For many of us
Yoga has been a journey,
A way of leading and/or paving the way,
And reminding us along the way of who we truly are
Yoga, such as life, journeys around obstacles
Strengthening us at our weakest points
Yet loving us through it all along
Yoking this mind/body/spirit awareness
To anchor us here in the present moment of our lives
We face each day stronger
And determined to carry on
What is your source of strength?!
Source of Strength Yoga incorporates bodyweight/strength training and calisthenics effortlessly combined with vinyasa flow in order to strengthen the body/mind on and off the mat connecting you here and now.
Join me this Aug (16-18) at Barefoot & Free as we dig deep and explore our source(s) of strength
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BREATHE * CONNECT * RELEASE
content created by ~Dr. Krishana~
As an entrepreneur, a student of life, a teacher, and forever in practice there are days when everything seems so spot on and life, in that moment, just makes sense...then there are days when "nothing" seems to go "right". Some days I want to throw in the towel and give it all up, but then I remember my why. A phone call from a client, a strategically placed message from a friend, a stranger, or the universe that changes my perspective and makes me quiet down...slow down...listen.
Today as I was out talking to a fellow colleague, I was reminded in a simple sentence about shift...When business/life/success seems to be going so wrong, sometimes all it takes is a small adjustment. As Tony Robbins so eloquently calls it the "2 millimeter rule." This rule not only works for people "in the struggle", it also works for people who are rocking and rolling. We all can THRIVE in life by making small changes to how we do things.
So what is this 2 millimeter shift you ask?
It's the concept that the slightest adjustment gives yield to the biggest results. Think about it for a moment....Have you ever played golf or went bowling? 2mm can be the difference between a slice and a shank while driving or a strike and a spare after the release. Minuscule adjustments are made all the time, however, honing in on them and intentionally administering "tiny" changes will help set you up for great success.
The days when business is "failing" and you ask/tell yourself that nothing is working, success can seem so out of reach. The break through before or even after the breakdown occurs are in those "tiny" habits that add up- a week, a month, or even a year from now- that make such a profound difference. No one went into business knowing everything AND there are people who have been in business longer than you who have tools to help you succeed.
When I first started working for myself (I started out personal training, driving around going to clients homes) I was not wildly successful, I was afraid to ask for help, and I was also afraid to fail. But I didn't let fear keep me from trying, however, fear did hinder me from growing. I look back today at those times and notice many shifts that I could have made in order to grow in practice.
What are some shifts that You can make in your business and in your life that can lead to more success/fulfillment!? How do you determine where to begin?
I know for many, beginning can be the most daunting. Sometimes we set such high expectations on ourselves that once we don't meet it we automatically give up. Zig Ziglar (a youtube mentor of mine) said it best: If you have a child that's learning to walk, after how many failed attempts are you going give up on that child and say 'You'll never be able to walk'? Instead we give them chance after chance until one day, they are walking!... We need to decrease the defeat mindset we place on ourselves and allow ourselves to try, fail, and try again! Failure is always an option. That's where growth occurs (think working out/building muscle. You have to push your body to a point of failure to overcome/get stronger).
Let's get to it:
List/write/brainstorm/draw...what is working right now. What sparks joy, what lights you up, what drives you to get out of bed each day!?
Understand what is working and document your current "success strategies".
Anticipate the biggest areas of challenge, then create a plan to target/combat disruptive routines. Move toward impact!
Evaluate your successes and failures and mentally/spiritually prepare for whats to come.
Ask yourself what contributes to your success? What are some factors that have created challenges? What KEY decisions have you made over the last year and what were the results of those choices? How are you going to maintain your strengths and build on your weaknesses? Remember here that the little things/tiny habits, aren't small; they are everything! It's the 2mm shifts that make the greatest transformation.
Seek guidance, look at what others are doing, remember who you are, where you came from, and where you are trying to go. Set yourself up for success in Life. There will still be obstacles and road blocks but success is always within reach.
Bitter foods help activate the liver and encourage the production of digestive enzymes and juices so the stomach can better digest food. With the birth of modern food processing, most of our food’s bitterness was stripped away in favor of salty and sweet flavors. Because of this, bitterness is lacking and our digestive systems don’t always operate as well as they should.
Taking digestive bitters before a large meal can help stoke the digestive fire and replace the bitter flavor that is missing from our food. Consuming bitters at least 15 minutes before eating has been shown to aid digestion, stimulate bile juices, and calm the nerves. Not only that, but when you taste bitters, your heart rate slows down, and your glandular and intestinal activity increases priming your stomach to digest efficiently (parasympathetic nervous system turns on).
