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Anger isn’t all bad. Anger has a purpose, and is often a motivating force for change. But as many of us know, anger has a dark side. Insert Star Wars mental montage here. While anger has the powerful ability to engender change, when not harnessed properly it can damage our health. The role of healthy […]

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Ingredients:  100 g (about 10-12 )shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp light colored soy sauce 1 T minced garlic 1 T avocado oil 3 Pak Choi Instructions:  Pull apart the leaves of the pak choi and wash thoroughly. In a skillet or wok heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add […]

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Food Therapy Based On Chinese Medicine to Address Stress These are unique and stressful times. The majority of people I encounter are struggling with new levels of stress on a daily basis. While Chinese medical food therapy cannot remove stress from our lives, it can help mitigate the toll it takes on our body and reduce […]

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If you’re a regular reader, you know that winter is the season to strengthen your energetic reserves, and build your vitality by slowing down as presented in the post Winter: The Season of the Kidneys. Chinese medicine has specific recommendations for when  to exercise during the winter months, which I cover in the post: Exercise According […]

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An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure The flu appears to be running rampant in our community this winter. To protect yourself and your loved ones, it is important to think preventatively about your health before you get sick. Our culture loves to focus on treating the symptoms, but it is far more […]

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Fasting and cleansing can be quite beneficial to your health, but if done at the wrong time of the year, it can actually undermine your efforts. Every December, I start hearing patients planning for their January cleanse or fast. January seems like an excellent time to do a fast or cleanse to tie into New […]

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  During times of stress, self-care is often the first to go. Ironically, self-care is what helps us to face each day with a foundation that keeps us focused, productive, and able to respond to external stressors with aplomb. Make sure you’re not skimping on these five self-care activities. 1) Eat Well And Regularly: Most […]

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Ingredients: 6 medium tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped, or one large jar stewed tomatoes 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 head kale, roughly chopped 2 medium onions, diced 5 small carrots or 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2 rounds 3 celery ribs 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes 6 cups vegetable or chicken […]

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Ingredients: 2 sugar pie pumpkins (or approximately 5-6 cups of pureed pumpkin) 1 large yellow onion 4 cups vegetable stock 1 can coconut milk 1 T olive oil 1 T ground cumin a pinch salt 1 tsp black pepper 1-2 tsp red chili pepper flakes lime wedges for serving Instructions If using fresh pie pumpkins, […]

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In East Asian medicine, food is itself medicine. Food theory runs on two important principles. One, specific culinary ingredients will nourish the organs directly associated with the current season. Two, by nourishing the organs of the season, you are also strengthening and preparing your body for good health in the following season. This takes seasonal […]