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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

Spleen Qi Xu Lunch

JP got us all excited to nourish and tonify our collective spleens.  She whipped up an amazing dish with a wild rice mix, boiled chicken and a beet juice drink. This is the perfect lunch to wake up the Spleen and encourage its transforming and transporting function. It was delicious!

TCM DOS: Spleen Qi Deficiency

TCM SS: Poor Appetite, Abdominal distention (especially after meals), loose stools, fatigue and lassitude, sallow complexion, heaviness in the body, and mental fatigue. This condition is worse with raw cold foods and better with cooked warm foods.

Tongue: Pale with thick white coat, slightly swollen and scalloped

Pulse: Weak, Slippery (with dampness accumulation)

Western Correlations: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Mal-absorption, Chronic Gastritis, Chronic Enteritis, Chronic Diarrhea, Ulcers.

Foods that Help: Oats, Rice, Congee’s, Mochi, Black Beans, Squash, Parsnip, Yams and Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Carrots (cooked), Beets, Fennel, Dates, Figs, Molasses, Brown Sugar (in moderation), Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom,Chicken, Turkey, Halibut, Tuna.

Foods to Avoid: Raw salads, Raw vegetables, Citrus fruits, ice cream, seaweeds, bananas, tofu, dairy.

Lifestyle: It is best to eat smaller portions, while eating slowly, and chewing food very well. Avoid big meals, rushing while eating, or eating while emotionally upset.

Helpful Cooking Methods:Boiling, Baking, Roasting, and frying will increase the yang energy of the food making it easier to digest.

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SP QI Xu Lunch



1 lb Varied Wild Brown Rice

1 teaspoon Nutmeg

10 pieces of Da Zao-Chinese Date

Pinch of Black Pepper

1 oz of raw onions soaked in 3 cups of warm honey and water

Sprinkle of cinnamon after the rice cools down


Soak 1 oz of raw onions in warm honey water overnight


Cooking Directions:

In a medium size pan heat 2 Cups of distilled water on medium heat and then add 1 cup of the water from the onion/honey that soaked overnight.  Cook rice for on low/med heat for 45-60 Minutes. In the last 10 minutes of cooking add the Da Zao.

Add Black pepper, nutmeg-stir after the rice has stopped steaming. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top and enjoy J



Baked Sweet Potatoes


6 medium size sweet potatoes

3 tablespoons of honey

1 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper


Pre prep

Cut the Sweet potatoes and roll them around in a small amount of honey and black pepper. Cover and leave them at room temp over night.


Cooking Directions:

Bake in oven at 325 for 30 -45 minutes with ½ cup of the honey/onion water.

Add sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Stir in 1 TB of honey

Drink:Beet Juice


2 Beets with roots and leaves

4 cups of water

2 cups of Coconut Water


Make slice into the beet and add them to boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Let cool and add coconut water. Enjoy J

Boiled Chicken


7-8 medium size Chicken breasts cut into small pieces

1 tablespoon of black strap molasses

1 tablespoon of Maple Syrup

Sprinkle of nutmeg and black pepper

1 slice of dried, sugar coated ginger

Cooking Directions:

Heat distilled water in a large pot on medium heat for 10 minutes with the sliced ginger. Add chicken pieces into the water and cook until chicken is done. Stir in the maple syrup and black strap molasses. Sprinkle the nutmeg and black pepper.

Enjoy J


Symptoms include lack of appetite, bloating, loose stool, and fatigue.

              P: Weak          T: pale, soft tongue with thin, white fur.

Western diagnoses: diarrhea, gastric or duodenal ulcers, anemia, or even chronic hepatitis.

Foods to eat

Cooked, warming foods such as squash, carrots, potatoes, yams, rutabagas, turnips, leeks, onions, grains, oats, butter, small amounts of chicken, turkey, mutton or beef, cooked peaches, cherries, strawberries, figs, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, custards, small amounts of honey, molasses, maple syrup, sugar, Millet, beans, pine nuts, figs, dates, cabbage, onions, and pumpkin. Food should be well chewed and eaten in moderate amounts.


