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May 14, 2015

 Spring is the perfect time of year to lighten up your cooking! An abundance of vegetables are starting to make their way to the farmer’s market. One of the most nutrient-dense vegetables is kale, and it’s dark leafy green friends. In the winter I tend to sauté kale in oil, but in the spring and summer I love to eat it “raw” in salad form, or sometimes in smoothies.


But kale is a thick, fiber-rich food, so those of us with bloating or poor digestion should be careful. I have some modificat...

March 10, 2015

Last week was still so cold. At the Farmer's Market, I purchased the following vegetables: potatoes, beets, cabbage, onions, rutabegas, leeks, turnips, and with much excitement the first of the non-root vegetables, kale!


Pretty quickly, our weather in the Northeast has shifted into springtime. There are bare legs and tshirts on the sidewalks now. I looked at all of the root vegetables and brassicas, which normally I would roast, and thought oh no, that sounds too heavy for this new warmer...

January 4, 2015

The last few editions of my newsletter have had a focus on food! In part because I really love to eat, and in part because many of my patients have asked for nutritional advice and recipes.


You might think that acupuncture has nothing to do with eating wisely, but nutrition is actually one of the “five branches” of Chinese Medicine. Chinese Physicians have traditionally offered treatment through these five modalities:


  • Acupuncture

  • Moxibustion (the burning of a Chinese herb on speci...

December 21, 2014


The associated “flavor” of Winter in Chinese Medicine is salt. Salt has a grounding and descending energy in the body. It helps move energy into your core and into the lower portion of your body, as is appropriate in winter. In Chinese medicine, winter is the season of "storage," the time of year in which we are focusing on consolidating and conserving our energy so that we can spring forth when springtime finally arrives again.


If you’ve ever heard someone referred to as the “salt of the...

December 19, 2014

Monica’s Magical Vegan Split Pea Soup with Miso


This is another version of the Warming Vegan Split Pea Miso Soup with Kale I posted about recently. 

I like to cook dishes from memory, and I enjoy improvising with whatever ingredients I have on hand. Below is my Monica-memory-version of how to cook this soup.


I like to keep it simple and not worry about measuring much. If that kind of thing makes you crazy, try the actual recipe with ingredient amounts before delving into the impromptu versi...

December 14, 2014

Winter is the perfect time to eat warm and warming foods that keep stress on your digestive system to a minimum. In the spirit of winter, I would love to offer you one of my favorite recipes for one of my favorite categories of food--soup! Soup is amazing! Warm soup is the right temperature for your stomach; it doesn’t tax your digestion or absorption, and it’s comforting and cozy too.


This recipe was given to me while I was in grad school in Maine studying English. I was new to Maine, and...

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