Eating by the Seasons

Traditional Chinese Medicine Seasonal Food Choices As I am still building this section of the member pages, I am relying heavily on experts from the following resources: Shen Nong provides exhaustive information on all TCM topics and is my go to reference for any questions regarding TCM patterns, concepts, etc. Please visit their line below to get a detailed description of recommendations (general and some specific) on nutrition & diet.

Brewing Tea

Balance and nourish greater yin energies in the cold months of Winter. Foods that are black, deep blue or purple are good choices to add to your diet. Intuitively, warm foods prevent yin energies from becoming excessive due to the cold. A good winter recipe is linked from "Omnivore's Cookbook"- highly recommend this site- join!

Green Vegetables

Balance and nourish gentle, rising yang energies in Spring. Foods that are green are good choices to add to your diet at this time of the year. Try this recipe linked from "Omnivore's Cookbook"- highly recommend this site- join!

Red Snappers

Balance and nourish greater yang energies in the Summer months. Foods that are orange and red are good choices to add to your diet at this time. Linked is a great summer recipe to try.

Fall Market

Balance and nourish gentle, rising yin energies in Fall Foods that are yellow, orange or brown are great to add to your diet at this time. Nourish rising yin with this recipe linked from "Omnivore's Cookbook"- highly recommend this site- join!

Healthy assortment of yellow foods

Spleen and Stomach energies should be tended to throughout the year, as the Earth element which they represent is a combination of all the other elements. Unlike the other organ systems, Spleen/Stomach don't really have their own season. You may note that your digestive system is sensitive in between seasons, though. Recipes linked from "Omnivore's Cookbook"- highly recommend this site- another subscription, but hundreds of recipes to choose from and class opportunities!