It doesn't matter what age you are . . . author and Natural Health Consultant Connie Pshigoda has crafted a variety of seasonal health tips and delicious recipes to satisfy your hunger for a better life and year-round well-being.
Our ancestors knew the importance of a warming winter diet. With all the convenience foods available year-round, we've lost that nutritional insight. I encourage you to get back to nature in the winter season and savor the flavor of her warming and nourishing seasonal foods. Your body will be glad you did when springtime replaces winter's cold days!
Brrr! The morning temp in the Denver area was a frigid -4 degrees! Now that's a stay in and stay warm day for me! I love Winter's monochromatic color theme of gray and white, but I even more, I love planning for my colorful Spring garden. I encourage you to use these cold Winter days to slow your pace and ponder the beauty all around you––and begin to plan for a bright and colorful next season.
Winter may be a "still" season, with little activity in the garden, but your body needs to move about and stay active! The heavier foods of Winter should be efficiently digested, absorbed and eliminated and those bodily functions work more effectively when we support them . . . and that means moving about! There are times when being still is healthy, but it cannot become our pattern if we desire energetic wellness.
It is a common tendency to want, or even crave heavier foods in Winter. Many of those heavier food choices provide empty calories, leaving us full, but not nutritionally fulfilled. . . and with additional pounds to shed as Spring approaches. Looking to Nature's Pantry for nutritionally dense garden foods supplies nutritional needs as well as warming comfort to the tummy!
This early winter season is filled with several holiday celebrations that often wear the body down. Excess abounds in activity, food, travel, and stressors that deplete our natural vitality. This is the season to strive for harmony in all areas to maintain an energetic, pain-free, pharmaceutical-free Winter. May you live in comfort and joy!
Nature brings a simplicity in Winter, but our man-made-material world suggests an abundance of busy-ness. I invite you to take in Nature's gifts in Winter. The balance in Nature supports year-round wellness. Savor the Season and BE well.
The warmer days of Autumn are behind us, and the early morning air is no longer crisp, but often bone-chilling cold! We may not think is Winter as a new beginning, but many wonderful things await us in this colder and darker season. Bundle up, sip hot tea and let Nature unfold this season's wonders!
This time of year we see and feel profound changes all around us . . . in the climate, the colors in the sky, the bare branches on trees, and for some, snow on the ground. This is the season to make a dietary shift to include the warming and nutritional flavors of Fall. I encourage you to try some new recipes and bundle up for the season!
We are entering into the season of shorter days and longer nights. This year we "fall back" and reset our clocks on November 4, when the days will noticeably darken at an earlier hour. It's vitally important to our Fall/Winter health to soak up the sun at every opportunity. "Come forth into the light of things; Let nature be your teacher." ~Willliam Wordsworth, English poet, 1770-1850
September 22 marks the day when the Summer's heat and Autumn's first chill meet. The air has a crispness to it. The wild geese are flying in and the garden is colorful with it's final produce of bright orange pumpkins and winter squashes. This means a shift in our menu plans as well. Are you ready?
I already notice the changes in Nature: later sunrises, cooler morning temperatures and changing colors in my yard and garden. Each year I know this shift is coming, but somehow I'm never ready for it. I love to linger in Nature's current moment. My "preventive self" knows it's time to begin preparing for what's to come. Are you ready?
Most gardens are showing off their bountiful, colorful crops in this Summer Season. I hope you are savoring the flavors they bring. If a home garden is not your thing, please visit a Farmer's Market near you to awaken all your senses to Summer's delicious season.
Do you feel wilted yet? These hotter days of Summer just zap my energy! I've learned that with clearer understanding of how my body functions and what it needs in each season, I experience greater energy and stamina to get me through the hottest days. Summer's garden provides just the cooling nutrients to support a healthy body in this sizzling season.
Life seems to move at a quicker pace than ever before. That's all the more reason to be intentional about cultivating a firm foundation of health and wellness---in our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Being well-rooted sustains us through life's many storms and upsets. Summer's garden fresh foods provide a nutritional foundation that will help sustain your health through the upcoming, changing seasons.
Nature's wisdom provides seasonal garden fresh foods with just the nutrient and healing values our body needs in each season. When you eat Summer's vine-ripened, freshly picked produce, you'll experience their cooling, mineralizing and delicious flavors. Visit a Farmer's Market near you and savor the flavors of Summer!
Just as the gardener uses tools to prep her garden, you'll appreciate a few tools and tips to guide you along your path to health and wellness. A few simple steps each day may provide many years of improved health and vitality. It's an investment you'll most likely not regret.
There is value in slowing our pace and taking in the details of each changing season. As Spring becomes more evident, I hope you will pause and ponder all the shifts and changes around you. Savor the Season!
Wind, rain, and sprouting greens remind us that life is once again emerging from the hardened ground of Winter. It's a New Beginning . . . again, and an opportunity to explore and experiment with healthy choices to bring out our best. Nature's Pantry offers many solutions to a healthy lifestyle!
The Winter season may throw our dietary habits off balance, but when we use Nature's wisdom and select seasonal foods we may ward off many of the season's adverse symptoms, prevent weight gain and feel energetic!
Nothing says Winter like the aromas of clove and cinnamon. These warming spices not only "spice up" flavors of your recipes, they also provide healing properties. I hope you'll experiment with new spices and seasonings when you prepare your favorite Winter dishes . . . for great taste and health!
