The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to rest, store physical energy, and find inner warmth. Warm hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts help to warm the body's core and to keep us nourished. Below are some of my favorite soup recipes; please add or subtract ingredients to make the recipes your own, but make sure to email me with the results!
*Please attempt to use as many organic, locally grown ingredients as possible. This practice not only promotes optimal health and well-being, but it also serves to better sustain the environment for generations to come.
Spring is a time of new beginnings and rising energy.
Corresponding to the liver and gallbladder energies, spring
is when we eat less to cleanse the body of the fatty foods
we have eaten over the winter. The diet of this season
should be light and fresh, with yang type foods that accentuate
the ascending and expansive quality of spring. Young plants,
fresh greens, sprouts, and wheat or cereal grasses help
cleanse the liver, while young beets, carrots and other
sweet starchy vegetables help off set their bitterness.
Summer is the most yang of all the seasons; it is a time of expansion, creativity,
growth, and outward activities. To be in harmony with the environment of summer,
play and travel more frequently, awaken earlier in the morning and go to bed
a little later in the evening. Use as many brightly colored fruits and vegetables
as possible in your cooking, taking advantage of the great variety of foods available
at your local farmer’s market. Reserve the coolest of foods, such as raw
sprouts, cucumber, raw tofu, and melons, for only the hottest days of summer.