The Key to Balance LLC is committed to empowering others to transform their health through education, consultation, support and networking while promoting the physical, emotional and environmental benefits of following a seasonal, whole food plant-based diet.
Jeanne Tennis is a plant-based cooking consultant and five season, vegan chef.
Certified in macrobiotics, sustainable nutrition, plant-based nutrition and herbalism, Jeanne is a bold advocate with a fierce desire to help others. She strongly believes in the healing power of food, herbs and wild edibles having seen remarkable results both personally and in others.
Jeanne provides her clients with the most up-to-date recommendations for following a whole foods plant-based diet while interlacing ancient herbal, Ayurveda and macrobiotic wisdom and traditions.
Her clients are empowered to intuitively transform their own health beginning in their kitchens.
Jeanne's customized recommendations compliment her client's preferences and any MD or nutritional guidelines they may be following.
Clients benefit from personalized, confidential attention in an atmosphere of loving kindness with continued support and encouragement.
"Authentic self-care begins in the kitchen."
Embrace Late Summer!
During this beautiful time of year we honor our Mother Earth and the Earth energy in each of us. In this grounding and loving energy, we feel friendly, content, creative and strong when balanced. It is a time to continue our engagement with others, warmly supporting those we love and care for and nourishing our organs in focus.
This is the season of harmony, balance and stability.
Loving and nourishing self-care during this season will center you, connect you with this Earth element and leave you in a healthy state as we near the fall and winter months.
Late Summer is known as the Earth Element.
The shortest, and most often overlooked, of the five season cycle, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Earth is viewed as the center, or home, for all of the elements.
Our spleen, pancreas and stomach are the organs in focus.
The colors yellow, brown and beige and the sweet taste are associated with Earth energy.
Keeping our meals nourishing and simple, cleaning up clutter in our homes and yards and following a consistent daily schedule will help us feel balanced this season.
Cherish each and every moment
and enjoy your journey!
During the time period of late summer, we continue our focus on lighter and easy to digest meals made with seasonal produce and add small amounts of stabilizing grains and grain products, such as, rice,
sweet rice and corn.
Simple soups continue to be a delicious and efficient way to enjoy seasonal produce. Potato leek soup, pureed sweet potato soup, bean and chopped vegetable soups made with onions, carrots and cabbage are nourishing, tasty, sweet and easy. No recipe needed - simply use what you have on hand or find at the farmer's market and add your bean of choice.
Organic corn on the cob, corn tortillas and polenta are a seasonal treat this time of year as well. (Always purchase NonGMO/organic whenever possible.)
Foods with the sweet flavor/taste are believed to nourish our spleen, pancreas and stomach. However, this does NOT include sugar, refined products, oils, etc.
Health and balance can be achieved by choosing naturally sweet tasting foods, such as, the vegetables and grains noted.
Continue to enjoy those edible flowers while they remain in season for their beauty as garnishes and their vitamin
and mineral content.
Our drinks should be enjoyed room temperature or slightly warmed. Water is always the first choice for hydration.
Herbal teas prepared with fresh or dried holy basil, gardens mints, fresh anise hyssop and/or dried hibiscus are lovely this time of year and will keep us hydrated and refreshed.
(Photo: Holy (Tulsi) Basil and Calendula)
Late Summer is associated with feelings of harmony, unity, tranquility and balance. It is a flourishing time in nature's cycle as our crops burst with their seasonal gifts. Individuals who identify as Earth, or Soil, types are friendly, grounded, settled, hard-working, practical, responsible and supportive. They project happiness and confidence when balanced.
Imbalances in the Earth element may show in the form of anxiety, worry, disorder, muscle weakness, weak digestion, loose stools, lethargy, overeating and obesity.
As in past seasons, I recommend establishing, and continuing, a daily meditation practice. Literally just focusing on your breath when inhaling and exhaling can help you relax and center yourself. Ideally, find a quiet spot outdoors to meditate for a few minutes each day where you can sit on the bare ground and absorb the earth's energy.
While the sweet taste is in focus during the late summer, our spleen, pancreas and stomach benefit from naturally sweet plant foods (rather than sweetened processed foods).
Plan your meals around the seasonal produce that is abundant in our gardens and local farmer's markets, such as, yellow squashes, cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, onions, leeks, pumpkins, millet, amaranth, rice and barley.
Dark, leafy greens continue to top the nourishment list - always.
It is best to avoid raw, cold, overly sweet and mucus-forming foods during this season (and all year for that matter!)
(Photo: Steamed root vegetables)
Eating nourishing plant-based foods as provided by our Mother Earth, staying hydrated with warm or room temperature beverages and literally moving our physical bodies will prevent congestion and help us to harmonize with nature's seasonal energy.
Earth energy and our bodies benefit from balance, harmony and routine.
As I promote throughout the year, adopt the patterns of nature's daily and seasonal cycles for optimal health.
Establish consistent bedtime and waking times, take the time to meditate daily, enjoy early morning and post dinner walks.
Following a regular schedule that is lovingly customized by YOU and remaining physically active will support your body and overall health, boost your immune system, improve your mood and help you to enjoy the most of this grounding season.
Numerous studies show that getting more vegetables into our diets and avoiding processed foods can reduce our risks for heart disease, cancers and a host of other chronic illnesses. "Plant-based Diets" are everywhere. Consult with your healthcare professionals, doctors and dieticians to find the one that is right for you and your family members. There is a lot of information out there; however, you want to make smart choices based on your current medical condition, your medication regime, your constitution, your activity level and your personal goals.
Plant-based diets have been shown to lower blood sugar and ward off diabetes, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease and stoke, reduce excess weight, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk for certain cancers due to the anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and increased fiber content, reduce the risk for cataracts and macular degeneration due to the Vitamin A-rich foods and even lower your grocery bill.
Studies are showing that plant-based diets are not only improving people's physical health and reducing weight in those who are obese, they are also boosting emotional states, creating a sense of well-being and reducing episodes of depression.
Farmer's Markets, farm stands and gardens are in full swing here in the Northeast.
Enjoy your garden's bounty if you planted one and/or support your local farmers.
In the grocery store, focus on the Produce Department and avoid the middle aisles except when purchasing whole grains, such as, quinoa, rice, barley, amaranth, oat groats, buckwheat and beans, nuts, seeds and canned or jarred tomatoes and salsa.
Explore making bulk purchases of your family's favorite foods when they are on sale.
Plant-based, whole food diets are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and anti-inflammatory properties.
Antioxidants protect against damage at a cellular level where cancers and degenerative diseases begin.
Phytochemicals in the foods work alongside the antioxidants, boost protective enzymes and help your body remain healthy.
By following a whole food, plant-based diet including avoiding processed foods, animal foods and eating as seasonally and locally as possible, you can enjoy tremendous health benefits, reduce your carbon footprint and put an end to the needless suffering and killing of animals who live short, cruel lives when raised in animal agricultural settings.
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