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  • Yin & Yang of Living Foods

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    Elizabeth Aantrobus

    When it comes to the most beneficial diet for optimizing human potential, we truly feel that a living foods based diet presents the most life enhancing qualities. The healing abilities provided by living foods directly mirrors this herbal lifestyle we embrace. That is why we navigate life in this direction ourselves, and through the cumulative use of tonic herbs combined with a high raw food diet, we continue to experience profound breakthroughs in vital health. However, we also encourage maintaining an appropriate balance between the Yin and Yang energies, and so there are measures one must take in order to maintain longterm success and achieve the results they desire.

    When consuming a high raw diet, one aspect that is often somewhat overlooked is the balancing of Yin & Yang energies in the overall diet. Since a raw food diet is of Yin nature in and of itself, there are some simple steps you can take to balance out this dominant Yin nature. We believe that Tonics herbs are first and foremost a crucial component of any type of high raw food diet, as they will contribute towards maintaining a suitable dynamic balance between the Yin & Yang and transform weaknesses in digestive fire. This is why we have formulated specific blends like FLOW to assist and transform the cooling characteristics that present themselves on a water-rich raw food diet.

    Aside from incorporating tonic herbs into your life, simple practices like adding a pinch of sea salt and some ceylon cinnamon into a fruit smoothie — or adding items like dill seeds,  mustard seeds, fennel seeds, hot peppers, ect. to green leafy salads can really help in balancing out raw foods cooling, watery nature. For many individuals, without the use of specific tonic herbs and practices like these, over time weaknesses and digestive deficiencies can arise. Below is just a simple mini-list based around some of our favorite living foods and their tonifying nature. Use this list as a general guideline only. There are the seasonal elements, varying degrees of personal evolution, and individual constitutions.

    Yin foods are characterized by being large and expanded, soft and moist, thin and light, high in potassium, thriving in hot weather, and low in sodium. Yang foods are characterized by being dense and compacted, hard and dry, thick and heavy, salty and bitter, low in potassium, thriving in cold weather, and high in sodium.

     

    YANG TONIFYING FOODS

    • Sea Salt
    • Pumpkin seeds (sprouted)
    • Sunflower seeds (sprouted)
    • Sesame seeds (sprouted)
    • Pinenuts
    • Brazil nuts
    • Macadamian nuts 
    • Walnuts
    • Apricots
    • Avocado
    • Cherries
    • Cocont
    • Peaches
    • Pomegranate
    • Longan berry
    • Citrus peel
    • Raspberry
    • Dates
    • Fennel 
    • Dill
    • Basil
    • Black Pepper
    • Cinnamon
    • Corriander
    • Cloves
    • Cumin
    • Ginger
    • Horesradish
    • Fennel seed
    • Dill seed
    • Mustard seed
    • Rosemary
    • Sage
    • Parsely
    • Thyme
    • Turmeric
    • Asparagus
    • Mustard greens
    • Cabbage
    • Dandelion
    • Kale
    • Radish
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Watercress
    • Onion
    • Garlic
    • Leek
    • Chive
    • Quinoa (sprouted)
    • Sweet Peppers
    • Hot peppers (only in small amounts, otherwise they can have a strong cooling effect)

     

    YIN TONIFYING FOODS

    • Apples
    • Aloe Vera
    • Pears
    • Plums
    • Pineapple
    • Citrus
    • Grapes
    • Blackberries
    • Mango
    • Mulberries
    • Loquat
    • Papaya
    • Watermelon
    • Cucumbers
    • Tomatoes
    • Microalgaes 
    • Honey
    • Seaweeds
    • Beets
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Chard
    • Celery
    • Lettuce
    • Spinach
    • Flax seeds
    • Buckwheat (sprouted)
    • Mung bean (sprouted)
    • Zucchini 

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