Rituals are sacred.
There is something to be said about finding a routine for yourself that works. We are all creatures of habit and not only do routines help us develop some consistency in our daily lives, it also helps free up some space in our brains, so we can process more advanced intellectual information!
BREAKFAST: steel cut oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, oatmilk, 1 banana, and 2 spoons of almond butter
LUNCH:brown basmati rice cooked in ghee, turmeric, and black pepper. Arugula hummus and falafel. Topped with toasted pumpkin seeds
+TCM TIP: Having a larger lunch means you have energy to go about your day, and you will train your body to spend most of its time digesting during the middle of the day.
SNACK: white ear fungus mushroom soup, date, goji. I make a batch of this ahead of time and store it in a 1 L mason jar. Then I scoop out a portion and add some warm water and honey to it to bring it to room temps
DINNER:Steamed white fish, a side of salad with pine nuts olives and cucumber
EXCERCISE: Power Yoga.
Stretching has been one of the most important things that has been keeping me sane this month. With the workload piling up, I know my hips are collecting more and more tension daily. I spend at least 30 minutes 2-3 evenings a week stretching my hip-flexors, my back, and trying various breathing excercises to restore some flow to my body.
What are some of your routines this Month?
My earliest memories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in the living room of my childhood home, where my dad, Dr. Sun, held his first Acupuncture space. At a young age, I saw the myriad of herbs he would pull together for his patients. Our basement was an apothecary, our kitchen filled with my pieces from my Operator set, and the living room served patients. After immigrating to New York City from Shanghai in the 1970s, my parents, like many other immigrants of New York, left everything they ever knew, to build a brand new life from scratch.
As a first generation American-born-Chinese kid growing up in NYC, it was hard to understand why my parents didn't pack me Capri-suns and Fig Newtons in my lunchbox. Instead of letting me wear short-shorts and slurp Ralph's Italian ices all Summer long, I was taught to always drinking warm water no matter what, make sure my feet were never freezing cold, and to listen to my body and treat it well.
While having practiced Chinese Medicine for a lifetime with my dad, it wasn't until a few years ago that I truly started to feel like I wanted to step into this world and be a champion of this beautiful, complex, and deeply connected world of ancient healing and wisdom. My friends and family were all beginning to seek holistic and alternative forms of health, and they would come to me and I would send them to my dad.
My turning point came when I saw the wellness industry seem to explode with all sorts of Qi Balancing, Yin Boosting, He Shou Wu touting products for this-that-and the other. Appalled by the lack of direction consumers face today in navigating "what wellness products should I take and why", I felt the need to step up and bring clear and medically supported guidance in navigating the natural way to being well.
I am making a step towards building a lineage of Traditional Healers and continuing the legacy that my dad, Dr. Sun, has created. This is inspired by a life long learning of my own culture and heritage that came thousands of years before me. And together we will learn, appreciate, and share the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Welcome to a world of inspiration: here to teach you how to listen to your body, feed it what it needs, and give you the tools to understand how to rebalance the yin to your yang with everyday foods.
Modern Chinese Wellness, from my family to yours.
- Jennifer Sun