Category Nutrition

Using Food As Medicine: Treating Qi Deficiency

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 that we get from our food and beverages. Our qi circulates through our body giving energy to our muscles, organs, and immune system. The classical texts say […]

Super Powered Cacao Bark

You already knew chocolate had super powers, but this one can convince any doubters. Feel free to play with this recipe, it’s quite forgiving! Remember, this is a refrigerator chocolate bark, the coconut oil can not withstand room temperature without melting into a beautiful chocolate puddle. Ingredients: 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (melted if it’s […]

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons honey 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 5 cups mixed greens 1 cup sliced strawberries 1/4 cup chopped walnuts Instructions: First, make the dressing so the flavors have a chance to meld. Beat […]

Meal Planning Saved Our Busy Nights

If you’re like our family, there are ebbs and flows of busy periods in your life. During the busiest periods it can be hard to keep up the basics of self care; namely eating well, exercising, and sleeping normal hours. Sometimes a few simple adjustments to the weekly routine has helped us to maintain our […]

Asparagus Frittata

Ingredients: 1/2 pound of asparagus 8 medium eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 large garlic clove 1-2 tsp fresh lemon thyme about 1/4 cup of chevre pinch of pepper 1/2 medium yellow onion 1 T butter Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350. Rub a pie plate thoroughly with butter — make sure to get both the […]

Balsamic Beet Salad Recipe

The sweetness of beets paired with aromatics and the sour flavor of vinegar is the perfect combination to help move stagnate Liver Qi. Since spring is the season of the liver, we can be prone to developing liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation shows up as feeling easily irritated, frustrated, and finding yourself feeling tense […]

Stay Healthy: Avoid the Flu

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 […]

Key Foods To Eat This Autumn For a Strong Immune System

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 […]

Ancient Wisdom on How to Avoid Catching Colds and Flus

Cold and flu season is here, and we at Stick Out Your Tongue are here to help you navigate the waters of home remedies for colds and flu prevention. Chinese medicine has a lot of advice for how to avoid or quickly overcome a cold or flu. You do not have to suffer for weeks […]

Post Partum Nutrition: How to Eat Well For You and Your New Baby

In the United States, I find we spend a great deal of time educating women about pre-and perinatal nutrition to foster a healthy baby, but as soon as they give birth, women enter a wasteland of information on how to properly rebuild themselves after the process of growing a small human. If you’re a woman considering […]