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Soup: Winter's Salad

As the weather turns colder it's increasingly important to heed Chinese medicine's wisdom around food--particularly if your digestion is less than robust. For many, my most important piece of advice this time of year is to reduce the intake of cold, raw foods. People look at me when I make this suggestion, shocked and confused. "But what about my salad?!" they cry! "Salad" has become synonymous with "healthy," and many of my patients are loathe to give it up. To their cries I answer: "Soup!" Think of soup as winter's salad; this is one of my favorite soup cookbooks.

Soup: Winter's Salad, ATX Acupuncture in Portland, ME

Rebecca Katz does a wonderful job showcasing simple, tasty, deeply nourishing soups without falling prey to nutritional hype. I cook her stocks in large batches and freeze them to have on the ready. This time of year I usually spend Sundays with a pot on the stove, cooking two soups for the week: one to serve as or supplement lunches and dinners, and one blended soup for a quick but nutritious--and *warm*-- breakfast when I'm on the go.  (Those 7:30am appointments come early, folks!)  

My latest favorite is her Very Gingery and Garlicky Chicken Soup, made with her Old-Fashioned Chicken Stock I had stored up in the chest freezer:

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If you suspect your digestion is less optimal than it could be, be sure to reach out to the clinic. After years of working through the lens of Chinese medicine, it *still* surprises me how often minor tweaks to a person's food choices or eating routine can exact major changes in digestive health. If your issue turns out to be more complex, a series of acupuncture treatments and/or herbal medicine may be just the ticket to get you on track. In any case, reach out--we're here to help!