Issue 55, February 2016, London

Happy New Year, round two

I have always enjoyed the fact that Chinese New Year falls sometime around mid-January to early February, depending on the year (being based on the lunar calendar means the actual date changes every year). It means you get to have a happy new year a second time around, so if your resolutions haven't been kept you can try again!

This year Chinese New Year falls on 8th of February and is the year of the Monkey. In China the mass exodus of people going home to their hometown has already begun with the two week long holiday more precious than Christmas here.

While celebrating the new lunar calendar is the obvious focus here, the main point for most people is the celebration of family and home. No matter where you are, a good meal is important, both as a symbolic gesture of good things (and meals) to come in the next twelve months and also from a nutritious point of view. Seafood, meat, vegetarian dishes, everything works.

This meal is about abundance without being ostentatious. It doesn't have to be Chinese to be authentic Chinese New Year fare: think lobster linguine, scallops with spinach and broccoli, Japanese silken tofu with shiitake mushrooms and needle mushrooms. Plentiful does not have to mean heavy at mealtimes. 

Decorate your home with satsumas (get those with the stalk and leaves still attached) as a sign of prosperity and eat them throughout the week. Red is the colour of good fortune and prosperity so make sure to add a splash of red to your living space or better yet, wear it on the day. If black is usually your colour, then a pair of red socks will be a subtle addition.

There are many traditions the Chinese follow on the day but ultimately it all comes back to wishing others well and receiving well wishes from others graciously. It is all about the concept of paying it forward, or karma or very simply, kindness. For one day the universal wish is to hope for a good future for everyone and to leave the stresses aside. 


+ And don't forget the other holiday in February: Red Valentine, how to take care of your Chinese medicine heart


Try something different for Pancake Tuesday

Marie Cudennec's recipe for buckwheat and pumpkin pancakes is gorgeously indulgent, and healthy.

"Pumpkin is perfect for this, with its high moisture content and creamy richness! What came of this exploration of pumpkin were the fluffiest pancakes that we enjoyed as a warming dessert on a cold, autumn evening... Extremely high in fibre and nutrients, pumpkin also packs an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C and E. The key nutrient that boosts pumpkin to the top of the superfoods list is its carotenoids."



All you need to know about the Zika Virus

The New York Times has a very informative and concise article about the Zika Virus, the growing epidemic, its effects on pregnant women and women of childbearing age and how to avoid the infection.




If you have been kind enough to refer someone to me – I want to say a big THANK YOU. That is the highest compliment and it’s warmly appreciated every time.


Other news: Treat your loved ones with a Pointspace gift voucher

There's nothing better than giving the gift of wellness, so if you want to treat your friends and family to a wonderfully restorative session you can give them a Pointspace gift voucher. Email me for more information.

+ Some of you are finding it a bit difficult to get through to reception to book your appointments. Avoid that frustration by emailing or texting me directly with your desired date and time and I will sort it all out for you. Use the time saved to enjoy that song or finish reading that passage!

And finally...

If you want some colourful inspiration then take a look at imadetoday on Instagram. The daily posts are a delight and you really do devour them with your eyes.

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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