Wintering in the kitchen calls for seasonal nutrient dense foods and long cooking times to nourish the deep energy of our kidney system. . .Read More
Whole foods meal preparation is an essential part of my wellness routine. It's an investment of time in exchange for clear energy, clarity, health maintenance, prevention, and delicious convenient food! Although it may seem daunting at first, practice and values outweigh the effort once it becomes a part of your lifestyle. . .Read More
It is the root that has the power to stabilize a plant, anchoring it and providing it with nourishment from absorption and storage. And it is in your intestine, your root, where vegetable roots impart their energetics. . . Roots, like human intestines, function and thrive according to their external supply of nourishment. If the soil is rich and vital, the plant will thrive. . .Read More
I often recommend squash porridge for breakfast over grain porridge as grains have a tendency to be inflammatory and mucus forming for those with spleen and stomach deficiencies. Why then, does Chinese medicine often promote the consumption of grains as a central part of one’s diet?. . .Read More
According to Chinese medicine food therapy pumpkin is warming and sweet, enters the lung, large intestine, spleen and stomach meridians, tonifies qi, and regulates blood circulation, cold, damp, and phlegm. Plantain is cold and sweet, enters the large and small intestines, liver, and spleen, and regulates heat, phlegm, and wind. . .Read More
It’s important to eat some protein first thing in the morning since it helps to tonify energy supplies until lunch. In comparison, a breakfast that is lacking in protein and high in carbohydrate will cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate, resulting in inflammation, hypoglycaemia symptoms, foggy thinking, and/or cravings. . .Read More
It has a unique oblong shape, is mild-sweet in flavour, and its moisture is moderate — between that of butternut and kabocha. The insoluble-fibre rich skins of kabocha and delicata squash can be eaten. . .Read More
Coffee smells (and tastes) divine but unfortunately it doesn’t play well with my adrenal glands. My senses aren’t teased past tasting — if they are I start to get the jitters. The best way to discover whether coffee is for you is to try a good quality coffee, an americano, or cold-brewed coffee, and to observe your symptoms after consuming. . .Read More
Squash soups are creamy and sweet, nutrient dense, and perfect to refrigerate or freeze in portions for future meals ahead. Be creative with additions and toppings. . .Read More
The seasonal interchanges are traditional times of purification in many cultures. Consuming soups and stews as daily meals during each season’s closure or birth can. . .Read More
The following non-conventional cookie recipe, made with sweet potato, is a yummy nourishing treat and a source of complex carbohydrate and minerals. According to Chinese medicine food therapy conventional sweet baking and ice cream cause an internal environment of dampness. . .Read More
Herbs are incredibly high in antioxidants — compounds which fight free radicals and prevent oxidation. They contain anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory constituents that will keep your gut microbes happy. . .Read More
Baked spaghetti squash, mild in colour and taste, makes an especially great pasta substitute for those who don’t eat grains. For those who do consume grain or bean pasta consider this as a convenient and nourishing option that promises variety to your meals. . .Read More
A few months ago my sister and I had a dinner date and had a craving to make home-made pho. We intuitively gathered the ingredients we wanted and went for it. . .Read More
Enjoy the following hemp pudding during warmer seasons, for breakfast or as a snack. Top with your favourite seasonal fruit and extra additions such as chopped nuts, seeds, tigernut, and cacao nibs. The protein, essential fatty acid, and mineral content will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied for hours. . .Read More
Coconut yogurt is a fermented dairy-free product that is created by adding beneficial bacterial cultures to warm coconut milk. With temperature control and time the natural carbohydrates in coconut milk and the added maple syrup serves as a source of food for the introduced beneficial bacteria, which transform the natural sugars into tart tasting lactic acid. . .Read More
The colours in plant foods are produced by potent phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that benefit our body-mind in numerous ways as antioxidants alongside antioxidant-rich fat-soluble vitamins such as A, C, and E and other synergistic vitamins and minerals. Simply put, antioxidants prevent or slow cell damage by neutralizing free-radicals. They are natural skin beautifiers and are anti-inflammatory in nature. . .Read More
Tigernut granola is a simple grain, nut, and gluten free breakfast option that can be served over chia pudding, coconut yogurt, or grass-fed yogurt. Tigernuts are small tubers that are naturally sweet, high in fibre, and a good source of vitamin E, C, phosphorus, and potassium. Therapeutically the tuber assists . . .Read More
Dampness is a common TCM syndrome pattern, with signs and symptoms such as: bloating, indigestion, water retention, heaviness, fatigue, mental fogginess, sluggish metabolism, cysts, leucorrhea, achey joints, and stool inconsistency. Related western diagnoses that contain elements of damp include hormone imbalances such as hypothyroidism and PCOS, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, CIRS, diabetes, IBS, SIBO, candida overgrowth, and weeping skin conditions. . .
By Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC
This is a simple and effective formula to stimulate gastric juices, enzymes, digestive fire, and appetite before a meal. To prepare, pour half and half of the items in the photo above (Maria’s Swedish Bitters and Barne’s apple cider vinegar + manuka) into an empty bottle. Shake before using. 5 - 10 minutes before a meal consume 1 - 2 teaspoons in a little warm water.
An alternative option is to add 1 - 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into a little bit of warm water with a pinch of ginger root powder. Consume 5 - 20 minutes before your meals.
Consume digestive bitters or apple cider vinegar with ginger prior to each meal for the following imbalances: indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, intestinal cramps, and gas. For other ideas on how to improve natural enzyme secretions please read Mindful Eating.
If you’re interested in diet therapy as complimented by acupuncture I’d be happy to guide you along. Please visit www.vcaspa.com to book online or call 250-590-4341. To learn more about my acupuncture practice, follow @hayley_stobbs on Instagram.
In health & happiness,
Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC