No iced water, no salads? Why on earth not? This is the difference betwene the chinese medical and western diet. Chinese medicine recommends eating warming foods that are slightly cooked. This makes sense, as our stomachs are indeed a warm environment. Cold foods shock our system and cause unnecessary effort from the digestive system. This energy, instead of breaking down raw foods would be better put to use for controlling other health conditions.
Poached pear porridge is a perfect warming breakfast recipe for nourishing our lungs, stomachs and kidneys. It is specifically good for menopause, coughs, skin conditions and digestive issues.
POACHED PEAR PORRIDGE:
7- 9 am on the chinese organ clock is the time that the stomach energy peaks. It is the best time to eat a hearty meal. The common chinese saying states:
‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.’
Oats and shredded coconut are full of fibre. They are harder to digest and thus best consumed when the stomach energy is high, in the morning.
Pears in china are classified as medicinal foods. This means they are less like a herb in that they are not prescribed by practitioners; however, they have stronger effects on health than normal foods. Pears are a great way to provide nourishment and fluids to our body. They are particularly useful in the autumn to moisten our lungs and skin.
Walnuts are used to strengthen the kidneys.
Cinnamon is used to warm the digestive process and stimulate movement and circulation.
In a saucepan, cover the oats in water. Add 1 chopped pear (often without skin makes for a smoother consistency, however less nutrition). Cook into a porridge mixture.
Add sultanas, a little cinnamon and a sprinkle of coconut powder.
When mixed together and in porridge consistency. Spoon into bowl and top with chopped walnuts.
- Add some honey if you wish to sweeten the porridge naturally
- Add shredded coconut
- Try a small teaspoon of natural greek yogurt on top.
- Add almond milk if a smoother runnier texture is required.