Dear Pet Parent,
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) seasons and seasonal changes are extremely important for proper Qi "Chi" flow through the body. In the cooler seasons we want to bring yin and yang inward and in the warmer seasons, we want to bring yin and yang outward.
However, in the south, winters may vary. Just this past week we had nights in the 30’s, while seeing daytime temperatures reach the mid 60's.
These quick fluctuations in temperature and climate negatively affect the yin and yang balance in the body. Therefore, it is best to feed foods that nourish yin and anchor yang deep within the body during this time of year.
The foods recommended for this season nourish the kidneys, adrenal glands, bones (including teeth) and marrow. In TCM, the kidneys are the ROOT OF LIFE. If we want to reduce the effects of aging, we must begin here.
Think of foods that are naturally grown in this season - squashes, potatoes, root vegetables, winter greens, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, apples and pears. It is best to prepare these vegetables as stews or soups using a stock base, specifically bone broth. It is also recommended to add a small amount of sea salt. Salt has a sinking action and will help guide the food inward to nourish the kidneys. I notice my desire for salty foods
increases with the cold weather.
Many articles are written about bone broth and feeding it regularly. While we do believe bone broth is extremely beneficial for your pet, this is the BEST time to make it. Remember, there is a season for everything.
Here is one easy BONE BROTH RECIPE that I have been using for over 10 years.