Boost Your Qi This Holiday Season
Don’t let your body get run down this holiday season. The daily grind along with the added holiday stressors can easily rob us of our vital life energy called Qi (Chee). Qi is what not only keeps us physically strong and healthy, but also connects our body, mind and spirit. If your Qi is weak; it will stagnate leaving you weak, susceptible to pathogens, scattered and run down.
There are many ways in which to boost ones Qi. Today we are going to focus on the dietary aspect. In Chinese medicine food is valued in more areas than the typical 5 food groups. Depending on your specific Chinese pattern diagnosis, specific foods are recommended to assist in boosting and balancing the Qi. This process can be obtained during an initial acupuncture treatment, but until then here’s a list of some great Qi boosting foods you can start mixing into your daily grind and even some future holiday dishes.
Whole grains: Brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, rye, maize, millet, quinoa, and whole grain flour for noodles, biscuits, pies and cakes.
Organic locally grown seasonal produce: Carrots, green beans, leeks, onions, squash, turnips, yams, sweet potatoes, soy beans, apples, cherries, grapes, dates, sultanes, raisins, figs and berries. Organic proteins: Chicken, beef, lamb, fish, eggs and nuts
Here’s a classic holiday comfort dish; sweet potato shepherd’s pie. The full recipe can be found online at: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sweet-potato-shepherds-pie While this hearty recipe has been nutritionally modified for increased protein and less fat, it’s not likely to fall short of feeding your soul as well.
Stay vigilant with your diet this holiday season. The foods mentioned above will help keep your Qi strong but also need to be consumed regularly and proportionally. Refrain from skipping meals while not overindulging as well. Furthermore, do not hesitate to contact Arizona Natural Medicine® for more information on how to further the strength of your Qi through diet and other traditional Chinese medicine modalities.