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
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…)
All the signs are there. Sneezing, headache, slight fever, chills and a sore throat. What is going on?
Hubby: I think you are getting sick.
Me: Nope, I do NOT get sick.
Hubby: Ok, do you want to go for a walk then? (He thinks he’s pretty smart)
If you have read my previous blogs (Eg. 5 Ways to stay healthy this fall), you will already know that I am not great when it comes to admitting I am not feeling well. Luckily, that only happens once or twice a year at most.
Now, when I feel the first sign of a cold coming on, I do EVERYTHING I can to “try” and make it go away.
- If I have a sore throat, I make chrysanthemum and honey suckle tea.
- I bring out the crockpot and make a lot of congee. (more…)