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Shorter Days, Cooler Nights

Posted on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (4)

Are your current habits aligned with the current season?  The days are gradually getting shorter and cooler and we’ve experience some rain which is typical for autumn.

May is the last month in autumn. As we start to move from autumn into the winter months, consider some practices to align with the seasonal changes, including:-

 

 

  • deep breathing exercises, breathing in through the nose and out through the nose, breathing from the bottom of your lungs.
  • mindfulness practices eg letting go of the old things, whether objects, emotions or old bad habits.
  • keep up the sunshine, get a daily dose of vitamin D to enhance the immune system.
  • get into those herbs you’ve planted during the previous seasons or herbal supplements.  Immune stimulating herbs include elderberry, echinacea, astragalus, and andrographis.
  • take time out and enjoy a cup of tea.  Did you know white tea is higher in antioxidants than green tea?
  • eat more astringent foods at this time, like - cranberries, pears, figs, beans, cauliflower (check out this month’s recipe), lentils, sauerkraut as well as packing in some pungent foods such as onion, garlic, pepper, tumeric, chillies and herbs.
  • If your blood pressure allows (ie not high BP) allow some natural saltiness in the diet too eg nori rolls, miso soup, seaweed, anchovies.
  • eat dark leafy greens (silverbeet, kale) added to any dish are always a good idea.  
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need a sweet treat? try some stewed apples with cinnamon to regulate your hormones and boost mental health and your skin.  Cinnamon has blood sugar regulating properties so this can benefit those with diabetes. 
  • boost your mood with some pumpkin which is plentiful during Autumn (check out last month’s recipe).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tough Get Going

Posted on March 3, 2021 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Going through change can mean challenging times and may be somewhat difficult to navigate.  During such times we may require support, so know that its ok to ask for help.  Do what's possible, with what you have, with what you can give, with where you are at.  You don't have a crystal ball.  Just keep turning up.  Focus on what you know and what you're grateful for when things feel overwhelming.

"It'a a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack." - Germany Kent.

Make your decisions from a position of strength, not fear.  You can't control everything, but you can choose how you respond to things that happen.

"Don't mix your words with your mood, you can change your mood but you can't take back your words." - Anonymous.

Keep up a daily practise of things that give you strength and hope.  Things that make you feel better.  Below are some suggestions:

  • If you are an animal lover, watch u-tube videos showing your favourite animals loving life.

  • Take at least 5 - 10 minutes a day to meditate or have down time where you do nothing and just focus on your breath.

  • Watch some comedy. Anything with Billy Connolly.  Laughter is great medicine.

  • Physical movement is important and beneficial to mental health.  Do a physical activity you enjoy that gets you out of your head and gets the blood flowing.

  • Find each day a quote that inspires you.

"I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong... I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." - Audrey Hepburn.

Five Tips for Achieving your Goals

Posted on March 1, 2020 at 9:18 PM Comments comments (0)
5 Top Tips for Achieving your Goals in 2020
 
1.    Have audacious goals but…
·      Unpack the goal.  Break it down into do-able parts / stages.  Break it down into at least five smaller, attainable goals. Record how you are going to feel having achieved the goal.  Give the goal review checkpoints and due dates.

2.    Track your goals…
·      Have a system in place that reminds you how and when to check in on your goals.  Use a system that works for you, that is simple.  If this is on a blackboard next to the fridge or in your outlook calendar or on some fancy app, it doesn’t matter so long as you use it to have track and stay focused on your goals.

3.    Celebrate the milestones…
·      Milestone, target, deliverable… whatever you want to call it, whenever you’ve worked on your goal and progressed, celebrate the win.  Give your self some high fives along the way.

4.    Have support systems in place…
·      Some days can be more challenging than others.  Phone a friend or know what it is you will do when you are not coping or feel like giving up on your goal.  Maybe have a shared goal with a mate and you can be achieving this together and encourage each other along the way.

5.    Commit to the goal…
·      … by sharing your goal with others.  Put it in writing what it is you are setting out to achieve.  Maybe share updates on your progress.


Ten Tips for Great Health during Autumn

Posted on March 3, 2019 at 11:52 PM Comments comments (0)
Goodbye Summer.  Hello Autumn in Australia - March, April and May
For a lot of people, this is their favourite season of the year? Why?