WHAT ARE BITTERS?
Bitters are highly concentrated liquid tonics made from a variety of plants. A strong alcohol is infused with spices, roots, tree bark, seeds, fruit, herbs, flowers, and berries to create a potent and flavorful liquid. Bitters were originally created and put on the market for medicinal purposes making claims to restore your health; this is because bitter flavors stimulate digestion which help improve many digestive related problems from gases and stomach aches to reducing sugar cravings, and potentially balancing appetite and helping with nausea.
THE BITTER BENEFITS:
Because the modern diet is mostly made of sweet and salty foods, we don't eat as many bitter foods anymore. In fact, a lot of normally bitter foods may have been modified over the years to reduce their bitterness. Eating bitter foods regularly, like dandelion leaf or arugula, has been shown to help improve and sooth gas, bloating, occasional heartburn, calm an upset stomach, balance appetite, curb sugar cravings, regulate bowel movements, support live and healthy skin, and more. Bitter foods can help stimulate your liver and gallbladder, which improves digestion; this, in turn, eases your tummy and can help make you feel better in general.
Side Note/Disclaimers/Warnings: This post is meant to be informative only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. You should either avoid or be extremely cautious with bitters (talk to your doctor before using) if you are pregnant or have kidney stones, stomach ulcers, gallbladder disease, GERD, gastritis, or any other digestive condition.
10 BENEFITS OF BITTERS
1) Improves protein digestion and mineral absorption
2) Improves breakdown of fats and fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
3) Reduce gas and bloating
4) Relieve occasional heartburn
5) Promote regular bowel movements
6) Reduce food sensitivities
7) Breakdown microbes and prevent SIBO & yeast overgrowth
8) In Ayurvedic tradition, bitters are known to reduce sweet cravings and regulate blood sugar
9) In Chinese medicine, bitters are cooling and remove “heat” from the body (aka inflammation)
10) Eclectics promote digestive bitters for improved detoxification, healthy skin, improved joint pain and healthy mood.
WHEN TO TAKE BITTERS:
Bitters are best taken before a meal to support digestion. Take a dropper full in a small amount of water, tea or soda water shortly before a meal. If you suffer from heartburn, start with a very low dose and increase slowly as tolerated. Bitters are not recommended if you suffer from gastritis, stomach ulcer, gallbladder disease or kidney disease.
Use bitters for occasional heartburn and indigestion, sipping a small amount after a meal. Use them for gas and bloating, by taking them before you eat to ignite the digestive fire, and support the production of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and bile, and help ensure normal bowel habits.
Bitters I like...
(I am not affiliated with any brand and this is simply a starting point for reference. If you would like to try any of the products discussed in this blog, they are linked and it is at your own volition...ENJOY!)
Check out Urban Moonshine Organic products and find out more about bitters here andFlora bitters.
Tis the season! Enjoy and ALWAYS count your blessings
Until next time
Original article by Emma Loewe
-"In the lobby of WeWork in downtown Manhattan, a futuristic box in the corner looks more like a robot than a vending machine. Two doors, each equipped with a monitor, entice passersby with photos of mason jar salads and yogurt bowls topped with fruit. After a few taps of the screen, a glass container of granola is dispensed, topped off with a purple smoothie from a spout hidden in the machine, and this breakfast açaí bowl is ready." -
According to U.S. statistics from Brandongaille.com: There are an estimated 4.6 million vending machines in the U.S. and healthier snack options far outsell traditional snack foods by 300 percent. In fact, some locales have legislation in place to mandate healthier choices in food/drink vending machines. But new trends are taking shape in the vending machine market. Snacks are being replaced by healthy meal options and what was once a quick trip to the vending machine can now become a breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.
"We believe we're on the brink of a food paradigm shift. People want healthy food, but they don't always have the time to make it themselves or sit down at a restaurant. Vending machines will help fill this gap by providing easy, fast, hassle-free food for consumers on-the-go." Joe and Brittaney Kerby- co-founders of Alpaca Market.
With the convenience of vending machines and the shift in healthier eating, it was only a matter of time before companies began to follow the habits of healthier eating. We find ourselves at a moment in history when vending machines make a lot of sense: They're convenient, they're fast, they're affordable—and they're finally getting a healthy makeover. In addition to giving more people access to healthy, delicious meals and snacks on-the-go, healthy vending options help the other goal of the business: cutting back on the waste usually associated with packaged food.
