Friday, April 11, 2014

Are you eating for Spring?

Winter is beginning to dissipate and springs beauty is beginning to burst forth.  Its time to put aside those heavy winter dishes for some lighter fare! According to Ayurveda (the ancient form of medicine in India) spring is the time of year when the toxins we have accumulated in our bodies begin to be released. These toxins are eliminated through our channels, which in modern medicine can be compared to  your different systems: digestive, circulatory, and respiratory. If these things are blocked the toxins can't escape So be sure your bowels are moving at the very least once a day to get those toxins out!

According to Todd Caldecott, author of the book Food as Medicine  a spring diet should include  leaner proteins, cereals, grains, legumes, and especially foods with bitter, pungent, and astringent flavors. These flavors help move toxins out of your body in ways such as stimulating blood flow to the digestive tract and opening up the channels. So grab some turmeric and sprinkle it on your chicken with some rosemary, thyme and oregano, have a side of dandelion greens and maybe some lentils  and you'll be on the road to helping your body detox!

Please note I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. (heck I don't even have TV) Post such as this are written for the sole purpose of reminding myself of things I have discovered that I feel are important and noteworthy. Follow any advice at your own risk.

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