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The Chinese five element system is an ancient way of looking at the human body, human personalities, the environment and much more. Wood, fire, earth, metal and water are viewed as the primary natural elements.

Below is a simple chart to give you an idea of natural cycles that the body and the emotions evolves through, during various phases in a twelve month period. Understanding how to approach the body’s phases with foods, herbs, essential oils, supplementation and lifestyle can lead to a more balanced healthier state of being.
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The Five Phases of the Seasons
SEASON
ORGAN
BODY SIGNALS
BODY CUES
Summer
FIRE ENERGY
Small Intestines
Heart
Over excitable
Can’t Relax
Self-Pity
Chronic Tension
High Blood Pressure
Chest Aching
Ache Between Shoulders
Red Complexion

Late Summer
SOIL ENERGY
Waning Energy
Spleen
Pancreas
Stomach
Mood Swings
Jealousy
Overly Sensitive
Anxious
Erratic Energy Levels
Binging on Sweets
Self-Pity
Belching

Fall
METAL ENERGY
Contraction Energy
Lungs
Large Intestines
Melancholy
Disinterested
Depression
Weary
Fatigue
Pale Complexion
Intestinal Issues
Sinuses/Phlegm

Winter
Water Energy
Quiet Energy
Kidneys
Bladder
Sexual Organs
Overwhelmed
Timid
Insecure
Fear
Frequent Pale Urine
Or Scant Dark Urine
Often Feel Cold
Lower back Ache

Spring
Wood/Tree Energy
Ascending Energy
Liver
Gallbladder
Anger
Domineering
Frustrated
Sensitive
Headaches
Irritated Eyes
Often Overeat
Restless 11am-2pm

Reference: Maria Low A.O., Steven Acuff, The Self-Healing Cookbook: Whole Foods to Balance Body, Mind & Moods by Kristina Turner, Ultimate Balance: Infusing the Vibrational Energy of Essential Oils into Chakras, Meridians and Organs

The natural cycles of the body and the emotions evolve seasonally through the year Being able to understand and approach the body’s phases with foods, herbs, essential oils, supplementation and lifestyle can lead to a healthier life.

Products to Help Balance the Five Seasons These Products can be found in my online shop. (Password JALMT) Always check with your physician or personal health provider to ensure these products are safe for you.

Heart/Small Intestine Support

Spleen/Pancreas/Stomach Support

Lungs/Large Intestine Support

Kidneys/Bladder/Sexual Organs

Liver/Gallbladder

 

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January is the time for endless New Year’s resolutions and pacts with oneself to improve this or change that. Businesses in the health and wellness industry experience a spike in sales as people attempt to change themselves “for the better.” Diets are a big portion of those sales, and we think that’s a shame.

Honestly, when I’m asked about diet, more often than not, my reply is, I’m not a dietician or a nutritionist, but I firmly believe in moderation. Portion control and not going overboard with any one thing but keeping things balanced is so much healthier than saying “I’m cutting out all of ___.” or “I’m only eating ___.” But I at the same time, I am also heavier than I have ever been in my life and weight is in fact one of my focuses for this new year, so maybe it is time to review my beliefs. 😉

Let’s face it, diets are a big portion of those sales. In this post, we’re going to talk about why we feel the last you need is a diet.

Changing your menu… often temporarily

More often than not a diet is a change in your menu and if you’ve ever attempted to change your eating habits you know it can be downright hard. If you’re not prepared or totally ready for the change, the upkeep of a diet can be too much and eventually you’ll fall off the wagon.

Not all diets are created equal

In fact, some diets are dangerous. Trends in the media would leave you to believe that what they are promoting is healthy and good for you, but if you read the fine (often barely seen) fine print in these ads you’ll find a disclaimer.

Diets are usually about restrictions and “can’t’s”

Your mindset when it comes to food can make or break a new habit. If you’re looking at all the things you can’t eat, it carries a negative feel. Restriction eventually turns to resentment and you’re back at square one. Often a lot poorer.  

Diets often don’t encompass your whole body

As stated earlier, diets primarily focuses on food. Food is vital for health and wellness, but you’re made up of so much more. What you should be focusing on is what makes you feel good. What foods make you feel foggy? Which ones give you energy? What activities do you enjoy the most? Self care goes beyond food. Buying clothes that fit your body, reading a good book and hanging out socially are all things you can do in addition to changing your eating habits. Even getting a massage is a good way to promote health and well being.

It’s tempting to fall into health traps around the new year. Consider the things that benefits your whole being and makes you happy – and go after that!