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As the holidays approach ... here’s a simple, balanced recipe to try out that will help you get in touch with what a balanced Five Element meal tastes and feels like.

I encourage you to think about what you eat—become more aware of the ingredients in the meal and whether or not the tastes are balanced.

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Beet Soup Recipe


  • 3-4 medium sized beets, scrubbed and diced (skin may be left on, if desired)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon oil, preferably unseasoned sesame oil or extra-virgin olive
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon miso, medium salty type like brown rice miso (optional)
  • 3-4 Beet greens (or other leafy greens — like chard or kale), washed and chopped

How To Prepare

  • Put the diced beets in the water and bring to a simmer.
  • While the water is heating, saute the diced shallot in oil over medium heat until transparent.
  • Add shallot to simmering beets and water.
  • Cook until beets are tender, about 10 minutes — fork tines pass through easily.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the beets and shallot to desired consistency.
  • Add the chopped greens and simmer until tender about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and salt to taste. If using the miso, spoon out one ladle-full of hot liquid into a small bowl with miso and mix until it is a smooth paste.
  • Stir miso paste into soup and serve.

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Healthy Eating—The Five Element Way ... An Online Course
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Healthy Eating: The Five Element Way—Phone Seminar: Session One

How To Protect and Strengthen Your Lungs In Autumn

Japanese woodblock print of forest and mountains

Dancing gold
The forest rustles
Alive with surrendering leaves
— Lao Xian

Fall is the time of year when the Lungs and immune system are working hard to help your body adapt to the changing weather.

Working together, your body’s organs are a networked system that receives, transforms and transmits energy. A balanced system is a healthy system, and in Autumn, you want to make sure that your Lungs get tuned-up. Oriental Medicine does that.

Lungs Are Most Sensitive In Autumn

The Lungs are the focal point of your body’s energy network in Autumn. So now is the time to do some very simple things that will protect your Lungs from the forces that cause cold and flu, by preparing them to deal with the dampness and cold that come with Autumn and Winter.

Five Ways To PROTECT Your Lungs

  • Use a scarf or collar to cover the front and back of your neck when you go outside.
  • Avoid drafts and wind.
  • Wear a dust mask, or other cover, when working around dust, spores or other airborne contaminants.
  • Use Chinese medical herb formulas, or other internal protection, to guard against colds, flu and other contagious illnesses.
  • Be mindful of any intuitive insights you may have regarding your health.

Five Ways To STRENGTHEN Your Lungs

  • Eat foods that nourish the Lungs. These include: daikon radish, lotus root, maiitake mushrooms, and Chinese herb formulas.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Reduce and keep stress low. (Easier said than done ... but doable.)
  • Pace yourself. Make sure to save some of your energy.
  • Begin developing—or maintain—an inner practice  like meditation or deep breathing to help your body relax and rejuvenate.

So, as the days continue to shorten and the nights get longer, remember to slow down to match the deepening  of the seasonal energy. 

Conserve and enjoy!

Weathering The Seasons: Late Summer—Early Fall

Autumn Road

We know about seasonal energy from a common-sense point of view.

We know when to take out and put away our seasonal clothing. We know about spring cleaning. We know about winterizing our homes and cars. But we don’t normally connect our body’s needs to the season, except when it gets too hot or too cold.

By paying attention to seasonal energy, you can have more personal energy year-round—while greatly reducing your vulnerability to colds, flu and other seasonal discomforts.

Your Body In Late Summer and Autumn

Of all the seasonal changes of the year, the change from Summer-to-Autumn is the most complex, because there are more energy interactions occurring than usual.

Late Summer has a combined effect on your body’s Heart, Digestive, and Lung energies. With all these energies swirling around, it’s a challenging time for our bodies.

Rebuild Heart and Kidney Energy

Beginning to rebuild Heart and Kidney energy now is also important because their strength gets depleted over the course of the Summer. Hot weather puts a lot of stress on the Heart and Kidneys. So to the extent you’ve experienced very hot weather over the Summer, to that extent your Heart and Kidney energy has been depleted and needs to be replenished.

Swirling Energy

Late Summer is primarily the time of the digestive energy, so your Pancreas, Stomach and digestive absorption are the focus of the body’s attention now. And by the time we arrive at mid-September, the focus will shift again; at that time it will be to the Lungs.

So while the digestive system generally needs a boost at the end of each season, this is especially important at the end of Late Summer because your body needs to be as able as possible to digest and absorb nutrients as it prepares for Autumn and Winter.

Swirling Energy

When Autumn arrives, your Lungs will be doing the heavy lifting, so their energy needs to be kept in balance to ward off invasions of colds and flu. 

Oriental Medicine can help ...

Swirling Energy

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