Reasoning for the Seasoning
the Seasoning is to help you better understand
other areas of digestion and food combinations.
When digestion is overworked other systems in the
body cannot maintain an even level either. A good
example is when someone is in the stage of disease
with diabetes. Western medicine address only the
pancreas at this point, and eastern medicine
addresses the spleen function. In later stages of
diabetes, one may experience kidney problems, and
eventually dialysis. Talk about taxing the heart
and lungs! Not to mention weight gain, gland
issues, etc. begin to settle into these systems at
any point. Refer to http://www.babsbakery.com/intestines.html
for a simplified, yet detailed understanding
within Hildegard, Ayurvedic and Chinese systems.
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Hildegard writes that all the elements were subject to man at the time of creation because they knew he was alive and worked with him in all his actions. The greenness, or verditas, that sprouted from the earth was in accordance to race, nature, and customs of humans. Herbs were to reach out to mankind’s spiritual needs, yet to be distinct from people. Certain herbs are nourishing, as certain flowers bare fruit that flows and can be compared to a person’s blood. Certain herbs grow I the air, and have light nature for digestion, while others grow from the wind and are dry in nature. Herbs that are sown by a person’s labor germinate little by little and spring forth, like domestic animals living in a house without anxiety and are nourished properly. Herbs that are plowed in and grown by a person with the bitterness and harshness of their juices damage considerably the quality of their nourishment so they are not as useful. Herbs that spring forth from a fallen seed that has risen up unexpectedly like a wild beast, should not be consumed, since one who is growing herbs moderately will not be nourished by these wild herbs. Herbs are either warm or cold and spring up this way. Warm herbs signify the soul, and cold herbs signify the body. Herbs have aromas and can curb many evils and evil spirits do not like them, thus people who try to seek their fortunes are deceived by herbs that hold foam of the elements and do harm. The devil loves these types of herbs and mingles with them.
me that Hildegard is almost forewarning us in
many of her writings about the genetically
modified seeds that have now sprung forth into
the world God created for mankind, not for
Food combinations are one of the most overlooked health issues on this planet.
This is one of the main reasons, excluding poisoning our water, air pollution, and Monsatos genetically modified foods, etc, for overworked and poor digestion. I just love it when someone tells me they have the best digestion. Then I ask them, have you ever been sick, and come to find out all the other major health issues they currently have or have had. Few people are blessed with good agni (digestive fire) that doesn’t require much balancing. Depending on your constitution, or elemental make-up, one will digest cooler foods and require less spices and herbs in a hotter nature- such as a pitta/fire constitution. Someone with a kapha/water type constitution will require hotter spices and herbs to digest properly. Only a strong agni can tolerate raw foods diet, and then not for a long time either. Tempering your raw foods is better for digestion for anyone, yet we can all tolerate some in the correct season and the correct type of raw food for the particular constitution. Even Hildegard talks about tempering raw foods, especially lettuce and how to eat your salad at lunch with spelt ‘berries’ (kernels).
are the key to digestion, while incompatible foods
Oats- Sweet/cold/sweet A little heavy and hard to digest, especially with sugar and milk, will aggravate toxic blood conditions. ** Hildegard warns they are not to be consumed by the sick as they require good circulation for the digestive system. The mid temperatures/powers— goes cold in digestion. Thus, if you have a naturally weak digestion, this would not be as good to eat as spelt, as spelt is warm in digestion. Adding digestive spices, such as cinnamon and cardamom warms oats up and digests better.
Example of incompatible foods:
*Eggs & Cheese or meat & cheese. Two different proteins and the digestive system cannot prefer one over the other.
*Yogurt and other sour fruits (such as mango) in a smoothie. Sour combinations can damage a liver, as that is the taste for the liver and exceeding a taste is imbalances the organ, then damaging it and other channels and eventually other organs.
*Melons- eat them alone or leave them alone is a term used in the Ayurvedic books. They putrefy foods in digestion.
*Milk & bananas. Someone I know tried to prove this wrong and about day five they vomited quite profusely most of the morning. This person has a naturally good digestion too. I do not suggest trying to prove these systems wrong, as they can strongly disrupt many other issues. This person went on a special diet, including kitcthari and mostly spelt, to help balance digestion and then rekindle lost agni (digestive fire).
*Rekindling lost agni (digestive fire) can take years sometimes, depending on the imbalance. In Chinese medicine it is raising the lost Yang in digestion, also known as digestive breakdown.
Example of compatible foods:
*Salad is cold in digestion, thus a dressing made of vinegar and oil, and the vinegar taste is not to exceed the oil, with some salt/pepper/basil/ and spelt ‘berries’ (kernels) makes a good lunch.
*Cottage cheese sprinkled with black pepper, or pipali, and or cardamom is a good digestive.
*Basmati rice is good with many
Raw food diet: From an oriental viewpoint, a raw food diet is a foreign diet to Chinese medicine and more popular- ‘trendy’ in the western diet. Raw is Cold and Reducing in digestion. Thus weak spleens, Cold people or deficient people will further weaken digestion by this type of diet. Our tolerance to raw food also depends on climate. In order to know the tolerance of raw food, one must know the constitution and factor in other major influences within the body. Long-term use may damage Digestive Fire.
Vegetarianism: Here you go with another ‘trendy” diet. You can only feel good on these type of diets for so long and then you will ‘cave-in’ just as the person did trying to prove that bananas and milk won’t bother me and they ended up in ruff shape! From an oriental viewpoint, if the constitution is strong you can sustain this diet, but the weaker we are, the more we may need to add some meat into the diet, or a more reasonable digestible substitute. Not too much meat, since it can tend to be dampening and that leads to accumulation of toxins in the system. It is quite easy for a vegetarian to become what is known as Blood and Yang deficient. This occurs when the attention to the diet is not given to eating a full range of tonifying foods and digestive quality. Vegetarianism is, for the most part, the main reason used in traditions within spiritual practices, such as Qigong and yoga.
Hildegard recommends tempering foods. She also talks about how the body cannot exist without energizing food for the soul. Our soul receives the benefits from the types of foods we eat. As for Ayurvedic diets, they cook foods and regulate the energetic combinations for optimal digestion.
In Chinese medicine the majority of foods that are
identified as allergenic are classified as
Dampening, while the underlying cause involves a
spleen weakness and tendency towards dampness (Kapha
in Ayurvedic medicine). Too much food at one time
overloads the system by overworking the spleen
causing dampness and now also involves a disturbance
in the liver function. Allergies can also involve
psychic and emotional issues that are rooted within
the systems that need addressed, as well as the diet
and constitution. Allergies may cause behavioral
problems due to the disturbance to many systems,
especially when it enters digestion. This is known
with Hildegard and the medieval ages or tamasic in
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