Now that we are a few days into Spring, you might notice the weather changes affecting your mood and health. If you're feeling a little under the weather at the moment, fear not. Spring is a time of detox for the body. It's a time of shaking off the hibernation of winter and kickstarting again. The body is trying to ground itself, and as so the unpredictability of the weather can make us a bit more susceptible to bugs, colds and flus.
The best cure for these is preventing them, by eating foods which are keeping to the time of year, namely - as far as possible - seasonal.
Though this might seem a bit of a chore at first, it's actually pretty adaptable and easy to make your own.
The essential idea of macrobiotics is to incorporate food choices that are in keeping with the seasons. When the body is in balance with nature, it will be more balanced with in itself.
The organ that is most active in this cleansing month is the liver, so supporting this and the gallbladder is of most importance. Symptoms that your liver is out of balance include: fatigue, waking up in the night, stiff joints, irritability, hot flushes, and pain in the abdomen.
So, What foods should you enjoy most of in Spring, and what should you avoid to help balance the liver and align the body?
As ever, fried foods, processed foods and refined oils should be avoided. These just cause extra work for the liver
- A lot of whole grains (brown rice, red rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, oats, spelt, freekeh, to name a few)
- A lot of veggies, including a lot of leafy greens (chard, spinach, kale, radishes, carrots, mushrooms)
- Legumes (beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas)
- Seaweed - any kind (wakame, nori, pulse). So incredibly rich in minerals and vitamins, and also wonderfully cleansing.
Add sour flavours to your meals; lemon, lime, kraut.
When in Winter you may have cooked things for longer, like soups and stews, Spring is a lighter time. Think blanching, steaming, raw, pressing and sprouting. Add herbs as much as possible.
Try to eat no later than 7pm. Digestion is an incredible, and sometimes long process. If your body is still digesting when you go to bed, your sleep will be disrupted and the whole detoxing process will be offset.
Pop into the cafe to try our Spring salads Tuesday-Friday 8.30am-3.30pm and Saturday 9.30am-2pm.