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 five season vegan chef, certified macrobiotic health coach, plant-based cooking consultant, certified herbalist, organic gardener and 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, Ayurvedic and macrobiotic wisdom and traditions.
Her clients are empowered to 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.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) notes that the five seasons, five energies and five elements represent life’s cyclical nature in all things. By identifying and acknowledging the energies associated with each season and nourishing the organs associated with each element, we are able to support our physical and emotional health
Each season and element has at least two bodily organs associated with it.
Autumn's Organs: Lungs & Large Intestines (Includes skin, nose, sinuses)
During the autumn months, nature performs releasing as do our bodies in the form of expelling toxins through our respiratory and intestinal systems in a process of purification and protection.
Emotionally, we release what no longer serves us, letting go of toxic thoughts and patterns and focus inward for strength and protection. Our bodies continually work to release toxins through our large intestines, skin and respiratory tracts and autumn is the time of year when imbalances may present themselves and/or symptoms may worsen if these organs are not healthy. When these organs are balanced, we experience a smooth transition of releasing and letting go in preparation for winter.
If our organs are imbalanced and we are in a compromised immune state, we are susceptible to illness and suffer from symptoms of unproductive discharge and emotional grief. Many people suffer from asthma, coughs, colds, sinus infections, skin eruptions, depression, gas and constipation at this time of year. If we are in a state of imbalance during autumn, we may suffer from episodes of crying, sadness, confusion, defensiveness, grief, self-abuse and stubbornness.
By planning our meals around the Six Tastes with a focus on the three tastes of Pungent, Bitter and Astringent, which correspond to the Metal/Air Element, we set the stage for optimal immunity during Autumn.
The six tastes are Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter, Pungent and Astringent.
Whole, and minimally processed, foods possessing these tastes are rich in vitamins and minerals and nourish our bodies.
When we take the time to plan our meals and seasonal dishes using the six tastes we feel more satisfied.
Continue using all six tastes in your cooking; however, be certain to include the three tastes associated with this season.
You'll note that seasonal foods easily found this time of year are rich in these three flavors.
Pungent: peppers, ginger, radishes, mustard, cloves, basil, nutmeg, garlic, coffee, cayenne, marjoram, thyme, parsley
Bitter: green & yellow vegetables, turmeric, dark leafy greens, tea, almonds, eggplant, sesame seed, aloe vera, rosemary
Astringent: cranberries, tea, beans, lentils, pomegranates, kale, collards, apples, sea veggies, carrots, dill, mushrooms, tofu, split peas, most nuts, zucchini, turmeric, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, buckwheat, celery, cilantro, corn, mung beans
Choose seasonal fruits and local root and round vegetables along with dark leafy greens, grains (rice, barley, oats, buckwheat) and beans: apples, pears, plums, raspberries, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, squashes, pumpkin, sweet potato, Brussel sprouts, collards, kale, carrots, radish, onions, beets, turnips, gingerroot, garlic, split peas and mushrooms.
Chili and curry dishes support the respiratory system while garlic, turmeric and ginger help to boost our immune systems.
Stay hydrated and sip warm water, apple cider, warm gingerroot tea and hot herbal teas in between meals
Add Dry Brushing to your daily personal hygiene routine. Dry brushing serves to shed dead, dried skin from your body thus assisting with the discharging of toxins. It also improves your circulation.
Sesame oil is recommended following dry brushing to moisturize your skin. (USE CAUTION TO AVOID SLIPS AND FALLS.)
Autumn is the time of year to stay warm by having a scarf on hand and layers of clothing ready for the cooler temperatures Take the time to quiet your mind each day, reflect on all that you’ve accomplished during this past year, on what has served you well and on what may no longer serve you and needs to be released.
Autumn should be a beautiful reflective period of time to savor all that is good in our lives while setting the stage for a healthy transition into winter.
Wishing you all peace, joy and good health - today and always, in loving kindness.
Free consultations are scheduled in my office at the Bridge Healing Arts Center or at a mutually agreed upon alternate site.
The Bridge Healing Arts Center, D411, 304 Main St, Farmington, Connecticut 06032, United States
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