In Chinese Medicine, every season has it’s correspondences with organs and functions in the body, and Autumn is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine. It is the season of letting go. The time to clear all you don’t need, so as not to waste winter energy when we need to work deeply to build our reserves for the next year. Clearing out what doesn’t serve us in Autumn makes room for new growth in Spring. Here are 4 strategies to enhance your well being for the next month.
Dry Needling is a fairly new therapy that is gaining traction in the orthopedic medicine world. Pain treatment is a real challenge for Western Medicine. The result is an opioid epidemic in this country. Acupuncture has an advantage here because it treats pain successfully, without addictive medications or surgery. Now, physical therapy is using needle work that focuses on musculo-skeletal structure, vs energy and blood movement along acupuncture channels. [Read more…]
This is pretty much the same technique for all vegetables. Cut, cover in oil, put in the oven. It’s very important not to crowd the vegetables, meaning don’t let them touch each other. Otherwise, you steam the vegetables and they end up soft, instead of with a delish browning you don’t want to stop eating. During a cleanse, I think it’s wise to roast about 5 or 6 different vegetables, cook a pot of beans, and make salsa verde. You will have about 5 or 6 meals with that…beans, topped vegetables and the salsa, with a squirt of flax oil and some sour kraut on the side. Simple food, easy to put together, and delicious. It will be a go to long after the cleanse is through.
Tempeh is fermented soy, and fermented soy is the only way we are eating it on this cleanse. It’s a good source of protein, and a good detour from beans beans beans. Although it is a bean. Ah well.
Chimichurri is another awesome sauce to add to the repertoire, you’re going to love it if you already don’t.
You might want to double or triple the recipe if you are going to make it. It takes time, and it keeps well in the fridge. Eat it within the week.
Breakfast. We’ve all heard it, the most important meal of the day. Not only that you eat it, but how you eat it, and how you prepare it, are just as important. Especially while you are cleansing. Our emphasis is going to be on warm foods, cooked and nourishing.
During our cleanse, we will be eating only one serving of grains per day. I usually choose mine for breakfast, soaking it overnight, essentially fermenting the grain a little bit. This fermentation creates a probiotic food, and also makes it easier to digest. You can choose to make oatmeal, but there are many grains that can be cooked for breakfast. Try barley, millet, toasted amaranth, or quinoa. It’s all nourishing a delicious. I call it kitchen sink hot cereal, because I like adding tons of toppings to my grains in the morning. [Read more…]