Eating Well Through The Seasons – Winter/The Water Element

This is the fifth part of our Eating Well Series. You can choose the links below for our Eating Well In Spring, Summer, Late Summer and Autumn.

Each season has a unique character and purpose. In Five Element Acupuncture, we bring our awareness to these changes and make subtle, important shifts in our diet. In this article, we will help you explore how to eat well and stay healthy in winter.

In winter, the days are short and temperatures drop. In New Jersey we experience cold crisp days and we are often blanketed in snow.

Five Element ChartWinter is a time of stillness. We spend more time indoors and our attention shifts inward as we rest, regroup and gather resources for the coming spring.

Winter is symbolized by the Water element, which is governed by the kidney and urinary bladder meridians. Our kidney and urinary bladder organs also correspond to the water element and play important roles in our health – the storing of vital energy.

Eating Well in Winter
  • Eat more soups, beans & grains
  • Enjoy nuts & seeds
  • Get more fish in your diet
  • Enjoy steamed vegetables
  • Be moderate in your consumption of salt, miso and sea vegetables. Balance is key. Too much or too little salt can create health problems.
  • For some, it’s important to eat enough carbohydrates, fats and proteins in winter to keep weight on.
  • For others, it’s important to reduce overall consumption of food to maintain or lose weight.
  • Stay active! Walk or find ways to stay physically active during winter.

Additionally, Five Element Acupuncture is a wonderful tool to support your health as you transition through the seasons. To learn more about the Metal element and how acupuncture can help you, call 973.509.8464 or schedule with us online.

The contents of this article are not meant to be diagnostic or prescriptive. Dietary needs are often complex. Always consult a health care practitioner before choosing it a course of treatment.