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Mountain West Wellness Health Tips, Issue #026
November 27, 2014
Welcome and thanks in advance for reading our Autumn newsletter. We know that you are busy with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching so we will keep it short. We hope you enjoy this issue.
Thanksgiving Gift For YouWe want to take a moment and thank you for letting us serve you. Your trust means the world. At time when we all express gratitude for that which is important to us we say THANK YOU! And, Jack has put a small gift on his website for you. There is an audio meditation from a CD he made years ago and a copy of a patient oriented magazine about acupuncture. You can download it from the patient resources page at the link below. Enjoy!
Holiday Toy DriveDear Patients and Friends,
It’s holiday time and at Mountain West Wellness we like to celebrate this time of giving by sponsoring our annual toy drive. This will be our 6th year of participating in the Share-A-Gift Toy Drive which provides toys for low income children. Operating since 1972, this collection project serves over 600 families and approximately 2,000 children each year.
We will have a drop box here at the office beginning mid-November for new and gently used toys. The complete “wish list” of needed toys will be available at the clinic, but the requests include bicycles, books, games & puzzles, toddler toys, dolls & Barbie’s, action figures, and backpacks filled with school supplies.
To help out with this drive we have created a win-win situation to help everyone this season! We are asking for your support in the toy drive and we will pass the giving on to you and your family. Because you are very important to us and we greatly appreciate you recommending us to the people in your life we want to give you the opportunity to receive a gift as well.
Here is how it works: 1. You donate a toy to the drive and we will enter you in a drawing for a gift from our pool of wonderful gifts. There is everything from FREE office visits, massages, gift cards to local business, and more.
2. In exchange for your toy donation we will give you two gift cards to be used by anyone who is new to our clinic. The gift cards are valued at $100 and can be used to cover a first acupuncture treatment. The gift card will include a letter explaining it.
Autumn Food RecommendationsAccording to Traditional Chinese Medicine, one key to a long life is living in harmony with nature and the four seasons. All living things on earth, including humans, are influenced by environmental and seasonal changes. Each of the four seasons has its own individual characteristics and rhythms that affect not only the external world but our internal world as well. According to the Huang Di Nei Jing, a core text of medicine in China, “Spring gives birth, Summer grows, Autumn harvests, and Winter stores.” It is important to know that during each of the seasons our body is also “doing that season.”
Simply put, what is happening outside is also happening inside us. Autumn is the season when everything begins moving in a state of inward contraction. As the Harvest season indicates, autumn is the time when the last of the summer crops have reached maturity and are ready to be harvested. Trees begin to lose their leaves; plants cease to bloom and begin dying or go dormant. The bright sunlight of summer begins to wane and the days become shorter, the air crisper and dryer. This dryness effects us in many ways. As a clinician we see most illnesses that patients are suffering with in the autumn are aggravated by dryness.
One way that we can stay healthier in the autumn is to eat in balance with the Autumn. Nature does an amazing job of providing just the right types of food that correspond to our seasonal bodily needs and rhythms. In autumn, it is important to eat foods that moisten and nourish bodily fluids. In accordance with Yin energy, it is recommended to cook foods slowly and over low heat. This method protects the moisture in the food. Soups and stews are good this time of year, for they are warming, nutritious, and easily digested.
Autumn recommended foods include:
Apples, pears, grapes, persimmons, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, artichokes, leeks, mushrooms, clams, crab, oysters, mussels, scallops, salmon, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, duck, pheasant, rabbit, venison, wild turkey.
Eat sour flavors as they help stimulate fluid production, including:
Sauerkraut, sourdough breads, pickles, olives, vinegar, yogurt, lemons, adzuki beans, cheeses and green apples.
Finally, Eat fewer bitter foods to protect the lungs and prevent excess fluid loss.
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