You have heard me discuss the idea of “eating in accordance with the seasons” in previous blog entries. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in order to maintain a physiological balance of yin and yang, it is necessary to consider the foods we eat as they relate to the season we are in.  For example, during the cold winter months it is wise to eat more warming foods and spices like cinnamon and ginger, and in the hot months of summer we should eat more cooling foods like melons and mint.

Mother nature further guides us by providing different foods each season.  When we preserve a healthy yin/yang balance, we are promoting healthy sleep, appetite, emotional balance, immune function, and energy.

Grocery shopping in modern America is confusing for seasonal eating.  We can seemingly buy all foods all year round.  But have you tasted a strawberry recently? They are less sweet, less juicy red, and less satisfying than those we could buy a few months ago, in the heart of the summer months.  Read the rest of this entry »

This recipe is an easy, no-mess, healthy meal that tastes delicious.  You can cook it all day in your slow cooker and come home to the smell of dinner.  This dish is perfect during the cold winter as it is warming and nourishing.

Pumpkin, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew

According to Chinese Medicine winter squash, or pumpkin, is considered especially good for those with diabetes.  It helps to regulate blood sugars by warming and strengthening the spleen and stomach and boosting qi.

This use of food therapy is supported by scientific studies which identify compounds in pumpkin that enhance insulin function and lower blood sugar levels.  For example, see:  Anti-Diabetic Effects of Pumpkin and Its Components, Trigonelline and Nicotinic Acid on Goto-Kakizaki Rats

Notes:  *Squash can be difficult to cut, so I kept it simple and bought organic pre-cut butternut squash (another example of a winter squash) from Whole Foods.  *To easily peel ginger, scrape with the tip of a small spoon.

This recipe is full of healthful ingredients.  Try it, and report back!

You are what you eat.

In good health,