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Bid Cooling Foods Farewell

If you believe in the Chinese theories of yin/yang, cold/hot foods, eating ice cream every evening is–sadly–a really bad idea. Especially at this time of year. Any icy slushy drink cold enough to give you a headache is actually giving the rest of your body a terrible time. When you ingest cold food, according to this theory, you are making your metabolism work overtime to warm it up before digestion can occur. And continual cold dining, day after day, night after night, fatigues the body. A food is “cold” when it is literally frozen OR “cooling” as the body metabolizes it (foods like apples, celergy, corn, oranges, pears, pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, bean sprouts, cucumbers, and spinach are considered “cool”). Come September, it is time for us to warm our bodies for the coming cooler months.


I remember when this was first explained to me, I couldn’t see why a pear was a “cool” food, and a parsnip was “warm,” but when you sit with it, and perhaps remember that your grandmother might have intuitively adhered to this kind of nutritional theory, it makes sense. In autumn, we need fewer salads, and more root vegetables, more ginger, more butter, garlic, and cheese. Most cuisines–French and Italian come to mind–have winter dishes and summer ones. But because we live in a country where almost any food is available any time, we get off our seasonal eating schedules.

Women who dine on crunchy salads daily in an effort to lose or maintain their weight are especially prone to cooling their bodies down too much–and losing their vitality. It is good that we can now allow ourselves to indulge in the warm soups and fattier foods we don’t crave in summer quite so much!


I’ve found an article that explains this concept well. And here‘s a list of which foods are considered cold, neutral, warm, and hot.

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Silent Spring

posted September 3, 2006 at 6:56 am

You also get a more balanced diet when you eat the foods that are in season…instead of the same old thing day after day. It brings to mind the Little House of the Prairie books and the explicitly detailed accounts of food gathering, storage, preparations for the cooler months, etc. All natural. And then there’s the part that you actually have ‘new’ foods to look forward to each season. Good blog. Thank you.>

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posted September 4, 2006 at 8:45 pm

“Women who dine on crunchy salads daily in an effort to lose or maintain their weight are especially prone to cooling their bodies down too much–and losing their vitality. It is good that we can now allow ourselves to indulge in the warm soups and fattier foods we don’t crave in summer quite so much!” It’s my understanding that we should not eat foods according to the season necessarily but according to our own personal environment…inside. Just took a calming not ‘fasting’ detox/cleanse for 28 days with Drew DiVittorio, never stopped eating, just stopped pro-inflammatory foods like gluten. Drew told us if we were cold, hot, moist or dry inside by looking at our tongues, taking our pulses and asking our problem symptoms. If you would like to know more, come on over to my blog and ask.>

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posted September 7, 2006 at 3:21 pm

This must be why I crave certain foods during certain times of the year.>

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Drew DiVittorio Dipl., (NCCAOM)

posted November 26, 2007 at 3:04 pm

It is great to see the infromation about the Oriental Healing Diet starting to get more attention. Remember, the concept of cold foods and warming foods are only effective if one determines what their internal temperture is not the external temperture. For example, a cold person internally can be cold all summer even if it is 90 degrees outside. Our internal enviornments only changes slightly with the seasons. Remember, mostly eat foods to heal your internal environment and as a secondary strategy eat foods to protect youself from the current seasonal evils, ( cold, heat, damp, dryness, and wind).
Drew DiVittorio

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