Happy Monday! I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and goodness.
As we all know, Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to eat. So just what beneficial things are you doing for your health when you sit down and eat all those traditional foods? Let’s find out!
Turkey- a good tonic for your digestive energy
If you have ham instead- ham produces fluids and quiets rebellious qi
oysters- are a blood tonic
walnuts- lubricate the intestines
chestnuts- circulate blood and can help stop bleeding
figs- are good for the stomach
mandarin oranges- are slightly diuretic, they lubricate the lungs, help relieve coughs and transform phlegm
apples-produce fluids, they also lubricate the lungs, as well as increase digestion
pears- clear heat and lubricate dryness
persimmons- tonify qi, blood and yin. They quench thirst and lubricate the lungs.
butter- is a yang, qi and blood tonic
whole wheat- a great tonic for your energetic kidneys
squash-circulates the blood, decreases inflammation, helps to relieve pain and is a digestive energy, qi and blood tonic.
asparagus- clears heat and fire, and dries damp to name a few of its benefits.
spinach- tonifies qi and blood, clears heat
egg- is a good blood tonic
string beans- tonify qi, blood and yin
corn- is a diuretic
peas- descend rebellious qi, act as a diuretic and help promote bowel movements
pepper- helps warm the interior
garlic- circulates qi and blood, warms the middle
cloves- warm the interior
nutmeg-circulates blood and warms the interior
rosemary- is calming and moves blood
carrots- dry dampness
pumpkin- a qi and blood tonic and dries damp
sweet potato- a blood and yin tonic
celery-clears heat, dries damp, calms
Of course this isn’t a complete list but hopefully it gets everyone thinking about the variety of ingredients found in a Thanksgiving meal and how each bite can do good work for you.
And remember, always make good food choices reflecting your unique food/health needs