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Allergies: Yin Yang Food For Dogs

Do you know how to take part and help your dog's relationship with food? Do you want to know a better starting point when introducing foods to your dog?


It can be very frustrating when you want to give your dog a treat (or any food) and they have food allergies, especially if they are unknown. It can almost feel like we are missing out on being able to share specific fun with the. Even more so when the majority of interactive toys revolve around food.


With the help of the charts in this post, you should gain a better understanding of what foods to either try or avoid depending on how sensitive your dog is. Do note that this is not saying that certain foods are either “good” or “bad” but are judging how a dog will generally handle and respond to the specific foods.


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Yin Yang Food Energies


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they look at food energies. TCM shows us how allergies, among all other medical conditions, are an underlying disharmony within the body. To then address the problem you must address the disharmony responsible for the allergy. When a dog (or person) who has an allergy is exposed to said allergen, the body begins to respond by having its defenses overreact. This is also when the body begins to overheat. Other visual symptoms are red skin, itching, panting and restlessness. It is the combination of warm (heat from allergies) and cool (dog’s temperature) that create a condition of “wind” within the body which then in turn causes the itchy skin.


Where Yin represents cool then Yang represents heat. With a balance of the forces you are left with a healthy being. When you adjust your dog’s diet based off of TCM’s food energy categories, you are addressing the root of the imbalance to restore harmony instead of just treating the symptom of the allergy.


How Does Cooking Tie Into Category?


The way you prepare each food item also plays into how the body responds. Serving food items either raw, chilled, steamed or poached is cooling. Boiling the food is neutral. Baking is considered warming. And finally, roasting or grilling classifies it as hot.

​Preparation Method

Raw, Chilled, Steamed, Poached

Boiled

Baked

Roasted, Grilled

Each table shows a visual representation for the most common foods and how many of the top searched sites categorized each item as either cooling, neutral, warming or hot. Otherwise find a written summary of all items each site mentioned and their categoric Yin Yang label. Some foods will be in multiple categories.


Meat

Cooling: Alligator, beef, duck, goose, pork, rabbit, turkey

Neutral: Beef, bison, goose, kidney, kidney (pork), liver, liver (beef), liver (pork), pork, pork feet, quail, squid, turkey

Warming: Beef, chicken, goat, ham, kidney, kidney (beef), lamb, liver, liver (chicken), liver (pork), mutton, pheasant, sheep, turkey, venison

Hot: Chicken, Emu, goat, kidney, kidney (beef), lamb, liver, mutton, pheasant, sheep, turkey, venison

Meat

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Aligator

1

Beef

1

3

1

Bison

2

Chicken

4

1

Duck

4

Emu

1

Goat

1

2

Goose

1

1

Ham

1

Kidney

1

1

1

Lamb

1

4

Liver

1

1

1

Mutton

1

2

​Pork

2

1

Rabbit

4

Sheep

1

2

Squid

1

Turkey

1

1

4

1

Venison

1

3

Fruit

Cooling: Apple, banana, blueberry, cranberry, kiwi, mango, melon, orange, pear, persimmon, strawberry, tangerine, watermelon

Neutral: Apple, lemon, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry

Warming: Blackberry, cassia fruit, cherry, coconut, date, longan, peach, raspberry

Hot: None listed

Fruit

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

​Apple

4

1

Banana

4

Blackberry

1

Blueberry

1

Cherry

1

Coconut

2

Cranberry

3

​Date

1

Kiwi

1

Mango

3

Melon

2

Orange

2

Peach

1

Pear

3

Pineapple

2

Pomegranate

1

Raspberry

1

1

Strawberry

3

Watermelon

2

Vegetable

Cooling: Asparagus, bamboo, broccoli, button mushroom, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, dandelion lead, dandelion root, eggplant, jobs tears, kelp, lettuce, mushroom, seaweed, spinach, squash (summer), swiss chard, tomato, turnip

Neutral: Avocado, beet root, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, corn, green bean, peas, potato, pumpkin, shiitake mushroom, string beans, sweet potato

Warming: Bay leaves, bell pepper, brussel sprout, kale, parsley, parsnip, pumpkin, squash, squash (winter), sweet potato

