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Fabulous Foods For 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.

 

Add Heat Foods For Fall

Fall is the harvest season for rich, dense foods that support and fuel the body, providing additional heat to protect us from the cooler, damper climate. The concentrated foods and roots available at this time also “thicken” the blood in order to keep us warm in cooler weather. Our diet should shift toward foods rich in protein-fat and whole grains. These complex carbohydrates may lead to a few added pounds put on during the season, so it’s important to keep active. Preparing foods in harmony with this season means cooking with more astringent, sour foods. Some foods that are sour to include in your diet are – sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, salt plums, rose hip tea, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and sour varieties of apples, plums, and grapes. Be careful with extremely sour food, because small amounts have strong affects upon the body and blood pressure. (Avoid large amounts of sour foods if you have a history of high blood pressure.)

 

Our appetites are also stimulated by the fragrance of aromatic flavors and spices. Other foods that are useful during the Fall are pungent foods. These foods both cleanse and protect the lungs and large intestine. Some pungent foods are – garlic, turnip, ginger, horseradish, cabbage*, radish*, daikon, and white peppercorn.

 

To help boost your Wei Qi or immune system, consume dark green and golden-orange vegetables. They are high in beta carotene and appear to protect the lungs and large intestine against illness. Carrots, winter squash, pumpkin, broccoli, parsley, kale, turnip, mustard greens, and blue green algae are foods to consume this time of year. You may also want to use herbs such as ginseng, yerba santa, nettles, mullein, and astragalus.

 

Adding the above foods to your daily diet may help bolster your immunity and support the health of your lungs. In general, cook with less water, and at lower heat, for longer periods of time.

 

Foods for Fall Health

FRUIT

Apple

Blackberry

Cranberry

Date

Fig

Grapes

Jicama

Mandarin Orange

Melons

Pear

Persimmon

Plum

Pomegranate

Rosehip

 

VEGETABLES

Bell pepper

Broccoli

Burdock root

Carrot

Cauliflower

Corn

Garlic

Gingerroot

Horseradish

Leeks

Onions

Parsnips

Pumpkin

Red cabbage

Rutabaga

Shallot

Spinach

Squash

Sweet potato

Turnip

Yam

 

GRAINS

Amaranth

Barley

Buckwheat

Corn

Millet

Quinoa

Rye

Wheat

 

NUTS

Almond

Brazil

Cashew

Filbert

Pecan

Pignolia

Pistachio

Walnut

 

BEANS

Adzuki

Black

Carob

Garbanzo

Kidney

Lentil

Lima

Navy

Soy

White

 

SEEDS

Flax

Pumpkin

Sesame

Sunflower