Winter is coming! Having never watched Game of Thrones, I have no idea what that actually means & can only assume it’s enticing you to get prepared for the harsh reality that is the season. Prepared we shall be! Those of you who watched can enlighten me.
In TCM, winter is a yin season. Yin is cold, dark & inward energy. The yin/yang meridian/organ pair at the forefront are kidney & bladder, which holds the body’s jing, or energy. Attached to the kidneys are the adrenals. Which get overused, w. chronic stress, they’re always “on” creating more adrenaline & cortisol. An indication of adrenal fatigue is if the undersides of your fingers have vertical lines/ridges between the knuckles. They’ll look pruney as if they’ve been underwater.
The cold & darkness of winter urges us to slow down, which is hard to do in our always on world. Wonder why you feel more tired in the winter? I mean, it gets dark at 4:30pm, which doesn’t help. But there’s a reason, according to TCM it’s because we’re meant to ctfd (calm the f down), rest & restore in order to recharge for spring. Kinda like we plug in our phones at night. This is permission to sleep like it’s your job!
The holidays are coming & are peppered w. yang activities. Yang is outward, upward & energy. When you’re giving so much yang,especially this time of year, it’s important to make time for you & nourish your yin to help alleviate that stressed out, frantic feeling.
A few tips to stay balanced & in harmony this winter:
- Keep active, but also don’t go full out as in the summer – lighter workouts!
- Eat warm/warming foods-Soups, stews, root veggies like squash, carrots, sweet potatoes & beets, beans like kidney, black and aduki, miso, seaweed, garlic & ginger.
- Stay hydrated -The element associated w. winter, the kidneys & bladder is water.Just like the earth is 70% water, so are we. Drink room temperature water & teas. And replenish electrolytes.
Shown-Spaghetti Squash “Pad Thai” w. carrots, sweet potato, spinach, basil, cilantro, ginger & cashews. I threw this together & measured nothing.
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How do you stay balanced in the winter?