Monday, December 16, 2013

TCM Nutrition, more tidbits for my December class

For my TCM Nutrition class I teach this December, 2013. 
Here are the references I mentioned.

The answer to what we should eat in 7 words, according to Michael Pollen, "Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly Plants,"  from his book, Food Rules:  An Eater's Manual.

Eating and Mindfulness
On eating and mindfulness, I referenced the local MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) class and Jon Kabat-Zinn's book or audiobook, Mindfulness for Beginners.  You can also see the related blogpost.
The DCoE blog also has a recent post on Mindfulness: "Benefits of Mindfulness" posted Oct. 30th, 2013.

Recipes and Cookbooks
For a great recipe for making bone soup/bone broth, see the Cooking Diva's page at from guestblogger Jessica Martens, "We are what we Eat, what does that make you?"

The cookbook with traditional cooking recipes I referenced was Nourishing Traditions (the cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats) by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.  The cookbook has recipes for soaking your grains and beans, fermenting vegetables (like making sauerkraut), a yogurt recipe, and sour pickle recipe.  It also has great recipes for making your own soup stocks.  My favorite breakfast recipe is in here, homemade Irish oatmeal, p. 455-457.  Behind the recipes, she writes a fair amount about the history of the traditional food preparation and some modern science connections on health benefits.

Thoughtful food consumption.  Eating well without breaking the bank
For more on making the most you have in your cupboard, fridge, and freezer, check out American Wasteland:  how America throws away nearly half of its food (and what we can do about it) by Jonathan Bloom.  For a quick reference, turn to p. 343-348, "Appendix A:  How to Avoid Waste and Save Money". 

The recent NPR stories I mentioned are:
"What Separates A Healthy and Unhealthy Diet?  Just $1.50 per day", NPR story by Maria Godoy, published 12/6/2013.
"How to Make Healthy Eating Easier on the Wallet?  Change the Calculation" hosted by David Green, May 17th, 2012.  This one has an audiofile.
"Man Cannot Live on Rice and Beans Alone (but many do)" by Sarah Zielinski posted May 2012 on NPR's The Salt

"5 Steps to Get the Most from Your Workout" by Emily Lesnak, ND, posted on Bastyr University's Health Tips Spotlight. 

My references on TCM Nutrition for the talk:  Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine:  the tx of Dx with TCM, vol. 2 Spleen and Stomach by Will Maclean and Jane Lyttleton

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