Eating and living with the seasons is one of the best means of dis-ease prevention and self-care. Eating with the seasons allows your body’s systems to be strong in that season and prepare you for the next season to come. Foods that are abundant and grown locally or in your garden are the food and herbs to focus on.
All food and herbs have thermal energetics and five flavors which is how our body knows how to use the extracted nutrients. A balanced diet would include a majority of sweet and pungent foods with a nice blend of sour, bitter and salty. Sweet flavor is in many foods from most vegetables, animal protein, nuts, seeds, fruit and whole grains such as brown rice. All foods contain at least 2 or more flavors. An excessive amount of any flavor may cause an imbalance.
It is up to us to stay well through whole-foods and self-care to prevent dis-ease. Epidemiological studies estimate 50% of Americans alive now will get cancer, and that could also apply to Canadians. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, 12 million new cancers are diagnosed in dogs and cats each year, which means 1 out of 3 will die of Cancer. Understanding ourselves, body, mind and spirit is how to maintain a healthy way of life and learning the five flavors can be part of your health solution.