Fresh, healthy, and plastic-free vending machines are a new concept popping up around the US. Farmer’s Fridge: a Chicago-based startup that sells salads, bowls, and snacks in vending machines just closed a $30 million financing round. Currently, the company has about 185 machines in Chicago and Milwaukee. This money will help to open 225 more vending machines across the Midwest.
Wellness is about a ones internal experience of their body (awareness), the ability to make constructive and healthy choices, and the ability to enjoy life and be well/balanced.
The feeling of BEing alive/vital/prana.
We perceive our world through our nervous system
It is through our nervous system that we coordinate the function of every cell, organ, and tissue within our body.
Every region of the body and every emotion is expressed through the nervous system.
It is the vehicle we use to create our conscious reality.
Our nervous system allows our inner world to interact with our outer world.
So, when an event occurs that our brain decides is not safe for us to fully experience (safety mechanism for survival) at that particular time, the energy and information of the event is translated into vibration and tension which is then stored in the body until we are ready address it later... (For most, this later never comes). The vibrations of tension are ignored,
(E)motion=Energy in Motion...when we are children, we are so good at emoting because we haven't developed the strategies to eloquently voice our feelings of dislike, hurt, pain ----instead we scream, cry, and throw things; going for the all out tantrum I was so fond of in my youth. In a sense, this is healthy behavior because we are releasing the energy from within us. As adults, we are no longer encouraged to cry, yell, fall out, shake and have a full on tantrum....we would be emitted into the psych ward I'm certain or remain heavily medicated (don't cope, take dope mentality).
and become tension within the fascia, over time distorting the spinal system. The spinal bones (vertebrae) lose their normal range of motion and alignment. Muscles and ligaments begin to pull and strain and the nerves become compressed or stretched and irritated in that area/region, resulting in abnormal/unhealthy function.
As the nervous system is put under pressure, the spine is no longer able to right itself. Outside intervention is called upon. Think analgesic, surgery, nerve blocks, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga, reiki, etc...Our body "closes off" to the offending energy and tension and over time, muscular tightness, spinal distortion, reduction of breath/oxygen into the area occurs, consequently resulting in reduction of movement/decreased range of motion, leading to cellular death/decay (if its not moving, its dying).
Until it is safe to experience the energy and information of the trauma, one cannot fully heal or feel whole.
A new strategy for healing
We are looking to reorganize and develop strategies in order to experience and release the traumas of our bodies. Tension reduces/ dissipates and our system "reboots" with techniques such as breathwork, somatic embodiment, and yoga therapy, each person is able to connect the brain to the body more effectively developing a capacity to self -heal and self -correct their latent tension patterns. The brain/body connection encourages spontaneous stretching movements and enhance the breath/oxygen into those areas of vibrational dissonance (tension) which helps release tension in the spine, nervous system, and throughout the rest of the body (think fascial system here). Detoxifying, cleansing, and awakening/restoring the Chi where it was disrupted.
Lack of safety is the basis for all physiological stress and the way we accumulate this stress is directly associated with the way we experience the world (perception).
"I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it." ~The Matrix
Meditation has become a generic word, with many interpretations stretching from sitting quietly to deep inward focus. This article will give different perspectives on modern mindfulness and meditation.
What is meditation?
The practice of meditation has been around for millennia. With some of the earliest written records dating back to 1500 BC, it's no wonder our curiosity for its many benefits still exist. But, what exactly is meditation and how do we do it?
The official site of the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), USA, proclaims: “Meditation techniques include specific postures, focused attention, or an open attitude toward distractions. People use this to increase calmness and relaxation, improve psychological balance, cope with illness, or enhance overall health and well-being.” Thus, the definition of meditation is based on a mental process to calm and reduce the psycho-physiologic load on a person.
Merriam-webster.com defines meditation (meditate): to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.
Yogapedia explains meditation as the process of quieting the mind in order to spend time in thought for relaxation or religious/spiritual purposes. Meditation involves concentrated focus on something such as a sound, image or feeling.
Yoga International states meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. Yoga International further goes on to say that meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means, the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.
So now that we know meditation has a common underlying theme, concentration, we can begin to look at the benefits and discover ways to begin/enhance our practice.
