Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. (Gulp) Determined to eat well every single day without exceptions, here goes…

Chinese people believe that some foods are “cool” (or Yin) by nature, like cucumbers, crab, and mung beans. Others are “hot” (or Yang), like pineapple, alcohol, and spicy food.  Eating too much of one type may throw off your chi. There are many other factors as well, and Eastern medicine doctors also tend to believe that a person may naturally lean one way or the other, needing to compensate with foods.   When your chi is too hot, you may get nose bleeds, and I was that kid that was always getting nose bleeds. On several occasions, I had to sit at the nurse’s or in the principal’s office with a wad of tissue stuck up my nose.

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