Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Energy

Spring Cleaning!  As the snow begins melting here in Vermont, the days lengthen, and it feels like we are waking from hibernation. A feeling of rebirth is taking over our beings! Spring cleaning is a popular project for our homes and as the Seasons change we need to consider preparing our bodies for these changes as well. 
In Chinese Medicine, Spring is wood or tree energy, rising upward. Picture the ground opening up and life beginning to sprout from it. This is when the Earth gives us it's new crisp greens to feast on. There are Upward growing leafy greens, Dandelion Greens, Leeks, Celery, Spring Onions, Baby Carrots, Micro Greens, Sprouts of all kinds. Spring has arrived and this is the perfect time to incorporating all of these fresh foods into our diets.
The organ pair connected to this season is Liver/Gallbladder. The taste associated with this season is Sour.  When you think of Sour taste what foods stand out for you? Lemons, Sauerkraut, Green Apples, Whole Barley, Oats, Wheat and Rye, Lentils, Chickpeas and Tempeh are all associated with Sour Taste, and will all support your Liver/Gallbladder toning and cleansing regime.
One of my favorite recipes and definitely worth considering as an addition to your Spring Cleansing regime is a Green Juice consisting of Kale, Green Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon and Ginger Root. It is really fresh, delicious and totally energizing! 
As I move forward in the next few weeks I will be sharing recipes and more Ideas to stimulate you senses. I hope this Season of Spring brings you renewed energy and Joy.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for all these suggestions for the Spring Cleanse -- just terrific!