Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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I try to "eat w/ the seasons" as much as possible. Such as:
More fresh fruit and salads in the summer... lots of pumpkin and squash in the fall... lots of soups and stews and roots in the winter. I also avoid eating many "cold" foods in the winter. Like iced foods, raw vegis and fruits, cold drinks. Instead I eat dried fruits, steamed or baked vegis,stewed apples and pears, lots of whole grains. I love soups and stews. Theycapture the essence and nutrients of all that you put in them. Plus they are warm, easy to digest, and the salt is better for you in the winter. We also drink a lot more tea in the winter- herbal teas, spiced chai, green tea, chicory w/ a little rice milk and sweetener.
I think a key to eating healthy w/ the seasons is- lighter, cooler foods in the summer, and warmer, heartier foods in the winter. and buy produce that is in season locally. I avoid eating tropical fruits in the winter and also I eat very little of foods like cucumbers, melons, lettuce, etc. in the winter here... and also in the summer I don't eat many yams or hearty stews.
Any book or cookbook about Macrobiotics talks about and features examples and recipes for eating w/ the seasons, as does books on Chinese Dietary Therapy and most Ayurvedic cookbooks.