I have been having a cold for the past few days. To see it positively is that my body is capable of falling sick and getting rid of toxins instead of keeping it in and the toxins built up being kept in my body, becoming something vile instead.
This cold came after I decided to step out of my home after being house-bound for 4 months or so. I was staying at home and didn’t step foot out of my home for months! I needed to do this to heal my chronic leg wound. Every time I go out, my leg wound would become worse with more weepy liquid seeping out and it causes my leg to become reddishly inflamed previously. I’m seeing positive results after my decision to stay at home to not go out and my wound is much better on my feet. I’m happy. Sometimes it’s best to just follow your instincts and listen to what your body plus mind is telling you to heal yourself. Not any doctor’s words, not anyone’s advise or medicine can heal you. It’s yourself.
Just staying at home also has it’s bad side effects like breathing the same stale air and not seeing much of the sun or some new environment. Growing up, I’m very much a sporty, outdoor person who also likes the balance of having a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. I guess at this moment I just need to do what I need to do to heal parts by parts of my body so I’m constantly on a change with my daily actions. By the time you’re reading this, I might have already moved on to a new habit. The only constant in life is change. People who say otherwise that no one changes, is just purely ignorant and delusional. 🙄
”The only constant in life is change”
I have also been consuming a lot of heaty food. Food like guava, cherry, fried food, a bit too much of cornflakes and some healthy purple yam cereal drink which has more heaty ingredients in it. Some of you might be thinking, “wait a minute, fruits also can be heaty?”. Yes, different food categories have their cooling and heaty types. The well-known heaty fruit is durian. To counter the heatiness, people will eat mangosteen. Both of these fruits, I like. Their texture, taste and also I like my balance like that – not too heaty, not too cooling. I like to eat durian since young but have stopped consuming for my good health as it is too heaty and causes inflammation.
So I needed some cooling food. I was drinking barley water. Then I decided to make guilingao. Guilingao is a Chinese herbal jelly made out of a few types of herbs and flower. Guilingao usually is quite bland in taste, with a bit of bitterness and flowery aromatic aftertaste. People will usually drizzle honey or sugar in the jelly to give it some sweetness. I ate mine just as it is, without sugar.
Not more than 10 minutes later, a huge phlegm was drawn out of my throat. It was a thick, green coloured phlegm. A bit icky but truth be told, all human bodies are capable of producing that, so you would have gone through this before in your lifetime. Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that green phlegm means the body is very heaty. Felt much better after that and could feel my mucous membranes flowing after that.
Guilingao is really effective in cooling my body down, even faster than barley. It is said to be good for skin complexion too if eaten on a regular basis. Guilingao will definitely be in my food like list.