October is here! Autumn is just around the corner. When seasons begin to shift, the energy in our bodies shifts as well. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that eating the appropriate foods for the season, and also the transition of seasons is important to maintain balance within the body.
Right now, we are shifting out of the Fire element, into the Metal element. We are in what is known as the in-between period of seasons. Listed below are the elements associated with the seasons:
That being said, now is a great time to be eating root veggies, yellow fruits and veggies, grains, and proteins that are light (meaning not high in fat). Oils and fats should be used sparingly during this time, and food should be mostly balanced in flavor and bland (not having an abundance of flavor (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter).
A person's constitution is also important to assess when figuring out what foods to eat or avoid--for example, if you tend towards being colder, you could try adding a bit of ginger; if you tend towards being warmer, you can try adding some bitter flavor.
Another way to do it is to listen to what your body is saying after eating. Ask questions like,
"Does it make me tired? groggy? energized? bloated? gassy?" and adjust accordingly :)
I hope everyone is doing okay out there! I hope to see you around soon. Take a look below at the news blurbs for Yoga and Acupuncture.
Ashley Gee, L.Ac.
A letter from Ashley:
It's been quite the year, hasn't it? I can't believe it's already almost September. The world has been changing quickly, right in front of our eyes, and for many, this has been very difficult to maneuver and adapt to. When everything first shut down, I remember feeling all kinds of feelings, such as dread, fear, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, disconnectedness, uncertainty, etc... I've had many conversations with friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers of the hardships, losses, and all that has come with the year 2020. There is nothing I can say or do to make it better, but I am always willing to be a sounding board for anyone who needs one. We have had not only deaths from the virus, but also many to suicide, due to not only the state of our world, but also to the unavailability of mental health care for struggling individuals. People have lost their insurance that gave them access to necessary medications, or lost access to their mental health providers and counselors, because jobs have been lost, and financially, people are scraping by. Even if you have a job, and are financially secure, you might be overworked, overstressed, and overtired. If you were dealing with a crisis or a difficulty before the shut downs, you are now dealing with all of that AND that crisis. Now, more than ever, we need our communities. Now, more than ever, it is important to reach out to our friends and family members. If you are struggling and do not know who to reach out to, reach out to me, and I will do my best to help, even if that just means listening and chatting for a while. I am not a licensed therapist, counselor, or psychologist, but I can point you in the direction of services for people in need.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or self harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
Ashley Gee, L.Ac.