With the recent change in weather, we usually find everyone fighting off colds, flu’s, and other ailments as the winter starts. My daughter found an article recently about the importance of eating seasonally to help your body stay strong while viruses run rampant and how to help your body heal faster.
I was surprised to read a suggestion that stated to eat seasonal foods. In the magazine it states “your body naturally drives you to eat heartier foods like sweet potatoes, beets and winter squashes in the colder months–foods that support immunity by providing both fiber and vitamins A and C. Eat warming foods like stews, beans, and miso, avoid raw foods, which cool the body and stress the immune system.” Delicious Living, November 2012 issue
I had not considered how much harder your body has to work to offset foods we eat. I was told by a friend that eating celery during the summer is really good for cooling the body. Sometimes we need to listen to what our body is craving as there may be a lack of a particular nutrient for optimal health. Therefore, winter is not the time to indulge in celery as your body temperature is cooling it will have to work harder to keep you warm! This is why raw foods are not recommended.
Here is another link to support eating foods that are in season:
- In spring, focus on tender, leafy vegetables that represent the fresh new growth of this season. The greening that occurs in springtime should be represented by greens on your plate, including Swiss chard, spinach, Romaine lettuce, fresh parsley, and basil.
- In summer, stick with light, cooling foods in the tradition of traditional Chinese medicine. These foods include fruits likestrawberries, apple, pear, and plum; vegetables likesummer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and corn; and spices and seasonings like peppermint and cilantro.
- In fall, turn toward the more warming, autumn harvest foods, including carrot, sweet potato, onions, and garlic. Also emphasize the more warming spices and seasonings including ginger, peppercorns, and mustard seeds.
- In winter, turn even more exclusively toward warming foods. Remember the principle that foods taking longer to grow are generally more warming than foods that grow quickly. All of the animal foods fall into the warming category including fish, chicken, beef, lamb, and venison. So do most of the root vegetables, including carrot,potato, onions and garlic. Eggs also fit in here, as do corn and nuts.