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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Not Your Best Friend's Diet

Western Diet and Chinese Food Therapy

I have never been much of a dieter, although there are times in my life when I probably should have.  There have, however, been times when I have tried tweaking my diet based on a friend’s recommendation or an article I have read, only to have it backfire. Either my digestion tanked, or my energy took a vacation, leaving me sluggish and tired.

This phenomenon seems to happen to many people. They read about a miracle food or foolproof diet, only to gain weight . . . → Read More: Not Your Best Friend’s Diet

Nine Fall Foods for Good Health

Chinese Food Therapy Minneapolis

I grew up on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. Looking out our front window gave us a view over the entire river valley, which on a clear day allowed us to see all the way to the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Behind our house was a large orchard, which rose even higher on our hill. It was planted mostly in apple trees, but also had peach and pear trees, and even pumpkins in the fall. For us kids, the orchard was a place to . . . → Read More: Nine Fall Foods for Good Health

The Tao of Gardening

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A couple of months ago our friends, Rick and Lisa, asked my husband and me if we would like to participate in a community garden with them. If we did so, it would bring the total number of people with experience growing vegetables to zero, but we liked the idea and decided to give it a try. The four of us met at our plot late in the spring to begin planning what we would grow, and over the next several weeks, we sowed . . . → Read More: The Tao of Gardening

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!

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