I’m the kind of person who believes that if something isn’t working, we should do something about it. That’s what I’m doing now regarding my fat tummy.
I’m a healthy person, I don’t eat rubbish, I’m conscious of portion control and include lots of healthy items in my diet. BUT, I have a fat tummy and I have Never weighed as much as I do now. SO, time to do something about it. I do have some chocolate and enjoy a muffin most afternoons.
According to Chinese medicine, fat is the accumulation of turbid fluid. Qi moves Fluid and if Fluid doesn’t move, it accumulates and forms Damp. If Damp is not transformed it congeals into Phlegm which is basically fat.
Now there are many reasons for this accumulation ranging from Stomach Heat, Spleen-Qi deficiency, Kidney-Yang deficiency through to Blood stasis. In the “circle of life”, everything impacts something else. As with the Five Elements, if one aspect of an Element is out of balance, it affects the rest of the Elements and, therefore, our health.
My problem is definitely Spleen-Qi or Spleen-Yang deficiency. I know this because I eat a lot of cheese, have milk in my tea and enjoy a couple of spoons of yoghurt in my morning smoothy. Now these foods, even from a Western point of view, cause Damp. Secondly, I thoroughly enjoy my morning fruit smoothy. My body works well on it but it really contains too much sugar.
Every morning I have a heaped teaspoon of green powder and a couple of teaspoons of collagen and having them with some smoothie makes them palatable. So, what I’ve decided to do is still make a smoothie but have a much smaller quantity which means less yoghurt and less muesli. So instead of filling the glass on the left, I used the smaller one. This morning I added a single egg scrambled with a chipolata sausage, a bit of green pepper and a slice of tomato.
Eating mindfully is also important, which I decided to do. I turned off the TV and tasted my food, something I think we seldom do. If fact, after eating the scrambled egg I only had half the smoothie.
I’m lazy, there’s no doubt about it but once I realized that movement helps Qi to move, and if Qi moves it prevents stagnation, I’m now a little more motivated to jump on my trampoline.
Something else I’ve done is use my acupuncture laser to work points specific to move Qi, resolve Dampness, and promote the transformation of Fluids. I also decided to do cupping on my stomach which aids peristalsis and draws blood to the abdomen to help clear toxins. The discolouration caused by the cups is indicative of how toxic the body is. I’m not too bad and the marks had totally faded by evening.
Another thing I’m going to do is drink more green tea and last night, whilst trolling YouTube, I came upon a video where a guy maintains that this drink, taken every night for 30 days, will aid weight loss whilst asleep. I’m not aware that I slept any differently last night and the dog woke me up at 6, as she always does, but I’m prepared to give it a try.
Important to allow the chamomile tea to cool a bit before adding the apple cider vinegar.
I've been fascinated in Traditional Chinese Medicine since the late '90s when my reflexology course introduced me to the meridians. Since then I've thoroughly enjoyed learning more about most things holistic.