Posts in the ‘Seasonal Health Tips’ Category

Cooling the Body from Within Using Naturally Cooling Foods

photo 3This post focuses on how to use naturally cooling foods to help beat the heat of summer. Understanding some basic Chinese nutritional theory can allow us to choose foods that support our body to stay cooler internally. A food list is included to help you navigate the heat of summer with comfort, ease, and better health.

Deep in the Heart of Soup Season: Caldo Verde

photoThis post is the beginning of a series of my favorite Soup Recipes, featuring Caldo Verde (Portuguese Chorizo Kale Soup). According to Chinese nutritional theory, brothy hot soups are a perfect way to chase out pathogens, fortify your immune system, stoke your digestive ‘pilot light’, and refill your well of reserves. In the heart of winter, who couldn’t use a bit of that?

Healthy Holiday Living and Tasty Treats (Back by Popular Demand)

IMG_7591In terms of self-care, December can be the hardest month. And the most critical, right? We can be overly busy, under-rested, sugar-crashed, out of our normal rhythms, and often struggling with expectations and stress about money, time, year-end loose ends, gifts, travel, family challenges, getting things done on time… and the list goes on. To have balance and health in the face of it requires both a conscious intention and some practical tools.

What would make it easier to stay healthy, sane, and nourished? Here are 5 tips (including two recipes) for a nourishing holiday season.

Tomatoes: The Busy Person’s Guide to Never Wasting a Single One

photoNo-fuss Tomato Preserving!

It was a long hot summer here in the northwest and now we are in a blissful tomato avalanche. They are all ripening at light speed and it can be hard to keep up!  This is a short post on the simplest way to preserve your tomatoes and make the bounty of your harvest last well beyond the fleeting harvest season. It literally takes minutes. Here’s to keeping it simple. I mean REALLY simple!

Day 4: Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

Day 4. Choose the Right Amount of Doing Why are we doing all the holiday stuff? For fun, celebration, quality time with people we care about, to share in something meaningful? And does it feel that way when we are overextended and exhausted? Not usually. While it’s wonderful to be engaged in the festive season,

Day 3: Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

Day 3. Craft A Fitness Plan that Fits Your Life Walking around the block?  One yoga pose a day?  The 7 minute workout? Why wait for January to feel good? If you already have an exercise routine that you love, keep it alive through December. If you don’t, sample some options, find one or more

Day 2: Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

This is day 2 in a 5 day series of simple suggestions for tending to your body, heart, and mind during the hectic month of December. Two Minutes of Silence and Solitude Take it. I recommend mornings. Set a stopwatch on that fancy smartphone of yours. Take 2 minutes to breathe, to be with yourself, to

Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

The expectations and pace of life in December can easily spin out of control. In terms of self-care, December can be the hardest month. And the most critical, right? We can be overly busy, under-rested, sugar-crashed, out of our normal rhythms, and often struggling with expectations and stress about money, time, year-end loose ends, gifts,

Chinese Nutrition, Digestive Healing, & Burdock with Yams

Burdock & Jewel Yam Part of the beauty of Chinese medicine is that it’s a system that recognizes that even though multiple people might present with the same symptoms, that we don’t all need the same treatment to heal and thrive.  In that spirit, I have not found that any one diet is a perfect fit for everyone, as we are all so individual, ever-changing, and complex. Understanding how our bodies work and listening inwardly– this is a powerful combination that can guide us to discover what dietary choices make us feel good, function well, rest well, heal well, and have sustained energy.   Read on for more about seasonal eating, including a recipe!

Susan Wilmoth Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Portland

 

 

 

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Susan Wilmoth Acupuncture
(formally Seeds of Health, PC)

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Portland, OR 97215

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Susan Wilmoth Acupuncture (formally Seeds of Health, PC)
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