My TCM Breakfast Obsession: 𝙔𝙞 𝙔𝙞 𝙍𝙚𝙣 porridge 😋
𝙔𝙞 𝙔𝙞 𝙍𝙚𝙣 has many names: Croix Seed, Job's Tears, Chinese pearled barley, Yi Mi
It's an herb in Chinese Medicine that's used in many formulas to help to 𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙮 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙮𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙢 and 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 in the body. And it's gluten-free 👌🏽
I'll have to write another post on what '𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀' is, but think: congestion, mucous, cysts, pus, tumours. For additional symptoms, think: feeling lethargic, bloating, loose stools, sinus congestion, brain fog.
Many foods are used as herbs in TCM (food is medicine) and this is one of them.
You cook Yi Yi Ren like rice; I make mine in the insta pot.
Here's the recipe - along with the benefits!
🥣 1 cup Yi Yi Ren - 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮, 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴
🥣 10 Da Zao (Chinese red dates, pits removed. See my previous post about 𝘿𝙖 𝙕𝙖𝙤 to learn more!) - 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘲𝘪, 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥
🥣 Handful of walnuts - 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮 & 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯
🥣 2 tbsp chia seeds - 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘨𝘢 𝟹𝘴, 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘪𝘣𝘳𝘦
🥣 1 tbsp coconut oil - 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘺𝘪𝘯
🥣 3 cups vanilla almond milk (or 1/2 almond milk, 1/2 water)
🥣 A sprinkle of hemp hearts (optional) - which in TCM support 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘱𝘴, but they are also a source of 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘥𝘥 𝘢 𝘺𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘺 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘶𝘳.
🥣 Ground flax seeds - 𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘴 & 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦
🥣 drizzle of almond milk
Put everything but the optional toppings in the insta pot (you could add the walnuts after but I find them easier to digest when cooked in - or a bit of both). Cook on pressure cook setting for 6min. Let sit 15min before opening the lid.
Freezes well for quick breakfasts too.
You can purchase online @theherbdepot.ca or / Amazon / or delivery on GOcery app / or find at your local Asian market.
TIP: if ordering online search the different names above to make sure you find it.
If you make it let me know!
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
It’s early in the week, but 𝘐’𝘮 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵: I’m getting philosophical 🤯!
(I promise the philosophical will turn physical, so stay with me...👇🏽)
I was inspired recently watching a lecture by Edward Neal, an MD & 𝙉𝙚𝙞𝙟𝙞𝙣𝙜 (𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦) Practitioner.
He uses the 𝘕𝘦𝘪𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨 to explain that 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 - 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲, 𝗶𝗻 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲, 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆.
In our lives, we tend to focus most on the manifestations themselves: Some we enjoy because they are 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 (i.e. shelter, love). Some cause us suffering because they are 𝘪𝘯𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 (i.e: headaches, tumors).
It is my job as a practitioner to witness the physical manifestation, and then to zoom out. 𝗧𝗼 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘄𝗿𝘆 and allowed a state of imbalance or disease to occur.
𝗔𝗰𝘂𝗽𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗼𝗳 𝗾𝗶, 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗶𝗱𝘀.
𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴.
𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨? 𝘖𝘳 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦?
Consider acupuncture to help steer you into harmony & health. If you have questions about acupuncture, let me know - I’m here to help 😊
Just a li’l Sunday tea.
𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘢.
𝗟𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗺 - 𝗮𝗸𝗮 𝗫𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗲𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗮𝗼.
Why it’s good for hot summer days 🥵:
In Eastern Herbal Medicine this herb is used to 'drain 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴’ (aka an antimicrobial diuretic for the 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺), and is also cooling (anti-inflammatory) for the 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁. The heat & humidity this month can increase bloating and digestive issues, as well as anxiety. Lemon balm can help keep our heart from over-heating and support digestion at the same time. ✌🏽💗
Keep cool & carry on 😎
#easternherbalmedicine #chinesemedicine #teatime #herbalmedicine #lemonbalm #xiaofengcao #anxiety #selfcare #anxietyrelief #loveyourself #plantmedicine #acupuncture #healyourgut #guthealth #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #chinesemedicinewoman #heartmedicine #antioxidents #detoxify #digestion #gratitude #herbalmedicine #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthmatters
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