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|Posted on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 AM|
Are your current habits aligned with the current season? The days are gradually getting shorter and cooler and we’ve experience some rain which is typical for autumn.
May is the last month in autumn. As we start to move from autumn into the winter months, consider some practices to align with the seasonal changes, including:-
- deep breathing exercises, breathing in through the nose and out through the nose, breathing from the bottom of your lungs.
- mindfulness practices eg letting go of the old things, whether objects, emotions or old bad habits.
- keep up the sunshine, get a daily dose of vitamin D to enhance the immune system.
- get into those herbs you’ve planted during the previous seasons or herbal supplements. Immune stimulating herbs include elderberry, echinacea, astragalus, and andrographis.
- take time out and enjoy a cup of tea. Did you know white tea is higher in antioxidants than green tea?
- eat more astringent foods at this time, like - cranberries, pears, figs, beans, cauliflower (check out this month’s recipe), lentils, sauerkraut as well as packing in some pungent foods such as onion, garlic, pepper, tumeric, chillies and herbs.
- If your blood pressure allows (ie not high BP) allow some natural saltiness in the diet too eg nori rolls, miso soup, seaweed, anchovies.
- eat dark leafy greens (silverbeet, kale) added to any dish are always a good idea.
- need a sweet treat? try some stewed apples with cinnamon to regulate your hormones and boost mental health and your skin. Cinnamon has blood sugar regulating properties so this can benefit those with diabetes.
- boost your mood with some pumpkin which is plentiful during Autumn (check out last month’s recipe).
|Posted on March 3, 2021 at 6:45 PM|
Going through change can mean challenging times and may be somewhat difficult to navigate. During such times we may require support, so know that its ok to ask for help. Do what's possible, with what you have, with what you can give, with where you are at. You don't have a crystal ball. Just keep turning up. Focus on what you know and what you're grateful for when things feel overwhelming.
Make your decisions from a position of strength, not fear. You can't control everything, but you can choose how you respond to things that happen.
Keep up a daily practise of things that give you strength and hope. Things that make you feel better. Below are some suggestions:
|Posted on March 1, 2020 at 9:18 PM|
5 Top Tips for Achieving your Goals in 2020
1. Have audacious goals but…
· Unpack the goal. Break it down into do-able parts / stages. Break it down into at least five smaller, attainable goals. Record how you are going to feel having achieved the goal. Give the goal review checkpoints and due dates.
2. Track your goals…
· Have a system in place that reminds you how and when to check in on your goals. Use a system that works for you, that is simple. If this is on a blackboard next to the fridge or in your outlook calendar or on some fancy app, it doesn’t matter so long as you use it to have track and stay focused on your goals.
3. Celebrate the milestones…
· Milestone, target, deliverable… whatever you want to call it, whenever you’ve worked on your goal and progressed, celebrate the win. Give your self some high fives along the way.
4. Have support systems in place…
· Some days can be more challenging than others. Phone a friend or know what it is you will do when you are not coping or feel like giving up on your goal. Maybe have a shared goal with a mate and you can be achieving this together and encourage each other along the way.
5. Commit to the goal…
· … by sharing your goal with others. Put it in writing what it is you are setting out to achieve. Maybe share updates on your progress.
|Posted on March 3, 2019 at 11:52 PM|
Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn in Australia - March, April and May
For a lot of people, this is their favourite season of the year? Why?
Well, it is my favourite season, but I would say that given April is my birthday month. Then there's the fun of Easter. Plus, I really ejoy the cooler weather and snuggling up on the couch with Andrew.
The not-so-fun aspects of Autumn, however, include:
the days get shorter
the air is dryer making us susceptible to ills/symptoms with the seasonal changes
sore throats, dry noses, respiratory issues, dry skin, constipation, or even brittle hair during Autumn.
So, to get the most out of Autumn....
Our Ten Tips for Great Health during Autumn
So, we suggest to slow things down and enjoy some internal reflection. This season nurture yourself by eating the yummy seasonal foods and live in alignment with the natural elements. We hope these tips help you stay strong and healthy this Autumn.
Recipe – Roast Vege Soup
Recipe – Baked Pear / Apple
|Posted on May 1, 2018 at 7:37 AM|
Winter is on its way. Autumn may have had a bit of a false start but the Winter chill is now upon us…
Here are 5 key tips for Winter
1. Understand that you may have lower energy. We just don’t have as much energy in Winter as we do in Summer. Some clients feel more energized as they don’t have to battle the Summer heat but at the heart of it you have less energy.
2. Cut out the cold foods. Chinese Medicine never favours cold foods. As we transition to Winter it is critical not to indulge in cold foods such as ice cream and cold drinks.
3. Focus on nourishing, easy to digest foods. Bring on the soups – we just don’t digest as well in Winter as we do in Summer so cooking foods well takes some of the workload off your digestive system.
4. Sleep well. We need more sleep in Winter so earlier nights and later mornings.
5. Relax. As the change of season challenges your system it’s great to remember to look after yourself, schedule time out from work and enjoy being.
|Posted on March 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM|
In Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners long ago observed the relationship between the seasons and the conditions they would see in clients. This observation evolved into a system of advice for the seasons to support the specific needs associated with that season.
Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is related to the energy of the Lungs and Large Intestine.
How do you know if there is something going on with your Lungs and Large Intestine energy?
When the Lung and Large Intestines are impaired, ailments may include bronchitis, shortness of breath, cough, allergies, nasal congestion, emphysema, colds, sore throat, constipation, diarrhoea, spastic colon, and abdominal pain. These physical imbalances can then compound our emotions leading to depression, stubbornness (inability to “let go”), isolation, and negativity.
Things to do to support yourself in Autumn (and pep up your Lungs and Large Intestine)..
Other Suggestions for being in Harmony with Autumn
Take things one step at a time and remember to congratulate yourself when you finish things on your to do list.
Autumn is a great time to treat the Lung and Large Intestine energy as it is at it's peak at this time so come on in for some acupuncture if you'd like a Lung and Large Intestine pick me up.
|Posted on March 5, 2015 at 6:46 AM|
Welcome to Autumn!! Autumn, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is ruled by the “metal” element, characterised by contraction and transformation on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Autumn brings with it a desire to know who we are and to find value and meaning in what we do. The emotions associated with the metal element are grief, sadness, reflection and “letting go” like the trees letting go of their leaves.
Autumn is associated health problems in the lungs (e.g. allergies and asthma), and with the large intestines as well as skin disorders (e.g. eczema and psoriasis) and poor immunity. We suggest eating healthy seasonal foods and being aware of the nature of autumn.
A few considerations to ensure good health through autumn and into winter include: