Nutrition provides the energy that influences our health, behavior, and mood.  As moving into autumn and winter, it’s a good idea to look at how our nutritional changes can support our overall wellbeing with seasonal food.

Seasonal food exists for a reason.  It refers to the times of the year when the harvest or the flavor of types of food is at their peak. The rich in flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, even its natural enzyme in seasonal food is made to support our immune system, detox pathways, meridian channels, and nourish our healing process for that particular season.

The transition to winter, we have less contact with sunlight, the sky often appears gray, the cold damp/ dry and heavy air constantly hit our bodies.  We tend to experience heavy emotions, indigestion, slower brain function, increase physical pain, fewer physical movements, dull skin, and seasonal sicknesses. These all come from the effects on our Three Brains: head brain, heart brain, and gut brain in order to affect our mind, mood, and visible symptoms.

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In western nutrition, Vitamin A, C, D, Zinc, Glutathione, as well as essential fatty acids are vital to help build an immune defense for fighting cold & flu, while choline and cholesterol help produce health hormones and protect our cell functions.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the seasons of late autumn and winter are represented by the element of water which are the Kidney and Bladder meridian lines, the dampness also affects our digestive and cognitive functions.  In Ayurvedic Medicine, the winter can provoke and lead to arthritis, indigestion, loneliness, and seasonal depression.  Inducing hearty, warm spicy soup helps rebalance appetite and ease digestion.

Herbs and spices are made from seeds, berries, bark, roots, and leaves.  Their healthy constituents help fight and reduce damage to our bodies’ cells, adapt stress, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and some of them even help bind to opioid receptors in order to reduce damages from sugar or drug intakes.

D I E T A R Y   P L A N

Plant Based

Gluten Free

Casein Free

Soy Free

Low Oxalate

Follicular Phase Friendly

Luteal Phase Friendly

Menstrual Phase Friendly

Pre-digestion Friendly

I N G R E D I E N T S‚Äć

Main

1 Medium butternut squash, chopped (spaghetti squash leftover works too)

2 Medium carrot, heads removed, chopped

1 stalk Celery, chopped

1 bunch Kale leaves, (Dinosaur kale is preferred) steam removed

1 cup Hemp seed

1 Liter Coconut Cream

1 tbsp Ghee

Seasonings

¬Ĺ tsp Fresh ginger, ground*

¬Ĺ tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Dried oregano

1 tsp Dried Rosemary

¬Ĺ tsp Dried Thyme

¬Ĺ tsp Dried oregano

1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder

Optional

3 Cherry belle radish, sliced**

Pinch Cayenne powder

Pinch Black pepper***

Pinch Sea salt / pink salt

I N S T R U C T I O N

  1. Add main ingredients into a crockpot^ (or slow cooker).
  2. Add Seasoning into the crockpot, cover with lid, set High and let it cook till 4 hour cooking time complete.
  3. Use a hand blender (or if you have other blenders) blend the soup till smooth.
  4. Garnish with sliced radish, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
  5. Served hot.

CAVEAT

  1. * Dried ginger is more drying and pungent than the fresh root, which means fresh ginger works better with the folks with sensitive digestion.
  2. ** Please remove radish and be aware of the herbs & spices if you are on low salicylate, amine, and glutamate diet as this group of food Inhibit PST/processing of SAGs: They inhibit PST/sulfation pathways. A low phenol diet primarily supports better health by decreasing the burden on the body’s sulfation pathways. Therefore, it is recommended these foods are consumed on a rotation basis and in moderation.
  3. *** Black Pepper stimulates digestive enzymes in the pancreas, enhances the activity of the body’s natural killer cells, and has antitumor as well as antimutagenic properties, however, it is packed with oxalates.  With that said, if you’re dealing with oxalate, please reduce or remove black pepper in your diet until you consult with your health supervisor.
  4. ^ You can cook with a pressure cooker or normal boiling pot if crockpot isn’t an option, however, please check out the cooking time might be different.

Bon Appetite x

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