Where has my waist gone? I zip up my jeans and where I used to have nice curves, I now have something akin to a small souffle above my waistband. I won’t say muffin top, because the term conjures up something a little racy and care-free. I just have…a little something extra, where before there was a waistline.
It’s the rare person who doesn’t think about their weight, even in the small decisions such as a slight hesitation over that second margarita or whether . . . → Read More: Chinese Medicine and Seven Things That Affect Your Weight
During my first class in the study of Chinese medicine, I was told that the Chinese way of thinking was different from everything that I had grown up knowing. I was cautioned not to try to make sense of this new information from a Western perspective as it would only confuse me.
While I’ve been warned not to compare, the difference between the two cultures is readily apparent when we talk about food. It’s hard not to notice how differently we Westerners think about . . . → Read More: Our Western Diet and Chinese Food Therapy
I have had a number of memorable cocktails in my life. I cherish the memory of sipping a vodka gimlet while sitting on a deck overlooking Crater Lake. I can still taste the perfect margarita I had in Tucson, and treasure the afternoon spent in the Willamette Valley tasting pinot noirs at a small vineyard tucked in the countryside. While these moments may seem to be about the alcohol, they are really about celebrating fine moments.
As with most things, we are mixed in our . . . → Read More: The Nature of Alcohol in Chinese Medicine