  • it isn't too cold or too hot
  • comfy candies and knitwear
  • autumn leaves
  • calmer days, less wind
  • warmer meals like soups and stews
  • great range of seasonal fruit eg avocado, apples, pears, bananas, custard apples, kiwifruit, pineapple, pawpaw
  • and veges eg beetroot, asian greens, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, silverbeet, sweet potato
  • end of daylight savings.


Well, it is my favourite season, but I would say that given April is my birthday month. Then there's the fun of Easter. Plus, I really ejoy the cooler weather and snuggling up on the couch with Andrew.

The not-so-fun aspects of Autumn, however, include:
the days get shorter
the air is dryer making us susceptible to ills/symptoms with the seasonal changes
sore throats, dry noses, respiratory issues, dry skin, constipation, or even brittle hair during Autumn.

So, to get the most out of Autumn....

Our Ten Tips for Great Health during Autumn

  1. eat nourishing, hearty, warm foods - duck meat, fish, nuts, pears, sweet potato and other root vegetables and wholegrains
  2. choose easy to digest nutritious foods - make the most of seasonal fruit and veges
  3. enjoy comforting meals - eg soups and stews flavoured with ginger, curry powder and cayenne for good digestion and elimination.
  4. avoid spicy foods and cold foods - fermented foods are a good idea during Autumn: eg. sauerkraut, kim chi, miso, kombucha, yogurt, or kefir as they support your immune function.
  5. drink water - to be done every season
  6. keep up the fitness - kick start the day with some sort of “movement” eg walking, Qi Gong or Yoga, focusing on your breath.  Keep the lungs strong and mood stable by exercising during Autumn.
  7. go to bed a little earlier - for good quality sleep, avoid getting run down, tired and more susceptible to colds and viruses
  8. get some vitamin D - enjoy the great outdoors and get some fresh air to improve your mood and mindset.  Take some happy snaps of the changing Autumn environment – so easy these days with cameras on our smart phones
  9. stay warm and dry - adjust what you wear and your home environment to suit the cooling temperatures of Autumn
  10. look after your skin during Autumn - keep it moisturized and change out your skin products for Autumn if necessary – eg using a more moisturizing soap and oil-based scrubs… go organic and natural!

So, we suggest to slow things down and enjoy some internal reflection.  This season nurture yourself by eating the yummy seasonal foods and live in alignment with the natural elements.  We hope these tips help you stay strong and healthy this Autumn.

Recipe – Roast Vege Soup
Ingredients:
  • Pumpkin
  • sweet potato
  • potato
  • carrot
  • zucchini
  • onion
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • Himalayan salt
  • cumin powder
  • ginger powder or finely chopped ginger
  • cinnamon
  • coriander or parsley
  • chicken or vegetable stock 1 litre
Method:
  • Chop the vegetables
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Lightly coat in olive oil
  • Place on roasting tray and roast the vegetables in a moderate oven till cooked note, these can be ‘extra, left-over’ vegetables you roasted with another roast meal
  • Heat some ghee in a saucepan
  • Add the roasted vegetables to the saucepan 
  • Add the cumin powder, salt and ginger/ginger powder
  • Cook for a couple of minutes
  • Add the chicken or vegetable stock
  • Bring to boil then simmer for 10 – 15 minutes
  • For a smooth soup, blend in a blender or serve as is
 
Recipe – Baked Pear / Apple
Ingredients:
  • Apples or Pears for baking
  • Cinnamon
  • Saltanas or trail mix
  • Honey or raw sugar for extra sweetening
  • Water
Method:
  • Core the apple or pear
  • Place on baking tray / pyrex dish
  • Stuff the fruit with saltanas or trail mix.  For extra flavor, add cinnamon to the saltanas or trail mix before stuffing.
  • If extra sweetening desired, sprinkle a little raw sugar or honey over the top
  • Pour a little water into the fruit, so that the fruit are sitting in a little amount of water
  • Cook in a moderate oven till baked and ready to eat
  • We suggest, serve with coconut milk custard




5 Things You Must Know for Winter...

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 7:37 AM Comments comments (0)
Winter is on its way.  Autumn may have had a bit of a false start but the Winter chill is now upon us…

Here are 5 key tips for Winter
 
1.     Understand that you may have lower energy.  We just don’t have as much energy in Winter as we do in Summer.  Some clients feel more energized as they don’t have to battle the Summer heat but at the heart of it you have less energy.

2.     Cut out the cold foods.  Chinese Medicine never favours cold foods.  As we transition to Winter it is critical not to indulge in cold foods such as ice cream and cold drinks.

