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The backbone of Chinese medicine is learning how to use your food as your first line of defense against illness and imbalance in your body. In this way, your food is your first go-to medicine. If food alone does not correct the issue, then you need to add in stronger interventions such as acupuncture, Chinese […]

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Ratatouille   1 large onion 3 zucchini or yellow summer squash or a blend 4 medium sized heirloom tomatoes, or 8 roma variety sauce tomatoes 1 yellow pepper 1 red peppers 1 green peppers 5-6 long, narrow eggplants, or 2 of the big, fat, round variety 6-8 cloves of garlic ¼ cup of fresh thyme […]

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Originally posted on Stick Out Your Tongue:
Gluten-free Summer Quiche  Ingredients: Crust: 2 cups almonds or almond flour 1 cup walnuts or walnut flour 3-4 T butter, or you can substitute 1/2 of the butter with low-fat/non-fat yoghurt if you are trying to cut fat Filling: 1 summer squash 1 head kale 1 onion 6…

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In Chinese medicine, the summer is related to the heart. The heart is thought to be the fire organ of the body (each organ gets an element), and the heart fire will easily ‘blaze out of control’ when certain conditions arise. Heart fire blazing in Chinese medicine could be one of many conditions, such as […]

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Warm Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing Ingredients: Two solid handfuls of green beans or purple bush beans 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms 1 cup parsley 1 small onion Dressing: 2 T cold-pressed olive oil 2 T whole grain mustard 1-2 tsp white wine vinegar optional: 1 tsp honey Cooking instructions: Rinse and trim the tips […]

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Originally posted on Stick Out Your Tongue:
In Chinese medicine, each season corresponds to a color, an organ system, and a flavor.  Since each season brings different weather patterns, temperatures, and amount of sunlight, they predispose us to certain health imbalances.  In summer, we have to protect ourselves from overheating, getting sunstroke, getting headaches from…

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As a teenager and well into my early twenties, I frequently suffered from dysmenorrhea– or painful periods. Everyone told me it was normal. Many of my matriarchs confided in me that  they had debilitating cramps when their cycles started and well through their school years– painful enough to send them home from work and school. […]

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Peas are back in season in Walla Walla and you can find them at the Downtown Walla Walla Farmer’s Market this coming weekend. Normally, I focus on warm, cooked, or lightly steamed foods to help make items more readily digestible, but I experimented with this recipe during a particularly hot time last year and could […]

Spring Vegetable Miso Soup

  Ingredients:  2 carrots 1 medium yellow or sweet onion 5 cremini or shitake mushrooms 8 cups beef bone broth, chicken stock, or vegetable stock 1 box non-GMO tofu 2 heads pak choi, or 6 leaves bok choy ¼ cup miso optional: garnish of sesame oil, soy sauce , rice wine vinegar or apple cider […]

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I apologize for my impromptu hiatus from blogging. Two months ago, I was given the great opportunity to expand my private practice and to add a fantastic licensed massage practitioner, Tyhra Owen, to our clinic. The act of expanding a private practice, renovating a new office space, and moving an existing office to a new space created […]

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