Is it then a form of nutrition that, despite its individuality, is also suitable for families?
Theoretically, everyone would need something different. But there are standard ideas about how to eat. For example, children have immature digestion. That means they have to eat wholesome food. Oodles of hummus are unsuitable for a child because it digests that very badly. And too much raw vegetables, cold fruit juices or yoghurt every day are not healthy for a child because everything is cold. The basic rule is that children should eat warm food. Regular mealtimes are also very important. But this is something that has been completely lost. You shouldn't eat all the time, and you shouldn't eat on the go or in a hurry. These are basic ideas that are totally family-friendly.
Nevertheless, it all sounds complicated.
A lot of it is really common sense. But I often give my patients lists on which they can see which foods are ok for them and which they should leave out for now. Then there are also healing foods, for people who have a blood deficiency, for example, or who would like to become pregnant. Then, of course, they have to follow my therapeutic instructions. I actually see food as medicine.
Do you cook strictly according to TCM? Or is there an exception?
In the first year of my children's lives, I cooked strictly according to TCM. From the age when they could show what they wanted, they were also allowed to choose. Because I think they have to be able to try things out and show what they like. But the offer on my part has to be right. But of course I have to compromise from time to time in our everyday life.
French fries with ketchup or in what measure?
Recently I had such an incredible craving for gnocchi with gorgonzola - totally anti-TCM. It had to be done. So I can definitely make an exception. But we still don't have chips at home. But when we're out and about, it can happen. But not in the afternoon at 4 o'clock, but at our mealtimes. When they are out with my husband, there is an exception - and it's good that they have their own channel for that.