It starts to feel cold, and days are getting shorter while fall’s vivid colors slowly fade out. We enter in the most yin season of the year: winter. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associates it to the element Water, the zang-fu Kidney and Bladder, the color grey and the emotion of fear. We are naturally led to adapt our rhythms to the lazy winter days; it’s harder to get out of the bed in the morning and we feel more tired in the evenings.

In order to warm up and to protect our Yang from the excessive numbness, the TCM recommends for this season a diet that mobilizes the QI and avoids stasis. Nature helps us for this with a wide spectrum of seasonal products, such as the vegetables of the family of Brassicacae. Colliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, radishes, horseradish and mustard-thanks to their spicy taste and thermic nature-sustain the energy of the Lung, harmonize the center and help digestion. Citrus fruits help us to dissolve tans (catarrh / mucus) and protect us from colds. Pears are perfect to nourish the Lung’s yin, as are dried fruits, which can also be a fantastic healthy and invigorating snack. Quinoa, wild rice, black beans and nuts are perfect to sustain the Kidney’s yang .

The best would be to kick off the day with a good, warm breakfast, then try to animateour meals with warming spices and herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper. Our advice is to drink hot beverages during the day, and to comfort ourselves in the evening  with a soup. And why not, also with a good glass of red wine…


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