Greetings! Spring is here – Officially!

So where was our “typical” Black Hills winter? It felt almost non-existent, and that has been unsettling for many of us. We can still anticipate the weather swings usually associated with spring time ~ you know what I mean…fierce winds, lightening and thunderstorms and cloudy skies that hopefully bring gentle rain…we still might get a spring blizzard. Even though we had a relatively mild and warmer winter, many people still naturally used that season for rest and introspection; it may be a challenge to get moving again.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Exercise is an important way to boost your energy and keep your Qi flowing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tells us that settling into spring can be even more difficult if there is an imbalance in the Liver, which is responsible for the flow of Qi (Life Energy) throughout the body. An imbalance or lack of Qi can cause a whole range of emotional and physical symptoms such as anger, depression, mood swings, abdominal pain, menstrual problems and even allergies. If you suffer from any of these problems, then you are aware that they can be barriers to moving forward and living in harmony with the season.

The good news is that you can take charge of your health and kick-start your spring. Think about coming in for a visit and let’s work on addressing any underlying imbalances that might be affecting your energy levels. Let’s find ways to reduce any stressors that might be keeping you from feeling your best, and let’s make a plan to get moving!

Exercise is an important way to boost your energy and keep your Qi flowing, but please, remember to:

  • Take it slow, especially if you’ve not exercised much over the winter. Use common sense to avoid overdoing it and injuring yourself.
  • Set small goals like walking for 15 minutes daily. Set new goals as your fitness level improves.
  • Warm up before exercising and always remember to stretch.
  • Do something you enjoy so your workout doesn’t feel like work!

With a little planning and some assistance from TCM you can shake off the winter blahs and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of spring.

Foods for a Springtime Diet

Beans (Sprouted): Adzuki, Garbanzo, Fava, Lentils, Mung

Fruit: Avocados, Blackberries, Dates, Grapes, Grapefruit, Jicama, Lemons, Limes, Loquat, Olives, Oranges, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines

Grains (Sprouted): Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Rice, Rye, Wheat

Herbs: Anise, Basil, Bay leaf, Cardamom, Chickweed, Chicory, Chives, Cilantro, Cumin, Dandelion root, Dill, Fennel, Green Tea, Hawthorn berry, Marjoram, Milk thistle, Mint, Nettles, Parsley, Peppermint, Raspberry leaf, Rosemary, Rosehips, Sassafras

Seeds (Sprouted): Alfalfa, Clover, Sunflower

Vegetables: Alfalfa, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beets, Beet greens, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard greens, Comfrey, Dandelion, Fennel, Garlic, Green Onions, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Pickles, Radishes, Rhubarb, Scallions, Sorrel greens, Sauerkraut, Spinach, Sugar Peas, Watercress

You may recognize and already eat many of these foods, but some may be a culinary experiment for you. Take a chance and see if adding from these food groups broadens your taste and makes spring meals more interesting!

Make a simple salad more interesting — add strawberries! Click the image for an easy STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD recipie to get you going!

A Beneficial Seminar

I recently returned from a 3-day training session in Minneapolis that has infused me with so much excitement and lots of ideas to work with you in your quest to the best health possible! I spent hours exploring techniques to help with chronic and acute shoulder problems; how to help resolve the painful issue of endometriosis and other female internal health concerns; how tweaking food choices can really make a huge difference in our energy levels and bio-chemistry. It was wonderful to refresh my skills and learn new ones, and great to spend time with so many colleagues dedicated to serving their communities with integrity and compassion.

Upcoming Event

The Black Hills Wholistic Health Expo is April 28th and 29th at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. There will be dozens of practitioners and businesses gathered in one easy location, on the main floor across from the hockey arena. This year admission is free, so be sure to check out this fun event.
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Information on Liver Qi and spring time foods comes from “Health Well News,” and Acupuncture Media Works