Day four Eating Diary


It has been very helpful to me to study Chinese medicine and to see food from a different perspective.   Taste is so important with food.  The more satisfying food is to your taste buds the less likely you are to look for something else to eat afterwards.  When you practise Mindful eating you take notice of every mouthful.  Have you ever eaten a sandwich and reached for the other half only to find you have already eaten it?  The more Mindful you become the more you choose to eat good quality interesting food.   I have a book called Recipes for Self healing by Daverick Leggett.  Every recipe in this book has a note with it telling us what it is doing energetically. It could be nourishing the blood, strengthening and clearing the lungs or boosting Qi (energy).   When you eat energising food you feel different both physically and psychologically.  This soup recipe is divine.


Indonesian Coconut Vegetable

from Recipes for Self Healing by Daverick Leggett




tblsp fresh ginger

1/4 tsp chilli pepper

butter or ghee or coconut oil




2 pints chicken or vegetable stock

tin coconut milk

mungbean sprouts

mange tout

baby corn

green beans

2 tsps lemongrass

1/2 tsp turmeric

salt – pepper


Sometimes I add chopped chicken if I have leftovers or want some more protein.


Finely chop onion, garlic and ginger.  Cook with the chilli for 5 mins until aromas released

Chop vegetables small and beautifully add to pot and stir fry for a few minutes

Add stock, coconut milk, lemon grass and turmeric.  Simmer until veg are just tender.  Season to taste.  Traditionally sprinkled with dried onion