Foods to avoid:

Salsa, citrus, too much salt, tofu, millet, buckwheat, milk, cheese, seaweed, and excess sugar.

Recommended foods for SP Qi Deficiency are foods that are easy to digest.  Only warming and nourishing foods should be eaten.  Cooked, warmed, slow-cooking foods are best for those who suffer from Spleen Qi deficiency.  Recipes like soups, broths, cooked vegetables, rice, oatmeal and small portions of meats.  Uncooked and raw foods should be avoided, as they are difficult for the body to digest.  Avoiding salads and raw vegetables will improve function of the spleen.  Over eating, fasting and eating while working should be avoided.


Black Bean and Black Rice Congee With Honey Glazed Walnuts for Kidney Yin Deficiency (xu)

Kidney Yin Xu Food Therapy

In five element theory, the color of the food correlates with the color of the five elements.  Black represents the color of water which applies to the Kidney. In Ancient Chinese, the whole grains are considered as the essence of the plants; consuming the essence of the whole grains will nourish the post heaven Jing. Kidney Yin deficient individuals should avoid diets that are spicy, hot, fried or high on sodium to prevent from further injury of the Yin. The ingredients of congee I choose are mostly in black color; they will have tendency to enter kidney channel. Since grain’s temperature is mostly neutral or cool; it’s a safe choice for Yin deficiency people.

The major ingredients of the congee are black rice, black beans  and black sesame seeds. The black rice was mentioned in “Ben Cao Gang Mu” as nourish Yin, tonify kidney, strengthen spleen, brighten eyes and invigorate blood. The black bean is sweet, neutral, goes to spleen and kidney channels, have actions of nourishing blood, calming the mind, tonifying kidney, nourishing Yin, brightening eyes, transform dampness, invigorate blood and clear heat. It is the best food therapy for Yin deficiency with empty heat. The black sesame seed is sweet and neutral, has the actions of nourishing and fortifying kidneys and liver, nourishing blood to extinguish wind, moistening and lubricating the intestines. Black sesame seeds are ideal for Yin deficiency with constipation. Go Qi Zi enters lung, liver and kidney, it tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, Yin and moistens the lung.

The walnut is warm and sweet, enters lung, kidney and large intestines. It has actions of strengthening the back and knees, Warms the Lungs and Helps the Kidneys grasp Qi, Warms the Lungs and Helps the Kidneys grasp Qi. The combination of congee and walnuts provides good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fibers and omega 3 fatty acids.


Black rice
Black beans
Black sesame seeds
Go Qi Zi
Long Yan Rou (optional)
Mixed whole grain package contains brown
rice, barley, Yi Yi Ren, whole wheat,
buckwheat, purple Shan Yao, red lentil, black
bean, Qian Shi, oats.

Cooking Instructions

• Mix half cup of black rice, one cup of whole
grain mixes, half cup of black beans, a
quarter to half cup of black sesame seeds in
the slow cooker.

• Add 7 to 12 cups of water depends on the preferred thickness of the congee.!
• After the congee is done, stir in 1/4 cup Go Qi Zi or Long Yan Rou.!

• KD tonic parfait – layer chilled congee with Greek yogurt, walnuts, raspberries or
• Traditional congee breakfast – added sea salt for flavor, sprinkle seaweed toppings,
Chinese pickles or Kimchi.

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TCM DOS: Kidney Yin deficiency

Western correlations: menopause, hyperthyroidism, aging

TCM s/s: dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, poor memory, hardness of hearing, night sweats, dry mouth and throat at night, low backache, nocturnal emissions, constipation, scanty dark urine, lassitude

Tongue: pale red to red with no coat

Pulse: floating-empty, rapid

Beneficial foods:  wheat, oats, rice, millet, barley, eggs,  zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, apples, banana, blueberries, black berries, peaches, mulberries, mango

Food to avoid:  chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, coffee, alcohol

Cooking methods: steaming, water saute’, blanching and salting are recommended. Excess water with the cooking technique you choose is also useful.



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