Ideas, theories, trends and science around nutrition are continually changing to sell the next fad. One kind of diet will always remain constant - focus on seasonal, local, whole, unprocessed foods, vegetables, fruit and not over eating. Stick to a weekly calorie budget - if you overeat on one day, under eat on another to stay within your calorie range. 

 

Ideally eat cooked foods. Focus on warm, long, slow cooking like soups, broths, stews. Take time to throughly chew your food. Eat foods that are rich in protein, folic acid, and B12. Drink your water at room temperature or warm. Strict vegan diets will be detrimental and make the condition of blood deficiency worse. Eventually, once the blood deficiency resolves a modified vegan diet can be resumed. Supplementation of B12 may be necessary.

 

Therapeutic foods: High quality protein, meats including chicken, beef, buffalo, pork liver & trotter, quail, oysters, mussels, stocks and broth s (esp. bone broths), eggs, legumes, black beans, green leafy vegetables, nettles, wheat grass, spinach, carrots, beets, parsley, molasses, miso, tempeh, seaweed, spirulina, black sesame seeds, lychee or longan, coconut, rice, and stout.

 

Restrict or avoid: Factory farmed non-hormone free meats, cold natured foods, which include, salads, raw fruits, wheat sprouts, raw vegetables, tofu, excess salt, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, vitamin c, ice cream and dairy (small amount of yogurt or butter is ok), all nuts except walnuts.

 

Example meal: Chicken bone broth soup with yams and leafy greens. Side salad of steamed beets.

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References:

Maclean, W., Lyttleton, J., Bayley, M., & Taylor, K. (2018). Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine: The treatment of disease with traditional Chinese medicine. Eastland Press.

Pitchford, P. (2009). Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and Modern Nutrition. North Atlantic Books.

Wang, Y., Sheir, W., & Ono, M. (2010). Ancient wisdom, modern kitchen: More than 150 recipes from the east for Health, Healing, and long life. Da Capo Lifelong.