A Winter inspired newsletter with tips to stay healthy, happy and in balance during this time of the year. 
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Hi  <<First Name>>, 

I am in awe of this year’s winter. After the thread of powerful storms we’ve had here in New England, I can’t help but wonder - is Mother Nature trying to send us a message? And if so, what could she be telling us? I think she may be (not so gently) reminding us all to slow down. For me, there is something really beautiful about the collective pause winter storms bring. I've been trying to make the best of it and I hope you have too. 

Below you'll find an inspiring list of ways to make the best of this slow time of year, some delicious food suggestions to keep you deeply nourished and some other goodies. I hope you enjoy it! 

Wishing you all a restful and restorative winter, 

See you soon! 

With love,

In order to survive the winter many animals hibernate. Perennial plants are dormant. The trees have dropped their leaves in order to conserve water and energy. Nature exists in a state of nonresistance. It never stops flowing and always moves at its own pace. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) reflects an innate connection to nature with each season presenting opportunities for transformation, healing and growth. The Winter season allows for deeper introspection and nourishment, so that our seeds and intentions can develop internally before they blossom in the spring. 

Here are some practices and ideas to help you stay in balance by joining the winter’s pace: 

Conserve your energy and get more sleep - According to TCM, it is completely normal to have less energy in the winter. Why else would some creatures hibernate? So don’t worry if you’re feeling more tired than usual. Since we can’t crawl into a cave and hibernate until the snow melts, we must remember to conserve our energy and get more sleep. Shoot for 8-9 hours each night. Trust me, you’ll feel the difference! 

Attitude of Gratitude - Actively practicing gratitude is a powerful tool to keep our mind focused on the positives and make us happier (click here for some proof). Keep a gratitude journal next to your bed and every night take a moment to write down 3 things that filled you with joy and gratitude that day. It’ll transform the way you look at the world! 

Go outside! Even if it’s cold, even if it’s snowing, go outside for at least 20 minutes each day. Don’t be a wimp and tell me it’s too cold ;) Layer up and go play in the snow. Channel that inner-child snow-day excitement! Go sledding with your kids or just go for a walk around the neighborhood. Our bodies and spirits need that fresh air and sun light all year round.

Make the best of your time at home - write a letter to a friend who you miss, reorganize your closet, sort and purge your junk drawer, work on a puzzle, try your hand at a time consuming recipe you would never have time to prepare if you weren’t snowed in, snuggle up with a good book. Do what makes you feel good. 

Eat warming foods - In TCM, foods have thermal qualities. In the winter, our bodies need a little help to keep us warm from the inside out. Here is a list of foods that will help you stay warm from head to toe- cinnamon, ginger, red chili, basil, anise, cardamon, chicken, chives, coconut, fennel seeds, garlic, lamb, leek, lobster, mussels, orange peel, parsnip, quinoa, rosemary. So roast a chicken with some garlic and rosemary and enjoy it with some parsnip mash… Yum! 

Don’t forget to Move - motivation to exercise hits an all time low when in order to go outside you have to dress like you’re going on an arctic expedition and your couch never looked so comfortable. Trust me, I understand. But it’s important to remind ourselves that movement is a great way to lift our spirits and feel more energized. Do this 7 minute workout, try a new yoga class, dust off your cross country skis or strap on some snow shoes to take advantage of the 17 feet of snow ;) 

“There is no bad weather, just bad clothes”  - I heard this Swedish saying on NPR the other day and loved it! Staying warm can truly change the way you experience winter. So dress in layers, avoid cotton as much as possible, keep your neck warm with a scarf, apply hot packs to your lower back and abdomen to help keep your core warm, drink warm beverages throughout the day, and my personal favorite... take a BUBBLE BATH! 

So stay warm, grateful and nourished, and try to give yourself the extra time and space to slow down and rest in this profound season of stillness. 

In Acupuncture theory, humans are regarded as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Weather and climate of the seasons factor significantly into acupuncture diagnoses and treatment plans.

The Winter is the Water Phase of the year in Chinese Medicine. The Water phase relates to our Kidneys and Bladder. This cold, contracted and more passive time of year can be challenging for many of us and can give rise to certain signs and symptoms: 

+  Have you been experiencing low back and knee pain? 
+ Is your libido low?
+ Are you feeling more anxious than usual? 
+ Have you been experiencing tinnitus or other ear issues? 
+ Is your urination out-of-whack? 
+ Have you found yourself experiencing a heightened awareness of fearful and paranoid thoughts? 

All of these signs and symptoms are common during this time of year, especially for those of us with Kidney imbalances. Click here if you’d like to learn more about the Kidneys according to TCM.

Back and shoulders sore from shoveling? 

Come by for a treatment, I’d love to give you a tune-up so that you can feel great and make the most of the season! 

Click here to Schedule your appointment online
or call/text  781 608 8777. 

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results” - Jack Dixon

“Change is inevitable. Progress is optional” - Tony Robbins 

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” - Brian Trac


Eating with the seasons is delicious and one the best things you can do  for yourself to stay healthy and in balance all year round. 

Foods that benefit us the most in the winter are foods that nourish the Kidney Energy which is at it’s most fragile state this time of year. 

seaweed         black sesame        barley    
black beans       
bone broth    
goats milk      mulberry            oysters         pork              quinoa            eggs       
kidney beans                  
miso               walnuts
meats cooked on the bone         lamb


Recommendations from Manuela’s Kitchen: 

+ Quinoa, veggie and egg bowl with tamari dressing & black sesame seeds 
+ Spicy Black Bean Soup 
+ Black pepper crusted Pork Loin 
+ Oysters on the half-shell 
+ Miso Soup with tofu and seaweed 
+ Mulberries and Walnuts as a snack 
+ Braised Lamb Shanks with Moroccan Spices 

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