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Yin and Yang principles

Entire libraries have been written about the two principles.

The reference to the two principles is not one of attribution, of 'equal to', but of comparison: '...is more Yin than...' or '...is more Yang than...'

The beauty is that if you mainly respect elements of one principle (from one of the 'columns'), the rest will follow.
More technically: exposed predominantly to one of the two principles, the body will take on qualities specific to that principle and manifest qualities specific to that principle.

For example: the alkaline diet induces a 'thinning' of the body and an increase in the ability to concentrate.

Here are some such pairings of Yin and Yang:

  Yin Yang
  Yin energy is correlated with: Yang energy is correlated with:
Trend expansion condensation / contraction
gender / sex female male
elements water fire
Chemical species acid alkaline
Form long (oval, rectangle) round, square
Temperature cold warm
Realm plant kingdom animal kingdom
NUMBERS even numbers odd numbers
Force centrifugal force centripetal force
Orientation exterior interior
Direction ascending descendent
Taste hot, sour, sweet salty, bitter, alkaline
Color black white
Table easy hard
Food salad cereals
  tropical products cold climate products
  divergent convergent, focused
Chemical Elements K, O, Ca, N, S, P, Si, Fe, Gu, Mn, Zn, F, SrPb Na, H, C, Mg, As, Li, Hg, Ur
Vitamins C, B2, B12, Pp, B1, B6 D, K, E, A
  darkness light
  deep superficial
  diffuse dense
  night day
  vertical horizontally
  receptivity emissivity
  passivity activity
  left right
  material immaterial
  Moon Sun
Atom electron proton
Zones (as geography) cold tropical
Season winter summer
  spread consolidation
  waste assimilation
  separate gathering
  decomposition organization
  idle, slow active, fast
  superficial, peripheral interior, central
  wet dry
  subtle dense / gros
  large / wide small
  fragile robust
  long short
  death life
  solid / full organs hollow organs
  gentle / fine aggressive
  intellectual, mental activities physical activities
  universal specific
  matter spirit

And, especially important in the kitchen, but also in clothing, design, etc., colors, tone and corresponding chakra:

  Color Tone Chackra
Red Do
Base Chakra
  Orange Re
Sacral chakra
  Yellow Mi
Solar plexus chakra
  Green Fa Heart chackra
  Blue Sol
Throat chakra
  Indigo La Forehead chakra
– Third Eye
Violet Si Crown chakra

Regarding  SHAPES ,  the more concentrated, closer to the spherical shape, the more YANG an object is.
Longer or more 'scattered', the more YIN.

And, for the intuitive ordering of food, and not only, from the perspective of the two principles, here is an indicative guide: 

  • holographically, in each group a Yin / Yang arrangement can be made
  • a dimension of the Yin / Yang energy evaluation is also given by the nature of the substance considered
  • !!! The relationship to Yin / Yang is also determined by the way food is prepared - how we cook
  • in the same food group they can be ordered by density, color, shape
  • there is a rich literature regarding the yin/yang ordering
  • yin extremes can pass, under certain conditions, into yang and vice versa

* Drugs - includes medicines, cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, drugs
** Fish includes, here, also seafood

This subject is intensively approached in Oshawa's Macrobiotics theory and documentation.

Colors - features and associations

Yang (Active, Bright, Expansive)

1. Red (Yang)

Characteristics: Active, dynamic, warm
Association: Energy, passion, excitement, stimulation, and power.

2. Orange (Yang)

Characteristics: Warm, creative, stimulating
Association: Enthusiasm, creativity, vitality, and social interaction.

3. Yellow (Yang)

Characteristics: Bright, cheerful, stimulating
Association: Happiness, intellect, optimism, and energy.

Balance (Harmony, Equilibrium)

4. Green (Balanced)

Characteristics: Growth, renewal, balance
Association: Harmony, balance, nature, healing, and equilibrium between yin and yang.

Yin (Receptive, Cool, Contracting)

5. Blue (Yin)

Characteristics: Calm, cool, serene
Association: Tranquility, stability, depth, trust, and peace.

6. Indigo (Yin)

Characteristics: Deep, introspective, cool
Association: Intuition, perception, wisdom, and inner knowledge.

7. Violet (Yin)

Characteristics: Spiritual, mystical, introspective
Association: Imagination, spirituality, inspiration, and higher consciousness.

The traditional vessel used to prepare gomasio is called a “suribachi.” This is a special Japanese mortar, and the pestle used to grind the sesame seeds and salt is called a “surikogi.”

Description of the “suribachi”:

  • Material: The suribachi is usually made of ceramic and has a textured interior with fine grooves, which helps in efficiently grinding the seeds and salt.
  • Size: It comes in various sizes, suitable for home use or professional kitchens.
  • Design: The exterior is smooth and glazed, while the interior has unglazed grooves to facilitate the grinding process.

Description of the “surikogi”:

  • Material: The surikogi is typically made from hard wood to prevent damage to the ceramic grooves of the suribachi.
  • Shape: It is a long, cylindrical stick, easy to handle for grinding ingredients.