In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) seasonal changes also signal changes in both your physical and mental health.
The ancient Chinese believed that every living thing is sustained by a balance of two opposing forces of energy — Yin and Yang. Together,these energy forces make up your life essence, or Qi. Your life energy is affected by the food you eat, your state of mind as well as your living conditions including weather and the seasons.
As the seasons change, so should your diet. Your diet needs to supply the essential nutrients necessary to enable a health balance of Yin and Yang
Autumn foods are white in color and pungent in flavour. Choosing white foods will help relieve cough, nourish skin, and relieve constipation through moistening and promoting body fluid production. Move away from eating the summer fruits and vegetables into eating more fall produce.
Autumn foods include:
- soybean milk
- brussel sprouts
If you are thinking soups and veggie laden stews you’re going in the right direction. See tomorrows post for some great recipe ideas.
If you feel run down or the start of a cold, book an Acupuncture appointment to give your immune system a boost. My needleless acupuncture treatments are perfect if you are afraid or even shy of needles. Give yourself a boost and avoid the fall and winter “cold” season.
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