Principles of nutrition

Lunar nutrition

Solar nutrition


Principles of nutrition

In order to determine the right foods for each type we must consider nutritional guidelines with a view, firstly to maintaining good health and secondly, to see how our favourite foods fit in. Breathing is essential to life and is therefore more important than food. Food supports breathing.

As the lunar type is the active inhaler, he takes in much more oxygen in the long term which is significant for food digestion efficiency. Therefore, the lunar type only needs three hearty meals per day. The solar type, the active exhaler, has much less oxygen available to digest his food. He therefore requires more frequent meals.

In principle, everyone can eat everything. It is merely a question of quantity.


Preference should always be given to the best foods for your breathing type.

In summer we all tend to eat like solar types and in winter like lunar types. In the summer months, when solar foods become available, even lunar types can eat them. The problem is, though, that modern technology makes almost all fruits and vegetables available all year round and we are losing touch with seasonal foods, i.e. of foods that are right for us. Ill health is often caused by eating the wrong foods, e.g. lactose intolerance, diabetes, obesity etc.

In principle, I recommend people suffering from ill health (obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure etc.) to consult a terlusollogist.


Lunar Diet

Nutritional Guidelines for the Lunar Type (inhaler)

Hearty fare

Three regular meals a day

Animal fat (avoid vegetable fats)

Plenty of acids

Plenty of liquid (not much water is produced by the metabolism),

low in carbohydrates

Combined with fat and acid protein can be digested easily. Nevertheless, lunar types should limit their protein intake as a high protein diet can be harmful.

Snacks in between meals, e.g. mid-morning snack or afternoon tea, put a strain on the lunar type and he does not need them.

In other words, the lunar type’s digestive system is located in the warm zone, (see chapter Contraction and Expansion Zones), and are therefore well supplied with blood. As a consequence, the metabolising organs work more efficiently which explains why he can eat three fat-rich meals a day. That is also why the lunar type should drink plenty of fluids, especially warm drinks. The Chinese and Indians have been doing so for centuries and, without refrigerators, it was impossible for people to drink ice-cold beverages as they do in many places today.

The following, recommended, foods are based on experience gained mainly with babies and small children but have proven beneficial for adults as well. Only easily available (local) foods were used.


Dietary Guidelines for the Lunar Type (not conclusive)

Beverages: always warm! Water, goat’s milk, herbal teas (unsweetened), black tea, apple juice, cream, carrot juice.

Fruit and vegetables: potatoes, carrots, kohlrabi, celery, cauliflower, sweet corn, cucumber, citrus fruits, berries, beetroot, broccoli, all pip fruits such as apples and pears.

Protein, fats, carbohydrates: rye, cornmeal, dark sour dough bread, animal fats such as butter, bacon, ham, fried or smoked meat, fish, sausages, fried egg, egg yolk, all kinds of soup.

Seasoning: very spicy, pepper, mustard, salt, onions, garlic, herbs. Hot and spicy dishes are all right.


Solar Diet

The situation for the solar type (= active exhaler) is more or less the reverse as his more pronounced exhaling leads to a higher exhalation rate of CO2. Carbohydrates such as sugar and honey are rapidly converted into CO2 and water in one or more stages. More water and CO2 are produced; via CO2 sensors in the blood this stimulates the breathing centre and promotes exhalation.

Dietary Guidelines for the Solar Type (Exhaler)

Small frequent meals

Rich in carbohydrates

Plenty of protein

Low in fat, only vegetable fats (margarine)

Avoid acids

Small quantities of fluid (more fluid is produced by the metabolism)


A diet that is low in fat but rich in carbohydrates means lots of small meals. Because water is rapidly produced by the metabolism, there is no need to drink large quantities. Protein goes well with carbohydrates and can be eaten freely. Protein eaten with fat is hard to digest!

It must be pointed out that coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages etc. are stimulants with no nutritious value and should only be consumed as such. 

An excessive intake of coffee or tea as is customary in some professional circles (meetings, night duty etc.) is basically harmful!


Solar Foods (incomplete list)

Beverages: drink (a little) when thirsty, no hot drinks, skimmed milk, sweet fruit juices, green tea (boosts metabolism).

Fruit and Vegetables: tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, green salads, green peas, green beans, asparagus, all stone fruits, ripe kiwi, dates, figs, sultanas, ripe pineapple, ripe bananas.

Protein, fat, carbohydrates: always use vegetable fats! Thistle oil, germ oils, sunflower oil, nut oil, olive oil, margarine, plenty of protein, wheat, oats, white bread, cakes, pasta, rice, semolina, pulses, low fat curd cheese, low fat cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella, lean meat and fish, lean cold cuts, sugar, honey.

Seasoning: always use mild spices! Vanilla, cinnamon, cumin, not too much salt.