Secrets To Healthy Eating During The Winter
As the seasons change, so does what we eat. The winter diet is very different compared to what we eat during the summer months. In Chinese Medicine, nutrition and eating with the seasons is very important aspect to staying healthy. In the blog, I will share with you tips on a winter diet and winter foods that will even boost your health.
Chinese Medicine Winter Eating For Water Element
To promote health and longevity, it is recommended to modify your diet according to the seasons in Chinese Medicine. The winter is associated with the kidney and bladder organs, which we call the water element. This is the season where we want to make choices that are going to nourish and supplement our kidneys. So we want to eat foods that are associated that are going to increase the health of our kidneys.
Best Foods To Eat In Winter
In winter it is cold outside so the main idea is to eat foods that keep you warm while nourishing your kidneys. Think of how different you eat during the summer months when it is hot outside and you are sweats lots.
Warm soups, stews, bone broth and congee are excellent meals to incorporate into you winter diet.
The flavor associated with the kidneys is salty. Foods like seaweed and kelp are a great addition to incorporate into your diet and go great in broth.
Meats-lamb, chicken, wild salmon (organic, grass-fed)
Grains/seeds-quinoa, black sesame seeds, brown rice
Veggies-winter squash, cabbage, kale, parsnips, leek, scallions, onion, garlic
Spices-cinnamon, clove, anise, cumin, black pepper, ginger, turmeric
Teas-black tea, pu-erh, ginger, cinnamon, licorice
Foods To Avoid Eating In Winter
The key is reduce or eliminate raw and cold foods, which will weaken your digestion. Your body's resources are focused on keeping you insulated from the cold weather.
Winter is a beautiful season of slowing down and curling up with a blanket. I invite you to embrace this season with cup of hot tea and eating well.
Stacy Spence is an Integrative Medical Practitioner and acupuncturist in Lake Oswego and West Linn, Oregon specializing in pain relief. She loves sharing her passion for natural approaches to professional women through her online articles and at her clinic, Vibrant Life Acupuncture, on Boones Ferry Road. Call for an appointment at 503.515.7702.