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Garlic, Oregano Chicken Soup to ward of a cold or flu:  It is cold and flu season again. I find it is nice to have a few nutritional tricks up your sleeve to boost immunity. This soup is best utilized when someone in your family first starts showing signs of a cold or flu. You can […]

Selecting local squash to fuel my spleen-pancreas at our downtown farmers market

What is qi?  Qi (pronounce chee) is essentially our energy. The Chinese character for qi represents steam rising off of rice, and many scholars translate it as the substance without form that we get from our food and nutritious beverages. Our qi circulates through our body giving life force or energy to our muscles, our organs, […]

The ideal food therapy is fun in the kitchen--aside from creating delicious nutrition.

Food Therapy For Blood Deficiency What does healthy blood do?  The concept of ‘blood’ in Chinese medicine encompasses a little bit more than our physiologic understanding of blood in the Western scientific world.  It also applies to the the denser, more fluid aspect of our bodies, as well as the vigor or vitality of our actual […]

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Fall at Bennington Lake, Walla Walla As I write this, some children have already gone back to school. A second wave will start right after Labor Day weekend, and college students will be in class by the end of the month. Parents, teachers, and students know the drill.…

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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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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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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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