Are you feeling a little flat in energy but a little round in the middle? That’s no surprise for this time of year. We are in the dead of winter, our energy has travelled inward and we, like other creatures, must slow to rest and restore in preparation for the return of the light, the heat and growth that comes with the spring sun.
In Chinese Medicine this winter time relates to the bladder and kidney. They are the roots of the body, the dark, nourishing feminine which supports new growth to come. It is essential to keep these organs and meridians in flow as they regulate hormones, keep bones strong, balance moods, support metabolism and enable restful sleep. Every 7 years in a human a strong hormonal change occurs, beginning with loosing our babyteeth at 7 and puberty at 14 to perimenopause at 42 and menopause at 49. At these crucial pivot points it’s important to fuel our body in the right way. In the Japanese language there are no words for night sweats or hot flushes. They eat to support the kidney ensuring a smooth course through hormonal changes such as menopause and perimenopause.
This time of life is referred to in Chinese Medicine as the second spring. It is a chance to embrace a new vigour and juicyness without the responsibility of motherhood. The kidneys are in control of our Sexual health and by keeping these organs strong we can experience a rise in energy and a vibrancy in our libido. Sexual energy isn’t just about arousal, its about remaining curious, open and creative with life and what better place to start than in the kitchen.
So if you are experiencing symptoms of insomnia, mood swings, loss of libido, internal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes, changes in weight especially around the middle while your arms stay skinny, the good news is ……..you can change this without medication which can have side effects and create problems in the long run.
It is easier to make preparations in your late 30’s early 40’s rather than have to manage a problem that has already occurred. Adding ingredients such as miso, barley and a variety of seaweed can make a massive difference to strengthening the bodies ability to manage hormonal change. There are also definitely things to avoid such as coffee, sugar and too much stress. The body is already being flooded with fluctuating hormones so it’s best to avoid the production of more such as cortisol. Make like a tree and rest at this time. Lie like a rug in corpse pose, hibernate and restore so you can burst into your own second glorious spring.
Come and learn more in the Online Supported Programme – All the recipes are healthy and easy to incorporate at any time of life and the earlier you start the easier being a woman can be. The recipes and exercies will decrease period pain, improve heavy clotted mentrual blood, sore breasts, mood swings and fatigue so are great at anytime of life.
During the 6 week supported programme, I will cover specific points, demonstrate chi-gong and meridian stretches all to improve sexual health in the body. I will also show you how to prepare fantastically easy dishes that will add to your own culinary skills – this is ancient wisdom at work in a modern kitchen.
These programmes only run every so often and have a limited number of places so that I can give as much individual support as possible. You can ask for what you need and as this is a live course I can tailor lessons to include your requests. There’s an active facebook group where you can share recipes and experiences. The lessons are there to watch as many times as you like whenever you like. This is a course you can do in your pyjamas, at your own pace, in your own time even in your pyjamas.