Ever heard the concept of eating seasonally? Well, in traditional Chinese medicine, this idea holds an even deeper meaning.
In ancient China, many peoples’ food choices followed the four seasons, and there was a reason for this. Namely, your body is cyclic like the seasons. This concept is linked to the theory of the Five Elements, as all matter in the universe follows patterns in nature.
For example, Fall is the season of harvest; the weather is dry and begins to cool. Often, there is a dry wind; sometimes you feel this internally with a dry cough.
Likewise, it’s also common to have cracked lips and dry skin this time of year. Eating oily foods, such as salmon, will protect your skin and keep the drying wind out.
It is important to look after your lungs and build immunity to protect yourself from coughs and colds, before winter sets in.
Balancing your body during Fall is simple; you can eat white foods that are nourishing, cooling, and moistening.
10 good foods to eat in Fall
- Chicken, especially home cooked chicken broth!
- Salmon and oily fish
- Dairy foods, especially yoghurt containing probiotics
- Cooked apple and pear
Autumn is the perfect time to begin preparing soups. Slow cooking makes the food easier to digest, which is good for your stomach. Closer to winter, heavier stews help your body build its energy reserves for the cold weather ahead.