November 6, 2022
【#24節氣 – 立冬】
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Today marks beginning of winter and it’s the first solar term of winter. The weather is cold, everything is hidden, the human body is also adapting to nature and metabolism is relatively slower, so the main point of healthy living is to nourish yin and protect yang. At this time, you should move less. You can also enjoy the sunlight to raise yang qi, go to bed early and get up late, to consume less qi and sweat less. Get some easy exercise such as jogging, stretching or static yoga.
There’s often the saying that you should have more tonic food in winter to strengthen your body. However, Hong Kong has a southern climate. Although it has reached the beginning of winter, it has not turned cold. It is more suitable to nourish our spleen and stomach before eating tonic food. We can moderately consume coix seeds, Chinese yam, sweet potato and warm congee. Also, we can consume foods that are good for essence and kidney such as black sesame seeds, chestnuts, walnuts, etc.
Healthy living during Beginning of Winter Solar Term:
“Nourish yin and protect yang qi. Nourish the kidneys and preserve vital energy.
Pumpkin: replenishes vital energy and strengthens qi, detoxifies and relieves swelling, and moistens the lungs. It has healing effects to relieve asthma and decrease phlegm.
Chestnut: nourishes the spleen and strengthens the stomach. Replenishes the kidneys and strengthens muscles.
Chestnut sweet soup with Pumpkin and Rice
Effects: Nourishes the spleen, regulates qi and replenishes kidney. Helps warm up in winter.
Ingredients: 100g pumpkin, 100g peeled chestnut, 400ml plant milk, 1 pack of dusk rice water powder, rock sugar to taste
1. Rinse all ingredients. Peel and seed the pumpkin and slice into pieces.
2. Steam pumpkin and chestnuts until cooked. Combine cooked pumpkin and chestnuts with plant milk in a blender, blend until smooth.
3. Combine chestnut paste with 1 pack of dusk rice water powder. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Add rock sugar and cook until dissolved.
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