Monday, September 15, 2008

Tis The Season: Healing through Autumn

So, as much of a child of the Sun as I am, I'm kind of ready for Fall to make her way in. Its cool, we get a couple of weeks of beach weather before the equinox on Sept. 23rd (Blessed Earthday, John Coltrane). As Summer makes its transition to Fall, we do as well. Our clothing gets a little heavier, we honor the "homebody " in us a bit more, and all of a sudden, we want a bowl of our favorite soup or cup of tea. Through these gentle signals we are being included in nature's change, as we always are. In the warm, the sun is the ruler, so our foods are a reflection of that harvest. Our diets are comprised of more live foods, keeping the body cool and charged from all of its raw enzymes. In the Fall, our movements change, we become more grounded but, tend to be outdoors even more. Fall is like," the great middle". Cool enough for a sweater but, not yet cold enough for a coat. If you are wondering what to eat, now that the weather is beginning to change, let the seasons guide you. Please go out and support your local Farmer's Market's, become inspired by what each harvest offers . If you think about Autumn, what visuals comes to mind? For me, Orange, yellow, red, brown, leaves, rain and my favorite rain boots, earth, all things Green , and apple picking. And the mornings are laced with the coolest and crispest air. So I look at that and think: Pumpkin, acorn and butternut squash, apples, pears, figs, potatoes, all dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, lentils, peas, nuts & seeds, beans, brown and wild rices, quinoa, oats, corn, miso, ginger, garlic, cayenne, and plenty of good water etc. Its simple, your foods during this time should represent the balance of hot and cold. If we give a little, nature will do the rest. She is one of our most ancient teachers. Here is a quick little recipe for one of my favorite teas. I don't measure anything so you can just eyeball it to your taste...Be well luvs....

Ginger Lemon Tea ( Its good cold, as well)
To boiled water, please add:
-Fresh Ginger (I run it through the juicer, it should yield about 1/2 cup of juice), if not just chop as finely as you can. Ginger is very spicy, so the amount you use, depends on how much heat you are cool with. I love a lot.
-Fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1 whole lemon and the zest (that's just the peel w/ as little white as possible).
-Sweeten to taste w/ a nice honey or agave nectar
-Take off the fire and steep for about 20 minutes. Enjoy

*For those of you that may not know. Agave nectar is a sweetener derived from the cactus plant. It has a low glycemic index and is safe for Diabetics. Keep in mind that although it is a natural sweetener, it is still a sugar and should not be used like crazy. I know we get excited when we see the word " natural" but, be easy on your body. Nothing is mastered without balance. Be well...Peace

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