January 20th is “Major Cold”，this is the last Solar Term of the 24 Solar Terms. Major Cold means the weather is extremely cold. After this Solar Term, a new cycle of 24 Solar Terms will start over with “Spring Begins”.
Major Cold is the coldest time of the year, preventing cold and protecting yang is the top priority. “Small cold and big cold, no wind is also cold”. During this Solar Term, the climate is cold and dry, and the temperature difference varies greatly. Many people will suffer from respiratory diseases such as colds and coughs, which will induce the recurrence of chronic lung diseases (asthma). Therefore, during this period, traditional Chinese medicine practitioner suggest that the focus should be on warming the yang, dispelling the cold, and strengthening the body.
适宜吃什么 Major Cold Diet:
Major Cold diet should focus on regulating qi and blood, strengthening liver and kidney and nourishing yang. Choice of food for daily diet can be pork, beef, mutton, chicken, shrimp, yam, quail, cabbage, carrots, walnut, sesame, milk, etc.
禁忌吃什么 Food to avoid:
During Major Cold, it is not advisable to consume cold nature Chinese herbal medicines, such as honeysuckle, chrysanthemum, locust flower, mint, dendrobium, etc. Do not overeat raw or cold foods, such as duck eggs, duck blood, snails, crabs, bananas, persimmons, grapefruit, watermelon, pears, bitter gourd, winter gourd, water chestnuts, mung beans, kelp, green tea, etc.
药食同源的日常膳食方案 Daily dietary plan for the same source of medicine and food:
当归羊肉汤 Chinese Angelica Mutton Soup
20 grams of Chinese Angelica, 30 grams of ginger, and 500 grams of mutton. Stew for 1-2 hours, and season with salt. This soup has the effect of nourishing qi, nourishing blood, and warming the kidney.
山药老母鸡汤 Chinese Yam Chicken Soup
Half an old hen, 250 grams of Chinese yam, 120 grams of carrots, appropriate amount of onion and ginger, cook the casserole over low heat for about 1.5 hours, and add an appropriate amount of salt for seasoning. This soup has the effect of invigorating the spleen and appetizing, nourishing yang qi.
香蕉百合银耳汤 Banana Dried Lily White Fungus Soup
15 grams of dried white fungus, 120 grams of fresh lily bulb, 2 bananas, 5 grams of goji berries.
Soak dried white fungus in water for 2 hours, remove the old stems and impurities, tear them into small florets, add 4 cups of water, steam them in a steamer for half an hour, and take them out for later use. Fresh lilies are peeled and washed to remove the old stalks. Wash and peel the bananas and cut them into 0.3 cm slices. Put all the ingredients into the stew pot, add seasonings and steam in the steamer for half an hour. White fungus can enhance immunity, lily nourishes yin and moistens the lungs, and banana has the effect of invigorating the intestines.
Above three soups are most suitable for people with qi deficiency and yang deficiency constitution. People with yin deficiency constitution can add fungus, lily, etc. to the soup, which not only strengthens and protects yang qi, but also replenishes yin liquid to prevent easily getting internal body heated. People with qi deficiency an add tangerine peel and rose to cook together, which can achieve the effect of regulating qi and soothing liver. For people with allergies, adding an appropriate amount of reishi (lingzhi) can invigorate qi and resist allergies and improve immunity.
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