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Mountain West Wellness Health Tips, Issue #021
June 05, 2013
Hello to you all. Summer is just about to start and I am sure you are planning your vacations, getting outside, and having lots of fun. Our late winter made it a welcome site. Finally we are sending you the latest issue of our Health Tips Newsletter. It is small this time and won't take much time to read. It has a great summer salad recipe that will help keep you cool, the announcement of a couple of classes, and a special thank you to all of our patients! Enjoy
Referral Thank You Gift This MonthWe are constantly amazed at how supportive you all are of our clinic and with the trust that you place on us for the health of you and your family. You all are consistently sending in your friends and family members into the clinic when they are in need and we want to say thank you. Jack really does no marketing and has mainly built his clinic by "word of mouth" and integrity in the way he treats people. As a thank you we have decided to make June a "Thank You Month" by offering you all a gift. It is simply this, when you refer someone during the month of June we will give you a gift. It works like this: refer someone you know who could use acupuncture or herbal medicine to the clinic. Once they have come in for their appointment we will give you a $20 gift card to Whole Foods.
Summer Time Watermelon SaladIt’s summertime again and you know what that means? Fresh fruits and vegetables, farmer’s markets and BBQ’s!
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the summer season is the best time to focus on supporting and nurturing the heart. During the summer the focus is on eating foods that are bright in color and higher in water content such as, avocados, tomatoes, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe and raspberries. These foods serve to keep our bodies cool and moisturized. Watermelon itself is a very cooling food. In China we used to jokingly call it Chinese Air-conditioning.
A basic rule of thumb is to eat foods that are in season, and in the summer our focus should be on eating foods that are “light”. While this is BBQ season with hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, and ribs being the central focus of many cookouts, try and limit, or substitute these “heavier” foods for salmon, chicken or grilled vegetables. Include lots of raw fruits and berries, vegetables, lettuce salads and fresh herbs into your summer diet.
Thankfully, we live in an area that has wonderful farmer’s markets making local produce readily available. Do your heart a favor and take advantage of the fresh and healthy offerings.
To kick off your summer cooking, we found a recipe that we thought you might enjoy.
Tomato-Watermelon Salad with Feta and toasted Almonds 6 to 8 Servings
8 cups 1 1/4-inch chunks seedless watermelon. Can use both red and yellow watermelon
3 pounds ripe tomatoes (preferably heirloom) in assorted colors, cored, cut into 1 ¼ inch chunks – 6 cups
1 teaspoon (or more) fleur de sel or coarse kosher salt
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped assorted fresh herbs (such as dill, basil and mint)
6 cups fresh arugula leaves or small watercress sprigs
1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 5 ounces)
½ cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
Combine melon and tomatoes in large bowl. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon fleur de sel and toss to blend; let stand 15 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons oil, vinegar and herbs to melon mixture. Season to taste with pepper and more salt, if desired. Toss arugula in medium bowl with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Divide arugula among plates. Top with melon salad; sprinkle with feta cheese and toasted almonds and serve.
Centering Techniques ClassUpdate your meditation space with some new perspectives on your personal energy. We’ll learn some fun ways to look at meditation and your quiet space within, and give you back some mastery over all the energies that are swirling around in your world. Have fun and tweak your chi! Saturday June 29, 1 - 2:30 pm $25 donation Taught by Lynn Swearingen
Lynn is a teacher at Psychic Horizons Center in Boulder, and the center would like to offer clients of Mountain West Wellness a $25 discount on a class or workshop. See what's happening at www.psychichorizonscenter.org , or call 303-440-7171.
July Qigong Meditation Class with Jack
Would you like to actually learn how to meditate? As part of our ongoing qigong class series Jack will be teaching a short workshop in July on basic meditation methods. Many of us have read books about meditation or tried to make up a meditation practice on our own, often with poor results.
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