Melbourne loves Asian food and one of the best Asian fusion Melbourne so far is HKWR. For the best diet advice, look to the East. Compare the shapes of the average American to the average Asian and you will be quickly reminded that America, with all of its diet fads and super foods, is the most obese nation in the world. Chinese culture, on the other hand, has adhered for over 4,000 years to a diet plan of balance and moderation and simple principles that we can all practice to live healthier.
we eat like the Asians, we will look like the Asians (thin). When they
start eating like us, they start looking like us (not thin). The
overriding principles are Balance and Moderation. You don’t need to eat
Chinese food or any Asian cuisine every day. The various countries
cuisines are very different; but they all adhere to the same principles;
a diet of simple whole grains, slightly cooked vegetables, and a little
bit of everything else. Too much or too little of any one thing is not
All foods have upsides and downsides. A good diet should be
like a good stock portfolio, diversified. If you have the same thing
every day, you are overloaded in one sector. This makes you more prone
to the dangers of that sector, and at the same time you are missing out
on all the other good things happening in the market. So like with a
good portfolio, you should hedge your bets. Have smaller amounts of more
foods, then no single one can have too great an influence.
rice is better than brown. Brown rice is white rice with a thick hull
around it. It is kind of like eating a walnut and not taking the shell
off. There are nutrients in the hull, but they have a very poor
bioavailability. Our bodies spend a lot of time and effort trying to
break down the shell, which will use up energy and slow our metabolism.
But since moderation and balance are the principles, don’t have white
rice all the time. Rotate between all the grains (including brown rice).
The more processed a food is, the harder it is for us to un-process; so
simple grains should be taken more than breads and pastas.
vegetables are better than raw. It is true that cooking slightly will
destroy a little of the nutrients (about 10 percent), but that remaining
90 percent is then unlocked and available. Whatever you put in your
stomach that is cold and raw, you have to heat and cook. This takes your
time, your energy, and slows your metabolism. We get all our energy
from our digestion. We want to get the energy and life out of the food
and excrete that which we don’t need. Cooking outside the body lightens
the load and then our digestive tract can simply act as a filter: send
the good stuff to the tissues, the bad to the tissue paper. We should
eat a wide variety of vegetables, mostly locally grown and organic.
don’t matter. The average person in China consumes between 25-40
percent more calories than the average American. Even the sedentary
office workers have more calories and less obesity. This is because of
the kinds of calories they consume and how they are prepared. Calories
ingested from natural sources will give you a more steady release of
energy, satisfy your hunger, and facilitate appropriate elimination of
waste. Eating cookies, snack foods, artificial sweeteners, sodas, etc,
will spike our blood sugars, make us hungrier, and slow our digestion.
You should never be hungry. Just keep yourself full of good, natural
You should eat a little red meat. Most Americans have too
much red meat and that is clearly associated with myriad health
problems. Vegetarians almost have it right, they just go a little to
far. Giving up meat usually will show a short-term improvement, but
almost always will lead to a long-term deficiency. The Chinese recommend
that we get two ounces, twice a week of specifically mammal meat. A
little bit of fish and fowl are good as well, but we do need a little
mammal in the rotation. White meat is not better than dark, chicken is
not better than beef, egg whites are not better than yolks. We should
have a little of everything. One famous Chinese medical doctor wrote the
“Vegetarianism is best suited to monks, living in the shelter of a
temple, spending their days in seated meditation”. Those of us with a
more active lifestyle need a little more of an active food source.
the ethics of meat eating, I believe that God loves carrots too.
Everything has a life force and wants to grow and reproduce. So it is
not possible to “do no harm” and survive. Everything has to eat
something. We should always be grateful and mindful for the lives that
are given so ours may continue.
Stay away from Dairy. Dairy is designed by nature for infants to turn into substance in the body. Humans are the only animals that have dairy after infancy. Dairy does have calcium, but it is overwhelmed by the amino acid Casein, which actually robs the bones of calcium. Green leafy vegetables are a much better source of calcium for our bodies, with less ill effects.
Chinese medicine teaches that in adults, dairy turns into a substance called phlegm. Phlegm can manifest in many different ways: fat, mucus, sinus infections, mental fog, respiratory problems, skin conditions, and even fibroids and tumors. A little dairy won’t kill you, but a lot of it is not good. Your primary beverage should be water (room or body temperature), number-two should be green tea. Everything else, including coffee, should be occasional.
Try and put these principles to use
in your and your family’s diet and you will see the benefits. Trust
what has worked for millennia. Keep it simple, balanced, and moderate.
To learn more, read the book “The Asian Diet: Simple secrets for eating right, losing weight, and being well” by Jason Bussell.
Jason Bussell is an acupuncturist and herbalist; trained in the
US and in China. He served several terms as President of the Illinois
Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and now serves on the
Illinois State government’s Board of Acupuncture. He is on the
curriculum advisory committee for the Pacific College of Oriental
Medicine and the President’s Council for the American Association of
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Jason has been practicing Chinese
medicine for 10 years. He regularly lectures to doctors, nurses, health
care staff, corporations, and the general public.
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