Eat your Medicine! Chinese Medicine Nutrition spotlight:✨🔦✨
Da Zao - aka Jujube - aka Chinese Red Dates
Da Zao / Chinese Red Dates are used in TCM herbal medicine to nourish the blood, tonify the Spleen. It's often added to formulas to help harmonize the other herbs and protect the body from side effects.
If you've been diagnosed by a practitioner as having qi & blood deficiency, you can eat your medicine! And it tastes delicious!
This is a particularly good herb for bodies that go through monthly menstruation.
I've been enjoying Da Zao by adding it to oatmeal. Tips:
❗️The dates need to be cooked.
❗️Remove the pits before cooking.
→ Cook them with your steel-cut oats in the insta-pot or via stovetop.
→ If using flaked oats, simmer the dates in a bit of water first for 20min.
Da Zao is excellent for boosting fertility, softening the cervix before labour, supporting uterine muscles, and nourishing postpartum.
Chinese Dates are less sweet than the dates we usually get in the grocery store, so it's easier on the blood sugar. That being said, they're not recommended for everyone's constitution - so it's always wise to talk to your practitioner first.
You can order them @
You can read a research study report here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5637148/
Food really is medicine.
#foodismedicine #eatyourmedicine #lovewhatyoueat #nourishyourself #dazao #chinesereddate #jujube
Coconut, lavender & cacao nib fat bombs 💝
These little love bombs are beautiful, super romantic, and the lavender adds a natural calming effect for anxiety and stress.
Made these for my beau’s birthday last week and they were a hit!
🥥 1 cup coconut butter
🥥 1/2 cup coconut oil
🥥 1/4 cup raw honey
🥥 2 dashes stevia powder
🥥 3 dashes Himalayan salt
🥥 1/2 cup cacao nibs
🥥 1.5 tbsp lavender
1. In a small saucepan, simmer the coconut oil & lavender for 20min. Strain the lavender out and discard the lavender.
2. Stir well the coconut butter, lavender infused coconut oil, honey, stevia, salt.
3. Stir in cacao nibs.
4. Pour into a lined 8x8 inch pan or lined muffin tins.
5. Sprinkle with cacao nibs & lavender and refrigerate for 30min.
#romanticdesserts #madewithlove #anxietymedicine
Based on a recipe by Butter For All.
#lovedessert #ketodessert #ketofatbombs #dairyfree #dairyfreedessert #goodfats #healthyfats #ketolife #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #aculove #acupuncturerocks #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #feedme #healthmatters #organiclifestyle #lavenderbaking #lavenderdesserts #eatclean #eatwell #healthyfood #onthetable #delicious
𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗔𝗙 𝗣𝘂𝗺𝗽𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗶𝗲 🥧
So healthy it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to eat it. (And it also makes a great breakfast 😋)
My dad has a sweet tooth and I made this for my him when he was recovering from surgery. He didn’t even notice it’s:
𝗚𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗻-𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲, 𝗦𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿-𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲, 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘆-𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲, 𝗘𝗴𝗴-𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲, 𝗜𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁-𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲! (jk on that last one, just seeing if you were paying attention 😉)
Instead, this recipe is:
𝘗𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘬𝘪𝘯-𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭, 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘫𝘰𝘺𝘧𝘶𝘭.
Ingredients & Directions for each:
🔸½ cup coconut flour
🔸½ cup almond flour
🔸¼ tsp sea salt
🔸1 dash of stevia (optional)
🔸3 flax eggs (or 2 large eggs) (3 tbsp flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp water, let sit for 5-10 min until gelatinous)
🔸¼ cup coconut oil, slightly melted
1. Mix altogether, getting rid of any lumps.
2. In an 8 or 9 inch pie plate, press the dough evenly around the bottom & sides.
🔸1 + ½ cans of pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
🔸¼ cup maple syrup
🔸⅓ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
🔸3 tbsp arrowroot powder (or sorghum flour, or cornstarch)
🔸2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax, mixed with 4 tbsp water, let sit for 5-10 min until gelatinous)
🔸2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove)
🔸¼ tsp sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all the filling ingredients in a bowl. Pour the filling into the pie crust.
3. Bake for 60 - 70 min.
4. Let cool before eating
Based on a recipe by the fabulous @powerhungrycamilia
𝗪𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱, 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱 & 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲.
#thanksgiving #🍁 #🍽 #🥧 #🙏🏽
#glutenfree #sugarfree #dairyfree #eggfree #veganpumpkinpie #vegan #healthylifestyle #holistichealth #glutenfreepumpkinpie #sugarfreepumpkinpie #earthelement #chinesemedicinenutrition #fall #chinesemedicine #torontoacupuncturist #healthandwellness #5elelements #foodmedicine #foodasmedicine #eatforhealth #healthygut #gratitude #canadianthanksgiving
What is a Tiger Nut?
Contrary to the name, a tiger nut is tiger-free (phew!) and also nut-free (weird! But true!)