In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. Our inner state is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracted, meditation deepens. This observation or concentration comes with the continued practice of focusing the mind on a particular object and becoming absorbed in it. This absorption is meditation. This experience of absorption is also sometimes called a state of ‘thoughtless awareness’.
This is a state in which the excessive and stress producing activity of the mind is neutralized without reducing alertness and effectiveness. Authentic meditation enables one to focus on the ‘present moment’ rather than dwell on the unchangeable past or undetermined future. It is this state of equipoise that is said to be therapeutic both psychologically and physically and which fundamentally distinguishes meditation from simple relaxation, physical rest or sleep.
Meditation is a systematic process in itself, which takes practice and patience to learn.
The benefits of meditation:
Creating a greater awareness for body and mind, meditation will release the stress/tension from the body allowing our mind to feel calmer, thus creating more ease in our life. "Tension results from clutching too tightly to life..." ~B.K.S Iyengar: Light on Life. With endless to-do lists, constant internal (mind) chatter, stories, past events; tired and stressed, a thousand threads of identity bind us creating stored stress/tension within our body. As we listen to ourselves more and sit in silence, we become more aware of who we actually are. With more peace of mind in daily business/life, we are able to acknowledge the space between external events and our reactions to them thus changing the relationship with our feelings.
In the book Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright, he states "In mindfulness meditation, as it's typically taught, the point of focusing on your breath isn't just to focus on your breath. It's to stabilize your mind to free it of its normal preoccupations so you can observe things that are happening in a clear, unhurried, less reactive way. Trying to "experience" your feelings -sadness, annoyance, anxiety, relief, joy...- from a different perspective than usual; not changing/clinging to the "good" ones or running away from the "bad" ones, only experiencing them straightforward and observing them as they are." This new perspective is associated with decreased stress/anxiety and heightened awareness to peace.
Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perspective and happiness. Whatever the method used, meditation calms the body-mind complex, reducing stress, and allowing one to achieve normal homeostasis (auto-regulation of internal environment to a stable state) within the body/mind.
Some science behind the relaxation response:
The parasympathetic 'relaxation' response is the direct result of the reduction of sympathetic activation aka fight or flight response. Psychological stress is associated with activation of the sympathetic nervous system and is known to increase heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of sugar and fat in the blood-think about how you would feel if you unknowingly walked into a hungry lions den...everyday...for the rest of your life=Stress response.
On the other hand, meditation, and any other form of rest or relaxation acts to reduce sympathetic 'stress' activation by reducing the release of catecholamines (epinephrine (adrenalin), norepinephrine, and dopamine) and other stress hormones such as cortisol promoting increased parasympathetic 'relaxation' activity which slows the heart rate and improves the flow of blood to internal organs (ie. digestive tract, which functions optimally when not stressed) and away from the periphery (limbs used to fight or flee).
The practice: Getting started with meditation
With many forms, techniques, and strategies, there are many different strategies and ways on how to meditate. One way to begin is to begin with your breath...
Find yourself a quiet place with no interruptions. Come to a comfortable seated position, sitting maybe in a chair or on a cushion on the floor; don't get to caught up in the physical posture–anything that you can hold comfortably for 5 minutes or more will be a great starting point (The most important thing here is to keep your back straight to prevent your mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy). Start with just 5 to 10 minutes at a time, until you become more familiar/ used to this practice- maybe set a timer or find a soothing song/app that keeps time for you. Remembering to eliminate distractions, turn your phone on airplane mode if using your devise, however, the less technology the less the distraction so finding a time to disconnect without any electronics would be optimal.
Focus/fixate your attention on something. You can begin by attending to or focusing on your breath (. If/when your attention waivers/ if a thought comes, attend to it, notice it, be open to it—and it will pass. Then you can come back to your breath...breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control your breath. Try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is our object of meditation. We should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else.
Meditation studios are becoming more and more popular these days. With the need for inclusion and connection, community meditation is on the rise. This mobile version, Be Time, brings a new level of mindfulness and meditative convenience to the community of NYC. Be is a gateway for you to reconnect with yourself and take a breathe(r) and recharge in the midst of the urban hustle. Be offers unique places to meditate with open meditation times and guided sessions at 30 minute intervals its a great way to explore what meditation practice may work best for you.
