I was drawn to this dish because of it’s simplicity, the nutritional profile and blood building properties of lamb. See, us females have a tendency to deficiency of blood – and I’m no different. We burn up our blood stores though stress, work, high emotions, physical blood loss, and me, well study depletes me the most. Being blood deficient can cascade to many other ailments – I will tend to anxiety and insomnia if I allow my blood (physical and energetic) to wane. You might get terribly lethargic, have dry skin, hair, nails, get tired eyes and/or floaters, be highly emotional, unable to cope in general, be pale, listless, have menstrual problems or can’t fall pregnant, physical and emotional rigidity, sweat profusely at night, just to name a few.
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The days are cooler, the leaves turn pretty colours, and often we sneeze and cough our way through Autumn to the coolest of seasons. If you’re like me, Autumn is a time you could do with more energy too.
For me – and women in general – a struggle for energy goes hand in hand with a tendency for anaemia, or what is called blood deficiency in TCM. This is a very common amongst us females as we, you know, cycle. It’s literally is like that…blood goes out, blood must be replenished. However fellas, this doesn’t mean you can’t become blood deficient. All pathologies come down to lifestyle, diet and constitution.
One of the most potent form of blood building foods is Lamb. I get a bit nervous blogging about meat because I’m vocal about my penchant for plant-based eating. After a dabble with the V-diets and feeling like a half dead crustacean lying listlessly at the bottom of the ocean, I made my peace with the circle of life and call myself flexitarian.
And happily so, because I found this fantastic recipe (below) by Stephanie Alexander and can’t stop raving about it! Simple to make, it’s gently warming with a hint of green chilli and includes aromatic spices like cardamon and coriander seed that are great for digestion. I’ve added kale to super charge the dish with energy. Perfect Autumn fuel.