The Spring Season is in the air!
It is time to cycle out of the introspective energy of winter into the expansive energy of spring.
Spring correlates with energies of creation and new beginnings. It’s a time where the climate of wind has a strong presence. Wind is an agent of change. The wind clears out the old and makes room for new; new thoughts, ideas, people, circumstances, and adventures. This is what the spring season is all about. We’ve all experienced after a long, cold winter that feeling of a fresh new start and energy of inspiration as everything in nature starts to bud and surface. The energy of this time of year is rising and expanding.
At this time, there is an element of cleansing. Who doesn’t love the feeling of spring cleaning?! This time of year is a perfect opportunity to reset; remove toxins and create a strengthened and renewed inner environment. Toxins come in the form of negative thoughts, outdated belief systems, unsupportive relationships, external pollutants, and even food processing. If we are not able to find that reset, we may find ourselves catching a cold, waking up congested or dealing with headaches and allergies. There may even be heightened levels of frustration and anger.
Our body is a self-healing entity with every cell in the body going through a lifecycle. Our body continually repairs, renews and regenerates to keep us in a state of newness. Bones are replaced every three months, white blood cells every 3 weeks, skin every month, and the lining of the digestive tract every 4 days. It is estimated that within a decade, we are physically a new person. Through our dietary choices, we have an opportunity to support this self-healing process which includes the cleansing needs of the spring season.
Here I share with you five supportive eating strategies as you welcome in new beginnings of spring.
Five Eating Strategies for Transitioning into the Spring Season:
Eat all foods COOKED.
Hold off on the raw smoothies and salads. Don’t worry the warm summers are on their way. To support digestion and immunity during season transitions eating our food cooked is the most nurturing practice.
Add a touch of SOUR to your daily day.
Sour has a contracting and astringent effect aiding in digestion and detoxification. Add warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon, apple cider vinegar, mango, papaya or unheated, fermented sauerkraut to your diet.
Keep CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES high on your list of food choices.
This family of veggies is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Think broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, arugula, collards, Brussels sprouts, and watercress.
Eat a SOUP a day!
Yes, the best breakfast option out there. Digestion is vulnerable during season transitions making soup the ideal medium for nourishment. Choose a bean/vegetable option over animal based. Consider a lemon lentil soup!
Add a touch of PUNGENT into your meals.
The pungent flavor helps to keep your energy, blood, and emotions moving as the season’s change. Add some garlic, scallions, ginger, horseradish, basil, and fennel to your dishes.
As you make these shifts in your diet welcoming in the spring season, begin to ask yourself, what new beginnings are ahead for me this year? This is the time to contemplate, brainstorm, and begin taking action.