Last month I shared some information on eating with the seasons, offering some specific suggestions related to the winter months. Now that we are entering springtime, a great time for cleansing the body and lightening up the amount of calories consumed, I’d like to offer some new guidelines to help you stay aligned with Mother Nature and feel your best.
As a recap, seasonal eating helps you maintain harmony with what we were intended to eat during certain times of the year, which varies depending on the climate of the area you live in. Being conscious to what’s in season not only provides you with the right choices to optimize your body’s changing needs, but also offers a way for you to support local farming and help decrease the environmental impact associated with bringing in out-of-season food year round.
We’re all aware that spring is a time of renewal. With the gradual warming of the weather and longer days of sunlight, new life takes form and the dormancy associated with winter awakens. The main color associated with spring is green, making the consumption of leafy greens and salads ideal during this time. This is also a wonderful time to increase the consumption of fresh sprouts and raw foods, while cutting down on grains and heavy foods.
The rejuvenation of the liver and gall bladder are the internal focus associated with spring making it an excellent time to do a short cleanse or fast, consuming mostly vegetable and/or fruit juices . Giving the digestive system a break 1-2 times per year by consuming vegetables in liquid form or eating mostly raw or slightly cooked foods can be tremendously beneficial to your long-term health. Think “simple” during the spring and make your eating choices as easy on yourself as they are on your body.
According to Ayurveda expert and author, John Douillard, some of the best spring foods to eat are dried fruits, sprouts, asparagus, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, corn, garlic, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peas, swiss chard, watercress, peppers, lentils, lima beans, mung beans, and honey as a natural sweetener. Above all, remember to drink plenty of water to further hydrate, cleanse and detoxify your body.
In addition to dietary renewal strategies, the spring is also a great time to focus on refreshing other areas of your life. Organizing your living and work space, spending more time outdoors, starting up a new exercise routine, reassessing your goals, beginning new relationships, and taking up a new hobby or learning something new are all great activities to provide you with a fresh start. The continuous process of creation that we are all a part of is at its peak during the spring. By participating fully, you’ll reap the many health and wellness benefits of living within the earth’s cycles.
The 3-Season Diet by John Douillard
Staying Healthy with the Seasons by Elson M. Haas
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Published On: March 30, 2010