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Yanling Lee Johnson

Yanling has finished her translation of an ancient text by Wu Dao Zhenzi!
Read about this important book!

Read a special message from Yanling. Also, go to her Books page to read some excerpt from unpublished manuscripts.

Yanling was born in Beijing, China, and grew up in a “whole-person” healing culture, a culture of Daoism which supplies gentle spiritual nutrients to a person, much like gentle water carries nutrients to plants, but with no spiritual restraints.

Her childhood was enmeshed in Chinese Traditional Medicine, Qigong, and Tai Ji, which helped form her life-long interest in studying these disciplines and reading and translating the ancient Chinese classics. Her education embraced Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, which taught her to have faith in the self and gave her the ability to face both difficulties and pleasures “within and without” and encouraged her to pursue freedom.

Her vast personal knowledge of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine is the product of a lifetime of practice and study. She has also translated into English many ancient Chinese books on Qigong, healing, herbal medicine, and eating the Chinese way based on the seasons and your individual health needs. In an effort to share her knowledge, Yanling has written several books on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. These books are now available for purchase.

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Eating for the Seasons: Winter

During each season there are certain some foods that suit the season. Some foods play a leading role and other foods supplement these main foods, but the choices are yours to make. Here are some guidelines for eating for the season of Winter using Chinese eating principles.

During the three months of the Winter season, the yang energy conceals itself and all living things hibernate for this season. Our metabolism slows down and we consume less.

In the Chinese culture, this is the season to take in more nutrition and to eat foods that are more beneficial instead of relying on supplements or tonics to give us the extra nutrition we need.

Generally during this season, it is better to eat warm-natured food to avoid catching cold. Focus on eating more foods that build up the kidneys for the Winter. Eat a bit more rice, wheat, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. Also eat the appropriate amount of meat, such as lamb, beef, chicken, shrimp, oysters, clams, goat or pig liver, and eggs.

Eat more dark green vegetables, carrots, Chinese radish (either cooked or raw), Chinese cabbage (Napa cabbage), carrots, seaweeds, and dates.

You can also heat some spicy hot food to help relieve getting a chill.

Good soups to eat in winter are chestnuts added to duck soup or bone soup with vegetables.

All of these eating strategies and more can be found in Yanling’s books on Qi Energy in Foods.

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