September 26, 2007
Eating for the Season
Depending on where you live, fall is fast approaching, and for some
of us – fall is here! As the seasons change, so does your metabolism
and your eating. Your body naturally craves certain foods depending on
the weather, and during the cooler fall and winter months you tend to
crave and eat foods that help keep you warm. This is the time to turn
toward warm soups, sweet potatoes, squashes, beans, nuts and seeds. The
heavier, warmer foods satisfy the need to put on a little extra fat to
get you through the colder seasons until summer. Eating for the season
is the natural thing to do, unlike what most people do today.
With today's distribution of food, people often eat out-of-season fruits
and vegetables that are shipped from around the world – not what
Mother Nature intended. You were meant to eat locally-grown, seasonal
foods that are grown organically. Traditional Chinese and Ayurveda
medicines recommend eating a diet that changes with the seasons when
different products become available. In the summer when it's hot, you
tend to eat cooler, lighter foods, like salads, fruits and vegetables.
Eating a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day sure hits the spot and
calms you down. Summer is the time to eat foods that don't weigh you
down, foods that are fresh and cool, foods that keep you –
cool as a cucumber.
Now that the weather is turning cooler, make a trip to your farmers
market to buy locally-grown delicious red or golden apples, plump
bright orange pumpkins and exotic winter squashes. Did you know
that there are over twenty varieties of winter squash? Varieties
such as butternut, Hubbard, buttercup, acorn, kabocha, spaghetti,
pumpkin, fairytale pumpkin, banana, delicata, ambercup, turban, sweet
dumpling, carnival, gold acorn, and golden nugget. Keep in mind that the
jack-o-lantern pumpkins aren't made for eating. The sugar pie or sweetie
pie, small sugar or New England pie and sugar baby pumpkins are great
for pies. Squash can be used in soups, pies, casseroles, souffles,
pancakes and custards. Winter squashes have hard, thick skins, a long
shelf-life and can be stored for months in a dark, dry, cool place
(50 - 55 degrees is ideal).
Why not choose foods that are grown close to home, organic and bountiful
this season? Not only do you help the environment by choosing to buy
locally, you get fresh foods that will satisfy your taste buds, suit
your metabolism, and fit within the season. Give yourself permission
to change your diet to include nuts, seeds, squash and soups that are
in-season and nourish your body. Keep in mind, that it's ok to put on
a little extra fat during the winter, as long as you are able to lose
it when the weather gets warmer.
Although I enjoy the summer sun, I savor this time of year and the foods
it brings. One of my favorite foods is soup, and I love cooking recipes
to include the different tastes and textures of winter squash. I'd like
to share with you some of my favorite healthy seasonal recipes. I use
mostly organic ingredients, and recommend that you use them as much as
possible, for your health and the health of the environment. Read more
about food grown organically in my newsletter,
Passionate about Organic Foods.
Are you interested in exploring the wonderful world of soups and live in
the Denver area? Join my Women's Soup Night and enjoy a nourishing
soup dinner, and be part of a women's forum that will inspire the body,
mind and soul. Here is a list of focus topics and upcoming dates for the
Women's Soup Night.
This is the time to shift gears, delight in the coming of cooler weather
and start – eating for the season.
- Celebrate Life – Thursday, 10/25/07
- Choose to Be in Balance – Tuesday, 11/13/07
- Giving from the Heart – Thursday, 12/6/07
- Awaken the Wellness in You!– Tuesday, 1/15/08
Belen Carmichael, NLC
Stop Your Cravings by Jennifer Workman, M.S., R.D.
The Shoshoni Cookbook by Anne Saks and Faith Stone
Yoga Kitchen by Faith Stone and Rachael Guidry
Nourishing Traditions Cookbook by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD
Traditional 100% Organic
Virgin Coconut Oil by Tropical Traditions
What's Cooking America
Squash by Wikipedia
All About Winter Squash by Sam Gugino
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