Category Nutrition

Magnesium and its role in Health

When you work in a busy health care clinic with multiple practitioners, there are times when you can see public health trends clear as day. Aside from the waves of viruses that roll through during the winter months, one of the more common trends observed is magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical […]

Year of the Yin Earth Pig

Happy Chinese New Year! Today we leave the year of the earth dog, and move into the year of the yin earth pig. For those of you that are fascinated by other cultures, and especially horoscopes, reading up on the forecast for the yin earth pig year can be a truly fun experience. I love […]

Bedtime snacks for Insomniacs

I know what you’re thinking: Eating before bed is a terrible idea! In general, eating large meals right before bed is a concept both Eastern and Western medicine agree upon. The movement of food through our digestive system is helped along by the things we naturally do during the day, such as being vertical and […]

Honey Miso Glazed Salmon

I’m testing out recipes that combine some of the key elements of Chinese medical nutrition for the winter season. In winter it is a great idea to eat black foods (the color associated with the kidney and bladder organs), and the flavors bitter and salty that help to consolidate, store, and descend qi. Warming foods […]

Grain Free Yin Yang Cookies (chocolate and vanilla) For the New Year

Happy New Year’s Day! Today I felt inspired to test drive a new cookie idea. I am eagerly trying to think of new ways to use black sesame seeds in cooking this winter, since they are one of the fantastic black foods that support the health of our kidneys. I used the taiji or yin-yang […]

Entering the Season of Late-Summer…In December

I know what you’re thinking…Late-summer in December? This is actually a transition season that happens four times a year. In Chinese medicine, the seasons of Late-summer is the last 18 days of each season and is the season associated with the spleen/pancreas and stomach. These organs are also known as the central pivot of health […]

Turmeric Chai Oatmeal

We are about to enter the last 18 days of the season, which is considered the transitional season of late-summer. This transitional season is the time of the stomach and spleen/pancreas and is the best time of the year to reboot your digestive system. This spiced oatmeal uses gently warming spices to support your digestive […]

Feast Recovery 101

There are ways to make your Thanksgiving more nutrient dense, more digestible, and less of a sleep-for-3-hours-afterwards event. However, since it’s the day before the big event, you’ve probably already made your plans, and prepped. It’s too late to change course now, sailors, so we are going to talk about recovery from the great feast […]

Recipe ideas for a gluten-free or dairy free Thanksgiving

The holidays can be an extra hard time for anyone with food sensitivities or allergies. It may feel overwhelming to try to tackle a gluten-free and/or dairy free Thanksgiving, but many options exist to help your meal come together. Option one: keep all your favorite recipes and simply swap out regular flour for a tried […]

Butternut Squash Lasagna

I love this time of year, when the hard squashes are abundant at the farmers market, leaves are starting to turn color, and the air is crisp. It is on autumn weekends that I like to make this hearty lasagna.