Eat for the Seasons, Baby !

Hey there. Welcome back. xo

I cannot believe the fall we are having in Ontario, Canada.

As I type this the sun is shining so beautiful. And,  the leaves on the tree are holding on to their colour and branches. It is the most memorable fall to me, weather wise, in years. However peeps, it IS fall and soon winter will grace the land. To stay in alignment in with the vibe of the land, we have to switch up our diet. Say gooooooood-bye to cooling foods such as: lettuces, sweet peppers, ramps, fiddleheads, tomatoes, watermelons and YES, spinach !!! Why? Read on, folks. 

Fall - Winter foods:

This is one of my personal fave Holistic Concepts. EAT FOR THE SEASON. I love it because, it allows me to feel my very best as I nourish my body, mind and spirit with all that is indigenous to where I live. You see, the general principle is this: Eat for what can be sourced locally. Eat food your ancestors would have enjoyed, before a time of great export. Before the world became small with planes, trains and automobiles! 

Lets break it down. Simple, easy. Okay, so I am speaking to my Canadian group, and those just south of us in the US. Where, in Canada, does asparagus grow in December??? If you can find it, BEWARE, it may be an imposter! Its just not possible, right? Asparagus need spring sun, rain, and warming temperatures to grow. So, would it be NATURAL or HOLISTIC to the body to eat asparagus in winter? :-) Its that simple loves. 

Lets go a lil' deeper down the rabbit hole, if you will. Question, where does that asparagus come from then? You know, the bunch you are stir-frying up with Christmas dinner perhaps. It comes from a very warm climate, usually Peru or Ecuador. Very far from where we live. And yet, it lands in our stores looking shiny and new. BUYER BEWARE !!! That lovely bunch has been sprayed, treated and flown across the world to land on your plate. NOT HOLISTIC. Not healthy. Not clean. Eating for the seasons (local fresh foods) is not only an economical way to eat, but reduces our toxic load by reducing the chemicals that enter our body, mind and soul space. Get excited, this is a time of warming and nurturing foods. I LOVE THAT.  And, you get to look forward to the spring purification, healing and rejuvenation. 

Fall and winter bring complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, squashes, root vegetables. Below is a list of foods, vegan, for your convenience xo

beets, carrots, hard squashes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, apples, dried fruits, brussel sprouts, cabbage, daikon radish (yum), ginger, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, leeks, parsnip, rutabaga, seaweeds, sugar pumpkin, turnip yam, lentils, and dried beans. 

Warm your soul loves. Get creative and use this time to regenerate. If you need ideas or a cooking lesson, email me at: Shannon@HolisticHealthandHarmony.net For a resonable fee, we will whip together your winter plan. 

Love and light from your COMPASSION friend.

Shan

Shannon Crowder