As I teach my patients the benefits of a more whole-food, plant-based diet, many are at a loss for how to create plant-based meals. Below are some meal suggestions that may make this easier.
Nutrition, Part 2 discussed Nutrition from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) viewpoint. The TCM recommended diet is: Whole foods with about 75-85% of the diet as vegetables, whole grains and beans/legumes; 10-15% fruit and nuts, and 5-10% animal-based foods.
Animal-based foods in TCM:
The TCM recommended diet includes small amounts of animal-based foods. They are not the central part of any meal; instead, they are an occasional accent in meals that are vegetable and whole-grain based. Why so little?
Nutrition, Part 1 introduced the idea of nutrition as medicine, and explained the value of consuming whole foods instead of processed or refined foods for health. Now we will explore what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has to say about nutrition.
TCM Theory in a Nutshell
“He who seeks medicine and neglects his diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” – Chinese Proverb
A very common topic of discussion in my clinic is nutrition: Part of my health history intake is asking about the patient’s diet, and I very frequently make nutritional recommendations to assist their health goals.
We all know we need to be eating our greens. But, let’s face it, how many of us are getting even 2 servings of dark green leafy veggies per day, much less the recommended 4 to 5 or more? Okay, let’s back up a minute, why are greens so good for us anyway?