Lastly, we discuss yang nutrition, some steps you can take to develop your emotional strength, and how you can help the Yang Town mission.
Nutrition for Yang Sexual Energy
Nutrition is of vital importance to rejuvenating your sexual energy. Just as masculine is considered yang and feminine is considered yin, this classification system can be extended to food as well.
Yin foods are high in water content, cold, and sour or bitter. They include things like lettuce, cucumbers, fruits, fish, alcohol, refined sugars and require less cooking (steaming) or no cooking (fresh and raw).
Yang foods are low in water content, hot, and pungent or bland. They include things like potatoes, pumpkin, red meat, onion, garlic, ginger, seeds and nuts, and require more cooking (stewing, baking, deep frying).
The summer is a yang season due to the heat, so to balance it out we eat yin food which will cool us down. The winter is a yin season due to the cold, so to balance it out we eat yang food to heat us up.
According to Dr Maoshing Ni, a Taoist doctor and anti-aging expert, a diet that supports sexual energy would follow these guidelines:
"Libido-enhancing foods are typically warming and pungent in nature and taste and can help motivate the yang or body's fire energy. Garlic, onions, scallions, leeks, chives, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom, anise, turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and horseradish fall under this category.
He also advises to avoid medication (including over the counter drugs), sitting for long periods of time, and smoking (since it depletes zinc which is crucial for hormone production and function). Of course, you'll want to limit alcohol intake as well.
Mung Beans and Rice Soup
Luckily for you, I happened to find a meal which uses about a half dozen of the yang ingredients listed above. I got it from a Yogi in my area and it's called Mung Beans and Rice Soup.
In his words:
"This is one of the most nutritious, healing, and tasty meals that I have ever eaten. It is a pre-digested food. Its protein is balanced because of the beans and rice, which makes it easy to digest. It's full of vitamins and minerals, from all the vegetables.
Mung Beans and Rice recipe by Yogi Bhajan.
. 2/3 Cup Mung Beans (wash beans). Most Indian and health food stores carry mung beans.
. 2/3 Cup Rice (wash rice). Basmati is best.
. 7-8 Cups Water (start with 7 cups of water and you can always add more if mixture gets too thick.
. 1 Teaspoon Turmeric. A yellow powder that is a healing medicine by itself.
. 1 Teaspoon Gram Masala (a mixture of healing spices found at any Indian food store.
. 1 Tablespoon Sweet Basil.
. ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder.
. 2 Bay Leaves Whole (remove spent bay leaves after mixture is almost done).
. ½ Teaspoon Red Pepper (powder or crushed, this is very hot stuff so add more of less to taste).
. 5 Large Cardamom pods (just add the seeds from the cardamom pods).Optional
. 3-4 Bouillon Cubes - I like to add 3-4 chicken bouillon cubes for flavor
. Organic Lamb - Occasionally I'll add some organic lamb midway through making the soup (precooked and browned with flour in a frying pan). Add all of the above ingredients to a large pot and start boiling.
While it heats up, chop and add vegetables:
. 4-5 Cups Assorted Chopped Vegetables (carrots, celery, zucchini, broccoli, potato, sweet potatoes, squash etc.). As you boil the above ingredients, you can cook the below in a frying pan until lightly browned.
. 1-2 Onions, chopped.
. 1/3 Cup Ginger Root, minced.
. 10 Cloves Garlic, minced.
. ¼ Cup Oil (almond or olive is best, but any good oil is fine).
When the onion ginger and garlic mixture is lightly browned it's done. Add it to the large boiling pot full of the vegetables and spices, set fire to low. You will now need to stir often to prevent scorching. Continue to cook until all the vegetables can be barely discernible. Add more water if necessary. It will have a rich thick soup-like consistency.
When it's done you may now add:
. Sea Salt or Tamari - To you your taste. Tamari is found at any good health food store.
. Cheese & Yogurt - To taste (make sure to use good quality and don't overdo the cheese).
"It's best to be served this dish with yogurt and yogi tea. The dish should be spicy hot. The more red pepper you add the hotter it will be. You may even add jalapeños, especially in the winter, when it's cold. The yogurt will help to balance out the hot yang fire in the dish with cooling yin energy.
It seems like a lot of work but it makes about 8-10 servings and is easy after you've done it once.
I am amazed at how my body responds to this food. My energy is increasing, my digestion is improving, and I no longer have to rest after eating. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their health, especially during the winter.
If you'd like to share this recipe with others, you can find a printer friendly copy at the bottom of this post: Mung Beans and Rice Soup at Yang Town