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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.