The winds of Winter are a blowing.
In this Issue:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foundational principals has always been based on the environment in which we live. It is rooted in living in harmony with the seasons; with nature. Teaching patients how to modify diet and lifestyle based on the season is a critical aspect of patient education.
With the cooler fall season in full swing following an unseasonably hot summer, now is a perfect time to begin laying the foundation for health and vitality in the winter months.
Winter is traditionally a time of pulling back, recovering, and resting from the summers heat, events, and doings. A time of inter reflection, a time to catch up on
rest "Hibernate like a bear" after the log hot summer. It is a season of coming together, relaxing, with friends, family and our loved ones to enjpy the labors of the harvest and of life. But, for many winter and the holiday season brings with it heightened stress, anxiety, and time commitment crunches.
Thus, it is of the up most importance to take time for self care. "Simply take Twenty" for your well being and health.
In Light, Love, Laughter, and Healing can bring with it
There are many foods that are beneficial for us to eat during the winter season. These foods are the ones that naturally grow in this season – squashes, potatoes, root vegetables, winter greens, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, apples, and pears. In winter, our bodies need warming foods like soups made with hearty vegetables, and rich stocks cooked with animal bones are best. Foods that specifically nourish and warm the kidneys are; black beans, kidney beans, broths cooked with bones, lamb, chicken, walnuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds and dark leafy greens.