Some Autumn eating ideas to boost your energy
A huge thank you to guest blogger Carol Lee from the Natural Food School for these tips and ideas:
According tstewo Traditional Chinese Medicine, during the autumn the energy in nature and within us all is still abundant from the richness of the harvest; however it is also dropping and slowing as we move towards winter – the deepest time of the year. This means that if we want to eat more in tune with the seasons, our food needs to incorporate these two qualities. We can do this in two ways:
First, eat more baked and sauteed foods, as in the autumn our appetites are particularly stimulated by the warmth and fragrance of these types of food. These ‘concentrating’ ways of cooking also produce food that helps to nourish the blood and warm us for the cooler season.
Secondly, enjoy lots of spicy and pungent food – these warm us up, stimulate the appetite and ‘warm up’ our digestion.
Here are some ways you can cook and eat more seasonally:
- cooking food on a lower heat for longer; casseroles, bakes, slow cooking and trays of mixed roasted vegetables
- using warming spices, such as chilli, ginger, turmeric, garlic and black pepper
- eating less raw food and salads, substituting hearty soups
- eating more roots which are abundant and will help to nourish the blood for cooler weather
- gathering apples and blackberries for tasty, sweet crumbles, pies and puddings – spiced up with a generous spoonful of cinnamon and spices!
This piece was featured in The School of Creative Kinesiology newsletter. A number of our practitioners at Elements of Health help people balance their energies in relation to the needs of their body and the particular challenges of each season. We offer a complimentary 15 minute consultation, so please get in touch