Eating With The Seasons - Autumn | Ondol Oriental Medicine Clinic

Eating With The Seasons – Autumn

Finding balance in food

There is something to be said about sitting down for a hearty soup on a cool day.  It is like our body craves the warmth. In Oriental medicine, balance is required in all aspects of life including in what you eat with each season.

It is based on the ancient concept of Yin and Yang, two opposites that cannot exist without the other. Like day and night, hot or cold, there is a complementary force that helps to create balance.  Food is no different…

How To Create Balance Through Food?

To achieve harmony in your body and mind it is important to eat a balance of Yin and Yang foods. 

Yang foods are generally associated with heat or warmth whereby Yin foods are connected to Winter and cold.  It has less to do with the actual temperature of the foods but more to do with the energy properties and effects the foods have on your body. 

Remembering that balance is the key.  Overconsumption can also lead to imbalance.  Eating with the seasons is important but equally, so you should choose local, unprocessed, and organic produce.

What Are The Foods To Eat In Autumn?

In Oriental medicine Autumn is the season that is linked to the Lung and Large Intestine energy.  Transitioning from a hot season into the cold of winter makes Autumn particularly important to strengthen the lungs and the immune system.  

The warming properties of the various foods help to strengthen the Spleen and Stomach energy for optimal digestion. Cold foods, such as dairy products or raw foods should be eaten sparsely to avoid an overproduction of dampness and phlegm due to weakening the digestive energy.

Beneficial Foods To Eat Are:

Warming foods are ideal Autumn food
Soups are ideal warming Autumn foods.
  • pears
  • peaches
  • figs
  • pumpkin
  • brussel sprouts
  • onions
  • cabbage
  • mushrooms
  • carrots
  • leeks
  • spices such as, ginger, cinnamon, coriander
  • grains such as quinoa, brown rice and oats are some of the foods that help prepare you for Winter.

Cooking Methods

Food should be cooked or steamed to provide the digestive system with some warmth to break down food properly and transform it into nurturing energy. Cooking with less water and lower heat for longer periods is recommended.  Time to bring out the slow cooker!

Food Is An Important Piece Of The Puzzle

Just as a runner needs supportive shoes to avoid damaging their feet or a student needs books or technology to help them learn, your body needs tools to help keep it running smoothly.  Combining Chinese herbs, Japanese acupuncture, a balanced lifestyle and the right kinds of food along with restful sleep and relaxation Ondol offers a holistic approach to helping you create a healthier and happier you. 

We will be sharing some tasty recipes that the team here at Ondol love very soon. Watch this space and follow us on Facebook.

To see our recent video on Eating to the Season CLICK HERE

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