by Dr. Jill Blakeway, DACM, L.Ac

Summer 2010:Suggestions for Summer

With the arrival of the solstice, the summer season is officially upon us. I hope this email finds you well, enjoying the sunshine and the prospect of some time off to relax, enjoy the outdoors and perhaps travel.
At the Yinova Center, our practice is thriving and our family is growing. We have a team of eight experienced and caring acupuncturists who are able to accommodate our ever expanding client base. Each member of our new team brings skills and knowledge born from years of experience and we are thrilled to have them on board. A larger team means that we have plenty of appointments available at times that suit our patients’ busy schedules. If you are in the city on the weekends over the summer, Saturdays are a particularly good time to come and see us. You can schedule an appointment online by clicking here.
As always, we must thank all of you members of the Yinova family who continue to support and praise us and spread the word about the positive service and results you get from your continued visits to the Yinova Center. We appreciate it so much and owe much of our success to you.
As you know, last summer my book Making Babies was published and since has been reprinted four times in hardback. This summer it will be republished as a paperback and I have started to write a second book for Workman Publishing. It’s about natural ways to enhance libido and it will be in bookstores next year.  This is a timely and important subject for women and men of all ages, and I will be taking time off this summer to research and write this project.
In this newsletter, I share with you a look at cooling summer foods and a favorite recipe of mine for tofu scramble that has been a big hit in my home. In anticipation of summer travels, I’ve written a few tips for naturally managing jet lag and we’re also taking a look at the Taoist Inner Smile Meditation, which is a lovely way of allowing the summer sunshine into your heart.  Since enhancing libido is on my mind, and should be on everybody else’s as well (I hope!), I have included a recent blog on this subject.
Exciting events are being planned for the Yinova Center this fall and we look forward to sharing them with you. In the meantime, enjoy this glorious season.  I look forward to seeing you at our center this summer and I send my best to you and your families for the season.

A long flight on a stuffy plane combined with a dramatic time zone change can make even the healthiest person feel as if they have the flu. This is the time of year when our Yinova Center patients ask us about jet lag.
We all tend to travel more in the summer and as a result our patients are looking for safe, natural ways of limiting jet lag or desynchronosis, it’s proper medical name. Click here to read our suggestions for a stress free start to your vacation.

In Chinese medicine foods are classified as warming or cooling. In summer we are encouraged to add more cooling foods to our diet and tofu is a cooling food we highly recommend.
The tofu scrambles of my student days were dire affairs, heavy and awash with way too much turmeric in an attempt to make them look like eggs. So I wasn’t a fan of scrambled tofu until I saw a recipe by the wonderful Mollie Katzen.
In it she uses silken tofu which she boils for 10 minutes before sauteing. Eureka! This seems to be the secret to soft, fluffy, tender scrambled tofu and is a huge hit at my house. I served this recently to a group of my daughter’s college friends and they loved it. You can check out my version of her recipe here.

The ancient Taoists understood the healing nature of a smile. In fact they developed a meditation practice whereby you hold a smile on your face and direct that energy inwards to your internal organs.
It’s one of my favorite meditations because it is so gentle. I like to practice this meditation outside in the summer with the sun on my face but really it’s a wonderful easy healing mediation to do any time you find yourself with a few spare minutes.

Birds do it… bees do it…. sometimes my patients feel as if they are the only people who aren’t doing it. Time and time again women confide in me that they rarely feel in the mood for sex. They miss the connection that sex gives them, feel guilty that they have let this part of their life go, but they also feel tired and unmotivated about their sex lives.