spring : notes from my naturopath
I see my naturopath once a season. While the financial cost of the appointment and the subsequent herbal tonics is significant, I firmly believe that it’s the very best thing I’ve ever done for my health. I am rarely tired, I have only had two minor colds in one year and most of the time I feel strong and well. I’m a better mother because of it and much happier in my self.
Last week I went along to my appointment keen to find out a bit more about eating well in the spring time. I was at the tail end of a cold and as soon as I walked in the door my naturopath, Catherine, reminded me that my body was “spring cleaning” itself. “The liver is getting rid of the bulk from winter,” she said. “It’s a cleanse, not a cold.”
Nature is cleansing too – those wild winds that come every August…that’s the earth decluttering. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that we are nature, experiencing our own regeneration of sorts.
While I listened to Catherine talk about the seasons, the importance of looking to the earth for our food and the benefits of eating with awareness, I took notes. Here they are:
- eat kale, in abundance – raw in salads, tossed through spelt pasta dishes or juiced.
- fennel, celery and beetroot – in season and oh so good for you (fennel is great for breastfeeding mumas – helps stimulate milk production)
- citrus juices
- replace heavy winter foods with lighter, fresher alternatives. raw food!
- root vegetables (roasted with fresh herbs) – eaten with brown rice or salads
- increase vegetarian meals
- nettle tea for cleansing
- ginger tea for restoring
- less dairy, less sugar, less oils
- frankincense – to strengthen the lungs
- eucalyptus – to purify the blood
- lemon – to clear the air and kill bacteria