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Eating Yang Foods in Winter

Jan 30, 2021 03:32PM ● By Lisa Davis

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese used their powers of observation to explore and understand the dynamics of nature. They lived in harmony with the natural world and learned to cope with each season. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the energies of yin and yang were made to be balanced year-round in order to maintain health. This still holds true today. 

 Yin foods like watermelon are eaten in the summer to cool down from the hot sun. During winter months, however, one should be eating yang foods to combat the cold. Yang foods generate heat energy in the body to warm and invigorate the interior. They are a perfect antidote to the winter slow down. 

Breakfasts like oatmeal, congee, or slow cooker yams with cinnamon or nutmeg are warming. Almonds, chestnuts and pine nuts make healthy snacks. Chicken soup; bone broth; spicy curry; braised lamb; trout; quinoa; and roasted vegetables such as onions, leeks, pumpkin and squash are called for. Additionally, hot drinks like ginger tea or chai help support yang energy during this time of year. 

 Balance is the key to life, and we can help achieve it with these nourishing practices.

 Source: Lisa Davis, an acupuncturist and herbalist.