What are food energetics?
Food energetics is a type of food therapy. When combined with other approaches, it can be a very effective treatment for many conditions including allergies, Cushing’s disease, diabetes mellitus and even degenerative joint disease. This food theory was born from traditional Chinese medicine and it’s use has been well documented in humans to aid in the treatment of inflammatory diseases including IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), arthritis and even cancer. These principles can aid in toning, cleansing, and regulating the body. The energies of the food are based on the sensations they generate in the body rather than the physical temperature of the food itself.
What are Hot Pets?
Pets with hot energies may be warm or hot to the touch. These pets may seek cold places, or even a cold floor to lie on. They may be more outgoing, hyper or even aggressive. Pets may have red eyes, red skin, dry and brittle coat and pant more than others. Animals classified as hot may also exhibit symptoms like hot spots, allergies and could even show signs of cancer.
What to Feed a Hot Pet?
Cooling foods help to bring down the inflammation throughout the body and give some relief to animals showing “hot” symptoms. Cooling proteins include rabbit, duck, whitefish, clam, crab, cod, and scallops. Other cooling foods are celery, bananas, apples, barley, broccoli, cucumber, spinach, and flaxseed oil.
What are Cold Pets?
Pets with cold energies are always seeking warmth. They will have cold ears, nose, back and limbs. They tend to snuggle in blankets, sleep in the sun and may be sluggish during colder months. Some show general weakness, fatigue, and stiffness. The cold energies are typically dogs that suffer from arthritis or have joint pain that gets worse in the winter.
What to Feed a Cold Pet?
Warming proteins are great for sickly dogs that suffer from fatigue and lack of appetite. They include: lamb, venison, kangaroo, chicken, turkey*, pheasant, goat, trout, anchovy, and prawns. Other warming foods are peach, red peppers, pumpkin, squash, oats, white rice, and quinoa.
What If Your Pet Falls in the Middle?
Some animals fall perfectly under the description of hot or cold, but some animals show characteristics of both hot and cold energies. In these cases you would look at the predominant signs in pet’s current behaviour. It is advised to feed more neutral foods on a regular basis and then adding more hot or cold foods according to the behaviour the pet is exhibiting.
What About Neutral Foods?
Neutral foods can be used in combination with hot or cold foods to add more variety that dogs crave. They can also help dilute a very hot or very cold meal if those are the only meats you have available. These include: beef, tripe, pork, quail, bison, turkey*, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna. Other neutral foods are carrots, cabbage, potato, beans, and peas.
Turkey is a unique protein and has been listed as acting as both a neutral and warming food.
The theory is to feed your pets foods that will help them reach a neutral state. It’s not recommended to focus solely on feeding just cold or just hot. For example if you want your pet to stay towards cool, you would want to feed about 75% cool foods and 25% warm foods. For cancers or severe inflammatory conditions, you want to stick to just cool foods and neutral foods to reduce the increased inflammation these animal are experiencing. The key is balancing hot and cold.
Taylor Luther, B.Sc