About Lynn

lynn jaffeeLynn Jaffee is a licensed acupuncturist and the author of the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health, a clear and concise explanation of Chinese medicine for the lay person. She is co-author of the book, The BodyWise Woman, a personal health manual for physically active women and girls. Read more about Lynn...

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Don’t Know What to Eat? Here’s Help!

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About twenty years ago, I set out to lower my cholesterol by changing my diet. High cholesterol runs in my family, and I am no exception. My total cholesterol numbers would have every statin-carrying drug rep on the planet salivating, except that my HDL (the good stuff) is quite high and my ratios are very acceptable.

But two decades ago those numbers scared me, and so I set out to do something about it. I cut out fats of all kind, ate fewer calories, . . . → Read More: Don’t Know What to Eat? Here’s Help!

Chinese Medicine and Seven Things That Affect Your Weight

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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

Our Western Diet and Chinese Food Therapy

Western Diet and Chinese Food Therapy

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

Nine Things to Know About Sweets and Chinese Medicine

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When I think about the amount of sugar I ate as a kid, I am appalled. Every holiday was a love-fest of jelly beans, chocolate kisses, candy canes, and frosted cookies. At the time, we didn’t know any better, other than the fact that we were making our local dentist wealthy.

Now we know better, but unfortunately we eat far more sugar today than we did back then, both in the form of sweets and sugars hidden in foods that have no business sporting . . . → Read More: Nine Things to Know About Sweets and Chinese Medicine

The Nature of Alcohol in Chinese Medicine

The nature of alcohol in Chinese medicine

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