Eating with the Seasons

Ready, Set…WOOD SEASON! Acupuncture Advice for Staying Balanced in Spring

March 15, 2018
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“And the day came, when the risk it took to stay tight in a bud, became more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anaïs Nin Looking out a window of my acupuncture clinic, I see a flat watercolor blend of dull browns and grays — for most members of the plant kingdom, […]

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Foods to Nourish Your Jing–An Acupuncturist’s Approach to using Chinese Medicine Nutritional Principles for Staying Healthy

January 2, 2018

Last week, I wrote about our Jing, how In Chinese Medicine it’s connected to our Kidney energy, and therefore the Water Element, and the season that we’re in right now: winter. Acupuncturists know that we want to do everything possible to avoid tapping into and therefore depleting our Jing — the root of all energy […]

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Don’t Throw Those Dandelion Greens Away!: There’s Powerful Medicine for Springtime in Those Garden Weeds

May 6, 2017
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“A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered” –Ralph Waldo Emerson We’ve all seen ’em, we’ve all got ’em, right?  Those pesky, durable flowers that sprout up from everywhere in our gardens and driveways.  The typical response from most people is to either yank them out and throw them into […]

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Metal Season: The Time for Learning about Letting Go — but that what’s of Value Remains

November 5, 2016

  The air is pungent with the quieting of the seasons. Everywhere around us we feel the downturn of energy, as leaves shine their last dying blasts of color before departing this world for their fall into the earth. Now is the time of letting go, of releasing—of bringing inward the scattered energies of the […]

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Acupuncture Tips from the Earth Element for Staying Balanced in Late Summer

August 21, 2016

The end of summer is upon us, and the bounty of the earth’s harvest is pouring in. The long, playful days of summer have past, yet the air is still warm and the leaves are nowhere near falling. Traditionally, this was the season for building our stores of nourishment for the coming months, and hours […]

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The One Food That’s the Most Beneficial for Helping You Stay Balanced in Spring

May 5, 2014

Like every season, it is easy to figure out what foods will be beneficial for us right now by looking out at nature. And what do we see sprouting up all around us? Green!  Just little bits; but soon more, and then more, until it is virtually an explosion in green! In the past, at […]

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An Acupuncturist’s perfect Fall Balancing Recipe that will Warm and Nourish your Qi

October 30, 2013

If you see me for acupuncture and we’ve done any TCM dietary counseling, or you’ve been to one of my seasonal eating talks, then you know that as the seasons change, the foods we should be eating to stay balanced and healthy change too. A few weeks ago, I came across a recipe that looked […]

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Recipe: Acupuncturist’s Liver Balancing Superfood Breakfast Frittata

March 28, 2013

Have you ever made a frittata? I learned a recipe for a simple fritatta using artichoke hearts a few years ago, and I’ve been making it over and over again ever since.  Some people think that being an acupuncturist and a healthy eater, that I must not eat very interesting or yummy food.  This recipe […]

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An Acupuncturist Makes Dinner. Mushroom Spinach Goat Cheese Salad: Yummy your way to SuperImmunity!

March 14, 2013

(UPDATE: Since going paleo I no longer eat cheese. Booooo! :-( This sure was yummy though!) Every acupuncturist knows that as we head into spring, it is more important than ever to keep our livers happy.  Acupuncture theory states that the spring season is related to the Wood Element (more on this in the coming […]

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Uh-MAZing Beet Recipe for Beet-Haters! An Acupuncturist’s Dream for Nourishing your Liver

March 21, 2012

People love hating beets. I do admit, they can go either way…if not cooked right, they have a taste that can be a little, well, bad. But I just tried a new recipe this week that has me fanatical over this humble red root. Because beets are so wonderful for nourishing your “liver blood”, and […]

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It’s Pear Season! A Great Late-Summer Recipe for those Farmer’s Market Pears.

September 14, 2011

The pears are here, the pears are here!  I just saw the first of the season last Saturday at the farmer’s market, and excited I am!  Last year, for the first time I canned up many different kinds of jams, jelly’s and butters.  But none could compare to the delicate smooth Pear Butter that I […]

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Out of the Fire and Deep Into Earth: Use Earth’s Bounty to Build Up Your Qi as we Head into Earth Element Season

September 7, 2011

For those of you who have been my patients for some time, you’ve heard me talk a lot about the seasons/elements and how they relate to our health, the foods we need to eat, the types of issues we are likely to be dealing with, and in general, what we can do to stay balanced. […]

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Peach and Lavender Butter Recipe

August 31, 2011

This recipe, adapted from: Canning & Preserving, by Ashley English, is AMAZING and is a great way to put up the summer harvest. I just visited the farmer’s market and got an enormous flat of gorgeous local peaches. As someone who loves supporting our local farmers I sometimes have huge amounts of seasonal foods with which […]

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What to Eat now that Summer is Here

July 13, 2011

  Many of you have asked me “What should I be eating now that it’s summer?”  While of course this is going to depend on your individual Chinese Medicine diagnosis, there are a few overarching guidelines that most people can follow. In my general article about the Fire Element and Summer, I addressed the topic […]

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The Long Awaited GREENS Experiment…DO Try this at Home, Folks!

June 8, 2011

Is this another shameless plug to try to get you to eat more greens? You betcha! Many of you know I’ve been trying the whole “local eating” thing this past year.  While it is turning into a huge international movement born out of the need to eat more sustainably, it fits perfectly in with ancient […]

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Eat Seasonal, Balance your Elements, and Support our Local Farmers All At Once: CSA Options

April 20, 2011

It’s that time of year again…time to start thinking about which CSA  you’re going to sign up with this year.  As promised, I’m sending out a list this week of our local CSAs. What?!  You’re weren’t PLANNING on doing a CSA?  Well let’s see if I can change your mind! For those of you who […]

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Foods to Eat to Balance your Liver this Spring: A Seasonal 5 Elements Approach

April 6, 2011

Like every season, it is easy to figure out what foods will be beneficial for us right now by looking out at nature. And what do we see sprouting up all around us? Green!  Just little, little bits; but soon more, and then more, until it is virtually an explosion in green! Usually, at the […]

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When Eating More Salt will Help Conserve Your Qi

December 7, 2010

We’re entering into Water season, the season related to the Kidneys.  Energy, or Qi, is at it’s lowest point in the cycle of the year, so during winter, it’s appropriate to be less active and to conserve our energy stores. Unfortunately, just because it’s appropriate to do less, doesn’t mean that modern life always allows […]

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An Orange in December…

August 17, 2010

Despite my complete irreverence towards the story, something my mother mentioned several times when I was growing up managed to stick with me. And as things go (darn it!), the older I get the more I come to appreciate the message behind her words. :-/ She grew up in a tiny town in Denmark in […]

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Enjoying the Local Summer Harvest

July 21, 2010

This week, I came home from picking up my CSA share with an overflowing bag of veggies. Chard, 3 kinds of zucchini, big beets and baby beets along with their greens, English snap peas, 2 heads of romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, spring mix, green onions, and garlic scapes poured out; making it undeniably clear that […]

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