Food Therapy: Energetics of Food

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Food Therapy: Understanding the Energetics of Food

Did you know that your pet's food also affects your pet's internal temperature? Your pet's food, and yours too, is not only for nourishing the body, but also plays a large role in quality of life, including behavior, health, and personal comfort. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), everything in life has a balance of energy and heat: think Yin and Yang. Yin represents female, cold, dark, quiet, and inward, whereas Yang represents male, hot, light, loud, and outward.
Food Therapy: Energetics of Food

With winter almost upon us here in the Midwest, it’s time for me to start thinking about warming up my pets. We often think about dog coats and dog jackets, dog sweaters and dog boots. Maybe you have a quality pet warming blanket for your cat, or even warming pet discs. These are all great starts to help your pet stay warm and safe in the winter. But did you know that your pet’s food also affects your pet’s internal temperature?

Your pet’s food, and yours too, is not only for nourishing the body, but also plays a large role in quality of life, including behavior, health, and personal comfort. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), everything in life has a balance of energy and heat: think Yin and Yang. Yin represents female, cold, dark, quiet, and inward, whereas Yang represents male, hot, light, loud, and outward.

Now think about your pet. Does he seek warmth, slow or lethargic, or sleeps a lot? He might be a bit Yin (cold). Or maybe he’s always hot, active, and full of energy, then he’s more Yang (hot). We are always seeking that balance of both Yin and Yang, not an excess of either; this is where food can play a role. Food also has its own characteristics that can help balance a body’s Yin and Yang. Foods will either help internally warm a body or cool it. When seeking food for your pet, you are looking to create a balance. You don’t want all warming or cooling foods. In the winter, I prepare Dexter‘s home cooked meals to be energetically warm/neutral, and in the summer I prepare cool/neutral. Below are some common foods you might give your pet, along with their energetics.

Energetically Warming Foods

  • Chicken
  • Goat
  • Lamb
  • Kangaroo
  • Venison
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Oats
  • White Rice
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Peach
  • Raspberry
Energetically Cooling Foods

  • Clam
  • Duck
  • Alligator
  • Rabbit
  • Cod
  • Wild Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Pears
  • Banana
  • Blueberry

So the next time you are preparing your dog or cat’s food or grabbing a bag of healthy treats, consider the ingredients and how they affect your pet’s internal heat.


Is  your pet more Yang or Yin? Tell me in the comments.

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Did you know that your pet's food also affects your pet's internal temperature? Your pet's food, and yours too, is not only for nourishing the body, but also plays a large role in quality of life, including behavior, health, and personal comfort. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), everything in life has a balance of energy and heat: think Yin and Yang. Yin represents female, cold, dark, quiet, and inward, whereas Yang represents male, hot, light, loud, and outward.

2 thoughts on “Food Therapy: Energetics of Food

  1. Winston is a ver energetic terrier mix.he runs and plays daily. However he loves to get under the covers and lays next to me like a hot water bottle.also likes to be under covers on our laps . He eats turkey all provide and veggies. Would he be hot or cold. Thanks

    1. Hi, Bonnie. He could be “just right”. However, the fact that he feels like a hot water bottle even when he’s under the covers leads me to think he’s still a bit Yang. Does it feel like he’s always “on” or “busy” all the time? Or is he pretty laid back when not a normal play session? Since you see Dr. Morgan, you can have her look at him for more insight. I’d probably run it by her how he feels hot…

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