Tag Archives: Health

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 […]

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 […]

Chinese Herbal Medicine 101

I’m often asked about the safety, efficacy, and benefit of using Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine maintains a historical longevity beyond most practices of herbal medicine. Chinese herbalism is older than the practice of acupuncture–over 2000 years. It is also one of the few herbal practices that did not receive persecution until the Cultural Revolution […]

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 […]

Restore Your Vitality in Winter: Tis the Season

Winter is my favorite season from a Chinese medicine viewpoint. It is the time of year to rebuild and strengthen the foundation of our health. This means it is the season to invest in ourselves. When we take the time to build our reserve of vitality during the winter, it ensures that we have all […]

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 […]

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 […]

SLOWING DOWN FOR AUTUMN: THREE HEALTH CHANGES YOU CAN START TODAY

Autumn represents a shift from the busy rush of harvest to the slower paced introversion of the colder months. The last big push to harvest wraps up. The weather gets colder. Autumn weather can make us naturally inclined to drift off into introspection, memory, and nostalgia.  If we are not careful, these wanderings down memory lane […]

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.