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Chushu eating tips

Source: Changjiang Weekly 08/24/2016 11:08:03

Duck and daikon soup

Chushu (处暑) period, the 14th of the 24 solar periods, started on August 23. In Chinese, chu (处) means "stop," and shu means "summer." The start of this period suggests that summer is coming to an end and that the intense heat of the previous period is fading away. As the season, temperature, and weather change, it is important to make adjustments to your diet. This article will introduce some tips for Chushu dining.

Drink soup to combat dryness

Pears and fritillaria soup

With autumn will come strong winds, which will leave the skin dry and itchy, lips cracked and chapped, and throats dry and scratchy. Chinese people believe that it is important to eat foods with moisturizing capabilities in order to rehydrate the body during this time of year.

Soups are perfectly therapeutic. Stewing ingredients make them tender and easier to digest. Stewing also allows the soup to absorb key nutrients from the ingredients, boosting soup's ability to renew yin energy.

Experts in traditional Chinese medicine believe that excessive heat inside the body is what causes discomfort during seasonal transitions. Soup prepared with cool, blander foods can reduce internal heat. Duck and daikon soup is a popular local dish. This soup is nutritious, and daikon is a watery vegetable which can effectively help the body combat dryness. For people who don't like daikon, seaweed is an acceptable replacement. If you have a sweet tooth, you can make sweet broth using pears and fritillaria. Pears are seasonal and taste best during August and September, and fritillaria is a type of plant which is often used in traditional Chinese medicine. This soup nourishes the lungs and eliminates dryness; it can help to prevent coughing caused by dryness in the throat and lungs. If you want, you can add a few spoons of honey to the soup. Not only does it improve the taste, but it also enhances the soothing nature of the soup.

Eat foods which facilitate digestion


The digestive system is fragile and is often disrupted by seasonal changes, especially the shift from summer to autumn. Nutrition experts encourage people to avoid eating cold foods, like watermelons, during this time of year; avoiding these foods will protect the spleen. People should avoid cold drinks and dishes. Taking in beverages and foods that are cold can cause you to lose your appetite, making the digestive system vulnerable to function disruptions and disorders.

Fresh seasonal vegetables are highly recommended. Adzuki beans and pumpkins are high in fiber and can improve gastrointestinal function, as well as support the spleen. Sour foods are also appropriate for this season, for they have the ability to stimulate the appetite. Seasonal sour foods, such as grapefruits, figs, grapes, and plums, are good choices. If you want, you can also season your dishes with vinegar instead of pungent spices.

Eat seasonal nuts


Autumn is the season for fresh nuts. Traditional Chinese medicine teaches people how to live in harmony with the seasons. Walnuts, chestnuts, and many other kinds of nuts are harvested around this time of year. As they are rich in minerals, acids, and energy, nuts make excellent dietary stabilizers. Roasted nuts are available at local supermarkets. You can also boil nuts in soup or cook them with meat dishes. Overweight people should, however, avoid nuts. Nuts are high in fat and starches and can increase internal body heat in people who are overweight.