Tea, Food and Community

Tea, Food and Community

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Seasonal Eating: An important common-sense approach to vital health 

Time to embrace the “going inward” of winter. Time to nurture yourself.

The weather, even though unseasonably warm, is nevertheless cool and windy. To stay balanced, focus on foods and activities that are warm, moist, heavy and oily.  

Adapted From Dr. John Douillard, the author of The Three-Season Diet: 

Balancing food choices are soups, nuts, warm grains and other high fat (think avocados or coconut milk) and high protein foods (think,  curried chick peas or Tuscan white bean soup or three-bean chili). When preparing your meals or ordering at a restaurant, ask yourself, “How can I make this meal more warm, moist, heavy and/or oily?” A little extra drizzle of olive oil on your salad and veggies;  a bit of avocado mixed into your local, cage-free eggs, prepared with ghee or organic butter; a bit of full fat coconut milk whipped and drizzled on your oatmeal/quinoa prepared with cinnamon for breakfast .


Balancing activities could be enjoying a steam sauna, a nice sweaty workout session at the gym, warm oil self-massage (abhyanga), hot yoga, or a hot bath. It's also very important to balance vata, the windy cool nature of winter, by keeping your head covered and warm during these winter months.


We give you permission to look at the “permission to pause” rest and give yourself more time to go inward. Slow walks in the woods being present, curling up with the poetry, reflecting on the past year by journaling and organizing photos, more time sipping tea with friends or family!


This month is our first step in aligning our desires with the foods that nature has provided in season for thousands of years. New research suggests that our gut microbes are meant to change seasonally with the foods we eat. Seasonal microbes optimize digestion, mood and immunity – the way nature intended! Winter’s seasonal microbes are found in high quality dairy, fermented foods such as sauerkraut or , and root vegetables that our slow cooked in our ovens with nourishing oils, such as ghee or coconut oil.


Now is not the time to do a dietary cleanse that is harsh.  Eliminating processed foods and eating no sugar is always a good idea, but now is not the time for lots of raw greens. Be gentle on yourself.


A key herbal support to excellent whole-food seasonal nutrition is Ashwagandha. We love Ashwagandha (also Called Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng), particularly in Winter.  It  is a warm, heavy, sweet root harvested in the fall for winter immunity, strength and stamina. Accordingly to Dr. Douillard: Ashwagandha helps the body adapt to stress without unwanted stimulation, and in fact also supports natural sleep cycles by helping the body to maintain adequate energy levels to calm itself down and sleep restfully. In the daytime, it helps support the immune system and musculoskeletal systems, both of which may be negatively impacted by stress. If you would like us to order you some Organic Ashwagandha capsules, just e-mail us at passifloratearoom@gmail.com.

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