors were important, of course – nobody wanted to eat poisonous or harmful foods, though of course they liked junk foods, as do we all.
They weren’t bothered about fat in foods, however. In fact, fat was good! But remember that they didn’t have animals that had been force-fed, nor the artificial trans-fats that we now know are so bad for us.
What they did have was a way of deciding on the merits of food from what is really an ‘energetic’ viewpoint. This is still very useful today, and often a better way of choosing a food. That’s as long as food is unrefined and unprocessed.
(And grown without herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or with non-organic fertilisers. Well, that’s the ideal! Though if artificial fertilisers make the food healthier by enriching the soil, maybe not so bad.)
It was also a well-integrated system, that adapted the foods you ate according to season and health.
You can read more about this ancient method under Nutrition.
If you’re overweight your Stomach energy may already be out of balance. If so, whatever you give your stomach organ won’t reduce body fat or achieve weight loss.
More than that, sticking to your diet may be difficult because your Stomach has likes and dislikes that are pretty ingrained. If your Stomach energy is out of balance these are hard to shift: you’ll diet religiously for a few days then be unable to resist temptation.
Appropriate Foods: the Science
From a scientific point of view there is growing evidence that fat in foods isn’t fattening – unless it’s what are called ‘trans-fats’ in which case they’re poisonous, so don’t eat them! It’s more likely to be excess calories that eventually turn into fat.
What’s that mean? It means cut out refined carbohydrates like sweets, sweeties, sugar, honey etc. And cut down on grain-based foods too, and potatoes. Note, that’s cut DOWN, not necessarily cut OUT! Much depends on your health, the weather, the season, what else is available – and how you cook them.
In fact there’s a list of such foods to avoid, which we’ll put on another page. But you CAN eat saturated fats, for example from animal sources, unless the animals were fed antibiotics, steroids, etc. when there are other reasons for avoiding them.
It is rather a minefield… And with so much available, from so many countries, and such clever marketing, our brain is easily overwhelmed and enticed into buying stuff we don’t need.
Which brain would that be?
Stomach – Your most powerful brain!
If your Stomach energy is out of balance, resisting foods containing those calories is mighty difficult!
Why? Well, here’s a hint: the Chinese sometimes say that we have two brains, one in the head and one in the stomach.
Guess which is more powerful?
(Women often say that men have a third brain, a bit further down than the stomach, even more powerful. A sign of a man’s age is which he is more interested in: food or sex!)
In deciding which foods to eat and how to eat them, your Stomach energy makes use of something else in your system. This is called your Gall Bladder energy which in Chinese Medicine is reckoned to be the chief decision-maker.
Physically, and in Western medicine, your gall-bladder organ stores bile which is used to break up fat in food that you’ve eaten and is passing through your small intestine.
But in Chinese Medicine, the Gall-Bladder (capital G-B) function is to decide. Nowadays, the wealth of information and marketing easily overwhelms our Gall-Bladder.
There’s more about the Gall-Bladder function here, but one of the characteristics associated with a strong Gall-Bladder is courage. An old name for courage is Gall!
You’ll be pleased to know that there are ways in which you can improve your Gall-Bladder function! However, they take time to work.
Treatment with acupuncture for weight loss should always consider the Gall-Bladder function.
Going on: even with the best food in the world
- chosen with circumspection,
- prepared with loving care and attention,
- chewed and eaten with reverence,
your Stomach needs one other vital factor.