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Jan 14

Why Eat Warm Food When Its Cold

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by drwhittle No Comments

why eat warm foodOn a very warm day, asphalt will heat up. If there is a big patch of asphalt, like a mall parking lot, a large bubble of heat will form and then escape, pushing hot air up towards the sky. In micrometeorology, this is known as a thermal, or a column of hot air. When that hot air reaches the cold air of higher altitudes, big cumulus clouds are created that can turn into thunder storms. The stronger and larger the thermal, the more weather that is created.

Why I am telling you all this? Because a human body is a part of nature. We have the forces of heat and cold working in the body. A balanced human being will be neither too cold or too hot, but often we get symptoms. For instance a patient will tell me that they are always cold and that their hands and feet get cold easily. Or someone will tell me that they flush easily, feel hot and wake up at night sweating. They could even manifest both symptoms of cold and heat!

Acupuncture is the process of bringing the body’s “weather patterns” into balance. Acupuncture helps warm the body if it is too cold, and it helps clear heat if it is too hot.

Why Eat Warm Food?

So to assist in the healing process, and to maintain health, it is very important to work in harmony with the body and the seasons by drinking warm beverages, eating soups and warm foods in the winter time.

Raw foods like salads are best for summer and warmer times, while warm and gently cooked foods are best for winter…so thousands of years of Chinese dietary therapy teaches us.

To learn five healthy breakfast ideas, click here to read the article and get the recipes.

Nov 19

5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by drwhittle No Comments

healthy breakfast ideasHealthy breakfast ideas are central to living a healthy life and to starting your day with focus, energy and enthusiasm.

In most cases, the Chinese medicine practitioner recommends eating warm foods and some protein first thing in the morning. The best hours to eat are between 7am and 9am when the spleen, pancreas and stomach energies are functioning at their maximum.

If you have any other healthy breakfast ideas you would like to share please email me at

5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas:

1. Whole oats oatmeal with ghee and raisins and walnuts

a. Bob’s Red Mill is my personal favorite. Cook oatmeal to desired consistency then add in whole raisins, chopped walnuts or other fruit, seeds or nuts as desired. Ghee (clarified butter) is also an option.

2. Room temperature or warm Greek yogurt and a banana

a. Simply eat yogurt and banana separately or blend together for a smoothie like treat.

3. 2 egg whites and some lightly steamed spinach

4. Room temperature or warm plain kefir smoothie with blueberries
Options for kefir smoothie:

a. Add teaspoon of local raw honey
b. Add 2 scoops whey protein powder (to purchase the best whey protein available go here)
c. Add one ripe banana

5.Healthy Waffles or Pancakes

Mix the following ingredients:

1/4 cup Buckwheat Flour

3/4 cups Brown Rice Flour

2/3 cups distilled water

Pour mixture onto a hot waffle iron or skillet that has been lightly oiled with extra virgin olive oil. Cook about three minutes or until light brown. Remove and top with a small amount of pure maple syrup or molasses, or top a puree of your favorite fruit.


a. Add 1/4 cup of Buckwheat Grouts
b. Or add chopped almonds for added texture.

I hope you enjoy and find these recipe ideas helpful.
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