Rupesh Chhagan LAc   
                                      
December 15, 2010

Eating in the Winter
posted under Food

Winter is when the Qi (energy) draws inward and slows.  The sun sets earlier, the temperature drops, and the creatures of the earth switch to modes of storage, conservation, and reflection.  The following chart is a guideline on how to eat in order to stay in tune with the shifting season.

Eating in the Wintertime

In general, eat: Warm, rich soups

Whole grains

Roasted nuts

Dried foods

Small dark beans

Seaweeds

Steamed winter greens

Preparation Cook foods longer, at lower temperatures, and with less water
Eat Foods that are Salty & Bitter

Function:

  1. promote sinking, centering quality which heightens capacity for storage
  2. Cool exterior of body – helps notice the outside cold less
  3. Brings body heat deeper and lower
  4. Bitter – preserves joy in the heart
Lettuce

Watercress

Endive

Escarole

Turnip

Celery

Asparagus

Alfalfa

Carrot top

Rye

Oats

Quinoa

Amaranth

Miso

Soy Sauce

Seaweeds

Salt

Millet

Barley

Information compiled from Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford