Blog posts in: Medicinal foods

“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 is to either yank them out and throw them into the garden waste bag, or to give them a good dose of toxic weed killer. Why not use them instead to your advantage, getting FREE...

The end of summer is upon us, and the bounty of the earth’s harvest is pouring in. While the long, playful days of summer have past, the air is still warm and the leaves are nowhere near falling. The significance of Late Summer Traditionally, this was the season for building our stores of nourishment for the coming months, and hours would be spent toiling in the kitchen putting up the summer bounty. Nowadays modern agriculture...

As an acupuncture paleo practitioner (I made that term up) :-), I’m always excited when I come across a recipe that’s both fabulous and medicinal, according to Chinese medicine’s nutrition principles. I just stumbled upon another recipe that I’ve gone crazy over and have to share, for so many reasons. First, it’s absolutely delicious and surprisingly simple. Second, it’s the perfect go-to snack for those of you who haven’t known what to eat since trying...

I am often asked by my acupuncture patients how I feel about cleanses. While my responses have changed somewhat over the years, one thing has always remained stable: there is no single, cookie cutter cleanse that is right for everyone. If you’re thinking of doing a cleanse soon, you will want to consider the three things listed below before deciding on the cleanse that’s right for you. As many have probably noticed, cleanses are very...

Have you ever made a frittata?   I learned a recipe for a simple frittata using artichoke hearts several years ago, and I’ve been making it over and over again ever since.    Some people think that as an acupuncturist and a healthy eater, I must not eat very interesting or yummy food.  This recipe proves that you can eat like an acupuncturist and still feel satisfied and fulfilled!   It’s not only a great...

This article continues my series outlining what we can do to boost our immune system here in CO where our weather patterns change frequently. From an acupuncturist’s perspective, these sudden changes cause imbalances in our system that weaken our defenses and make us more susceptible to common colds.    East meets west for a comprehensive approach to boost immunity My articles in this series are attempting to bridge the gap between both acupuncture and western...

It’s been unseasonably HOT! During warm weather like this, some days you just want to bite into a nice, cool, crisp salad. For many people though, because of what Acupuncture theories say about energetic nutrition, I advise that they shouldn’t be eating raw foods. What to do then, when nourishing soups, stews, and casseroles are the last thing on your mind? Enter a simple trick I discovered a couple years ago during the height of...

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 according to acupuncture and Chinese medicine theory we are in Wood season which relates to the liver, this is a perfect...

Since I wrote an article in my newsletter for my acupuncture patients on Sunrise Ranch Grass-fed beef, I thought I would include my latest favorite recipe which does include beef. This recipe is loaded with veggies that will build up your Qi and Yang and keep you fortified and toasty during our cold weather.  Also, because it is very slowly baked for 3-4 hours, it is virtually swimming in warming Yang energy…and you’ll like that...