Good food and nutrition are like opening the gateway to health, vitality and wellbeing. But sometimes, does not it feel like you are doing everything right, but you do not notice an improvement in your condition.
In TICM, digestion is much more than what you eat, it has to do with what you ingest in your thoughts, conversations, surroundings, observations so on and so forth.
Our Spleen organ system is paired with our Stomach. This duo, along with the Pancreas is responsible for digestive function, regulating, balancing, and nourishing. This system controls the muscles and is the origin of Blood, fluids, essences, and Qi (our vital energy). When plentiful and flowing freely, Blood and Qi fuel our entire body to a state of balance. Balance equals harmony.
In TICM, we have a saying, sickness originates in the Spleen and Stomach. Imbalances that manifest from here can look like hundreds of unique symptoms, but they all actually have the same root cause.
Good food and nutrition, is my favourite prescription to write. But our thoughts are just as important. In TICM, we view food through its energetic properties, how it affects the body, which is like how the energy of our words impact us as well, especially our digestive function. Ever notice how worry is usually met with an aching Stomach, nervousness with nausea. That is no coincidence.
Our world has changed so much in these past two years and that has been mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing. We have entered another ‘year’ and it is time to take inventory on what serves us and let go of what doesn't.
Do not get sucked into too much noise. Focus on loving yourself first and foremost.
Cultivate self-awareness, write down how you feel after doing certain things that you might have a hunch or intuition about that need changing. See how your body reacts to what you ingest, both mentally and physically. Then I promise you, any plateau in your healing journey will be overcome.