Food Energetics Charts

According to Chinese Theory, foods play an important role in well-being. Below are food therapy charts indicating the heating/cooling properties of common foods (as seen in the Herbsmith webinar presentation, "Food Energetics").

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Food Pyramid for Dogs

Neutral Foods
Generally neutral foods will tonify Qi and blood and harmonize Yin and Yang. They can be used in combination with other types of foods to add vareity and choice or to decrease the harshness of a very cold or very hot diet.
Meats Fish Vegetables Fruits Grains Etc.
Beef Carp Black Soy Beans Papaya White Rice Cheese
Beef Liver Catfish Kidney Beans Pineapple Brown Rice Milk
Goose Herring Beet Root Pomegranate Rye Peanut Oil
Pork Mackerel Broad Beans Raspberry Lentils Flax Seed
Pork Liver Salmon Cabbage   Corn Sesame Seeds
Pork Kidneys Sardines Carrots     Chicken Eggs
Pork Feet Sturgeon Cauliflower     Peanut
Quail Tuna Green Beans      
Tripe   Peas      
Bison   Red Beans      
    Aduki Beans      
    String Beans      
    Shitake Mushroom      
Cooling Foods
Yin is qualities of inward, quiet, nighttime, maternal, cool and fluids. Yin tonics are foods which tonify the coolness and fluids of the body. Signs of Yang excess include seeking cool places, panting, thirst, red eyes, panting at night, dry skin, dry cough and restlessness.
Meats Fish Vegetables Fruits Grains Etc.
Rabbit Clam Tomatoes Apple Barley Eggs (duck)
Duck Cod Yellow Soy Bean Banana Buckwheat Flax Seed Oil
  Crab Seaweed Cranberry Job's Tears Marjoram
  Scallop Bamboo Kiwi Millet Peppermint
  Whitefish Broccoli Lemon Mung Bean Salt
    Celery Mango Wheat Sesame Oil
    Cucumber Orange Wild Rice Tofu
    Eggplant Pear   Yogurt
    Kelp Strawberry   Chicken Egg Whites
    Lettuce Tangerine    
    Mushroom Watermelon    
Foods That Transform Phlegm
Signs of phlegm include Stinky greasy dog coat, "Dog smell", goopy eyes, ear discharges, hot spots, gooey cough.
Fish Vegetables Fruits Nuts/Seeds Etc.
Clam Pepper Apple Almond Basil
Crab Radish Grapefruit Peel Walnut Caraway
Lobster Seaweed Lemon Peel   Cardamon
Shrimp Shitake Mushroom Orange Peel   Fennel Seed
Prawn Water Chestnut Pear   Ginger
  Olive     Tyme
  Kelp     Marjoram
Yin Tonifying Foods
Signs of Yin deficiency include seeking cool places, panting, thirst, red eyes, panting at night, dry skin, dry cough, and restlessness.
Meats Fish Vegetables Fruits Grains Etc.
Duck Whitefish Black Beans Blackberry Millet Chlorella
Rabbit Clam Kidney Beans Raspberry Barley Spirulina
Pork Cod Mung Beans Mulberry Wheat Germ Tofu
Pork Feet Crab Beets Banana Wheat Goat's Milk
Pork Kidney Oyster String Beans Watermelon Rice Yogurt
Beef Sardine Asparagus Apple Quinoa Cheese
    Peas Lemon   Chicken Eggs
    Tomatoes Mango   Cow's Milk
      Pear   Duck Eggs
      Pineapple   Honey
Qi Tonifying (Warming) Foods
Qi tonic foods are foods that warm the body allowing the body to develop and maintain warmth. Qi deficiency is seen as general weakness, fatigue, exercise intolerance, poor appetite, chronic diarrhea, loss of body weight, muscle atrophy, shortness of breath, asthma and/or urinary or fecal incontinence.
Meats Fish Vegetables Fruits Grains Nut/Seed Misc.
Turkey Sturgeon Black Beans Cassio Fruit Oats Chestnut Bay Leaves
Chicken Lobster Squash Cherry Sorghum Coconut Brown Sugar
Chicken Liver Mussel Sweet Potato Date Sweet Rice Pine Nut Cinnamon
Pheasant Shrimp   Peach   Walnut Ginger
Ham Prawn   Longan     Molasses
  Anchovy         Goat Milk
            Dill Seed
            Dried Ginger
            Fennel Seed
Yang Tonic (Hot) Foods
Yang is the opposite of yin. Yang qualities include outward, active, male, daytime, heat and inflammation. Yang tonic foods are the hottest or most heat generating foods. Yang deficiency animals are heat seeking, i.e. lie in front of fires or under bedcovers, have coldness to ears, nose, back and limbs.
Meats Fish Misc.
Lamb Trout Cayenne
Sheep Kidney    
Blood Tonic Foods
Signs of blood deficiency include History of blood loss/anemia, pale white gums, dry flakey dandruff coat, dry cracked paw pads, lack of stamina.
Meats Fish Vegetables Fruits Grains Etc.
Beef Oyster Aduki Bean Figs Barley Black Sesame
Bone Marrow Sardines Alfalfa Sprouts Date Corn Eggs
Heart   Artichoke Longan Oats Parsley
Liver   Beet Root   Rice Molasses
Pork   Carrot   Sweet Rice Soy Milk
Pork Skin   Dark, leafy vegetables   Wheat Bran  
    Kidney Beans      
Foods that Drain Dampness
Signs of dampness include stiffness (worse in damp weather), obesity, weepy lesions without heat, and loose stool. Some examples of foods that form dampness are sugar, yeast, wheat, saturated fats, roasted peanuts, dairy products, bread, pork, bananas, and concentrated juices.
Fish Vegetables Fruits Grains Etc.
Anchovy Aduki Bean Cranberry Job's Tears Green Tea
Marckerel Alfalfa Sprouts Lemon Barley Horseradish
Sardine Asparagus Papaya Buckwheat Jasmine Tea
  Celery   Corn Marjoram
  Seaweed   Rye Parsley
  Kidney Bean     Pepper
Foods to Avoid
Foods that are toxic to animals and should not be fed are:
Chocolate Plum Cherry Pits
Onions Persimmons Mustard Leaf
Scallions Macadamia Nuts Mustard Seed
Grapes/Raisens Alcohol Avocado Peel
Apricot Pits Raw Yeast/Dough  
Sources of Vitamin A
Liver Carrot Broccoli Milk
Sweet Potato Butter Kale Pea
Spinach Collard Greens Cheddar Cheese Mango
Cantaloupe / Melon Egg Apricot Papaya
Sources of Vitamin C
Animal Livers Rose Hips Citrus Fruits
Sources of Vitamin E
Seeds / Seed Oils Nut / Nut Oils Green, leafy vegetables
Tomato products Pumpkin Sweet Potato
Rockfish Mangoes Asparagus
Broccoli Papayas Olives