From the Editor 编者的话
Summer is here, and so is all the abundance that Mother Nature provides during the Fire Season. Looking through my window I see the forest thick with growth, birds zipping back and forth from the feeder and the garden overflowing with delicious foods. Nature is truly spectacular, and to be a part of the interaction of so many life forms in perfect harmony is a great blessing.
Yet Nature also teaches us about bounty and balance by way of the foods we eat. The concept of “food as medicine” is gaining popularity once again and the trend to examine diet as a method of controlling, reversing and preventing disease is now an integral part of holistic medicine. Western trained physicians are looking at nutritionists to assist patients in obtaining long term results. It seems logical to many of us today, yet it took about 40 years for our society to return to the wisdom our grandparents taught us. Hopefully, we can pass this information on to our children and the future generations will be stronger and healthier than ever.
This issue of Yang-Sheng covers the important topic of “Food as Medicine” and within these pages there is plenty of great advice on how to eat well. The most important lesson our authors would like the reader to understand is based on the old saying “you are what you eat”. They openly encourage the reader to explore beyond the typical advice of eating more vegetables, moderating the sugars, and watching the quantity, and also bring in wisdom from Asian practices such as breaking the fast in the morning with warm broth or rice porridge. This type of recommendation addresses more than just the physiological need of nutrients and instead speaks to the multiple levels of human beings including what serves us best deep into our core, providing nourishment to our body and soul.
We invite you to sample the “menu” of articles and taste the recipes. Awaken your taste buds to the blossoming warmth of summer. Feel the Fire energy rising lifting the Heart to fullness. Express the Unconditional Love of the Fire element and enjoy the energy of transformation.
With much love and many blessings,
Christina Barea-Young, DP, MMQ