Winter

Should I Get the Flu Vaccine

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012

From today’s NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/25/business/25reuters-novartis-vaccines.html?hp Switzerland and Italy have banned four of the current flu vaccines made by major drug international Novartis. pending further testing for side affects. But the larger issue, in my opinion, on this specific vaccine, is that the scientists making them each year can only make an educated guess on which strain of the flu virus will appear that year. Wrong strain and the vaccine is useless. If you look closely you will find that the odds are not that great. So given the potential for side affects,  and the reality that we don’t really...

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Curried Quinoa Super Food: Pacify Kapha in Late Winter/Early Spring

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012

Curried Quinoa Super Food: Pacify Kapha in Late Winter/Early Spring The ancient grain of the Incas, Quinoa has a delicate, nutty, slightly bitter flavor and the lightest texture of all grains.  This combination of bitter taste and light texture make it an ideal grain for Kapha types and Kapha imbalances such as excess weight, sluggishness, and issues of phlegm.  And while Quinoa is excellent for elevated Kapha  any time of year, it’s especially true  in Late Winter/Early Spring when Kapha predominates.  Quinoa  is also a very good choice for Pitta imbalances that benefit from the bitter taste and light...

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Late Winter Arugala for Kapha

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012

Late Winter Arugala for Kapha

Arugula is one of those green leafy vegetable that is so delicious both raw and cooked. It lends a nutty and spicy taste to other milder greens, and serves as a fine foil for feta cheese, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried Turkish apricots (those plump dark un-sulphered ones you get at the health food store). I love cooked Arugula with Whole wheat pasta, in which case I quick fry under high heat chopped or lightly crushed garlic, I learned this from a chef–get the oil really hot, drop the garlic in, and stir for about 1 minute, don’t let...

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Moxabustion to Strengthen the Immune System

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012

In Chinese medicine moxa-bustion is done in summer and autumn to prepare for winter. Moxabustion warms the channels and stregnthens the organ complexes, especially the Adrenal-Digestive axis. Directions for Home Moxabustion. Please do moxa safely and at your own risk. If you don’t feel competent please don’t do it. This is one of those American legal warnings: USE MOXA AT YOUR OWN RISK. BY PEFORMING MOXA AT HOME YOU ARE TAKING FULL RESPONSIBLILITY FOR ITS SAFE USE. THANK YOU. Light a moxabustion stick and hold it close enough to your skin so as to feel heat gently and without...

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Celery Root, Burdock, Brocolli, and Sea Food Miso Soup for Dinner

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011

Chick Pea Miso Soup with Celery Root and Scallops Ingredients 1 cup scallops or other sea food 1 cup chopped celery root 1 cup chopped burdock root 1/2 cup white, brown, or fresh shitake mushrooms 1 cup small broccoli florets 4″ piece of kombu sea veggie, cut into pieces with a scissor 4″ piece of wakame sea veggie, ditto 1-2 slices ginger root 2-3 chopped scallion 2 quarts water 1 tbsp chick pea miso paste or mellow white if unavailable 1 tbsp sweet white miso paste or more to taste a dash of white pepper if desired Directions 1)...

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7 Steps for a Healthy Winter from the Yellow Emperor

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011

Practical Advice for Winter from the Yellow Emperor’s Classic 1)In winter, get plenty of rest, more than your normal amount. Cast away Puritan guilt and Cowboy pride about getting by on lack of sleep. Leave martyrdom to the religious fanatics. 2)In Winter cultivate meditative lifestyles, do Tai Qi or Yoga in a warm sunny room, meditate every morning for 15 minutes or more, be kind to your friends and loving to your family. Winter is dominated by the water element, and water is soft. 3)Conserve your sexual energy a little more in winter, depending on your age and constitution....

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Winter in the "Nei Jing", the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011

To stop for a moment and meditate on the passage of time, to feel time moving inside you, is to practice the value of the winter season, when movements appear underground, when earth’s energy has gone downward and inward. The sun too is on holiday low in the horizon, and cool Venus appears triumphant in a dazzling triangle alongside Jupiter and the waxing and waning Moon in mid-winter. To stop for a moment and meditate on the passage of time, to feel time moving inside you, is to practice the value of the winter season, when nature’s In the...

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Ayuvedic Dietary Guidelines to Prevent Colds and Flu in Winter

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Ayurvedic Dietary Guidelines to Prevent Colds Cold Foods/Warm Foods. Avoid cold foods like ice cream and yogurt. Some yogurt is fine at noon, but not at night. Follow the general Ayurvedic advice to drink liquids room temperature or warm/hot. If you drink milk, drink it hot, simmered with ginger root, cardamom, or clove. Mediterranean Sage Tea is excellent for warming up after being out in the cold. Get it at Greek, Persian, or Arab markets. Fruit: Stick to apples, pears, and other stone fruits. Persimmins and  dried fruits like dates. Stewed fruits like cranberry sauce and apple sauce are...

