One of the tenets of Chinese medicine is to live in harmony with the natural world, which includes eating with the seasons. This means eating warm, hearty, whole foods during the winter months. Foods such as yams, squash, beans, lentils, lean meats, and cooked greens are ideal for cold weather. Warming spices are likewise recommended to keep your internal "fire" burning warm and bright. Such spices include cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
Popular meals incorporating these ingredients include chili, roasted root veggies, squash soup, vegetable stew, and lentil or split pea soup. Slow cookers or crock pots are ideal for creating nutritious winter meals with minimal prep time.
Ask for specific recommendations at your next acupuncture appointment to incorporate food as medicine and part of your health plan.