Foods for the Autumn

马晓山

The seasons change in different ways throughout the year, and all things go through the growth and harvest stages. This is the principle of nature and we, as practitioners of life cultivation, go with the flow.

We live in an environment that witnesses seasonal changes. Therefore, we should live a life that is in harmony with Nature, and our foods and drinks and daily activities should follow the seasonal changes.

As practitioners of life cultivation, we follow the practice of four seasonal changes and five ways to enhance our lifestyle. Here are our diet plans for the Autumn.

01 General Principle

“Nourish Yin in Autumn and Winter. Focus on nourishing Yin and moistening Dryness. Increase consumption of sourness and eat less hot and spicy food. “

—–Huangdi Neijing

02 Required foods

01 It is warm and dry in early Autumn and cool and dry in late Autumn. We are advised to eat more tremella (fungus), pear, sesame, lotus root, honey, spinach, and dairy products.

02 We will eat porridge for breakfast to moisturize the body. We will increase consumption of sour food such as pickled food and vinegar.

03 Recommended foods

We are encouraged to eat fruits such as apples, olives, pomegranates, grapefruit, loquat, and grapes.

We are encouraged to eat vegetables such as malt, cabbage, spinach, wild rice stem, and water shield.

Recommended dishes

Soft-shelled turtle stew

A stew made of soft-shelled turtle, ginseng, and maidong (dwarf lilyturf tuber, Ophiopogonis Radix). Reputed to nourish yin and tonifying deficiency, benefiting the stomach and increasing the body fluid.

Shengdi porridge

A herbal porridge made of sheng di huang (unprocessed Rehmannia Root, unprocessed adhesive rehmannia root, radix Rehmanniae Recens) and white rice. Reputed to nourish yin and benefit the stomach, cool the blood and increase body fluid.

Tremella porridge

A porridge made of lean pork, tremella and white rice. Reputed to fortify the kidneys, nourish the body, nourish the yin and moisten the lungs.

Pork belly stew

A stew made of pork belly, ginseng hair, and wolfberry (goji berry). Reputed to fortify the kidneys and generally maintain the body.

Chestnut stew

A stew made of chicken and chestnuts. Reputed to invigorate the kidneys and spleen, and to strengthen the bone and body.

Steamed fish head

A dish made of steamed fish head and pepper grains. Reputed to lower the blood lipids, strengthen the brain, and has anti-aging properties.

Fish head soup

A soup made of fish head and tofu. Reputed to nourish the brain and increase longevity.

Lotus root soup

A soup made of shredded lotus root. Reputed to invigorate the spleen, increase the appetite, relieve cough and reduce phlegm.

Duck soup

A soup made of duck meat, winter melon and dried tangerine peel. Reputed to reduce Summer heat and invigorate the spleen.

Pine nut stew

A stew made of tofu and pine nuts. Reputed to reduce coughing and promote urination.

Lily porridge

A porridge made of lily bulb (fresh or dried), almond, and loquat. Reputed to nourish yin, reduce dryness, relieve cough and reduce phlegm

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