By Lisa Breitenwischer HHC, AADP
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 out doors 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, 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 of the foods to add to you diet this Autumn season are:
Root vegetables: squash, pumpkin, carrots, onions & beets
Greens: celery, kale, Swiss chard, dandelion
Internal body cleansers: cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
Fruits: apples, cranberries, kiwi, pears, pomegranates
Builders: Animal proteins & plant based proteins like beans & legumes
Note Congestors: sweets, cheese and bread (eat sparingly)
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. Keep a journal 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. BE Health & Yoga offers a variety of services to keep your body healthy and mind calm. Choose from our daily schedule of yoga, stretch, and fitness classes in studio, or checkout our On Demand library from the website. There are classes for all levels. We also have two Infrared sauna treatment rooms where you can unwind and boost your metabolism & immune system. Call the studio at 214.749.4744 to book your appointment.
If you need support balancing your dietary needs, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your appointment for a Health Consultation today. Let’s stay healthy this holiday season!