Seasonal transitions can put extra stress on the body. One week it is 20 degrees outside, the next week it is back up to 55 degrees. Warm, cold and back to warm again can make the body and mind go -blech. And your stress load? Well, it just packs more in there trying to keep up and regulate your temperature. This is one of the reasons we practice Qigong. It takes charge of easy, smooth transitions. Change. We are changing every day anyway, so why not condition the body to a smoother way of changing? When we practice the forms and move, front back, side, side, up, down, angle to angle, always changing to the opposite direction, then we are creating space in the body for easy adaptation to external changes. External conditions mean the outside stuff that happens to us every day: work, play, talk, argue, sleep, walk, run, the sun, the rain, the wind, all of it. You might begin to notice that your day activities "flow" into one another. How does this happen? How do I know that Qigong practice is "working"? Here are some things to look for: 1. You have greater focus and know what to do next, each activity blends into the next. 2. Your body tells you when to slow down, when to speed up, without thinking about it. Without thinking I need an afternoon caffeine fix to keep going. 3. With the practice of Qigong you conserve energy, then you have energy by mid afternoon. 4. You still have a calm reserve of energy at the end of the day. Not "wired". 5. Your body tells you - I need a walk, AND, you go do it! Without thinking about it so much, without analyzing do I have time or no.

FOOD AS MEDICINE 1. Eat fat every morning, egg, flax oil, olive oil, sausage (mix your oil in a protein for a complete food the body recognizes and can digest easily). This is Soooooo Important, especially for your brain function and for your hormone ratios. READ: Fat is Where its At. 2. Follow the cycle of tides and water your Kidney energy every afternoon between 3 and 5 PM. Drink most of your days water at this time: 5-6 cups here. 3. Eat root veggies: beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, turnips, etc. Boil em, mash em with butter for extra fat and water content. 4. Eat a bit of protein before going to bed: a handful of nuts, a bit of yoghurt, a piece of turkey, even an egg. This will keep your blood sugar stable all night and not wake you up around 3-4 AM. 5. Got loose joints? Loose skin? Sagging bits? Add collagen as a mid morning or late afternoon snack. It 's kinda an icky thing to drink, but you can just plug your nose, then down the hatch! Then follow with a small grapefruit juice chaser. The vitamin C in the grapefruit juice will enhance protein absorption. I like Great Lakes brand, it is a good source. You can find it local in Boise. 6. Please, NO cold smoothies for breakfast, its wintertime, eat warm, cooked food to start your day. You will stay full and warm longer. 7. Drink very hot water throughout the day, this helps to rid the body of Murky Qi- you know, that concept we talk about in class all the time. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

GOOD READS The Web That Has No Weaver Understanding and Theory of Chinese Medicine for Health and Well-Being. This book syncs the understanding of Western and Eastern medicine. The Great Stillness Explains the Water Method of Taoist Meditation. The Living I Ching The I Ching is also called the Book of Changes. This book explains how to use the ancient wisdom to help shape your life.

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