It is a root vegetable, a small tuber that tastes sweet and is packed with nutrients & fiber. 👊🏽
In one bowl, mix the following ingredients:
· 2 cups tigernut flour
· 1 cup almond flour (or you could just use 3 cups tigernut flour to make it nut free)
· 6 tbsp ground flax
· 2 tsp cinnamon
· 1/2 tsp salt
In a separate bowl, mix together:
· 2/3 mashed banana
· 1 cup blueberries
· 1 cup water
· 2/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice. I used a blend of coconut butter, almond butter & tahini - leftovers of what we had around. (You could use sunflower butter as per nut-free original recipe)
Mix the dry & wet ingredients together.
Divide into muffin tins or silicone muffin cups.
Makes approx 16 muffins.
I baked these for 32 min.
Recipe adapted from the delicious & inspiring @bakeitpaleo 👌🏽
#tigernut #tigernutflour #tigernutbaking #vegan #paleo #magnesium #potassium #fiber #glutenfree #glutenfreebaking #sugarfree #earthelement #spleenqi #wellness #sugarfreebaking #sugarfreemuffins #backtoschoolrecipes #nutfreebaking #eggfree #healthyfats #qitonic #diabeticfriendly #healthylifestyle #torontoacupuncturist #fallbaking #nourishyourself #selflove #lovewhatyoueat #tigerfree🐅
𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝗴𝗼.
This is the wisdom of the 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗘𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗼𝘅 - which arrives tomorrow.
Letting go can be hard. Or beautiful.
Letting go can be about moving towards 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 - a benefic quality of the 𝘔𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 and the Fall season, according to Chinese medicine.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙜𝙤 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙀𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙣𝙤𝙭?
It could be material things, Marie Kondo style.
...with the astro transits* over this Equinox, what may become apparent are 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭-𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴. Not just fear, anxiety or melancholy - but rumination therein. Incessant mental chatter. Like spam in our mental 'inbox'!
Not only does this mental clutter prevent us from feeling our best, but in Chinese medicine this rumination, or over-worrying, can damage the Spleen qi and create digestive issues such as bloating and lethargy.
On an external level, our negative self-talk or incessant worries will ultimately impact our behaviour. And with the placement of the planet Mars this month as well, we must be extra mindful in our words & actions.
So: My Equinox challenge to you (I will do it too, of course!) this week:
🍁Witness your mental emotional state with gentleness, self-compassion, and grace.
🍁If similar thoughts, fears, anxieties repeat themselves, write them down. Thank them. And let them go.
🍁If you want to get a little extra woo, write them on a fallen leaf. If there are more than one, collect several leaves and write on each. Then return them to the earth.
Intentions need to be backed up by actions; that's integration ✅ 👍🏽
Another way to integrate is acupuncture. See your acupuncturist (I happen to know one 😉) and say your intentions aloud, and allow the session to work with you. There are some badass acupoints for helping to set these intentions in motion, embodying your journey.
Feel free to DM me at the end of the week, with thoughts or pictures, to let me know how this went for you! I've got your back.
#metalelement #FallEquinox2020 #fallthoughts
#mentalhealthawareness #fallseason #earthelement #chinesemedicine #workwiththeseasons #fiveelementtheory #lettinggo #grief #declutter #emotionalhealth #mentalhealth #dothework #mercurysquaresaturn #mercurysquarepluto #mercuryoppositemars #selfawareness #torontoacupuncturist #tcm #anxiety #sadness #fear #compassion #selflove #journey #yougotthis
“𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿”. It’s a 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 in Chinese Medicine commonly associated with the last 2 weeks of summer, but few people know that it was traditionally applied to the last 2 weeks of each season. It’s about 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, about 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 before the next transition or phase. It benefits us to eat well, supporting our digestive organs - the ‘Spleen’ (pancreas) & Stomach.
Many are preparing for back to school in Sept, so I thought I’d share a recipe that’s great to have on hand if you need a quick breakfast or snack that the whole fam will enjoy - and is super healthy, too!
𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗠𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗻𝘀
🔸1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries
🔸1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (or sub: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or coconut flakes - or some of each!)
🔸1 ¼ cup grated zucchini
🔸2 cups grated carrot
🔸4 tsp. grated ginger
🔸1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
🔸¼ cup maple syrup or honey
🔸¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
🔸3 eggs or sub 3 flax “eggs”
🔸2 tsp. vanilla extract
🔸½ cup coconut oil melted
🔸¼ cup unsweetened plain nut milk (eg almond or coconut)
🔸1 ½ cups almond flour
🔸½ cup g/f flour (I like oat flour, or chickpea flour for extra protein)
🔸2 tsp. Cinnamon
🔸1 tsp. baking powder
🔸¼ tsp. baking soda
🔸½ tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line muffin tin(s) with 15 paper liners (or use silicone muffin cups)
3. In a large bowl, combine flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Whisk to combine.
4. In a 2nd large bowl, combine zucchini, carrot, and ginger. Mix in the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, apple sauce, cranberries & seeds and vanilla. Mix just until combined.
5. Carefully mix 1/2 of dry ingredients into the wet. Then add nut milk and mix just until combined. Add remaining dry ingredients.
