Licensed Acupuncturist
Traditional Japanese & Chinese Medicine
Health & Wellness Educator
March 1, 2009

Spring is in the air! In five element thinking, Spring expresses the Wood element. Wood energy symbolizes coming out of the darkness and into new beginnings.

Want to harmonize with the season? Try these:

  • Open yourself to new possibilities
  • Practice generosity, even in this economy
  • Practice finding new connections with people at work and home
  • Start the day with a walk (feel Spring all around you!)

The environmental pathogen associated with Spring is Wind. (If you’ve lived here for a while, you might know this.) It’s often experienced as allergies, so start prevention now. Wear a light scarf. Use a neti pot regularly, even if you don’t have symptoms. It will give you a clearer head and more resistance to colds.

Getting Green for Spring

I say Spring, you say…. green! This is a great time to add fresh, leafy greens back into your diet.

Looking for some ideas? Check out a book I love by local author Victoria Boutenko – Green for Life. She has a great list of leafy greens readily available in Oregon, as well as many recipes for green smoothies (see below).

Greens include:

  • Flowers: broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, brussel sprouts. Dense in minerals, lots of yang energy.
  • Dark and leafy: arugula, beet greens, escarole, Kale, Romaine lettuce, spinach. High in amino acids, building blocks for proteins.
  • Weeds:  chickweed, dandelion, plantina, stinging nettles
  • Herbs:  basil, cilantro, Italian parsley, baby dill
  • Sprouts:  alfalfa, sunflower, broccoli

The Saturday Farmer’s Market begins March 21. It’s a great place to stock up on local greens.

Food as Medicine: Eat Your Greens

One of the easiest ways to get your greens – and enjoy them – is to blend them. Try this bright, beautiful smoothie even when a spring day turns gray.

Mango Spinach Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango (Trader Joes has great frozen mangoes)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ banana
  • 1-1.5 cups of warm water

1. Add mangoes to the blender. Pour warm to hot water over them to thaw them.

2. Add banana and spinach and blend for 1- 2 minutes.

3. If the smoothie is too cold, leave it out for a bit. This drink should be consumed cool, not cold, as cold food damages the Qi of your stomach.

4. Enjoy! And feel free to experiment by changing the greens and the frozen fruits.

Wishing you a fantastic, renewing Spring!


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