Articles by Andrew Sterman
Check out these free resources by Andrew Sterman on Food as Medicine. Learn everything from structuring meals to cooking as an herbalist. Click to view them below!
Cook As An Herbalist
Food can be our medicine, but we need real strategies to get real work done. This piece unfolds the strategies of the famous herbal formula, Preserve Harmony, by the great master Zhu Dan Xi, with ideas on how to construct meals based on its principles.
Diet and Dampness
Dampness—the slowing of fluids including special types of weight gain--is a key affliction of modern times. Chinese medicine has much to say on this subject. Diet must always be included; here is an introduction to clearing dampness with diet.
Herbs & Spices
Kitchen herbs are potent tools to use for health. Here is a simple guide to using familiar spices as understood in the dietary branch of Chinese medicine. A quick reference chart is included.
In Praise of Grains
The trend of low-carbs unfairly maligns healthy grains. Mostly, damage done by carbs is done by sugar, not foods like whole rice or millet. What then are the potential benefits of healthy grains in a balanced diet, how can they be used for their energetics, beyond polemics?
Bone Broth Finds the Spotlight
Once the secret of chefs, bone broth is now mainstream. Here are shopping instructions, recipes, explanations of the energetics of different broths, and information on when to use or avoid the different options.
A Guide to Structuring Meals
We often hear about single foods to include or avoid, but the real art is in structuring meals, the art of food combining. Here is an introduction to making simple, nourishing and delicious meals based on fundamental principles of health and healing from the dietary branch of Chinese medicine.
Congee and the Importance of Wet, Cooked Breakfasts
One of the strongest things we can do to transform health is to adopt wet breakfasts. Although each is different, breakfast porridges profoundly nourish yin, supporting not only the organs of digestion but also immunity and healthy hormones. Here are my instructions for making delicious congee and other breakfast porridges
Dietary Treatment for Conditions Called Wind
Of the six climatic influences of Chinese medicine (cold, heat, dampness, dryness, summer heat, and wind), the idea of wind is the most difficult to understand. It is the least tangible, the most mysterious, the furthest from modern thinking.