6. Divide the batter into the muffin cups.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. After removing from the oven, cool in muffin tin for 3-5 minutes. Then remove muffins from the tin and continue to cool on a cooling rack.
Adapted from the inspiring @almostproperly 😋
#latesummer #earthelement #digestivesystem #spleenlove #spleenmedicine #spleenhealth #chinesemedicinenutrition #tcmhealth #nourishyourearth #transformation #chinesemedicine #tcmlove #torontoacupuncturist #healthandwellness #5elelements #5elementtheory #embodied #embodiedlearning #holistichealth #cosmeticacupuncture #foodmedicine #foodasmedicine #eatforhealth #healthygut #quickandhealthy
𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆! I want to share with you my 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘣𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯...
𝗛𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀 & 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗙𝗶𝘇𝘇
Hibiscus is a cooling and refreshing tea, great for summer. (Note if you have low blood pressure, avoid or use hibiscus sparingly, as it can lower blood pressure.)
Rosemary is slightly warming, enough to keep it balanced and add a unique accent of flavour. It’s also great for circulation.
𝘐𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 & 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴:
🌺 Gather some loose-leaf dried hibiscus and rosemary. (@theherbalclinic is a good place to grab some!)
🌺 Brew an extra strong batch of hibiscus & rosemary tea, at a ratio of 2:1 (2 parts hibiscus: 1 part Rosemary). I like to make almost 1 litre to have extra on hand.
Let the tea cool for an hour, then put in a glass jar in the fridge to chill for a few hours. You can store it in the fridge for a week or so.
🌺 When ready to drink, fill a mason jar with 1/3 tea mix and 2/3 soda water.
🍋 I like to add a squeeze of lemon juice to make it extra tart & refreshing.
And yes, in case you noticed: while it may not be the 100% TCM thing to do, even *I* will put a few ice-cubes in my drink in +40 degree weather! (albeit with room temperature bubbly 😉)
🍹 𝙆𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙪𝙥 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮!
Try it and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend 🌞
#summerdrinks #alcoholfree #healthydrinks #coolingsummerdrinks #patiodrink #nonalcoholic #quenchyourthirst #summer2020 #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #healthylifestyle #healthmatters #onthetable #refreshing #hiciscus #rosemary #caffeinefreeicedtea #cheers
One of the bright sides of the world unravelling has been that I’ve had more time at home to prepare meals for myself where I can spend extra time on the presentation - as I’ll be eating it at home, too! I often pack / carry both lunches & dinners with me on my work days. So this has brought some joy.
Having said this, I want to also recognize there are many people who are unable to provide afford food for themselves/their family at this time, and encourage if you have a few bucks to support one of our location food banks (I recently made a donation to @feedontario but there are others like The Stop or Daily Bread).
Here’s a plant-based bowl I made recently:
🌿 roasted broccoli in sesame oil & lemon
🌿 roasted sweet potatoes
🌿 org spinach
🌿 pumpkin seeds
🌿 black sesame seeds
🌿 smoky tahini dressing sauce of awesomeness** ⬇️
**@braggs Apple cider vinegar, @maisond’orphee dijon mustard, @parallel_brothers smoky sesame butter, nutritional yeast, black pepper, splash of lime
CHINESE MEDICINE NUTRITION: supports the Spleen Qi, Liver system, Kidneys. The cruciferous veg supports the immune system, and the seaweed & parsley detoxifies.
#supportyourlocalfoodbank #chinesemedicinenutrition #foodislife #quarantineeats #plantbased #veganeats #feedme #nutritionismysport #healthmatters #organiclifestyle #eattherainbow #eatclean #eatwell #healthyfood #onthetable #delicious #quarantinemeal #quarantinebowl #bowls #healthybowls #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #chinesemedicinewoman #acupuncturelife #grateful #gratitude #spleenqi #nourish
Matcha Magic🍵 #quarantinekick
In Chinese medicine, spring brings the Liver System into focus. It governs growth and renewal. It’s the time to cleanse, to support the liver detoxification pathways. Time for nature to shedding the winter ‘sludge’ and emerge with a surge - like a sprout pushing its way up & out of the soil 🌱
Matcha & green tea has a detoxifying effect and is pack with antioxidants 👊 And it’s got a nice caffeine kick!
The Liver system is also associated with creativity. I’m currently working on a creative writing project and finding 🍵 + 📝 = a perfect pair 👌 ☯️
And guess what? There’s even a VEGETABLE in here - and you’d never know to taste it!
🌱 Matcha (unsweetened)
🌱 Coconut almond milk (unsweetened)
🌱 Collagen powder
🌱 Coconut oil
🌱 XCT oil
🌱 Green stevia
🌱 Spinach (I promise you don’t taste it!)
Blend it together and enjoy 😊
#quarantinecaffeine #quarantinebeverage #spring #liversystem #chinesemedicine #antioxidants #detoxify #springseason #drinkyourgreens #strangermedicine #healingarts #creativearts #writing #writerscommunity #acupuncture #ketodrinks #torontoacupuncturist #tcm #tcmlove #chinesemedicinewoman #tcmlife #stayhome