Eating with the Seasons

16 May 2017

As the days get shorter, and the morning air is fresher, it becomes obvious that the cooler season is approaching. Autumn is a time when we start to withdraw from the outdoors, getting ready to consolidate for winter and go within. I always think of animals, they’ve got living in harmony with nature down pat. Think of bears, in autumn they eat hardily and build a warm space to see them through winter when they go into hibernation. Like animals, humans need to take heed of nature and adjust themselves to the changing environment. As everything slows down in Autumn, there is a downward shift, less light, trees loose their leaves and energy goes back into the earth.

Autumn is about letting go and the lungs and colon are the associated organs for this season which are part of the elimination channels of the body. Emotions associated with autumn are grief and sadness often leading to unresolved emotions being expressed as physical symptoms such as coughs and gastrointestinal problems. As the weather gets colder, we also get drier: dry skin, chapped lips, constipated, dry scalps and coughs. Oily foods rich in natural healthy fats such as tahini (sesame paste), avocado and oily fish are ideal to help retain the natural moisture in our bodies over the cooler months. Foods which moisten the body are particularly important and in season at this time of year are sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, leeks, spinach and apples, pears, grapes and figs.

Stand out fruits and vegetables in season in Autumn

Butternut pumpkin a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Try butternut pumpkin in a lasagna or roasted. Eggplants are a unique vegetable high in manganese along with loads of vitamins and minerals. They are also a good source of antioxidants. Silverbeet is an outstanding veggie jam packed full of vitamins including vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin E, and dietary fiber. Saute with some veggies or serve as a side to roast lamb or fish. Pomegranates are a good source of fibre and folate, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Eat the seeds as a snack or add them to tea for a boost of color, flavour and nutrition. Sweet potatoes are high in fibre, are a good source of B vitamins and folate whilst being anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. Try them roasted in place of white potatoes.

List of fruits and vegetables now in season 

Apples, avocado, beans, beetroot, brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chillies, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapefruit, grapes, kiwifruit ,leeks, Lemon (all year), lettuce, mandarins, oranges, mushrooms, onions, oranges, parsley, parsnips, pears, peas, Pomegranate, potatoes, quince, rhubarb, silverbeet, spinach, spring onion, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini. Seasonal food plays an important role in our overall health as most fruits and vegetables grow during the season which requires an abundance of those specific nutrients.

The diversity and variety of eating seasonally also ensures that you get a wide variety of vitamins and minerals not to mention unbeatable vitality and freshness of food full of flavor. Buy these wonderful Autumn fruits and vegetables from your local farmers market or organic shop, experiment and have fun with these amazing gifts from nature. Not only tickle your taste buds but enhance your health too!

For information about how to nourish your body type in these cooler months call Vital Chi Wellness on 9894 0014.