How to Eat for your Earth Body Type.
This body type is blessed with endurance, strength, and stamina. The Earth body types are grounded and stable, constantly seeking that which is at ease, comfortable, and harmonic. When Earth types are in balance, they are the sweetest of people, with gentle auras and a stabilizing presence. Naturally, Earth types have a slower metabolism and have a thicker build, but only when out of balance do they start collecting belly fat. This body type tends to carry all of the weight around the belly, keeping slender arms and legs.
If they are out of balance, even if it’s for a short phase, they must keep in mind that this type of energy is what brings diseases into fruition quite quickly.
The Earth body psychology tends to be very patient, calm, tolerant, and forgiving. However, it does tend to get sluggish, lazy, and lethargic if it is not in alignment. Out of balance, feelings of possession, attachment, greed, and envy may surge.
The Earth body naturally stores energy, so it must be a number one priority to keep dis- eases at bay. The Water principle within Earth allows for certain climate conditions to manifest, for example, water retention, sinus congestion, inflamed mucous membranes, toxic accumulation within fat tissue, diabetes, and so on.
COMMON CRAVINGS: Sweet, salty, starchy, oily foods
BALANCED CRAVINGS: Bitter, astringent, pungent
Response to a poor diet: Lethargic, lack of energy, ongoing cravings
Therapeutic foods: Plenty of leafy greens (kale, collards, chard, spinach, romaine), light proteins (legumes, seaweed, fish) supplemented with healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butter, coconut oil, olive oil, full-fat cheeses, eggs). Very low doses of raw oils (raw coconut oil, flax seed, borage oil). Low doses of honey and yacon as sweeteners.
Therapeutic herbs: Bitters!* Dandelion leaf and root, quassia bark, orange peel, Oregon grape root, mustard leaf and seed, mugwort, rue, milk thistle, burdock root, yarrow, cardamom, yellow dock.
* Bitters are particularly beneficial because they will accelerate Earth’s metabolism while repairing the gut to digest better.
Other healing tonics: Alfalfa, blackberry leaf, chamomile, cinnamon, cleavers, ginger, hawthorn, hyssop, lemon, nettle, parsley seed and leaf, skullcap, spearmint, thyme, wild carrot.
Limit: Starchy carbs and low–glycemic index fruits (berries) to one meal a day.
Must eliminate: Sugary refined carbohydrates (like sports drinks), dense foods like store-bought energy bars or “health” drinks, products that have a yogurt- like consistency. Stay away from dairy! Dairy ferments quite quickly in the gut, and within a low metabolism it generates quite a lot of inflammation.
Lucky you: Dominant Earth types tend to get away with the occasional use of coffee and other stimulants, as well as with the occasional glass of wine.