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I'm an acupuncturist, teacher, fertility specialist, patient centered advocate, mom, activist and more! This blog is a place for me to write down the things on my mind, the things I discuss over and over, and the things I find helpful, interesting, and inspiring all in the hope that someone else out there, maybe YOU, will find some of these things to be helpful, interesting and inspiring too. I love learning, I love sharing, and I am passionate about helping others lead more balanced, fertile, and healthy lives - while trying to do the same myself. So here goes... The Blogging Life...


Brrrrr! Foods to warm up with

Seems like another lifetime when I was writing about using foods to stay cool in the summer heat

And now, here we are on a day when the high is below zero!  Gotta love that Minnesotan weather and the pride that comes with knowing how amazingly adaptive we can be... body mind AND spirit (I think weather this cold definitely affects them all!).

I rode the bus into the office today, (thankful I live on a bus line!) after my car decided it was too cold to want to leave the garage.  And although I'm still thawing, I must say, I feel a sense of accomplishment and even IF I don't accomplish another thing today, I am glad for opportunities to be shaken up and pulled out of my comfort zone (in small doses!)

It also made me think about all the foods that are warming and good to heat up with.  So check out the chart one more time... only pay attention to the warming foods today.  You'll be helping your body navigate this chilly chilly weather with a bit more grace, so even if your car doesn't start and your toes feel like icicles, you'll have something to focus on being proactive and adventurous with!


Garlic, Scallion
Bell pepper, chives, green beans, kale, leek, mustard green, onion, parsley, parsnip
Chard, lettuce, shitake mushroom, sweet potato, taro root, yam
Alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, beet, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, potato, pumpkin, spinach, turnip, zucchini

Chinese cabbage, mung bean sprout, seaweed, snow pea, water chestnut, white mushroom

Cherry, Chinese prune, coconut, dried papaya, grape, litchi, pineapple, plum, raspberry, tangerine

Dates, loquat, mango, olive, 
Apple, apricot, fig, lemon, orange, peach,      
persimmon, strawberry, tomato
Banana, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mulberry, pear, pear-apple, watermelon

Oats, sweet rice, wheat bran, wheat germ
Buckwheat, brown & white rice, corn meal, rice bran, rye

Millet, pearl barley, white rice, wheat

beans, brown sesame seeds, chestnut, lentil, pine nuts, walnuts
Almond, adzuki bean, black sesame, filbert, kidney bean, lotus seed, peanuts, peas, sunflower seed

Mung bean, soy bean, tofu, minter melon seed
Pumpkin seed
Beef, chicken, freshwater fish, shrimp, turkey

Ocean fish, gelatin, oysters
Chicken egg, clam, crab
Black pepper, cinnamon, dry 
Anise, basil, cardamom, carob, 
clove, coriander, fennel, fresh ginger

Licorice, lycii, poria mushroom
corn silk, mint leaf
Bamboo, cassia, chrysanthemum, mulberry leaf, lily bulb

Brown sugar, coffee, molasses, rice vinegar, wine
Malt, honey
Salt, vitamin c, white sugar

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