Acute episodes such as rashes, diarrhoea, colds and flu can be quick to appear to help take the load off the thickened and struggling lymph.
The Chinese word for crisis, literally translated, means “danger-opportunity.” With any healing crisis, we can use it as an opportunity to free ourselves of what’s being shifted – or we can suppress the uncomfortable symptoms and push ourselves into a more chronic state. We can do this with suppressive medications, by binging on certain foods, or by keeping ourselves constantly busy. We can even do this with alternative approaches that focus only on alleviating symptoms.
So as we approach the autumn equinox, it is important that we take time and space to support ourselves. Natural Nutrition offers a wholistic approach to this. The approach helps you to make connections, recognise your patterns, and create space to move forward, offering dietary advice and simple naturopathic techniques to support you on your way.
The first step would be to gradually remove as much stress as possible, so the body can breathe and move freely again and so fully hydrate. We think hydration is about drinking enough water, but actually it’s more to do with how well that water flows in and out of our cells, nourishing, cleansing and carrying information.
Vegetables We can’t always remove external stresses in our lives, but we can take much of the stress out of our diet. Look at the quality and quantity of water you are drinking. How many preservatives, additives, transfats and pesticides are in your food? How much sugar, caffeine and alcohol?
When we eat fresh, clean, seasonal produce, preferably locally grown, we are connecting back into nature’s cycles. We have evolved to thrive on the food that grows around us in each season, and have developed cooking habits to match. In the summer, our faster, fiery digestive system loves cooling salads, and works well with raw vegetables and quickly digesting fruits. As the weather gets colder, however, or if we are stuck in a colder, more contracted internal condition, our digestive system slows down and our bellies need more fire. Soups and bakes are often much more suited to autumn/winter energy in our Northern European climate.
We can also use the energetic of food to support us. Fruit and vegetables grown above the ground have a higher vibration; whereas root vegetables and proteins, especially animal proteins, are much denser and therefore more grounding. Chinese Five Elements theory teaches us that that bitter leaves, such as kale, can also help draw our energy downwards, and that pungent foods, such as onions and garlic, are especially supportive in the autumn months.
Above all, take some time out, connect in and give yourself the attention and support you need to make the most of this golden opportunity.
Kirsten Chick - 07968 137246 -www.connectwithnutrition.co.uk
Kirsten Chick DNN - Natural Nutritionist Kirsten Chick offers individual consultations in Brighton & Hove and also via telephone. - 07968 137246 - email@example.com ww.connectwithnutrition.co.uk
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