Spring and the Wood Element

Spring is the Beginning of the Yang Cycle and Brings the Energy of the Wood Element.

The days are getting longer, and it’s the beginning of the yang cycle, which means more daylight and warmer weather. It’s time to increase activity and exercise, decrease food intake and eat more raw foods, spend more time outdoors, and plant the garden. It’s also a great time to begin a detoxification cleanse to Spring-clean the body.

This is the time of the Wood element, which encompasses movement, growth, expansion, action and creativity. As winter fades away, preparation begins for the warmer months ahead. It is a time of change and possibility, as energy emerges from hibernation. This is a good time to focus on achieving goals.

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Bok Choy Stir Fry

A Seasonal Recipe for the Metal Element.

Autumn is the time of year to eat less cold and raw food, and to integrate warmer heartier foods such as roots, meats, stir-fries, and soups. Adding in a bit more salt and moderate amounts of spices like onions, garlic, ginger, lemon juice and mustard can be highly beneficial to the body. Here is a metal element recipe for the autumn season, which can be modified accordingly to fit your preferences:

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