Adjust with the season!!
One of the best and easiest things you can do for your health islearning how to recognize the subtle differences that happen in your body asour seasons and climate shift, and to make changes to your lifestyle -especially your diet, to reflect those shifts.
In the Midwest, Autumn is upon us. The heat of summer hasgathered in our bodies and now we need to start transitioning to a colder anddarker climate. There is some proof that our microbiome, the colony of microbesliving in our gut and creating an environment of digestion, changes as theseasons change. Adjusting our diet according to the design of our microbiomecan improve health. Please see the references below for that proof.
Practically speaking, our social traditions tend to lead us inthe right direction. For example, watermelon, a summer favourite and a mainstayat any July 4th picnic, is a fantastic food for clearing heat out of the body.At the peak of summer, when the environment has overwhelmed us with heat,clearing heat helps our digestion.
Now think about the spices we start using as the weather startscooling. Let me bring pumpkin pie to mind. Think of the warming spices ofginger, cinnamon and clove. All of these are designed to stoke our metabolicfires. Internally, as the weather cools, our bodies shift and prepare tometabolize “storage foods” like grains, root vegetables, higher levels of fatsand meats. These spices add the digestive warmth we need.
To get you started on the right Autumnal path, we offer you thisrecipe. Enjoy!!
Apple Chai Latte
The perfect autumn drink withwarming chai tea, tart apple cider and sweet maple syrup - Makes 1 large latte
1 1/2 cups water
2 chai tea bags
1 cup apple cider
Maple Syrup to taste
Almond Milk to taste
Cinnamon sprinkled on top
Apple Slices to garnish
1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of waterto boil. Right before the water boils (bubbles have formed) turn the heat tolow and add the chai tea bags. Steep for 2 minutes, then remove the tea bags.
2. While the saucepan is still on the heat, add inthe cup of apple cider. Stir well.
3. Add in the maple syrup - start with 1-2 tsp,then taste. Add more if you like.
4. Then, add in as much almond (or any plant) milkthat you like.
5. Serve the apple chai latte in one big mug or twosmaller mugs. Top with apple slices and sprinkled cinnamon
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