Photo of a Yummy Autumn dish of French Barley Salad with Hazelnuts from my local Food Co-op.
Ingredients: Organic Pearl Barley, Locally-Grown Zestar Apples, Organic Carrots, Zante Currants, Toasted Hazelnuts, Organic Red Onions, Organic Scallions, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Champagne Vinegar, Fresh Organic Dill, Organic Garlic, Locally-Produced Honey, Sea Salt, Black Pepper.
If you have certain habits or addictions which you wish to clear out of your life, changing other aspects of your life, such as diet, exercise, even attitudes, can be very helpful. Often the added willpower and strength that comes from beginning new patterns affects positively those old habits. Just seeing yourself differently, without a cigarette or involved in a new situation, is very important in helping to change old habits.
It is good to begin autumn with a week’s cleansing diet, of fruit and vegetable juices, or a grape fast.
In general, the Autumn Diet for omnivores includes more meats and dairy products; while for vegetarians more grains, nuts, beans, and seeds as well as more dairy and eggs if used. As fruits slowly fade away from the garden, we turn to more vegetables as well as grains as the weather grows colder towards winter.
With any diet, it is good to become very aware of the complete effects of foods.
Watch and learn how they act with your body, consider even keeping a journal so that you can see which foods agree with you and which ones do not. Whenever there is a shift in the seasonal produce it is a good time to check in with yourself and see if you have lossed or gained any food sensitivities/allergies.
The quantity and ratio of foods in your diet are important.
For example, a diet mostly consistent with bread and cheese, both body congestors, will not keep you or your intestines free-flowing. Meats have more concentrated energy, which may not be easy to assimilate, but they create more density and body heat than fruits or vegetables. When we eat too many congesting foods, or just simply are prone to overeating, this keeps your body and internal state in a continuous internal state at the level of physical sensations and indulgences.
Principle Body Builders are: meats, fish, dairy, nuts, beans, seeds, and grains in that order (but remember these create varying degrees of congestion).
Principle Body Cleansers: all fruits and vegetables are body cleansers in general, but bananas have a congesting effect while avocados and mushrooms act more as builders.
Principle Body Congestors are: noodles, potatoes, bread, cake, cookies, and all white flour, sugar, and chemical products.
Principle Body Lubricators are: olive, sesame, and sunflower seed oils, margarine and butter (some of these ARE needed to keep everything running smooth).
Whole grains are high in Vitamin B, and their cellulose content helps your intestines by stimulating good elimination. A diet consisting mainly of body cleansers along with whole grains, some building foods, and a limited intake of congestors will keep you clear, strong and well.
Autumn is a time to start making soup again! Vegetable-Barley is one of my favourites. Root vegetables also now make their debut. Friends Carrot, Turnip, Onion, and Garlic with Greens of Celery, Comfrey, Dandelion, Kale, Watercress, or Spinach and Sea Veggies of Dulse, Kelp, or Nori Seaweed will make an excellent tonic and warm the soul. Also try hotter seasoning like Rosemary, Cayenne, and Ginger for an extra punch. Another good one is Pumpkin or Squash Soup. Just think locally in your area, or locally based on your heritage and genetics and which traditional foods are grown in that area and eat them. Pretty simple. We can all do with a little less processed and chemical-treated “diets.” Can, preserve, or freeze your goodies and store what you can if you garden, or if you are a member of a local farmer’s market or food co-op, now is the time to start stocking up. Soon, winter will be coming.
“Diets are totally individual and related your your character, your activity, and to the climate in which you live. Food affects your energy and state of wellness. You can choose by your diet and life experiences how you wish to live.”
Staying Healthy With the Seasons by Dr. Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Thuman Fleet’s Ideals for Food Consumption