Foods are the tastiest when they are in season. They hold the most nutritional value and are also much for affordable. According to Chinese Medicine, we are what we eat and our bodies function and flourish in direct relation with the external environment. If we consume foods according to season, we remain in harmony with the environment, adapt better to the season changes and stay healthy.
In different parts of the world, and even in distinct regions of one country, seasonal menus differ. But here are some overriding principles you can follow to guarantee full nourishment according to each season:
Spring is the season of new birth and new growth. So enjoy a wide variety of tender, leafy green veggies that represent the fresh, new growth of the season. This is the best season for sprouts, spinach, chard, leeks, onions, basil and parsley. Furthermore, according to Chinese Medicine, uncooked, frozen and fried foods should only be taken in moderation since these are harmful to the spleen and stomach if consumed in large amounts.
In the summer, since it’s so hot and we tend to sweat more, it’s best to keep to light, cooling foods that maintain the fluid and electrolyte balance. Fruits are great in the summer such as strawberries, watermelon and cucumber. Tomatoes are also great in the summer along with summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and fish. The cooling herbs of the season are peppermint and cilantro.
The weather in autumn tends to be dry, so it’s ideal to eat foods that promote the production of body fluids to help lubricate the body. It also cools off in the autumn so it’s the perfect time to start eating warmer foods. Some examples of autumn foods are nuts, seeds, pear, pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot.
Lastly, winter is very cold and we tend to hibernate, preserve energy, and build strength for the spring. This is when we want to eat the most warming foods and maintain a diet higher is fats and proteins. This is the best season for meats such as duck, beef or lamb. Other common foods for this season are mushrooms, onions, ginger, potato and garlic. Both autumn and winter are great for root vegetable and warm soups.
So be creative, have fun and let nature be your guide!
My goal is to give you the information and inspiration you need to make choices that improve your gastrointestinal problems and abdominal pain. It takes some consistency and commitment, yet in the end, it is well worth your time and effort.
YOU are well worth your time and effort.
Your results will be a great reward.
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