Benefits of Watermelon in Summer

One of our favorite treats in summer is watermelon. Good reason. The first time I visited China it was hot early June and cut watermelon was everywhere. It’s a great way to cool us down internally when it’s hot & steamy outside. Chinese Medicine Nutrition: Benefits of Watermelon Watermelon is a useful medicinal food in the summer, especially for those … Continue reading

Congee – Chinese Rice Porridge for Health & Well Being

Congee (pronounced KON gee), also known as jook or juk, is a classic Chinese breakfast dish; I like to think of it as the Chinese version of oat meal and more. It can also be used during convalescence from illness or during acute diseases. It’s a very nourishing and easily digestible food which can help enhance immunity, strengthen digestion and … Continue reading

Water – How much do we need?

Many of us have wholeheartedly accepted the idea that we need to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day for good health.  A good look at Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Western medicine theories will all reveal this thought for just what it is – a myth.  For years we have also been told that drinking caffeinated beverages doesn’t … Continue reading

Chicken Soup

Many cultures see chicken soup as a nurturing food to help heal everything from the flu or a cold to restoring health post-partum.  I see chicken soup as a collage that is endlessly changing each time I make it – lots of colors and options; have fun and experiment as you make it. The making is part of the healing. You can … Continue reading