Find Warmth- harmonizing with the water element and bone supporting soups

To harmonize with the water element one can seek the warming and nurturing effects of the sun.  The water element corresponds with the bone tissue of the body.  And as we know, sun exposure gives us Vitamin D.  Vitamin D protects the bones by improving and regulating calcium absorption.  So for those of us experiencing the darker days of the water element's season, winter, now is a good time to look into a Vitamin D supplement, chlorophyll rich foods, and calcium supporting soups.  Or find warm patch of sunshine to soak in when possible!

Beef Bone Broth Recipe

about 4 pounds of beef marrow and knuckle bones- roasting for 1 hour at 400 F is optional
4 or more quarts cold filtered water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3 onions, coarsely chopped
3 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped

Add everything to a large pot and bring to boil.  Skim and remove scum from the top.  Reduce heat and simmer for at least 8 hours.  If using a slow cooker it can be simmered for as long as 72 hours.  Strain and cool.  Option to blend with just the vegetables and then strain.  Remove fat that rises to the top after refrigerating.  Transfer to small containers and add to freezer for long term storage or keep in fridge for immediate use.

** in Traditional Chinese Medicine using bone broth to support bone health follows the old adage that like supports like.

Kidney Bean and Seaweed Soup from "Healing with Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford

1 cup kidney beans to 2-3 cups water *soak dried beans in 4 parts water with salt overnight
2 tablespoons soaked kombu or kelp

Place kombu in the bottom of the pot, add the kidney beans and water on top.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 2-3 hours.  Add whatever seasonings you like and ontinue to cook another 15 minutes.  

**Seaweeds are the food group highest in both magnesium and calcium.  And kidney beans are nutrient dense as well.