How to Apply Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to our Everyday Life

It is actually very simple and based on common sense. According to TCM each season is associated to an element: water, fire, earth, wind or metal. Each of these elements is supported by two organs that are closely related. We are still in the winter. Its related element is the water and supporting organs: the kidneys and urinary bladder. Eating according to the season also means nourishing these two organs that are vulnerable at this time of the year. This is important as the water element strongly influences:

–        Our bones, especially those of our knees, low back and teeth;

–        Our ears and earing

–        Our hairs on the head

–        Our hormones and premature aging

An excellent way to nourish your water element is in the winter to regularly eat warm stews and soups. Here is a recipe of my favorite lentil soup. You could replace the lentils by any beans that you like. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

–        1 bag of dry lentils

–        1 big onion

–        4/5 cloves of garlic

–        Herbs de Provence (thyme, laurel, lavender, marjoram) + fresh parsley

–        1 big carrot

–        2/3 celery branches

–        1 big tomato

–        Miso paste, pepper to taste

–        Olive oil

–        Chicken or vegetable broth quart

–        Turmeric and cilantro –to add at the end if you like the taste. Not necessary

Directions:

  1. In pressure cooker, sauté the onion, carrot, celery and garlic with a little olive oil.
  2. Mix about a tablespoon of miso with some chicken broth
  3. Add the lentils to the onion mix + Tomato + full 1.5 liter of chicken broth + miso/chicken broth mixture
  4. Add the herbs the Provence to taste
  5. Make sure that the lentils are well covered with liquid as otherwise they could burn during process.
  6. Cover pressure cooker and let cook at low temperature until you can hear the pressure. Then turn off heat and let the pot sit of about an hour.
  7. Soup is ready to eat. You could add a little of turmeric and cilantro in your plate.
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