Taking advantage of the seasons, locally grown, fresh fruit and vegetables can benefit the body’s ability to stay in balance. A local farmers market can supply fresh harvested foods at very reasonable prices compared to foods that may have traveled days or weeks to arrive at your supermarket.
Making small changes in your diet can benefit health. Our body is very resilient and responds very quickly to dietary changes.
In the Spring many all over the world look forward to fresh picked greens from their gardens and local markets. We have an innate desire to freshen up and clean out the heavier Winter foods we’ve been eating during the cold months.
A simple Spring food to add to the diet is Carrot/Celery/Cucumber juice in proportions to your taste. Add a 12oz glass of fresh green juices to your diet for 40 days and see how you feel.
Summer brings the desire for fruit drinks, melons and lighter foods, cold salads and simple foods from the garden. More activity also calls for simple digestible proteins. Yogurt, homemade farmer’s cheese, and simple well cooked beans, in combination with the fresh vegetables that start appearing in the farmers markets and local gardens will help provide a balanced diet to carry you through the Summer.
In the Autumn, foods of all kinds are ready for harvest and preserving for Winter. Our bodies are preparing for cooler temperatures. Heavier squashes, onions and potatoes, combined with peppers and fall greens like mustard and spinach, are very supportive for keeping the strength up for the coming Winter. Whole grain flatbreads, like pizza with fresh tomatoes and onions and a shaving of good hard cheese will bolster the spirit and the body.
Shred an inch or two of washed ginger and boil in a quart of water for a half hour. Add milk and a touch of honey. Drink for body warmth and increasing circulation after dinner or on a cold morning.
As the weather cools into Winter, simple grain and lentil dishes, breads and cheeses with hot drinks keep the body happy and prepared for the coming cold. Add a big mug of Peppermint or Chamomile tea to your after-dinner libation, assisting your natural digestive processes. If you have trouble adjusting your diet during the seasonal changes, stock up on these 2 simple teas.