Archive | Seasons

A 5-Point Prescription for Midsummer Health

As we reach the midpoint of summer, here’s a quick reminder that healthy habits are within our reach.      Water: It does a body good The body is made up of 60% water. Proper hydration of cells in your body means higher nerve conductivity in your cells, better circulation, and improved release of toxins […]

Getting Back in Shape after the Holidays

Many of us tend to avoid checking ourselves out in the mirror after the holidays, as we know we have put on some extra pounds. Between the desserts, potatoes, and extra helpings of stuffing, no one could accuse us of not enjoying ourselves in the moment. However, a quick glance at our reflections will show […]

Keys to a Healthy Winter Lifestyle

Thinking of winter, one thinks of family gatherings, holiday parties, big bold foods, warm ciders, fuzzy socks, chilly weather, and of course, cold and flu. How do we take care of ourselves, mentally and physically? By following nature’s rhythm, eating seasonal foods and keeping life simple. FOOD – During winter, our body craves foods that […]

Artichokes: Your Liver’s Best Friend

Spring: Season of the Liver In Chinese nutrition, the therapeutic and energetic properties of food are carefully considered. Specifically, Chinese nutrition seeks to strengthen vulnerable organ systems and maintain balance between energies and organs. Each season of the year corresponds to a particular organ. It is important to eat foods that support the organ of […]

Following Nature’s Rhythms, Keep Healthy with Springtime Foods

Midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, around Groundhog Day, seedlings begin to sprout and stretch their way through the earth and into the sunlight. Asian cultures, farmers, the Celts, and other cultures have observed the beginning of February as the herald of spring. Observers of the modern day sun calendar count the […]

The Year of the Tiger— 2010

Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Tiger, which begins on February 14, 2010! Every year for almost twenty years, I’ve written forecasts based on the ancient Taoist system of Five Elements Phase Energetics that predict global trends that affect us personally. By attuning yourself to these forecasts, you can side-step or minimize negative […]

Settling Down for a Long Winter’s Nap

In Chinese medicine, winter is viewed as a time for renewal as our energy goes into storage and our bodies rejuvenate in preparation for the activity of spring. When the hours of darkness increase, it tells us we need to sleep longer. If you are having trouble sleeping, here are some helpful tips: 1. Relaxing […]

How Are You Starting Your New Year?

Out come the horns. Blah-h-h-h! And the noisemakers: rat-a-tat-tat. People dance and jostle around each other wearing colorful, shiny paper hats that say, “Happy New Year!” Make-up runs underneath silver tiaras and swirling paper curls float into champagne flutes. Finally, the big moment comes and a kiss sends the new year toward unknown adventures. Isn’t […]

Eat Cool to Be Cool This Summer

According to Chinese Medicine, summer is the time of Fire   or Yang energy, which is associated with heat and expansion. When it’s hot, most people crave fresh, light and cool foods, and this is natural. As the temperature rises, the foods that nature abundantly provides have a cooling effect on the body. The good news […]

Allergies: Spring Root & Branch

In Spring, the axis of the Earth is tilted toward the sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the hemisphere closest to the sun. During this increase in daylight, trees and grass spring forth by dispersing pollen through the air currents. A person’s immune system may be hyperactive and may identify pollen as […]