Author: Sarah Z

Salted kumquats

Salted kumquats

Kumquat is excellent for moving qi in the chest and stomach, clearing stagnation that causes coughing, likely with some phlegm, and improving a poor appetite. Obviously these qualities make kumquats really good to have on hand with a respiratory pandemic going around – not as some miracle cure, but as a small balm for the 85% of those who catch it, but will be fortunate enough to weather their illness at home.

Eating for Respiratory Health

Eating for Respiratory Health

Years from now I hope we’ll all look back on the great quarantine staycation of 2020 with nostalgic memories of how we learned to do more with less, turn our social networks into circles of mutual aid and concern, and catch up on sleep and cuddle-naps with family in a time of social distancing. But that is then. And this is now. And its panic-fucking-weirdos-hoarding-basic-necessities go time, fam.

Eating for Digestive Health

Eating for Digestive Health

General Principles of Happy Digestion in CM: Warm and well-cooked dishes: think soups, porridge, oatmeal “Warm” here means two things, actually: the physical temperature a food is served at, and also its thermal nature. Things like ginger and garlic are warm-hot in nature, regardless of…

Understanding and Preventing Covid-19 in CM

Understanding and Preventing Covid-19 in CM

In CM, diseases may arise from internal or external causes. Internal causes include things like overstaying one’s welcome in an emotion, over or under eating, or preexisting organ or channel dysfunction. These tend to be long-standing disharmonies in comparison with shorter-lived exterior conditions, but, they…

Dance Yourself Sane

Dance Yourself Sane

Music creates mood. We may think of this as recent knowledge; for instance, I came of age singing En Vogue’s “Free your mind… and the rest will follow.” Later, when I moved from gateway genres like hip-hop and R&B straight into the hard stuff (disco,…

Organization and Procrastination

Organization and Procrastination

[This timely hottake on being the most organized, on top of your shit you in the new year is coming straight at you from the archives of my old website. I wrote it in January of 2015, while I was working several “gig-economy” acu jobs,…

Saucy cucumber side-salad*

Saucy cucumber side-salad*

*This is actually a Chinese dish called liangban huanggua 涼拌黃瓜, which more literally translates to “cucumbers [tossed] in cold sauce.” But although the dish is best served cold, its nature is downright firey. Spicy. Saucy, even, because this dish can and will sass you back…

On barriers of access to healthy eating

On barriers of access to healthy eating

Issues of Poverty and Access: One of the many problems with dispensing nutritional advice, in this or any forum, is the issue of access: to fresh vegetables and quality ingredients, to a clean and well equipped cooking space, and most importantly, to time, as this…

Vocabulary: a starter pack

Vocabulary: a starter pack

One of my three loyal readers messaged me yesterday to ask what I mean when I say “tonification.” Knowing that this particular reader has a master’s degree that involved reading a ton of critical theory (i.e. more or less obscure German and French language philosophy…

Cold bean salad

Cold bean salad

Sometimes it’s simply too hot for cooking, but you need something more substantial than cold cereal, or hummus and carrots, or whatever else your “too hot/lazy for fire” go-to meal is. Enter the cold bean salad, or as some people call it, “cowboy caviar.” Fuck…