Health brings freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.
Without your health, you have nothing.
The seasons are a changing and this can be confusing to our bodies and our eating patterns. Cooling foods you loved during the summer, like berries and watermelon, may not be what your body is naturally craving. We usually crave cooling foods in summer and more rooted, grounded foods as we head into fall and winter.
Seasonal eating means two things: building meals around foods that have just been harvested at their peak and adjusting your diet to meet the particular health challenges of winter, spring, summer and fall. Living in tune with nature’s natural rhythm makes us more aware and appreciative of all the beauty around us. Living in balance with our surroundings instead of constantly living in conflict with nature.
Doesn’t that sound harmonious?
There are health benefits as well: produce picked and eaten at its peak has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances. We also avoid overseas contaminates because the food is fresh. Lastly, eating foods that come from the ground in season supports our body’s natural nutritional needs.
So, what does fall represent? Letting Go.
Autumn is a time for letting go even as we see the leaves fall from the trees. Fall is the right time to practice getting out of the way and letting the Spirit take charge of our lives. With the changing of the season, we should take this time to release external energy and turn our energy inward. Making Autumn a deeply reflective time.
So, isn’t eating in season more than just using food as fuel?
This quote sums it up perfectly…
“Spiritual Nutrition transcends all cultural borders. It is a part of the original spiritual teachings in every country in the world; in every faitth all the way back to the ancient Essenes and the wisdom of the Rishis masters of India, regardless of our creed or culture. It was given to all of us as a tool, a step on the path to Enlightenment.” ~ W.Kacera
And I believe eating in season is how we get one step closer to spiritual nutrition. Nature knows and provides us with exactly what we need. So, it is our job to slow down and listen.
My favorite seasonal fall foods: Squash, Parsnips, Apple, Pumpkin, Tangerines, Broccoli, Dates, Brussels sprouts, Kiwi, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Radishes, Garlic, Onions, Fennel, Kale, Arugula, Grapefruit, Radicchio, Peppers, Sweet potatoes, Collards, Spinach, Mushrooms, Rutabaga, Pears, Pomegranates and Cranberries.
I am playing around with the idea to create a Fall Detox Box- cleansing the body with whole foods. So you would get the weeks worth of foods to detox and the recipes. How cool is that?
Since I have tons of recipes and a partner who is a farmer, I would like to offer that to you. If you would be interested…go ahead and reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with…”I’m In!”