VITALITY SERIES: EATING IN SYNC WITH THE SEASONS

Take for example, an organic apple, through Kirlian photography, we can see that the organic apple has more inherent energy that the non-organic apple, whose energy has been diminished by poor soil quality, pesticides and herbicides. With regards to the vibrational value of foods, for example, I choose to drink raw milk due to its dense nutritional profile. Raw milk vibrates at a much higher value than mass produced milk, as it originates from happy, free range cows that are not subjected to pain, discomfort, stress and toxins. When we consume animal products it is imperative for our own health, that our selections are based on the welfare of the animal that has been reared to nourish us.

 

Another way to practice eating intuitively, is to eat seasonally, this allows a deeper connection with nature and helps us to become more grounded. Eating seasonally has considerable health benefits – foods in season contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of year. It allows us to become more in sync with the seasons, nature and our bodies, allowing us to tune into what makes us feel better, lighter and happier. 

 

Eating in Spring

 

At this time of year we should be consuming tender, leafy vegetables that represent the fresh new growth of this season. The greening that occurs in springtime should be represented by greens including Swiss chard, spinach, Romaine lettuce, fresh parsley, and basil. Other beneficial spring foods that assist the cleansing process, and prepare the body for the warmer months, include asparagus, citrus fruits – (particularly lemon and grapefruit), artichokes, leeks, mung beans, bok choy and broccoli. Healthy whole grains like barley, quinoa, wheat and millet should also be included. Sprouted foods – from grains to beans and nuts – are especially beneficial.

 

After a long winter of eating calorie and carbohydrate dense foods, it’s refreshing to cleanse and lighten our systems in this season of renewal and regeneration.

 

The seasons should become our compass for eating intuitively, incorporating the cyclical elements of nature into our choices of food and liquids to nourish, balance and hydrate our bodies.

 

Foods that are produced out of season, (for example, strawberries in winter) under man made, forced conditions have an extremely detrimental effect on the energetic and vibrational value of the food, which we then ingest and absorb into our cells. 

 

Followers of Raw food as a system of optimal health, understand that uncooked food is high in enzymes, antioxidants vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – essentially it is living food and powerfully nourishes the body on a physical and metaphysical level. If you combine the raw philosophy with eating intuitively, it is a potent combination for your body and mind. Try eating this way for 7 days and you will feel lighter, lose weight, experience clarity of thought and improved memory and a host of other positive changes.

 

Our ancestors ate seasonally for millennia, taking from the land the nutrients that mother nature intended at a particular time of year. In this age of mass agriculture we have become disconnected and disenfranchised from our own bodies and from the natural laws. The foods that appear in winter are naturally dense and therefore comforting, assisting us to lay down fat in the winter and remain nourished. Conversely, in summer our bodies need far less to sustain them, therefore water rich, cleansing foods are more abundant. Eating seasonally stimulates the detoxification and healing process, allowing our bodies to purge and cleanse toxins from our system. 

 

For optimum health, it’s sensible to consume 8 fruits and vegetables every day. This may at first glance seem impracticable, however I achieve this every day by making a superfood smoothie with both fruits and vegetables for breakfast. Not only does this mean that I am ingesting a substantial amount of beneficial antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids, balancing my blood sugar and metabolism, I am also hydrating and alkalizing my body – reducing inflammation.

 

Furthermore, you will achieve radiant, clear, glowing skin and lustrous hair. Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of vitamins and minerals that are the foundation of a healthy, youthful body. Our skin is made supple and beautiful by collagen: a living protein that is subject to free radical (unstable oxygen) attack. Collagen production is supported by consuming foods rich in Selenium, Sulphur, Silicon, Vitamin A, Vitamin C Vitamin E and Methyl Sulonyl Methane. 

 

The skin is the last organ to be nourished, as it’s the furthest away from the digestive organs. We absorb nutrients transdermally (through our skin) therefore it is critical to nourish the skin from both the inside and the outside. 

 

Superfood Collagen Treatments

 

Face

Puree one ripe avocado with 10 ml of pineapple juice, add one tablespoon of organic olive oil and one tablespoon of raw honey. Massage this mask onto the face and neck and relax in a bath, until the mask dries completely. Rinse with cold water to stimulate microcirculation and for the pores to close, revealing radiant, firm, soft skin. 

 

Body

Blend 500ml of live, organic yoghurt with 50g turmeric, add 50ml of raw honey and apply to the whole body, massaging towards the heart and allow to dry completely. Rinse with cold water to stimulate microcirculation – revealing skin that is as soft as cashmere.

 

Striwi Smoothie

Containing the necessary nutrients to boost your body’s production of collagen and enhance your natural beauty. Wash and prepare the fruits, add all ingredients to a blender, and whizz. Enjoy this beautifying smoothie in replace of breakfast followed by a healthy snack before lunch.

 

Half cup Raw Milk

Handful strawberries

2 scooped kiwi fruits

Handful of wheatgerm

Tablespoon sunflower seeds

 

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