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Splendor of the Grass
Taoism suggests that we should all take a lesson from the young bamboo. Young bamboo is extremely flexible, it gracefully blows in the wind and springs back up if ever stepped on. Young bamboo replenishes itself after being cut down and is one of nature’s most sustainable plants.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world. It can grow more than three feet a day and can release 35% more oxygen than other plants. Best of all, bamboo can thrive without pesticides. Of the 1,400 types of bamboo, only about five are used to manufacture the products we see in the United States, with Chinese Moso bamboo being the most common. These products range from flooring, bedding, towels, furniture, textiles, paper… you name it!
Bamboo is an ideal material for sheets and towels. It can wick away moisture better than cotton and it has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Plus, it looks great. What more could you ask for?
Fill your home and your spirit with gorgeous bamboo because where your feet/body/pens go, your mind follows.
Salmon: Nature’s Aspirin
We’ve all heard the praise wild salmon regularly receives, but it’s impressive enough to bear repeating: salmon protects the heart by keeping the platelets in the blood from clogging up the arteries (like aspirin). Salmon lowers triglyceride levels which can reduce blood pressure and prevent heart disease. Salmon also helps fight inflammation and its fatty fish oils can reduce the risk of chronic arthritis. A 2008 report from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that one or two servings of salmon each week can reduce cardiovascular disease by 36%. Wow — I’m sold.
Salmon has much lower mercury levels than other types of fish and wild salmon is a great choice environmentally. So go visit your local fishmonger and reap the benefits of its lovely omega-3s.
Here’s a simple recipe to get you and three of your friends inspired.
- 4 wild salmon fillets
- 2T reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 4 cups thinly sliced mushroom (shiitakes would be an excellent choice)
- 2t toasted sesame oil
- 1t black sesame seeds
- 1T + 1t finely grated fresh ginger (peel removed)
- 1T + 1t fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups fresh pea shoots
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine soy sauce, ginger, and lemon juice and toss with mushrooms. Divide evenly among 4 pieces of parchment paper or aluminum foil. Lay each salmon fillet on top of each little pile. season each fillet with a touch of sea salt and a few drizzles of the sesame oil. Fold or crumble the paper or foil to make a sealed pocket. Bake for 12 minutes. Unwrap, sprinkle with sesame seeds and pea shoots, and enjoy!
Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!
Welcome to the year of the Golden Rabbit, and welcome to my website! According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit promises to bring a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. To gain the greatest benefits this year, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.
The Rabbit is a symbol for mercy, elegance, and worship of beauty. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are kind, loving, and dislike any hostile act. They do things slowly and deliberately because of their cautious characters.
To commemorate the New Year, my patients this week are receiving a jar of TCM Granola. TCM Granola is a recipe I adapted that incorporates several medicinal food herbs into a simple and healthy breakfast. I’ve never looked forward to breakfast as much!
- 4 cups organic rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 1 cup Goji berries
- 1/2 cup black sesame seeds
- 1/2 flax seeds
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2T vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl except for the Goji berries. In a separate bowl, combine the honey and vanilla extract. Combine throughly before mixing with the dry ingredients. Pop into the oven for approximately 45 minutes, mixing every 15 minutes.
When the granola comes out of the oven and cools down, add the Goji berries. Enjoy with some Greek yogurt, or simply by the handful, as I do.
Walnut (Hu Tao Ren)
tonifies Yang, strengthens the back and knees, benfits the Lungs and Brain
Goji Berry (Gou Qi Zi)
tonifies the Yin and Blood, benefits the eyes, moistens the Lungs
Black Sesame Seed (Hei Zhi Ma)
nourishes Blood, moistens the intestines, prevents hair from greying
Coconut flakes (Ya Ma)
moistens Yin, nourishes body fluids, clears heat
Flax Seed (Ye Zi)
moistens intestines, promote digestion
Honey (Feng Mi)
tonifies Qi, moistens Lungs, stops cough