Br-r-r-r . . . the temps are beginning to drop, the air is dry and the days are short. Yes, it's Winter. Now is the season to plan for warmth. . . in your home decor, automobiles, wardrobe and certainly in your daily food choices. "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home." Edith Sitwell, English poet and critic
Winter is coming. Is your pantry well stocked and ready for you to prepare your Winter recipes? Remember, your body needs warming foods in this season...foods that provide moisturizing and hydrating properties to combat the dryness of Winter. Choosing this season's foods wisely and well help you achieve your desired health goals and prevent the "bugs" that can bring you down during this season. Be Well!
This Autumn-Harvest-Gathering Season often becomes over-filled with activities, appointments and parties, that we forget to listen to that inner voice of wisdom. That voice of wisdom telling us to take care of "me" during this full season. Self-care may be as simple as sitting for a few moments enjoying a cup of hot tea and turning off the "devices" that devour too many minutes of our days. It's an abundant season. Remember to listen and take care of YOU! Savor the Season.
Does the Autumn season bring "allergy discomforts?" Nature's drying vegetation get scattered by seasonal winds often creating dryness in our lungs and airways. As Nature shifts into a new season, she also offers her remedies in the foods now available. Strong lungs support a strong and healthy body in every season!
The dietary shift from Summer's cooling, hydrating foods to Autumn and Winter's warming, sustaining foods may be a challenge to some. My Nature's Pantry garden foods list helps make this transition simpler . . . as well as deliciously nutritious! This new season brings an opportunity to "tune-up" your health and live in this season with vitality. Make it a yummy season!
Yes, it's that season when if feels as if the darkness engulfs us. The shorter days and longer nights are quite a change from Summer's long daylight hours. Take heart, there's a healing element in this new season of "less light." Embrace it and be in good health.
Fall/Autumn definitely brings a change in the air. This is our notice to get ready for that change. Being prepared helps insure a more healthful season. How are you getting ready for this new season?
Autumn is here, are you ready? Have you gathered and filled your seasonal pantry? There's a comfort in this season of order and organization. Savor the Season!
Life is a series of endings and beginnings. As we close out Summer and begin Fall/Autumn, we may find our rhythm shifting. This is a season of bold colors, flavors and fragrances. . .a time to savor and reflect.
Are you ready? This short season allows us time to prepare for the upcoming, longer seasons of Autumn and Winter. It's time to put Summer to rest and get ready for a change––of wardrobe, activities, weather, and of course food choices. Plan well . . . and enjoy the journey.
You've probably noticed the "change in the air" indicating that a seasonal shift is coming. This change may be subtle, but it is an important transition. Your body will be needing different nutrients for the upcoming Fall and Winter. This is the time to begin making those changes in your food choices and to clean your pantry. Get ready!
As Summer rolls on, I encourage you to experience as many flavors of the season as possible. We don't often think of grilling fruit, but fresh Summer peaches, plums, nectarines or mangos take on a whole new flavor when grilled. Hurry, the garden will soon be retiring for another season. Savor the flavors now!
This time of year I pay careful attention to the trees and shrubs in my yard. The hot dry climate of Summer may threaten those plants if not carefully watched and watered. The same care is necessary for our 'internal garden.' It is vital to our overall health and vitality to address the root cause of any symptom or disorder before that condition becomes chronic.
Our bodies need adequate hydration in these hot days of summer. If plain water seems boring to your tastes, try these herb infused flavored waters to quench your thirst, add flavor to your water and give your water intake a nutritional punch!
To help your body (think heart and circulation) stay cool in Summer, choose plenty of freshly picked cooling foods. Watermelon and cucumbers are a couple of my favorite garden choices that keep me well hydrated, nourished and cool during these hotter days.
Summer's intense heat certainly drains one's energy. Learning to use seasonal foods from Nature's Pantry ensures a well-balanced, high-functioning, energetic body during these hotter days.
Summer winds may blow hot and dry, but when we learn to use Summer's sun ripened produce, we breeze through this season, "cool as a cucumber!"
The American way of "more is better" does not always serve us when it comes to an optimal wellness lifestyle. Our ancestors frequently took a minimal dose of a medicine or herbal formula to strengthen and invigorate their physical or mental function. Returning to this healthy habit helps rejuvenate our winter-worn minds and bodies for an active spring season.
Personal pruning begins with adjusting what you believe about your own health and welfare. Some of the information you've gathered may be based on lies or marketing ploys. Let Nature be your guide (along with a qualified wellness coach) to help bring your overall health and well-being up to your expectations of excellence of being well.
Today's fast-paced lifestyles tend to desensitize our internal awareness of the environment in and around us. It's wise to cultivate a healthy support system that helps us maintain a well-balanced health style.
Many modern medicines have their roots, so to speak, in plants. Herbs bring a flavorful culinary delight to your meals as well as health properties.
Now is the time to switch from Winter's heavier more filling foods to Spring's lighter, fresher, cleaner food choices and menus. It's a delightful season!
Each season comes and goes in its perfect time. Our full attention––and appreciation––to them is vital to our overall exceptional health and well-being.
When we work with our body's natural design and function, supporting internal detoxification in the Spring, we'll reap the rewards of optimal health and energy!
The human body's physiological needs are profoundly influenced by the rhythms and cycles of the earth's seasonal changes.
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