October is here! Autumn is just around the corner. When seasons begin to shift, the energy in our bodies shifts as well. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that eating the appropriate foods for the season, and also the transition of seasons is important to maintain balance within the body.
Right now, we are shifting out of the Fire element, into the Metal element. We are in what is known as the in-between period of seasons. Listed below are the elements associated with the seasons:
That being said, now is a great time to be eating root veggies, yellow fruits and veggies, grains, and proteins that are light (meaning not high in fat). Oils and fats should be used sparingly during this time, and food should be mostly balanced in flavor and bland (not having an abundance of flavor (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter).
A person's constitution is also important to assess when figuring out what foods to eat or avoid--for example, if you tend towards being colder, you could try adding a bit of ginger; if you tend towards being warmer, you can try adding some bitter flavor.
Another way to do it is to listen to what your body is saying after eating. Ask questions like,
"Does it make me tired? groggy? energized? bloated? gassy?" and adjust accordingly :)
I hope everyone is doing okay out there! I hope to see you around soon. Take a look below at the news blurbs for Yoga and Acupuncture.
Ashley Gee, L.Ac.