3.     Focus on nourishing, easy to digest foods.  Bring on the soups – we just don’t digest as well in Winter as we do in Summer so cooking foods well takes some of the workload off your digestive system.

4.     Sleep well.  We need more sleep in Winter so earlier nights and later mornings.

5.     Relax.  As the change of season challenges your system it’s great to remember to look after yourself, schedule time out from work and enjoy being.

Things to do to support yourself in Autumn (and pep up your Lungs and Large Intestine)

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners long ago observed the relationship between the seasons and the conditions they would see in clients.  This observation evolved into a system of advice for the seasons to support the specific needs associated with that season.

Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is related to the energy of the Lungs and Large Intestine.

How do you know if there is something going on with your Lungs and Large Intestine energy?


  • The lungs and the large intestine are a major pathway of elimination and related to a healthy immune system.  Problems in this area are a clue that all is not well.
  • The Lungs and Large Intestine are also related to exhalation, sweating (excessive and insufficient), elimination of toxins (through the skin and bowel) and elimination of urine.
  • Issues with the large intestine, will often appear in the skin as issues of rashes, itching and irritation.
  • When the lung energy is out of balance, we tend to be inflexible in our ways and stiff in our bodies.   

When the Lung and Large Intestines are impaired, ailments may include bronchitis, shortness of breath, cough, allergies, nasal congestion, emphysema, colds, sore throat, constipation, diarrhoea, spastic colon, and abdominal pain. These physical imbalances can then compound our emotions leading to depression, stubbornness (inability to “let go”), isolation, and negativity.  


Things to do to support yourself in Autumn (and pep up your Lungs and Large Intestine)..


  • Eat pungent foods such as garlic, onions, ginger, mustard, horseradish and watercress generate warmth, supporting the Lungs and Large Intestine. 
  • Pungent foods are often rich in sulphur which can aid in restoring energy, have anti-parasitic properties and clean the blood. So enjoy that wasabi with your sushi.
  • In TCM, Lung energy is also associated with the emotion of "letting go" or grief. We've all experienced loss, separation, “letting go" and feeling grief at such times. Grief cleanses us of what is no longer needed in our lives. It is important then to look after our Lung and Large Intestine to maximise their function of elimination (think "letting go") of that which no longer serves us. 


Other Suggestions for being in Harmony with Autumn



  • Declutter - let go, donate, sell, get organised, make a task list...
  • Reflect on your perspective and attitude - resolve where possible and/or it let go, forgive, accept; focus on the positive aspects in life...
  • Breathe - slowly and deeply, inhaling the clean autumn air, feeling yourself energised and purified.
  • Keep hydrated...
  • Eat foods that are local, spray free and in season.


Take things one step at a time and remember to congratulate yourself when you finish things on your to do list.

Autumn is a great time to treat the Lung and Large Intestine energy as it is at it's peak at this time so come on in for some acupuncture if you'd like a Lung and Large Intestine pick me up.

Welcome to Autumn

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to Autumn!! Autumn, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is ruled by the “metal” element, characterised by contraction and transformation on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Autumn brings with it a desire to know who we are and to find value and meaning in what we do. The emotions associated with the metal element are grief, sadness, reflection and “letting go” like the trees letting go of their leaves.
 
Autumn is associated health problems in the lungs (e.g. allergies and asthma), and with the large intestines as well as skin disorders (e.g. eczema and psoriasis) and poor immunity. 
We suggest eating healthy seasonal foods and being aware of the nature of autumn.
 
A few considerations to ensure good health through autumn and into winter include:
  • Eat Homemade Soup: Soups are nourishing and warming and can be packed full of meat, vegetables and nutrients.
  • Eat Fermented foods: eg. sauerkraut, kim chi, miso, kombucha, rejuvelac, fermented soda, yogurt, or kefir. Fermented foods support your immune function. Supplement with probiotics such as acidophilus.
  • Get enough sleep: Sleep is regenerative and keeps the immune system strong.
  • Exercise: Keep the lungs strong and mood stable by exercising during Autumn.
  • Manage stress: through meditation, qi gong, art or music, laughter, taking up a hobby, enjoying time with friends and family, and gardening… just a few suggestions to manage stress which can deplete our immune system.
  • Letting go activities: have a clean out physically and mentally. Get rid of things you no longer need - the element of Metal relates to organisation, order and stability. It can be a great time to go through your home or work space and clear out what’s of no use to you and re-organize. Let go of emotional factors associated with the metal element – be in touch with issues of grief and sadness so that you may process them and let them go.

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