Hot: Kale, parsley, parsnip, squash, sweet potato

Vegetable

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Avocado

1

Bell Pepper

1

Broccoli

3

Carrot

3

Cauliflower

1

2

Celery

2

Corn

1

Cucumber

4

Green Beans

3

Kale

2

1

Kelp

3

Lettuce

4

Peas

2

Potato

2

Squash

3

1

Pumpkin

1

1

Seaweed

3

Sweet Potato

4

1

Yam

2

Seafood

Cooling: Clam, cod, crab, fish, herring, mussel, scallop, whitefish

Neutral: Carp, catfish, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, sturgeon, tripe, trout, tuna

Warming: Anchovy, lobster, mussel, prawn, salmon, shrimp, sturgeon, trout

Hot: Anchovy, prawn, shrimp, trout

Seafood

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Anchovy

3

1

Carp

2

Clam

1

Cod

1

Crab

1

Herring

1

1

Lobster

1

Mackerel

2

Mussel

1

1

Prawn

1

1

Salmon

3

1

Sardines

2

Scallop

1

Shrimp

1

1

Sturgeon

1

1

Tripe

2

Trout

1

1

3

Tuna

2

Whitefish

3

Dairy

Cooling: Cottage cheese, yogurt

Neutral: Cheese, milk (cow), milk (goat), yogurt cheese

Warming: Milk (goat)

Hot: None listed

Dairy

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Cheese

2

Cottage Cheese

1

Milk (cow)

1

Milk (goat)

1

1

Yogurt

2

Yogurt Cheese

1

Poultry (eggs)

Cooling: Chicken egg, Chicken egg white, duck egg

Neutral: Chicken egg

Warming: None listed

Hot: None listed

Poultry

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Chicken Egg

1

3

Chicken Egg White

1

Duck Egg

2

Legumes

Cooling: Mung beans, soy beans

Neutral: Aduki beans, broad beans, kidney beans, red beans, soy beans (black)

Warming: Black beans

Hot: None listed

Legumes

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Aduki Beans

1

Black Beans

1

Broad Beans

1

Kidney Beans

1

Mung Beans

1

Red Beans

1

Soy Beans

1

Soy Beans (black)

1

Grain

Cooling: Barley, buckwheat, millet, wheat, wild rice

Neutral: Brown rice, lentils, rye, white rice

Warming: Oats, sorghum, sweet rice, walnut

Hot: None listed

Grain

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Barley

1

Brown Rice

2

Buckwheat

2

Lentils

1

Millet

1

Oats

2

Rye

1

Sorghum

1

Sweet Rice

1

Wheat

1

White Rice

2

Wild Rice

1

Nuts

Cooling: None listed

Neutral: Peanut

Warming: Cashew, chestnut, pine nut, walnut

Hot: Walnut

Nut

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Cashew

1

Chestnut

1

Peanut

1

Pine nut

1

Walnut

2

1

Other

Cooling: Chia seeds, chlorella, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, honey, marjoram, nori, peppermint, salt, sesame oil, spirulina, tofu, wheat grass

Neutral: Chlorella, honey, pumpkin seed, spirulina, tofu

Warming: Basil, brown sugar, cayenne, cinnamon, clove, coconut oil, dill seed, fennel seed, ginger, ginger (dried), molasses, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, turmeric, vinegar

Hot: Cayenne, cinnamon, coconut oil, ginger, turmeric

Other

Cooling

Neutral

Warming

Hot

Brown Sugar

1

Chia Seeds

1

Cinnamon

2

2

Coconut Oil

2

1

Flaxseed

1

Ginger

2

1

Honey

1

2

Molasses

1

Nutmeg

1

Oregano

1

Peppermint

2

Pumpkin Seed

1

Rosemary

2

Sage

1

Sesame Oil

2

Spirulina

1

1

Thyme

2

Tofu

1

1

Turmeric

3

1

You are your own dog's advocate and have the final say as to what you do or do not give to them. This page is designed to save you the time of reading through multiple different sites and seeing how their information compares. Consult with your veternarian if you have questions in regards to your pet's diet.




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