Dear Yin Weaver,
Starting next week I will introduce you to the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Philosophy. You'll have an opportunity to take a number of polls and quizzes that will help you determine your primary Element. Although we are a blend of all five Elements, understanding your primary Element can help you appreciate your physical attributes, health patterns, personality traits and much more.
If you took this week's quiz, you may be wondering what food preferences have to do with the Five Elements. Well, what you like to eat can give you a clue to your primary Element.
If you like to eat predominantly sweet tasting foods, such as sweet potatoes with brown sugar, you might be an Earth Element.
If you like to eat predominantly bitter foods, such as green salad with vinegar and oil, you might be a Fire element.
If you like to eat predominantly salty foods, like salty nuts, you might be a Water element.
If you like to eat predominantly sour foods, such as tilapia with lemon, you might be a Wood element.
If you like to eat predominantly spicy or tangy foods, such as raw green peppers, you might be a Metal element.
Finally, if you can't settle on a predominant taste preference, imagine you have a plate of food in front of me, and it had a slice of raw pepper, fish in lemon sauce, a dish of salted nuts, salad with vinagrette, and a sweet potato, what would I eat first, second, third, fourth, fifth?
Even then, it can be confusing. For instance, I'm Metal/Water. I do prefer salty foods over sour or bitter foods. However, I much prefer a sweet potato over almost anything, and although I like mildly spicy foods, you'll never see me eating a raw green pepper!
But there's more to come, and when you put the whole puzzle together you'll have a much better answer to the question "what element are you?"
Keep coming back, and if you want to keep track of your poll answers here, along with your guesses as to your element, please do!
Update: Willie Geist (Day 317)
2 weeks ago