Eat in Season for Spiritual Health, Wealth, and Vitality
Author: Ask Cristina
“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” — Ezekiel 47:12
Every season produces a rainbow of colors in the foods we eat, or should eat. When you eat in season you create a balance for yourself that not only vitalizes you physically but strengthens you spiritually. To eat what the earth produces is the way to keep the mind, body, spirit healthy. Every herb, seed, and fruit of the earth is designed to heal us and keep us in harmony with the universe.
The best way to eat in season is to buy locally, or at farmer’s markets or subscribe to a local food co-op. It’s not only easy on the pocketbook, but blending flavors of fruits and vegetables in season simply taste better. When in season, it’s the most nutritional food you can buy.
Changes in growing conditions from spring to summer or fall to winter are considered essential for balancing the earth’s resources and its life forms. Coordinating our diets with the cycles of the seasons naturally cleanses us and builds health for the body. Therefore it’s natural that we too would need that balance.
In the spring, green is the color that should dominate your plate. Leafy vegetables like spinach, Romaine lettuce, kale, parsley and basil are high in antioxidants and help keep you strong throughout the year, not just on the day you consume them. Most have vitamins K, A, and C as well as manganese and anti-cancer nutrients like beta carotene and lutein.
Summer is truly a multi-colored season with berries, cherries, fruit and vegetables galore. Tomatoes, peppers of all kinds, green onions, and cilantro not only pack a punch in nutrients, they prevent cell damage that comes from free radicals. This combination also tastes good as a salsa. The amount of seasonal food available in summer, when consumed, keeps your weight down. Particularly if your focus is on berries, peaches, and other summer fruits.
Fall brings the color orange or red, so think sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and other squashes that contains omega-3 fatty acids and excellent source of vitamin A . And don’t forget apples and pears — with four grams of dietary fiber and an array of anti-toxins, they really do keep the doctor away. And don’t forget to try pomegranates, a good source of vitamin C and folate.
You would think you can run out of vegetable or fruit ideas in the winter, but with winter comes lovely white. Root vegetables are key in winter, including rutabagas, potatoes, turnips, cauliflower, and a touch of green, like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Root vegetables contribute to good mental health, because the high amount of antioxidants assist in removing free radicals and toxins that can cause winter blues. Don’t forget oranges, lemons and grapefruits, which are sweet in winter months to ward off any winter colds or flu.
We are made of stardust, of all the elements in the universe, and so is our plant life made of universal elements on this planet. To be in sync with the universe requires more than meditation and prayer. Paying attention to seasonal patterns, consuming seasonal food is key to keeping the body in balance with mind and spirit. Good food clears your mind and helps you make the right decisions during the most stressful times. So eat well to obtain true abundance in every aspect of your life!
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