Have Your Cake and Eat it Too! (Food as Medicine in Eastern Nutrition)

Categories: Articles, Eastern Nutrition

I stumbled upon an introductory chapter from a newly released book about sugar addiction that piqued my curiosity.


Beat Sugar Addiction Now!

by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

The basics of sugar detox are, of course, diet related (stop eating sugar), and diet alteration is the standard method used to overcome sugar addiction. But an even deeper level of treatment is necessary to produce wellness. If you have tried the “cold turkey” approach to sugar addiction without nutritional strategies, treatment guidelines, and support, you probably found success elusive. That’s because getting rid of the sugar is but one step in an overall comprehensive approach that must address the mind, body, and spirit. The most successful way to treat sugar addiction includes…addressing the relative severity of each problem and then organizing treatment in order of priority.

Dr. Teitelbaum claims his goal in writing the book is to provide and organized approach so the branch (sugar addiction) can be effectively treated along with the root (problems underlying and driving sugar addiction). This sounded very “TCM-like” to me so I checked out his website.

Beating Sugar Addiction http://www.endfatigue.com/

In the United States, with approximately 18% of the average American diet coming from added sugar, many people eat their weight in sugar every year.

While I was appalled and even disgusted by that statistic, I guess I was not surprised! It ultimately made me wonder how has a seemingly innocent substance become as devastating and even as deadly to our health as cocaine? I am thankfully unable to speak to cocaine addiction, but what I do know is sugar. And I have often heard the two being compared as one in the same, due to the myriad effects they inflict upon those who partake in either of these habit-forming white powders.

We have become a nation of sugar lovers, but does it love us back? At one time or another, or more often than not in my case, most of us have become euphorically intoxicated by the ingestion of sugar. Whether it was an obvious source such as candy or worse, a processed food in which sugar is hidden, we buzzed as we experienced that initial unadulterated, blissful state only to come crashing down hours later and left wanting still more.

Below are some useful excerpts and web links to TCM-specific articles and a book on combating the harmful effects of sugar with healthful nutrition and Chinese Medicine:

“Applying Dietary Therapy” by Misha Ruth Cohen (from The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness) http://www.acupuncture.com/nutrition/diet.htm

Dietary Guidelines for Fatigue and Lethargy, which can stem from:

-Deficiency (Xu)

-Blood (Xue) Xu

-Yang Xu

-Dampness and Qi Stagnation

To remedy fatigue caused by Qi Xu eat foods that tonify qi and increase energy.

-Cooked and warm foods

-Frequent, small meals

-Sweet foods (not with sugar, but those designated on the food list)

-Cooked, yellow vegetables

-Small amounts of chicken or turkey, especially in soups

-Warming spices such as dried ginger and cinnamon (except with Xue Xu)

-Avoid cold or cooling foods and tofu, milk, cheese, and liquids with meals and excess sweet foods


To remedy fatigue caused by Liver Qi Stag, eat foods that move qi and motivate stuck energy.

-Chicken livers





-Avoid alcohol, fatty foods, food additives, unnecessary medicines and overindulgence in sweets

-Avoid chicken and turkey

-Spicy foods in small amounts motivate the Qi, but excessive use of spices creates more stag.


See also:


Kick the Sugar Habit and Save Yourself From Diabetes With Chinese Medicine” by Maoshing Ni, Ph.D., D.O.M., Dipl. ABAAP http://www.acupuncture.com/newsletters/m_oct05/main2.htm


Diabetes Mellitus From Western and TCM Perspectives – Part 2, An excerpt from an article by Clinton J. Choate L.Ac.” http://www.acupuncture.com/conditions/diabetes2c.htm


Controlling Diabetes Naturally with Chinese Medicine by Lynn M. Kuchinski specifically has a chapter on “Kicking the Sugar Habit” http://www.amazon.com/Controlling-Diabetes-Naturally-Chinese-Medicine/dp/1891845063


Hopefully, with a little creativity and planning, nourishing meals can be prepared without sacrificing health or taste!