Stagnation Diet

Feel like you’re stuck in that proverbial rut, spinning your wheels, and watching life pass you by?

Well, we’re here to tell you that this rut is not proverbial at all. Qi stagnation is very real, and that sense of being stuck is only slightly more pleasant than banging your head against a wall.

Maybe you feel like there’s something sticky on the bottom of your shoe that’s slowing you down in work, love, or money.

In Chinese Medicine, Qi stagnation is a constriction or suppression of emotional and creative energy. We stifle our sense of self and try to be who we think others want us to be. This may start with early trauma, but eventually it becomes a self-generating pattern. In other words, holding stuff in gets you — and your Qi — stuck.

You may benefit from the Stagnation Diet if you experience one or more of the following:

Feeling stuck
Muscle pain and tension

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Hormonal imbalance
Abdominal and menstrual cramping
Tender breasts
A lump in your throat

Give yourself a pat on the back. You’re here to choose the foods that will increase your body’s energy, balance your emotions and clear your mind. Welcome to your gut-brain connection.

We’ll set you up with foods that’ll lighten you up and get your Qi moving again so you can reclaim your most gorgeous, juicy self.

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Our Stagnation Diet plan includes:


Healthy guidelines

Food chart

Beverages for Qi stagnation

Activities for moving Qi

Progress tracking chart

Foods to avoid

Sample meal plans

Grocery lists

Yummy, healing recipes


Bonus: Food Journal

The Stagnation Diet book includes 2 weeks of recipes:

The week 1 Stagnation Diet includes:

3 breakfast recipes

Apricot banana breakfast cookies
Green apple & raspberry smoothie
Fresh dill & mushroom tofu scramble

3 lunch recipes

Smoked fakin’ bacon club sandwich
Red cabbage quinoa salad with honey lime vinaigrette
Sundried tomato pesto & broccoli salad

7 dinner recipes

Lemon lime roast chicken
Roasted squash & quinoa bowls with tangy nut sauce
Carrot dill soup
Fish tacos with pickled red onions & avocado salsa
Tangy apple baked beans
Fresh green salsa & mexican tostadas
Glass noodle soup with herb-spiced meatballs

1 dessert recipe

Cashew coconut–crusted lime tart

The week 2 Stagnation Diet includes:

3 breakfast recipes

Tofu breakfast burrito
Fresh fruit breakfast bowls
Lemon lime strawberry muffins

3 lunch recipes

Dill tuna salad with lemon avocado mayo
Lemony cucumber raw kale salad
White bean cucumber & tomato salad

7 dinner recipes

Papaya chicken avocado salad with papaya seed vinaigrette
Thai fried rice with fresh herbs
Daikon potato kale soup
Salmon and dill pan-seared cakes
Hawaiian tofu poké with fresh greens
Walnut quinoa cabbage rolls
Wild rice & leek–stuffed portobello mushrooms

1 dessert recipe

Vanilla bean chia pudding

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Lemon lime roast chicken

We are acupuncturists Sara and Tara, and we’ve simplified the super-effective healing wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine into dietary practices you can easily apply in your very own kitchen, using everyday ingredients.

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