The diet mistake that nobody talks about


A Happy Client

A few months ago, a young lady came to me, seeking energy healing. She was anxious all the time. Her stomach could barely handle any food. She got tired easily. She was so weak that she was barely able to get around or do housework.

Like most of my clients, she had tried many treatment options, from Western medicine to other holistic modalities. She came to me as a last resort.

I worked on stabilizing her energies while guiding her to slowly make adjustments to her diet. Within a few months’ time, she was able to feel normal, in a way she hadn’t in years.

My Take on Diets

Years ago, I avoided talking to my clients about diet. As an energy healer, I restricted my work to balancing the body’s energies.

However, I’ve seen many cases of ‘untreatable diseases’ resulting from diet mishaps (on top of other, myriad causes), and my mind changed on the topic. Over time, I realized that this is the #1 diet mistake that nobody talks about.

The Impact of Raw Food on Your Body

When clients who rejected almost all food started showing up in my office, I was puzzled. It sent me on a wide
research about stomach indigestion.

Finally, I came upon an article from Chinese Medicine that said raw food is good for detoxification and cooked food is good for nourishment. That got me taking a second look at the digestive system.

Your Stomach

Your stomach’s job is to process your ingested food and break it down into nutrients. You can think of it as a compost bin. A compost bin needs to be at a certain temperature to break down twigs and garden waste. The same thing goes for your stomach.

Too much raw food in your stomach weakens its ability to digest food. What’s worse, according to Chinese Medicine, it eventually weakens your spleen, your stomach’s earth partner.

When your spleen meridian is weakened, you have a compromised immune system. In addition, your mind tends to spin out of control. As a result, your sleep becomes challenged.

This is often when people restrict their diet to mostly raw foods, because they feel it’s easier on their digestive system. That might be the case, yet it exerts a big toll on their overall health. It creates a vicious cycle.

Your Action Plan

If you’re experiencing a health challenge, you might want to take a look at how much raw food you eat compared to cooked food. Balance out the nutritional value of the raw food with the tax on your digestive system.

If you’ve been sick for a while, you might want to work with a qualified practitioner to adjust your diet VERY slowly and balance your energies at the same time.

Finding the right balance for your body is key because every body is different.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article and on this website is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a diagnosis. Reading articles on this website does not constitute a healer/client treatment relationship.

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  • prad - October 13, 2020 reply

    tks for this info raw food for detoxification and cooked for nutrition. i thought both ways would be good for nutrition

    Dr. Dan Zhou - October 14, 2020 reply

    You’re welcome Prad! Thank you for visiting.

  • Dawn Graubert - October 14, 2020 reply

    I love this article and all your emails. I hope you are well.

    Dr. Dan Zhou - October 14, 2020 reply

    Good morning Dawn! Thank you for visiting & for you positive feedback. I’m doing great. I hope you’re doing well too! Let’s catch up soon.

  • Nancy Stierwalt - October 14, 2020 reply

    Are you including fresh fruits like blackberries and blueberries in raw food? Are you saying canned fruits are better? For instance, I eat cooked Old Fashioned oats with fresh blueberries and walnuts? Is that acceptable?

    Dr. Dan Zhou - October 14, 2020 reply

    Great question Nancy! I do include berries in the raw food category. In your case cooked oats and fresh blueberries sound yummy.
    Can’t comment on canned fruits as I don’t know anything about them. 🙂

  • Sharon Smith - October 14, 2020 reply

    Great article Dan!

    Dr. Dan Zhou - October 15, 2020 reply

    Thank you Sharon! 🙂

  • Ming - October 14, 2020 reply

    Very well written article! Thanks Dan for sharing your knowledge and I appreciate your writing skills too. It’s interesting that Chinese medicine thinks raw food is good for detoxification as there isn’t much Chinese dishes are made with raw ingredients. Any ideas why?

    Dr. Dan Zhou - October 15, 2020 reply

    You’re welcome Ming!

    Great question on why there aren’t many raw ingredients in Chinese diet. Here’s my speculation: 1.Throughout history the lack of food was a bigger problem than unhealthy food. So cultures came up with ways to maximize nutrients of food. 2. The majority of Chinese society was agriculture based, which means there was more plant-based food than animal products. The yin of raw food creates some kind of balance with the yang of animal products. Chinese didn’t need to balance the heat (yang) from the animal products. So they stayed with cooked food.

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