The Midlife FoodieI love real, whole food, the stories about it, the people who produce it, the places it comes from and the way it brings people together. I am a food writer and educator (I also do copywriting on the side), I mother three millennials, I practice yoga and meditation, and, yes, cook a lot.
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What is your New Year’s Resolution? If it’s taking good care of yourself, read on because I’ve got some good advice for you. (And there’s a recipe, too.)
Because so many of us try to eat better this time of the year, I asked my friend Csilla Bischoff to write about winter wellness. When you look at Csilla, a holistic nutrition counselor, the words that come to mind are “shining health.” She walks the walk of living a wholesome, balanced life, and it shows. No wonder her business name is, appropriately, Shining Health.
I expected Csilla to write about winter detox and juicing, but Csilla surprised me with Black Foods. It turns out that the chinese medicine approach to winter is eating Black Food. Here is what Csilla has to say about it, and my recipe follows.
How to Nourish the Main Organs of the Winter Season
By Csilla Bischoff, Holistic Nutrition Counselor, Shining Health.
According to ancient Chinese Medicine, you achieve health when you live in balance with nature and the seasons. Winter is the time to slow down, to reflect, and to conserve your energy.
It is also time to pay a particular attention to the kidneys, the bladder, and the adrenal glands. This time of the year they are most active and accessible. They are also most receptive to nurturing and are quickly restored. On the flip side, this is the time when they can easily be depleted.
According to Chinese Medicine, kidney energy is incredibly important to our health. The kidneys govern our vital life-force energy. They hold the fire of life, our vitality. In a way, they are like batteries. Batteries that cannot be recharged.
Our body and mind pull from this reservoir whenever we are under stress. Whenever we eat inferior quality foods or whenever we make less-than-ideal lifestyle choices, every action we take draws on this source of power. So it’s your choice - exhaust it, or nurture it with the right foods and actions.
What can you do now to nourish your kidneys?
Black Rice and Black Lentils Mujaddara
photo, courtesy of Wikipedia
I adopted this recipe from the Jewish Food From Minsk to Marrakesh, a book I co-wrote with Janna Gur. You can also make it with brown rice and green lentils. The onions are optional, but they upgrade the dish from good to addictive.
2 cups brown lentils
2 cups black rice
Olive oil for frying
Three onions, chopped
One tablespoon ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Two onions, thinly sliced
1 cup olive oil for frying the onions.
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