Be is one of many mobile meditation centers on the rise...Be patient with yourself, explore various techniques, release judgement, set an intention, stay accountable, and above all else BE KIND to yourself on this journey <3
Many times we can get caught up in the how to's of things, especially if its something new and doesn't come with instructions right. Forbid we do something wrong or "mess up"(thanks education system, scared for life because I don't want to fail). Meditation can be one of those things; kinda stressful and filled with uncertainty. What are you supposed to be doing in meditation anyway? How do you even start? Are you supposed to sit? Eyes open or closed? Music or silence? So many questions full of uncertainty, many times it's just easier to say "forget it" and move on without even trying!
Luckily, we are living in a time where resources are quickly and easily at our disposal. I want to share this video with you (no I didn't make it), that is an easy and lighthearted way to come into meditation, reduce stress/tension, smile, and just relax!
I know I am guilty of taking things too seriously at times. This meditation is a great reminder for me to take a step back, breath, and say F'it sometimes and just let go! So sit back, carve out 10 minutes of "me time" and enjoy the meditation. ~Namaste~
"For Druids, celebrating the winter solstice is a recognition that things are difficult and a call for hope that everything will soon improve..."
This solstice has created anxiety among some because of its astrological significance. Dec 21 coincides with two astrological points of interest: the end of Mercury retrograde and the first day the sun (the ruler of the zodiac system) exits Sagittarius (an adventurous, impulsive sign) and enters Capricorn (a steady sign linked to power, patriarchy, and the law). AKA we are moving out of the frying pan and into the fire.
If you recall, we started December with a powerful supermoon under the sign of Gemini (intellect, creativity, ingenuity, and communication). This full moon was about illuminating truth, motives, and intentions. Whatever truths serve your highest good are going to come to the light, so be open to the possibilities. Positive vibes allow us to step into our fullest potential this month.
Mercury went into retrograde from Dec 3-22. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, rules over our mind, allows us to unearth buried thought patterns, reflect on the year past, and gain new information on overlooked opportunities. Mercury can often bring about clarity giving us the opportunity to tap into our subconscious mind and understand things on a deeper level. However, be patient and know that once mercury goes direct the final pieces will fall into place.
As the Sun shifts into Capricorn this solstice, we are going to be reminded to not only reflect on the year gone by but to also slow down and check in with where we are at. It is a good idea to take a moment to pause and work out if your actions are aligned with where you want to be. Over the past several weeks, we have had the opportunity to look within. This solstice energy gives us the opportunity to stay reflective and dig even deeper, to notice what happens on a heart and soul level.
During this time, embrace the energy of change, don't shy away from painful emotions or past regrets that need to be cleared. This can be a very cleansing period if we allow it to be. This Solstice is the perfect time to check in with your soul and to really take responsibility for the direction of your life. Use this Solstice energy to take some downtime, and to really feel the calling of your heart. Notice what direction it is leading you in and see if you are aligning you life in that direction.
This would be an opportune time to release and put what needs to go into the past into the past. Burn your regrets and resentments around a fire or through a candle’s flame. Make amends or reach out to those who need reaching out to with care and compassion. Embark on the process of letting go so that your New Year will feel that much fresh and clear. Journal, meditate, take moments for yourself.
This month has allowed the space to wrap up loose ends before the year ends.
Be gentle on yourself in processing your lessons and growth.
Breathe deep and sink back into the newest version of yourself.
Everyday, we are faced with images of advertisements and social experiments with people laughing, happy, and seemingly in great shape (mentally/physically). And, I would imagine that majority of the human population wants some part of that ideal image. So, I ask, what does that mean for you?
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
― Wayne W. Dyer
I have recently been wandering around looking at people. Not in a creepy way, but in a way that studies how we move. The bio-mechanics of life. It's always interesting to see our relationship with ourselves. The way we move and restrict movement. The way and in what capacity we breathe. Our familiarity of our body as a whole is lacking. Knowing this now, somethings should be done to shift our awareness.
With many fitness programs, our body is broken down into specific parts to work and focus on ourselves as a unit instead of a whole (arms, legs, abs, chest, back, repeat...), however, our body is more magnificent than the pieces we break it into! Our body continuously works as one whole dynamically designed creation performing tasks and recruiting other areas for more help when needed. We work on an all or nothing principle for actions to occur. Our body doesn't half ass it, only our minds.
"The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
So, the interesting part for me lies within our minds. The way we perceive our reality is the way we show up/react. If life is threatening or scary, we posture ourselves and position ourselves accordingly as protection from eminent danger (survival mechanism). When we are filled with laughter and joy, our body drops its defense and frees up space allowing for new and greater amounts of oxygen rich blood and cellular renewal to occur.
