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A Balanced Meal Is An Energetic and Healthy Meal

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From an Oriental Medicine point of view, a ‘balanced’ meal is an energetic and healthy meal.

A meal is considered balanced according to Five Element Theory when it includes all five tastes of food—sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter.

Let’s take a quick look at how to balance the very simple breakfast of oatmeal.

Balanced Oatmeal

Let’s assume you like to eat oatmeal in the morning.

If you put some cooked oatmeal in your mouth and chew it, you will notice that it’s mildly sweet. That means you have the other four tastes to add to balance it.

So you add some salt. If you mix that up and chew it, then the taste is sweet and a little salty. Now we have to add in three more ingredients to get the bitter, sour and spicy tastes.

I would add toasted sesame seeds—(bitter); dried sour cherries (sour) and cinnamon (spicy).

Now all 5 Tastes—sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter—are included. It’s that SIMPLE.


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Healthy Eating: The 5 Element Way

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