What kind of food do you crave in the Fall? I always love foods that are warming, a little bit spicy, and the smell and taste of cinnamon and butter with brown sugar!
Interestingly, according to the Chinese classical text the TangYe Jing, we should be eating more foods that are SOUR in flavor. SOUR? Think pickles! vinegar! fermented foods! and certain fruits like lemons…
“In the three months of summer there is an abundance of sunshine and rain. The heavenly energy descends, and the earthly energy rises. When these energies merge there is intercourse between heaven and earth. As a result, plants mature and animals, flowers and fruits appear abundant. One should refrain from anger and stay physically active…it is important to be happy and easygoing…so that the energy can flow freely and communicate between the external and internal. In this way illness can be averted in the fall.”– The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon of Medicine
One of my many classes in the Masters of Nutrition program at the National College of Natural Medicine specifically focuses on community non-profit organizations in Portland, Oregon.
Each week, a new speaker (usually the founder and mastermind of a local non-profit) comes to my classroom to present to us their work in the community. It is, needless to say, incredibly inspiring.
You lie on a warm table, in comfortable clothing, focusing in on your inner landscape. Your therapist will begin with gentle massage techniques, palpating and discovering the areas craving self-correction with you. A conversation begins between you, your therapist and your body. Your body’s reflexes are gently stimulated for self-correction in a way that supports your own healing mechanisms. Your body is stimulated using gentle comfortable positioning, brief compression and subtle contact. The result is seemingly effortless pain and tension relief, natural re-alignment, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being. You are empowered to participate in your own recovery, and through the process can begin to rediscover the ability to heal and restore comfort, ease and balance back into your body.