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Being in tune with the seasons is such a pleasurable experience.
We all know that squirrels gather and hide their nuts for winter. Do you know why? Because they are a nutrient rich source to get them thru winter when nothing else is available. Makes sense.
It also makes sense for us to eat what is available because nature prepared it. With industrialisation and urbanisation we have lost contact with what foods are in season, what we should be eating. Green houses, international shipping and supermarkets means we eat what’s available not what in season locally, what we should be eating to moisturise our skin, to provide energy, to comfort us when cold.
I have compiled a little chart to help you see what your beautiful body needs and feels like.
With warm & new growth, energy returns
Desire to †˜cleanse’ and shed excess weight
Wear lighter, prettier clothes – to †˜fresh up’ – to emerge
Wear †˜new’ colours & styles of fashion
Fresh, green, †˜spring’ foods return
Desire to eat clean, lean & green
VEG. garlic, asparagus, peas, artichokes, sprouts
FRUIT: strawberries, cumquats, loquats, edible flowers
Get outdoors, start to active again
Day light savings - do things outside after work – in the garden, park
Harvest garden, plant summer foods & herbs
Festivals: eg good food month, halloween
Sun is hot and fierce – need sun protection
Skin starts to deepen in colour – change of shades
More humid – skin moisturizer and treatments change
More skin revealed, light strappy or flowing clothes – skin & body needs to be in tip top condition
Want to eat light, fresh & tasty. Easy to overload on fruit & meats
VEG: beans, salad, tomatoes, eggplant
FRUIT: basil, coriander, stone fruit, mango, lemon & limes, melons
De-hydrate, pickle, preserve foods that are abundant
FEBRUARY – NEW FASHION IN STORE
Days are long, lots of time outdoors – being active, doing things around the home, going out, eating outdoor, Outdoor movies,
BBQ’s, gatherings & parties
Christmas & holidays – celebration, family, Valentine’s day
Beach, swimming, sun sun sun
Exercise, feel fabulous
Feel your skin changing, not as oily, starting to get tight
Lips are drying out
Skin starts to fade – can see the sun spots
Welcome popping on a jumper, boots – don’t need to have a pedi!
Looking for more nourishing foods & different tastes and meals– pumpkins, soups
VEG: mushrooms, pumpkin,
FRUIT: olives, grapes, quinces, figs, pomegranates, pears and persimmons
Days are gorgeous with pockets of balminess, nights getting cooler, more rain.
Easter bunny comes in sth hemisphere
Last of kitchen garden foods, get beds ready.
Loose desire to exercise as days get shorter
Mother’s day (yeh!)
Lips & skins dries with heaters, less moisture in air, hot showers
Skin less tanned, change the colours you wear
Don’t want to go outside to exercise – darker, colder so change your routine.
Cover up your body – get away with †˜hiding’ your appearance
More colds and flues spread
Body want’s to †˜hibernate’ – slow down, eat comforting nourishing foods
Produce available more limited if you eat †˜local’ and †˜in-season’
Start to miss the choice of summer fruits – wished you had preserved some!
VEG: kale, silver beet, spinach, silver beet, avocado, root vegetables, celeriac, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, garlic & ginger, fennel, sweet potato
FRUIT: oranges, rhurbarb, mandarin Lemons (lots)
HERBS – can get most except basil Life
AUGUST – NEW FASHION IN STORE
Less holidays – more lazing, eating indoors as entertainment
Garden slows down – less warmth for garden to grow
Open fires, more screen & book time
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