Mindful Eating-Nourishment of Earth Element

Posted: August 21, 2018

Mindfulness of Eating
Mindfulness around meals is one way to align with this season of Earth Element. The mouth, saliva, as well as the sense of smell correspond to Earth Element. Giving more attention to the pleasant aromas while cooking, slowing down to taste and properly chew each bite of food, will enhance digestion and assimilation of nourishing foods. One of my teachers, Dianne M. Connelly, explains “the stomach is the storehouse of all the flavors (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, salty, astringent), while it is part of the Earth Element whose specific flavor is sweet. Each of the flavors has a specific effect on Qi. A balance of them gives a harmonious diet.” Do the foods you choose to eat include a variety of all these tastes? Or, do one or two of these generally populate your plate? Including leafy greens, and a variety of herbs and spices are great ways to expand your palate and find more balance. Eating fresh fruit and whole grains is the way to satisfy the sweet flavor of Earth element without taxing the body with processed carbohydrates and added sugars.
Dianne M. Connelly, PH.D is the author of “Traditional Acupuncuncture: The Law of The Five Elements.”