I started thinking about all of this one day when I was thinking about yoga and practicing in front of a mirror. Initially, I was somewhat against mirrors in a yoga studio. The practice is to create a greater inner awareness of self and detach from outward distractions. With a mirror, we can be tied up in the aesthetics of each pose/posture/asana/position. We begin to study our physical self, our outside perception/stories we've attached to this human embodiment....then, I began teaching. The awareness for the majority is just not there. Having previous injuries, emotional traumas....we disconnect from areas of pain, dis-comfort, dis-ease. That awareness needs to be developed again. In order to enhance and improve anything, you have to first acknowledge and see that it is there. We can't fight what we don't see, we can't heal what we don't allow ourselves to feel, and we can't go within without first taking a good look on the outside first.
In practicing yoga, our outer perception will eventually shift. Yoga is dealing with alignment. Aligning your life, your body, your mental, your physical, and your spiritual so you can benefit from the deeper connection we are all seeking. In order to move from one plane to the next with ease, finding, seeing, and transforming the way you see yourself starts from that physical/ego perception of self (on multiple levels).
Have you ever been told to hold a plank or perform push ups and then told you were doing it either incorrectly or instructed on how to improve? How about the time when you went into chaturanga and injured yourself...These alignment cues are what will transcend the stuck/limited/survival instincts and replace them with vital (prana) inner-standing.
Souls journey works on many levels and each person encounters their own journey on a different level from the next. One thing, however, remains a common connection point for all of us and that is alignment. Once your outer world begins to take shape, you align your inner world for a higher inner-standing. Once your inner alignment increases, your physical alignment shifts and your perception of reality changes shape as well.
Use many tools to see, share, and record your progress/self transformation.
With love, light, and gratitude. Namaste
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~Hippocrates
Living in tune with nature's rhythms, we become more aware and appreciative of the beauty that surrounds us. As the seasons change, we begin to crave different foods naturally. In the summer we typically want fresh, lighter foods; varieties of melons and berries, fruits and veggies that keep us going, don't weigh us down, and will keep us hydrated.
In the fall we begin to look to more root vegetables and gourds, stuffings, and stews. Slowing down with the slow cooker; warming up with wine. The melons and the berries are canned making wonderful toppings for our seasonal cakes and pies. We begin to prepare for a large feast, family gatherings, and football. This is preparing us for the slower pace of the season.
Winter enters with heavier cooked, warm and satisfying foods, hearty and fulfilling. This is the type of food that adds meat to the bones! Comfort food is in full effect. Hearty casseroles, backed pastas, warming stews and chilis, we have an affinity towards anything that gets slow-cooked, roasted, or baked for maximum coziness.
Then there comes Spring. Reawakening our tastebuds with vibrant living things we begin to tuck away our slow cookers. We look to the garden for inspiration visiting local fresh markets, greengrocers and farmers markets for things that snap and crunch (asparagus, snap peas, salad greens), lightening up the weight of the winter. Why is this important to recognize?
1) Eating whats in season increases our ...plants receive their nourishment from the sun and soil and we receive our nourishment from the plants. Seasonally fresh produce is picked when it's ripe and fully developed meaning higher level of antioxidants, (the good stuff).
2) Seasonal food is more likely to be locally produced reducing the load on the environment due to transportation (food mileage), as well as lighter on our pockets (its less expensive when grown in season and in your city/county/state.)
3) Organic and Free of harmful pesticides! (I call that a WIN). Food grown outside of their season/natural environment is going to need a lot more human assistance in forms of pesticide, wax, chemicals, and preservatives to look appealing to us. In choosing local and seasonal foods, we are more likely to get cleaner and organic products. (Many smaller farms cannot afford organic certifications, however, they follow natural and healthy growing practices meaning less harmful stuff in our food, in our bodies, and in our environment/soil/water.) So support local!
4) Supporting your seasonal needs. The cycles, phases, and transitions are all here to support our growth. The seasonal selection of produce is designed to support our health. Apples grow in the fall and are a perfect transitioning food for helping our bodies get rid of excess heat and cooling down before winter. With the abundance of leafy greens in the spring, we are alkalizing, detoxing and loosing some added weight after a long winter with heavier foods. Summer time is for cooling foods and staying hydrated. Eating more fruits, berries, cucumber, melons are all hydrating foods to keep on hand. In order to facilitate the body's natural healing process, we should look to whats in season.
Find out what's in season in your region here.
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