Re-Energise your body
Have you given much thought to the effect of foods in your health and your well-being? In Mallorca Holistic we have, and during your retreat, the food will be an intrinsic part of the process of rebalancing and cleansing that we have so carefully prepared for you. The nutrition you will enjoy during the time you spend with us will not only be delicious and suitable for all, but also based on “food energetics” which supports a healthy life style.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food is viewed as medicine and is used to nourish and harmonise the body, mind, and spirit. All foods have a distinct energy and characteristic properties that either help to balance our bodies and make us healthy, or that create imbalances which ultimately result in sickness. TCM practitioners use the food energetics system to teach their patients how to enjoy food and learn how to heal their bodies through what they eat. Food energetics is so effective that a proper regimen actually supplements other Chinese medicinal practices like acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbs.
Whether a food is beneficial is determined by its effect on the human body. Therefore, the focus of Chinese medicine is the quality of the food as opposed to its quantity, a commonly emphasised factor in the Western approach. In the East, foods are described by qualities such as temperature, flavour, and action. TCM determines the unique energy and characteristic properties of each food such as hot/cold, salty/sweet/bitter flavours, and how foods act on and move throughout our bodies. The ancient Chinese observed the human body and how it was affected by nature and other various stimuli; Chinese medicine is the accumulation of these observations, in addition to its modern day contributions that makes it a living tradition.
We each have a particular body constitution, much like our personalities, which makes us individual and unique. By eating the correct foods for your constitution, you’re feeding your body what it craves and needs to be healthy and balanced. For example, someone with a body constitution that is dry and warm would benefit from eating a diet of foods that brings moisture to the body while cooling it down. If you continue to eat drying or warming foods, then the body would be akin to a car engine over heating. Just as all foods have a particular energy and characteristics, so do each of our bodies. Chinese medicine is not one-size- fits-all, but approaches each person distinctly, viewing them as a whole: body, mind, and spirit.
Food energetics uses the Western nutritional information, but takes into account a person’s specific constitution as well as the properties of each food to determine what will promote balance and maintain a healthy life. Each person is uniquely different and we should be treated as such.
Following the holistic approach, nutrition will be an essential part of the whole experience. During your individual sessions with her, Nuria will make sure to give you valuable nutrition advice for your specific personal needs.
Some Food Energetics tips to promote healing and health:
1) Eat Seasonally: Nature provides foods that correspond to the seasons and best support our bodies during particular times of the year.
2) Cook & Eat Mindfully: Edward Espe Brown explains it best: “Enjoying your food is very important, because to enjoy something is how we connect to the world, to one another, to our inner being. When you enjoy your food, you will be happy and well nourished by what you eat.”
3) Movement is Health: movement equals health while stagnation equals disease. Exercise and proper breathing stimulates us, moving the stagnation and invigorating our bodies. We will give you plenty of tips during the week to support this important aspect of your personal care.