Foods for the Winter

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 Winter.

Foods for Winter

01 General Principle

As practitioners of life cultivation, in the Winter, we mainly eat to invigorate the yang energy in our kidneys, and to dispel coldness from our body.
In addition, we also follow the general principle for foods in Autumn by eating foods that nourish the yin energy because both Autumn and Winter have dry weather.

02 Recommended nutrients

As far as nutrients are concerned, we eat foods that are high in protein and high-quality fat. We increase the intake of vitamins too.

03 Recommended foods

As practitioners of life cultivation, we will eat foods that will increase our energy, especially the yang energy. We go for foods such as beef, lamb, chicken, quail, eel, shrimp and mussels etc.

For vegetables, we will eat radish, potato, leeks, yams, cabbage, celery etc.

For foods that will nourish the yin energy, we will eat blackberries, longan (or dried guiyuan), walnut, soft-shelled turtle, black fungus etc.

04 Favorite dishes

01 Braised mutton with angelica root. Reputed to fortify energy and nourish blood, gently warming our inside and dispelling cold.

02 Astragalus stewed chicken. Reputed to fortify our energy, increase our yang energy, and improve our immune system.

03 Guiyuan steamed meat. Reputed to soothe our nerves and moisturize our lungs, especially for the elderly and the weak.

04 Codonopsis Braised Pork Ribs. Reputed to fortify our energy and blood, and to improve our general health.

05 Leek porridge. Reputed to fortify our kidneys, strengthen our yang energy, warm our spleen and fortify our stomach.

06 Braised dog meat with ginger. Reputed to warm our kidneys, dispel the cold weather, and strengthen our yang energy.

07 Wolfberry (goji berries) beef soup. Reputed to moisturize our yin energy, nourish our blood, and strengthen our spleen and stomach.

08 Cordyceps shark fin soup. Reputed to invigorate our kidneys and lungs, reduce hemorrhages and reduce the production of phlegm.

The dish is made with one black chicken, five pieces of shark fin, one piece of fish bubble, ten to fifteen pieces of cordyceps, plentiful goji berries, eight pieces of huaishan (dried Chinese yam), three pieces of ginger, seasoned with salt and cooking wine. Cook for 60 minutes.

09 Braised pork knuckle with yam. Reputed to nourish our spleen and stomach, and benefit our energy and blood.

10 Pork Lotus Seed and Gorgon Soup. Reputed to fortify our kidneys and spleen, calm our heart and nerves.

11 Braised chicken with yam and carrot. Reputed to benefit our energy and blood.

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