Posted by: medica...the healing arts, LLC | October 9, 2014

Fall Food Intake

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Fall food intake is focused on eliminating any further accumulation of Fire energy from Summer and to prepare the Body for the leaner, harsher months of Winter.

This often turns our attention to warm, moist foods that contrast in tastes.  A good example of these are stews, soups, and casseroles.   This food supplies a variety of tastes and textures. The body slows down as it digests this type of food intake.

At this time of the year, we still have access to many vegetables.  The root vegetables, in particular, are more plentiful.  And this is a natural transition for you to make in your dietary intake.  Vegetables grown close to the ground, or in the ground, are the natural selection as we watch Fire energy turn into Earth energy.

Also, root vegetables and close-to-the-ground vegetables are slightly sweeter in taste.  So if you find yourself searching for something sweet, try some beets, carrots or sweet potatoes to help satisfy your changing palette.

As the days and nights are getting cooler, we will want to adjust how we are preparing our food.  During the Summer, when Fire is abundant, it is wise to eat raw vegetables.  This keeps us from adding any additional heat to our bodies. But as the days become cooler, you may want to steam the vegetables or add some spices for a little “heat”.

At this time of the year, you may find yourself looking for a big juicy steak.

That is because animal protein produces heat in the body.  If you are concerned about the amount of animal protein you are ingesting, try nuts, hemp, and botanical proteins.  These provide protein but help to keep the body lighter and will not interfere with a weight management or health  program. Please keep in mind that nuts do have a considerable amount of fats.  They should not be eaten in great quantities.  However, they are usually “good” fats that your body will use to fortify your body.


Tomorrow:  Fall exercise


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