Congee, Shi-Fan (literally, rice water) or Jook. Whatever name you give it, rice porridge has been the foundation of nutritional healing since…well, we started playing with fire and cooking. It is my first recommendation for anyone who is weak or ill, whether young or old.
Congee is a eaten by millions as a breakfast food. The simple gruel is served with a variety of side dishes, shredded vegetables and fish, shredded meats and pickles. Besides being a great morning start, congee is a fantastic healing food. It’s simply rice and water or maybe broth. Other ingredients may be added to create a specific result.
Sounds boring right? Sometimes simplicity is the best approach to healing. I always consider the client’s digestive vitality first in any treatment. If they have problems absorbing nutrients for whatever reason, be it illness, chemo or radiation treatment or constitutional weakness, they will not transform the food they eat into healing Nutrient Qi. In these cases, simple foods cooked for a long period place less of a burden on the digestive system.
Enjoy blessed simplicity – April