Winter Solstice – Dong Zhi

Winter solstice is on December 21st and for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. On this day, the sun reaches its southern-most position as seen from the Earth and it seems to stand still before it turns around.

Winter Solstice – Dong Zhi

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, winter is the time to conserve our energy so we can prepare to have a healthy spring and summer. In my blog last week, I talked about the importance of nourishing your kidney Qi in the winter, click here to learn more.

Winter solstice is the day where yin energy is at its peak. On this day, there is the least amount of sunlight and most amount of darkness. The good news is after the 21st, we gradually get more daylight. (more…)

Nourish Your Kidney Qi This Winter

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Winter is the most Yin aspect in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory. It is the season for rest and retreat. It is the time to surrender, enjoy the stillness of nature and reconnect to our inner being.

According to TCM theory, it is important to live in harmony with your environment. In the winter, when yin energy is dominant, it is important to slow down and eat foods that are nourishing for your kidneys.  (Yin energy is night, female, cold, slow and Yang energy is day, summer, hot and male energy)

This blog will focus on the importance of nourishing your kidney energy in the winter as in TCM theory, the kidneys are associated with winter. I also share one of my favorite soup recipes to nourish your Kidney Qi.

Winter – Kidneys in TCM

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5 tips to Be Kinder To Yourself This Holiday Season

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While many people look forward to the holiday season and spending quality time with family and friends, it can also be a stressful or lonely time for many people.

I remember when I was in my 20s, the holiday season was difficult for me as I was alone and lonely in a foreign country with no family and very few friends. There were many Christmases that I spent feeling alone and feeling sorry for myself.

Now, I love Christmas because the lights brighten up the long dark nights of winter.

If the holiday season is a stressful or lonely time for you, below are some ways that can help you “survive and thrive” this holiday season by being kinder to yourself and reducing your stress level. (more…)