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7 Lucky Foods for The Year of the Ox
Tue Feb 09 2021 |
You know I can relate Feng Shui to just about anything. So, you won’t be surprised that, because the Chinese Year of the Ox starts this month, I’m making a Feng Shui connection to food
But, hold the eggrolls - before I share a bit about lucky bites, I want to take some mystery out of balancing Feng Shui principles in the foods you serve everyday.
First, try to balance color. Each of the Feng Shui Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) is represented by a color. You don't have to eat every color at every meal, but the more you vary food colors, the more you bring harmony to your table.
Next, balance aromas. Doesn’t it feel great to smell your favorite food cooking? Aromatic seasonings are part of Feng Shui because they address all senses. Plus, flavorful scents replace negative energy with positive.
Finally, balance opposites. The yin-yang principle refers to the opposites around you. That means mixing foods that are yin (cooling) and yang (warming). We already find this balance in many Chinese recipes, including sweet and sour chicken, hot and sour soup, strongly-flavored dishes served with plain rice, and dishes mixing soft foods with crunchy textures.
What Chinese foods should you eat for the new year? The good luck quotient for a food is based on its pronunciation and appearance, plus how it’s prepared and served. You probably didn’t need an excuse to order dumplings from your local Chinese carryout, but it helps to know which good fortune is associated with these lucky (and Feng Shui-fabulous) foods:
1. Dumplings represent wealth, especially the oval version that looks like Chinese silver ingots. The more dumplings you eat during the lunar celebration, the more money you make in that year – so eat up!
2. Spring rolls are another wealth symbol because their gold-bar shape and golden fried color represent “a ton of gold.”
3. Oranges and tangerines relate to fullness and wealth because of their round shape and color, plus the words sound like “success” and “luck.” Leave the stems attached if you want to encourage fertility.
4. Fish equals increased prosperity because in some Chinese dialects the word sounds like “surplus.” The tradition is to serve a whole fish. Leave some on your plate to represent “left over” spending money.
5. Longevity noodles symbolize happiness and long life because their seemingly endless length and “unsevered” preparation represent the eater's life.
6. Glutinous rice cakes symbolize a better position, because these words mean “going higher” in business, school, and career.
7. Sweet rice balls mean family togetherness because of their round shape. Their pronunciation means “reunion” and “being together.”
Keep in mind that how you serve your food – especially lucky food – can also increase abundance. The best way to serve up a meal that symbolizes prosperity is to set your table with all of that “good stuff” that’s been hiding in your cabinets. What are you saving it for?
Order up some Feng Shui-friendly foods for the lunar new year and watch your prosperity grow. I was born in the Year of the Ox, so as if I needed an excuse, I'll be piling the dumplings and spring rolls on my plate to bring all the luck the year wants to send my way.