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Common Cold in Ayurveda

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011

Common Cold in Ayurveda Common Cold in Ayurveda is called Pratishyaya and is seen in most cases as an aggravation of the Kapha dosha., being as it most often involves increased amounts of liquid discharge, build up of phlegm, and the sensation of feeling chilled. Elevated Kapha Why is common cold treated as Kapha elevation in Ayurveda? Because of both the location and nature of the symptoms associated with colds. One reason why Ayurveda sees the  Common Cold as Kapha elevation is because symptoms of colds occur in tissues that relate to Kapha, namely the ear, nose, throat, and lungs....

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Late Autumn/Early Winter Whole Grain n’ Flax Blueberry Pancakes

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011

Late Autumn/Early Winter Whole Grain n’ Flax Blueberry Pancakes

Rainy Winter Morning Whole Grain Wild Blueberry Pancakes. Rainy winter mornings after long hikes in the San Diego desert make me want pancakes. Good, solid, whole grain ones. The kind that make you feel like you ate food, not syrupy junk. At Trader Joe’s the other day they had Wild Blueberries from Canada, frozen. I don’t generally recommend frozen stuff, but I think berries hold up pretty well to the freezing process for winter use. Having said that I would not really eat them in winter unless they are cooked somehow, like in pancakes or as a sauce. Ayurveda...

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Baked Butternut Squash and Black Bean Soup

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011

One of the aspects of cooking that Chinese Medicine pays attention to is method. Each method of cooking adds relative values of heat to the dish being prepared.Steaming and boiling are the mildest. Then, in degree of warming-ness comes stir frying, followed by croc-pot slow cooking/stewing, baking, and finally, the hottest form, deep frying. That may explain in part why baked and deep fried goods are so satisfying; life is a process of warm biochemical or energetic transformations; qi and blood are warm–baked and deep fried goods reinforce that warmth, although with the latter method there is a negative...

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Winter Papaya Salad with Toasted Black Sesame

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011

Winter Papaya Salad with Toasted Black Sesame Papaya is one of the few fruits (the other being banana) that are recommended with other foods. Papaya is especially good with proteins, due to its high levels of the digestive enzymes papain and chymopapain, which act similarly to pepsin. It is also warming, and kindles the digestive fire (Agni), unlike many fruits, which are cooling, so it is good even in winter. (Please avoid cold fruits like melons in winter) Here in the southwest we get lovely large Maridol papayas from Mexico, similar or identical to the ones you get on...

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Azuki Beans in your Oatmeal!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011

Oatmeal with Azuki Bean (Oat and Bean Congee) Beans in Oatmeal? How is it possible? Soft, mild tasting Azuki beans have a long history of use in Japan and South Asia in sweet foods and deserts. In Chinese medicine they are considered grounding and balancing, and strengthening to the Kidney Qi. They are so easy to digest they are considered an “honorary grain” in Japan. And 1/2 cup of cooked azuki has 7 grams of protein, good amounts of B vitamins, and 10% of the daily value for Iron, Magnesium, and Phosphorus.They also contain zinc and calcium. Sounds like...

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Winter Seasonal Eating

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010

Winter Seasonal Eating In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda winter seasonal eating is common sensical. Just as its natural to eat and drink cooling things in summer, winter is the time we maintain body heat with warming foods and herbs. ————————————————————————————- Warming Foods and Herbs: Turnip, Rutabaga, Parsnip, Sweet Potato, Butternut and Acorn Squash, Kabocha Squash, Daikon Radish, Lamb, Chicken, Tempeh, Onion, Garlic, Scallion, Ginger, Cumin, Fenugreek, Black Pepper, Curry Powder ————————————————————————————- Balance heavy foods like meat and cheese with lightly steamed or sauteed non-starchy vegetables like kale, collard greens, dandelion, bok choy, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, burdock, mushrooms Make heavy...

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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010

Tired of gaining 5-10 lbs every holiday season? Here is something you can do.Any healthy person can fast for one day. Try fasting for one day between Thanksgiving and Christmas and again between Christmas and New Year’s day to rest the digestive system and increase awareness and sensitivity to genuine food needs.Drink as much warm water as you want, or spiced water (boil ginger, cardomom, clove, cinnamon in water). If you are weak, have a glass or two of heated milk of your choice (dairy, soy, hemp, almond). The next morning break your fast with a few pieces of...

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