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The Tao of Healthy Eating: Dietary Wisdom According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Chinese dietary therapy is one of the most important aspects of Chinese medicine. The Tao of Healthy Eating illuminates the theory and practice of Chinese dietary therapy with emphasis on the concerns and attitudes of Westerners. Commonsense metaphors explain basic Chinese medical theories and their application in preventive and remedial dietary therapy. It features a ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Blue Poppy Press
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Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Obvious virtues of this book: it's very short (2 days) and cheapily/readily available. Basically this is an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine seen through the lens of diet. The author explains the basics of energy as it is stored and transported or transformed and then gives an overview of nutrition and how to eat. The view laid out here is pretty much macrobiotics but 1)not as restrictive 2)emphasizes fresh cooked vegetables a bit more than macro (at the expense of grains) 3) is ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short and "sweet". Encapsulates some TCM basics. Useful and accessible.
Tim Murphy
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've just dabbled in this book recently and once I have a clearer head, will read the rest. So far, I'm impressed by the coverage and helpfulness of it.
Short, easy to read introduction to chinese dietary theory and practice. In a nutshell, stick to a basic middle burner spleen-benefiting diet which consists of "warm food cooked fresh and eatern warm, lots of fresh vegetables, lots of grains, some beans, a little animal protein of all sorts and varieties, moderate amounts of fruits seeds and oils, and not much concentrated sweets oils, or fats."

I was frustrated trying to perform his suggested exercise of identifying why the recipes "work", since
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
There are some good pointers and discussion topics in here. I think it's a good place to do some research with but I don't feel like I understood the theory behind Eastern Medicine as much as I'd like. There's a nice break down of recipes towards the back with a description of their effect on the bottom.
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Quick read which gives a BASIC overview of eating according to traditional chinese medicine. I am still a little fuzzy on some of the concepts but I have a little better understanding. Interesting food for thought (pun not intended).
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
a must read when your ready to really learn how to eat healthy and drop your western ideals as to what health really means.
Heydi Smith
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-non-fic
An interesting introduction to eating healthy and knowing what each food does to your body.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting, quick and digestible (sorry) introduction to Chinese Dietary Therapy. It's whetted my appetite (couldn't resist) to investigate deeper into the topic.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
It starts off a little dry with too many Chinese characters and words for my taste. Once you get past the history and introduction it's more interesting.
Jared Austin
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very insightful book which taught me several things about proper dietary habits. I've started making some changes in my eating/drinking habits and have already noticed a difference.
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Bob Flaws (born 1946) is a practitioner of and prolific author and translator on Chinese medicine. He began his study and practice of Chinese medicine in 1977 under the late Eric (Xi-yu) Tao of Denver, Colorado and continued his Chinese medical education at the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine from 1982 to 1986. In 1982, he and his wife, Honora Lee Wolfe, established Blue Poppy ...more

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