In Chinese Medicine, there is a fifth season, the Late Summer. The spleen and stomach are ruled by Late Summer. Yang is receding and Yin starts its role of becoming the dominant energy. Yang has a fiery energy and Yin is a cooler energy. Enjoy the heat that August brings, eat your watermelon and cucumbers, but start to introduce mustard greens to keep that stomach fire burning as the weather shifts to cooler temperatures.
Earth is the element of Late Summer. The earth is giving us an abundance of vegetables and fruits. We may feel the need to eat all we can, but try and canning or pickling to store fresh foods for winter. Don’t fall let Earth’s energy become excessively lethargic and foggy. Try to start a meditation ritual that will keep your head clear during this transitional season.
A half cup of cooked Swiss chard provides a huge amount of both lutein and zeaxanthin. These plant chemicals, known as carotenoids, protect your retinas from the damage of aging, according to Harvard researchers. That’s because both nutrients, which are actually pigments, appear to accumulate in your retinas, where they absorb the type of shortwave light rays that can damage your eyes. So the more lutein and zeaxanthin you eat, the better your internal eye protection will be.
Are you up for a cooking challenge? This delicious chard recipe will feed your family for a few days. To get the recipe go to food52 page.
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