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Different foods for different seasons

How do you eat for the seasons? Why should I try? Well, the Chinese philosophy is that human beings are part of nature and just like nature is affected by the changes that occur with the seasons (plants turn to seeds, bears hibernate, etc), humans are also affected by changes in nature. So, for optimal health, the theory is that you should eat foods that mirror or mimic what the outside world is doing.

In general, foods that are good for the springtime are warm and ascending sweet foods. In early Spring, add cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots and beets. As the weather changes, move onto mint, sweet rice, shitake mushrooms, peas, sunflower seeds, and pine nuts. In late spring, eat cherries (my personal favorite). Mung beans, green peas and green beans are green, the color of Spring, and they are also very good to eat during this season. Honey (Feng Mi) and peppermint tea (Bo He) is the perfect combination for Spring as it is gently warming helps the Liver to move Qi upwards.

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