Change of visual scenery is beautiful which is why I love the fall season in Chicago. How the leaves begin turning beautiful shades of red, brown and orange hues. The wind blows them from the trees to the earth. When I was a young child I longed for the days of running and falling in the leaves as they change. Now, as an adult I can’t help admiring the beauty up and close. Just like the seasons our body goes through changes during this time as well.
As the short lived summer ends, I embrace my life, my body and the journey of what fall has in store for me. With each passing day, I age on a physical, spiritual level but more so internally on a cellular level. We have to recognize that our body will also change; to adapt our mindset and accept it as being okay with the process. We can’t always expect to feel like we are in our 20’s no more than we can expect the weather to remain the same. Even in hot climates there are variations in temperature. However, we can make it a goal to feel fabulous at 40 and beyond. If you could change one thing in your body that would bring you relief would you do it?
Hippocrates, in teaching the doctors of his day, said, Consider the seasons of the year and what each of them produces
At the end of summer, change is once more a necessity. We should be consuming foods that are designed to nourish and strengthen the body. Some animals have stored their food for winter, and we humans have a similar instinct to slow down. No matter where you live and what the climate is like, towards the fall-winter season, our body and minds naturally go inward. It is a time to allow for stillness and “JUST BE”. If you live in a location with 4 seasons focus on the warmth of the chestnuts, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, saffron and cumin. Each of these spices has their own unique medicinal and culinary property. From anti-inflammatory, lowering blood pressure, blood purifier and anti-cancer properties.
Each season our food can nourish a different organ, emotion, and allow cleansing or provide the environment for cleansing the body. As the season cools off, in Chinese medicine the organs within our body which give us energy, life, and vitality are honored, these are the kidneys and adrenal glands. The element associated with these organs is water, and by eating seasonally and honoring the seasonal elements, we intuitively bring our bodies back into balance.
Give yourself permission to consume soups of Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Lentil Soup, and Carrot Orange Spice Soup, Parsnip Cream Soup made with a diary substitute or delicious Apple Squash Carrot Soup. All designed to nourish the body while not starving you, which provides energy as you experience change in your body. Remember that herbs medicinal and culinary are whole foods and your body knows how to use them.
As our body change and seek to balance itself we use food therapy to assist it along. Most of the time food therapy can help sedate excess, tone deficiencies, cool off heat problems, warm up cold problems, moisten dry problems and dry up excess dampness in the body. This provides a powerful tool for correcting disharmony and when used in conjunction with herbal therapy, a healthful balanced diet can restore balance to the cells, organ systems and channels.
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