Seasonal Eating + Wellness
Everyone gets excited when the pumpkin ales come out and apple cider is in season. There is a method for why companies promote certain products during a specific time of year. I know beer isn’t exactly the best example of a natural, healthy product but it is a perfect case where this flavor is only offered when the product is in season or able to be harvested. (I also happen to love mixing pumpkin beer with apple cider :)
In this day and age, our bodies have become disconnected with seasonal eating because so many products in our grocery store are available year round shipped from different climates around the world. As the weather changes in our region and the temperature starts to drop our bodies start to slowly contract in order to conserve and create body heat. Our bodies have a very strong connection with the foods we eat that effects the mind, energy and how we feel every day. It is interesting that our bodies also have a strong connection to the earth and have many similarities to animals and plants. Just as trees shed their leaves and become dormant in the winter, our bodies have a similar effect. It is the same thing with animals that hibernate in the winter.
So what does this have to do with nutrition and health? Well, eating consciously with foods that are produced seasonally has a great impact on our energy levels, immune system and everyday health. Do you ever notice yourself craving warm, hearty stews and heavier foods during the cooler seasons? It is your body’s natural response to conserving energy for the long, cold days ahead. As fall and winter quickly come, we should turn to nature to be our guide.
Here are some tips to help your body adapt to the cooler seasons and eat more in tune with the earth.
1.There is less natural light as the sun sets earlier which means our bodies need more rest and nourishment to make up for the lack of sunlight. Allow yourself to get extra sleep and supplement more vitamin D
2. Fruits are less abundant which is it the earth’s message saying fewer of these foods. Skip the out on the cooler, raw foods and opt for warmer options. These will tax your immune system and force the body to work harder to bring the internal temperature back to homeostasis (I will add a list below)
3. Foods that are heartier will strengthen the blood and kidneys to keep us warm and healthy.
For those of you who are familiar with the Paleo diet, you are on the right track. Take a look at what our ancestors ate and what foods would most likely be able to grow in your region during this season. Follow this guide and I strongly suggest buying a Crock Pot. It makes for easier meals that are warm and delicious when you get home :)
Best Foods for the Season:
Root vegetable, Leafy greens, squash, quinoa, pumpkin, walnuts, herbs and warm spices like Cinnamon, garlic and onion, sea salt, meats and heavier fishes like Salmon.