One of the most successful things I’ve incorporated into my diet is to work along with the body’s natural response to the changing of seasons. Eating with the seasons was derived from a 5000-year-old traditional medical system that works. For example, in the spring and summer we all want more greens, salads, fruit and a lower fat diet. It makes sense as we are more active outdoors and the hot weather is conducive for eating cooler foods. In the fall and winter it’s the opposite; as the weather gets colder, we crave heartier meals, such as, soups, stews, nuts, warm grains, and more protein based foods, be it beans, fish, or meat. Following the foods that are in season creates the best diet for balancing weight, mood and overall energy, no matter where you live.
Some foods to add to your diet this autumn season are:
Root vegetables: squash, pumpkin, carrots, onions, beets
Greens: celery, kale, Swiss chard, dandelion greens
Body cleansers: cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
Fruits: apples, cranberries, kiwis, pears, pomegranates
Builders: Animal proteins & beans
*Note- Congestors: sweets, cheese and bread
Many omnivores will start eating more meat and dairy products, while vegetarians will eat more grains, beans, nuts, dairy & eggs if eaten. Awareness is everything when it comes to staying healthy. This is a good time to observe how different foods affect your body. For example, a diet of cheese and bread or sweets, is going to increase congestion. This congestion will start to disrupt your intestines from flowing properly. When the intestines or digestive system is irregular, we absorb less nutrients, which decreases our energy, or worse gets backed up, which can create bloating, gas, inflammatory issues, colds and flu.
As we make the shift into fall, this is not the time to become sedentary either. Keep your body moving as this will help keep the digestive tract happy. BE Health & Yoga is offering a 30-Day Yoga Challenge to help students stay moving.
If you’re looking for additional support with your dietary needs contact me, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I create bio-individual programs based on your specific goals.