Foods For A Healthy Fall

Throughout the year, nature provides us with the appropriate foods to protect us from the climate, support our health, and keep us in balance. Becoming aware of seasonal foods and seasonal eating habits can attune us to the natural cycles of nature, and our bodies.

Autumn offers an abundance of vegetables and herbs as well as a variety of tastes which support and fuel the body, providing additional heat to protect us from the cooler, damper climate. Preparing food in harmony with the season means cooking with more astringent, sour and pungent foods, adding food rich in protein and fats into your diet, and eating more whole grains.

Eating sour foods such as sourdough bread, sauerkraut, aduki beans, yogurt and rosehip tea, and pungent foods such as garlic, turnip, ginger, horseradish, daikon and white peppercorn have a warming and cleansing affect on the body and also add ‘zing’ to your meals. Cooking with dark green and golden orange vegetables such as carrots, winter, squash, pumpkin, broccoli, parsley, kale, turnip, and mustard greens provide large amounts of beta-carotene, which helps to boost your Wei Qi (immune system) and protect your lungs and large intestine against illness.

Drinking hot herbal tea is another way of warming the body and benefiting from the season’s abundance. Herbs such as ginseng, yerba santa, nettles, mullein, and astragalus can also keep the immune system strong and healthy.  Remember, herbs can be used as medicine, so it’s wise to consult with someone who is knowledgeable to make sure you’re taking the right herbs.  Whether sipping a steaming cup of herbal tea with a good rainy day novel, or spicing up the house with fragrant and aromatic smells from your kitchen, don’t forget to take advantage of this year’s harvest! ….Healthwell News (Acupuncture Media)

Dry Cough  – Pear with Almond Soup
Organic produce is highly recommended
– 5 ripe pears
– 4 handfuls of almonds
– 2 quarts of water
– honey
– fresh mint leaves
Cut pears in half and remove stem and seeds. Chop into small pieces.  Place four handfuls of almonds and fruit in water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add honey and mint to taste.  Drink one to two cups daily to enhance the lung function and prevent dry coughs in the autumn.  ….Healthwell News (Acupuncture Media)

Mac and Squash (Cheese)
Instead of using cheese, use butternut squash (pureed).  Mix with your favorite macaroni.