Eating Seasonally Using Fall’s Bounty

Fall was a time in traditional societies to harvest the bounty of produce grown and to prepare them for storage over the winter months.  It was also a time to gather resources in preparation for the colder weather.

Now it’s also the time to set the stage for your health and well-being over the coming holiday season.  Your food choices now will help determine your health during the coming winter months.  By eating health supportively now, you boost your immune system and keep a healthy weight which becomes a foundation to see you through the next 4 months of frequent holiday celebrating.

Fall gives us an amazing selection of immune building foods like the pumpkin and winter squash families as well as tubers like yams and carrots.  These complex carbohydrates give us a naturally balanced sweet taste and stabilizes blood sugar fending off the munchies.  This in turn gives us a steady stream of readily available energy throughout the day.  The naturally sweet complex carbs also help us to adjust to the shorter days.

Combining these yellow and orange friends with a serving of whole grain such as brown rice, quinoa, or millet and a helping of protein along with ample amounts of low startch veggies gives you a health building, tasty meal which will also help keep your weight stable through winter.


Starchy Veggies:  Pumpkins, winter squashes (kabocha, banana, acorn) carrots, yams

Low Starch Veggies:  Brocolli,  Choy, Chard, Cauliflower, Kale

Fruits:  Apples, pears, persimmons, figs, pomegranates

Fall is the time to harvest many varieties of nuts to use as condiments or crunchy additions to grain and veggies recipes.  Enjoy the bounty of produce available through the coming months by creatively adding one new veggie, grain or fruit recipe each week.

A Votre Sante,


Easing Into Fall

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the late Summer or Earth season can be  one of the most challenging transitions in the 5 element system. It’s important to balance the heat and humidity present at the end of Summer so you can prepare to ease into Fall with a strong immune system.

All the summer squashes and zucchini are plentiful right now.  Having ample portions of these healthy helpers either grated raw into mid-day salads or grilled/lightly steamed side dishes will harmonize the “Liver” and “Spleen” organ systems in TCM terms supporting your natural detox and immune system functions.

Moderate amounts of whatever protein works for you also helps to strengthen the “Kidney”/adrenal systems in preparation for Winter. Adding appropriate amounts of seasonal starchy veggies like the hard squashes and corn also balances the system to harmonize the effects of heat and humidity.

Holding your thumb and ring fingers until you feel a strong rhythmic pulse daily will bring you through the “Earth” element season and into the “Metal”/Fall with ease.

A Votre Sante,