Eating for the Seasons

 

 

February 2009

 

Just as the weather changes with the seasons, our bodies change as well. If we eat in accordance with our natural environments, we will have optimum overall health and well-being, as well as an improved golf game.


Ayurveda is native to India and is one of the oldest and most comprehensive systems of natural health.  The term “ayurveda" means "science of daily living."  Some of ayurveda's methods of healing include massage, herbs, and yoga.  According to this system we must create balance within the body, which in turn will allow us to operate at an optimal level of health. Eating the right foods for our body types and for the time of year will help us to achieve this balance.

 

During cold months when days are short and nights are long, consuming food and drinks which warm the body as opposed to dry and cold food and drinks will help to keep one warm and balanced. An example of a “warming drink” is hot tea.  In addition to warmth, our bodies need more rest during the winter season because of longer periods of darkness and colder temperatures. We can see this happening in nature by observing animals.  Bears hibernate for winter, while squirrels will gather up and eat as many nuts as possible before the arrival of colder temperatures.  By doing so, their bodies are properly prepared for and protected from colder temperatures.  Every organism in nature has a rest cycle and that includes our bodies.  This is the time of the season that energy and attention to the organism is freed from being involved in outer activity and can focus on internal balance and healing.

 

Eating fresh organic foods during all seasons is one of the best things we can do for ourselves!  By doing this we avoid harsh and toxic pesticides and herbicides that are usually sprayed on non-organic foods.  In addition to organic food, locally grown food is very healthy as well.  Certain foods grow better at certain times of the year.  For example, many fruits are freshest when grown in the spring and summer months.  Leafy green vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, typically grow well during moderate winters of the southern United States and warmer climates of the world.  Eating foods that are in season from the area in which we live allows our bodies to be more in harmony and balance with the natural environment.  Eating this way will make our immune system stronger, thus becoming less susceptible to common colds and flu viruses that frequently arrive in winter time.  Pairing a healthy diet with physical activity and plenty of rest will help us feel our very best for each upcoming golf season. Click here for more information about ayurveda.