Written by Hannah Sutton (Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture)
According to the philosophy of Chinese Medicine, Winter represents the utmost of Yin. The nature of Winter is a slow, dark, cool, inward moving season – all things Yin.
Winter is associated with the water element and the energy of the Kidney, Bladder and Adrenals. It is a time to slow down and conserve our energy in preparation for the transformation of Spring.
In Chinese Medicine it is believed that by harmonizing ourselves with the seasons we stay healthier and prevent disease. We can balance the energy of our internal organs with the energy that surrounds us.
Winter is a good time to strengthen the Kidneys. Rest is important – being in bed by 10pm, sleeping in, working less. We need to focus on practicing nourishing forms of exercise, such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Yoga. Spending time in quite reflection with meditation. Taking pleasure in creative activities such as writing, cooking, sewing or knitting all help to connect to the Kidney energy. This doesn’t mean you can’t go for a vigorous walk in the bush or excursions to the snow, it just means the scales should tip more in the favour of rest, rejuvenation and renewal.
It is also incredibly important to feed our bodies sufficient nutrients and adopt the practise of eating seasonally and locally. To help nourish our Kidney essence through Winter try to include food in your diet like squashes, root vegetables, winter greens, mushrooms, bay leaves, coriander, fennel, leek, nutmeg, pine nuts, rosemary, spring onions, apples, pears and citrus. Hearty meats (specifically lamb), chicken, black beans, kidney beans, walnuts, black sesame seeds, chestnuts and cinnamon are all excellent at nourishing the Kidneys. Our bodies enjoy warming foods like soups made with hearty vegetables and rich bone stocks.
Soup is warming, nutrient dense, simple to make, easy to digest & absorb. Best of all you can make up a large pot and just throw in whatever ingredients that need to be used up in your fridge. See below for a great guideline recipe to work with.
Nourishing Winter Chicken Bone Broth
1 Whole Organic Free-Range Chicken
3-4 slices fresh ginger
1 bunch spring onion, roughly chopped
1 leek, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
Salt & Pepper, season
Herbs – choose 1 or 2 eg. Rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, bay leaves, whole peppercorns.
**To give the soup an extra nourishing boost you can add a packet of Yin & Blood Soup Stock Chinese Raw Herbs to your bone broth at Step 1.
Yin & Blood Soup Stock packs are available in clinic and include the following herbs: –
Homemade herbal bone broth that nourishes your body & soul 😊
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