Among the traditional systems of healing practiced worldwide (such as Indian or Chinese) following a seasonal regimen is considered important for healthy living.
Just as seasons are a natural diversity, varied changes occur in the body’s metabolism too.
There is enough scientific evidence to prove the difference in nutritional value of foods between different seasons.
One such study worth mentioning is among the scientists of the Ministry of Agriculture, London, England. They discovered that there was a higher iodine content among pasteurized milk in summer versus that in winter. Similarly, there was higher beta carotene in summer.
With this in mind here are some tips for eating with the seasons…
Fall marks the end of growing season.
Trees change into glorious colors and shed their leaves.
Intake of warm harvest foods such as carrots onion garlic is recommended.Fall is also a time when various symptoms come up such as itchy throat, dry lips and dry nose.
Stick to apple, mushrooms, sesame, egg, barley and spinach to nourish the system. Include generous amounts of spices such as ginger, pepper and mustard.
After all, they give an extra zing to our food, don’t they?
Keeping warm and cozy is the norm in winter.the garden, just like us needs something to spice up their day.
Foods that provide the essential warmth are carrots, potatoes, radish, turnip and parsnips. These foods help us maintain the full feeling as well as regulate internal body temperature.
Beans are the best bet in winter — red, black, or kidney. Mash them up, have them in soups or salads.
Switch to slow cooked dishes in winter including beef, chicken and lamb.
Spring is a time of joy and cheer.
Just like the garden looks green and crisp, that is what should be on your plate.
Artichokes, asparagus, cherries, parsley give the body just that freshness it needs. Include wheat, dates, yam, cilantro, leeks and get started for a whole new beginning!!!!
The body is very hot and dry during summer.
Stick to cooling routines and have lots of melons, cucumbers and cantaloupe. Eat plenty of figs, green beans, tomatoes, strawberries, cauliflower as these are the best choices for this time of year.
Among the seasonings, switch to peppermint and cilantro.
And most important of all keep your body hydrated with plenty of water.
Be creative, follow your own palate to use these foods in your dishes and serve yourself an extravaganza!!!!