Dr Joe Kosterich
For everything there is a cycle and a season. It is winter in the southern hemisphere and summer in the north. Fast-forward six months and the situation is reversed.
Historically people could only eat foods that were in season. Today we can eat pretty much whatever we like. Yet there is a lot to be said for getting in harmony with the cycles.
Our bodies have slightly different needs in different seasons. In winter we need warm nourishing foods. Casseroles and baked vegetables are better than cold meats and salads. The vegetables and fruits that are in season are going to be less expensive and more suited to our body’s needs compared to those flown in from across the globe.
Whilst we do not hibernate, we do need more sleep in winter. The body uses more energy just getting through the day when it is cold. So going to bed a bit earlier in winter is not a sign of weakness, but of listening to the body.
There are no absolutes and no “right or wrong” way to do things. However whilst the planet, the seasons, and crops have a rhythm and flow, we do to. The tricky bit is tuning into it.
Our ancestors adapted to the changing seasons and cycles out of necessity. Today we have the technology and capacity to blunt the effects of changing cycles. Yet this drains energy and may leave us feeling “not quite right”.
So as the seasons turn, reflect on what your body needs in differing seasons. With eating be guided by what your gut tells you. With your activities be guided by what just feels right. There are no absolutes about this and we do not need to abandon the modern advantages that we have. We simply need to manage them better.
Get into the groove, which works for you.