Congee Handout and Guide
Have you ever spent endless hours working to help make life easier for someone or a group of people, only to realize you may have skipped over the most obvious and ridiculously simple solutions you could have offered?
This morning while talking with Tiffany, a colleague in Santa Cruz, California, and advocate for our profession as a volunteer member of the board at CSOMA. We got to chatting about easier ways to share congee and Breakfast Cure with patients who we know would benefit and love it.
“I use handouts for educating my patients about everything from cupping to bone broth. How about making a one-page congee PDF for practitioners?”
I’ve been practicing acupuncture for thirty years myself and love my stash of handouts, created and collected over time, so this “Aha!” moment made me laugh out loud. “Of course!” Simple answers are the best.
I’m genuinely excited to share the result with you today. I hope you like this little congee handout and guide and that it’s helpful.
Download and share as you like. Click the link or handout below to download your congee handout now.
As always, I love hearing success stories as well as challenges that need solutions. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
Prefer to read the handout right now? Below is what the handout has to say about congee.
Congee, a traditional porridge made by cooking rice with five or more times the volume of water, is a nourishing, healing dish with references dating back to at least 1,000 BC. Congee is cooked slowly and eaten savory or sweet. Medicinal healing congees have been prescribed for centuries and are part of traditional Chinese medicine and Asian dietary therapy.
Why does it work?
- Congee Calms Shen-Heart/Mind
- Builds Qi-Energy
- Boosts Spleen Yang-Organ Functions
- Benefits the Stomach
- Harmonizes Spleen and Stomach
- Soothes Digestion and Inflammation
- Regulates, Generates, and Nourishes Fluids.
How does congee heal digestion?
Warm, well-cooked foods are easy to digest, build energy, and are soothing to the stomach and intestines. Foods that are easy to digest and absorb deliver the nutrients you need without all the effort. The net effect is an overall energy and metabolism boost. In Chinese medicine, warm foods build Spleen Qi and Yang and stoke the fires of digestion.
Cooking congee with ample water makes it an exceptionally hydrating meal. Good hydration reduces inflammation and lubricates all your cells, muscles, and organs keeping them flexible and energized. This simple porridge easily delivers needed nutrients to those with compromised digestion, while simultaneously healing and repairing the organs and associated channels and nourishing Yin and Fluids.
What should I eat for breakfast?
Keep your system running smoothly all day by breaking your fast with warm, cooked foods that are full of moisture, ensuring the fiber is soft. Otherwise, the fiber may be rough and damage the intestinal walls. Without enough water, too much fiber leads to constipation. Congee keeps everything moving through your system with a gentle cleansing action so your elimination stays regular. When Spleen Qi and Yang are strong, fluids are regulated and digestion, elimination, and metabolism are optimized.
What’s an easy way to get started at home?
- Warm, nourishing food that feels like a hug
- organic, gluten-free, plant-based ingredients only
- inspired by congee
- cooks overnight
- slow cooker and instant pot meals
- Oregon made
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