Category Chinese Medical 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 […]

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 […]

Honey, Sesame Walnut Treats To Nourish Yin

By Tara Gregory The root of all Chinese medical theory is the concept of yin and yang. When the yin and yang of the body are in balance, there is health and vitality. When they fall out of balance, symptoms and illness arise. Everything in our body can be broken down into a category of yin […]

How to Cultivate Yin and Hydration in the Heat of Summer

We’re now a couple weeks past the summer solstice, and many of us are enjoying the extra daylight hours and the hustle and bustle of summer play. The solstice marks an important time for our health. It  marks the longest day of the year -a time that is considered peak ‘yang.’ Yang represents activity, heat, […]

Bare Pantry Pesto With Asparagus Zoodles

Ingredients: (Makes 6-8 servings of pesto) 1 packed cup of fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 raw pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons parmesan (this was all we had in the house) pinch of salt Other common substitutes for a bare pantry pesto are to only use walnuts or only use pumpkin seeds. In […]

Home care for healthy connective tissue

Athletes, weekend warriors and those of us who engage in less physical activity all can suffer from aches and pains related to our muscles, tendons and ligaments. Many of our daily activities encourage our muscles to tighten, like sitting at a computer, carrying heavy objects, or standing in place for long periods of time. Treatment […]

Beet Kvass: Nurture Your Spleen and Stomach

I don’t fault anyone upon hearing about fermented beet juice to go – “Eww!” Many of us were raised on slimy, canned beets and were forced fed them for dinner – so who on earth would you want to willingly ferment and drink beet juice?! I first discovered Kvass on a weekend camping in central […]