The BYG Method has its roots in the ancient systems of medicine from the East as well as modern nutritional science more familiar to people in the West. By combining Eastern and Western wellness theory, we are able to identify three main elements that are at play in digesting the foods you consume. Although we have all elements working together to assist in digestion, there are great benefits to understanding the dominant element of your digestive system.
You may be described as having an average body frame and a normal metabolism but beyond this, normal or average is not your speed. You like your life spicy just like your food. With a predominantly fire digestion, our appetite is strong and you may find yourself having the tendency to overeat and drink. In fact, missing a meal can make you feel downright irritable. Your digestion is generally good but you occasionally experience indigestion and your food moves through your body rapidly. You may tend toward inflammation in your joints and skin irritations.
Although you feel like you’ve always been able to eat/drink anything, excessive eating (especially spicy/salty foods) and drinking alcohol are a sure way to create more heat and inflammation so working on incorporating more cooling foods and reducing dehydrating beverages like caffeine and alcohol will help support your natural high-energy self. Moderation is not a dirty word. Cultivate it!
The key to balance for you is to calm things down a bit. Build some free time in your day. Perhaps put it on the schedule so you begin to make a habit of not “doing” all the time! Make sure you have regular meals even if it means taking snacks along with you as you move through your day. Remember life is an adventure not a race to the end. Take time to fuel yourself so you don’t burn out.
Tendencies for Fire
- Steady metabolism
- Hot (both tempered and intolerant of heat)
- Strong appetite
- Tendency for loose or frequent bowels
- Sharp or sour stomach
- Producing large amounts of urine and feces
- Enjoys spicy foods and cold drinks
- Strong thirst
- Cold sores/mouth ulcers
- Inflamed joints
Keys to Balance Fire
Tips & Tricks
- Have regular mealtimes; Do not go too long between meals.
- Eat in a relaxed environment. Try not to watch or read news while eating.
- Avoid foods and drinks that create heat or acidity.
- Eat cooling, non-spicy foods.
- Stay hydrated.
- Limit salt intake.
- Build in free time every day.
- Cultivate moderation.
- Laugh often!