Chinese Medicine gives some powerful advice for how to use
food as medicine to get well. When you start to feel sick, eat foods that bring your qi to the surface, to strengthen your
defenses. When you eat these surface
foods, you will speed up your recovery.
Eat these foods that bring your qi to the surface and strengthen your
dairy (eat only yogurt if milk and cheese make
boneless chicken, turkey, or other fowl
spicy foods like ginger, garlic, black pepper,
fruits and nuts cooked with cinnamon, ginger, or
cloves eaten at least an hour before or after the other foods on this list.
When you are ill, it’s important that you warm food
before you eat it. If surface foods are
not available, you can add black pepper or scallions to help move the qi back to
the surface. If you feel these surface foods are not enough for you or not
available, you can eat some intermediate level foods like grains and leafy
vegetables or other meat.
My favorite recipe: Simmer 3 lbs cubed boneless chick thighs, 10
quarter-sized pieced of ginger, 2 large cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of
black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 gallon of water for 1 hour. You can remove the ginger before eating.
Serve each cup of hot soup with 1 chopped scallion.
You can add rice to the soup to provide a more substantial
meal if the soup alone does not feel like enough. If you do this for 2-3 meals in a row when
you first feel sick, you will be amazed at how quickly you get better.
Avoid these foods entirely because they’ll bring your qi and the
illness you have deep inside you:
beans and seeds
raw foods, salads
cold foods like ice cream or cold beverages
Also avoid sweets of any kind.
They will weaken your immune system and allow the illness to rapidly
gain ground for an hour or more. Just not worth it.
There’s a point on the back of your neck where cold can
enter and block the supply lines for your defenses. It’s important keep your neck and back
warm. If you get chilled, take a warm
shower asap and let warm water flow over your neck and back until you feel warm
again. Cover up when you get out of the
shower so you don’t get chilled again with your pores wide open. If you can’t
take a shower, put a scarf around your neck and pull it back and forth to
create some friction to warm that area.