Eating seasonally is great for the environment and the community and your taste buds will be glad you did.
When it comes to food production, Washington is one of the most bountiful states in the nation. Just north of Seattle, Whatcom County is in the top 3 percent of all counties nationally when it comes to farm production. To the east, our orchards produce 70 percent of the apples in the U.S.
Seasonal produce is easy to obtain when living in the state of Washington, but because supermarkets consistently have so many of the same offerings, it is easy to be disconnected from seasonal harvests. Here are three reasons why it makes sense to reconnect with the seasons.
Taste: Food grown in season is simply more delicious. Compare the taste of a tomato from a summer farmers market to one from the supermarket in the winter. Similarly, consider spinach, a cool weather crop. Because sugar doesn’t freeze, the spinach plant produces extra sugar to protect itself against the cold. The result is a sweeter, more delicious green in winter.
Nutrition: Produce picked and eaten at its peak generally has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe. Eating seasonally helps you get the full complement of nutrients that nature offers.
Environment: Eating seasonally often means eating locally. This is good for the environment as it cuts down on pollution from shipping and reduces your carbon footprint.
So how do you find what’s in season? Here are a few tips.
A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture Golden Milk Recipe:
1 1/2 cups milk , or almond milk or any milk you prefer
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp tumeric or more as desired
1tbsp liquid honey (may subsitute with stevia)
1/16 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
Heat all ingredients in a small pot.
Bring to a boil.
Remove and pour into tall coffee thermos.
Close top on thermos and shake well.
It will be very hot so let sit with lid off.
Pour a cup into mug and drink as it cools.
This is good both morning and night.
It takes away any sign of pain from arthritis to gout to fuzzy thinking.
You may not like the taste right away but you can adjust spicing and sweetness to your own palate.
It helps with sleep as well because of the boiled milk. Cheers.
12 Benefits of Qi Gong
Evidence demonstrates that qigong may be an effect adjunct in the treatment of many illnesses including cancer and heart disease. Learn about the remarkable 12 benefits of qigong, here:
1. Well-being and improved health. Qigong emphasizes the whole body, whole system health. While it is true that qigong will often cure specific ills, this is not the primary reason for practice. It is not only a matter of adding years to your life, but life to your years.
2. Clear and tranquil mind. When the mind is at peace, the whole universe seems at peace. World peace begins with you; it is your responsibility to find a peaceful heart and mind. Then you can heal and transform others just through your presence. If you have a tranquil mind, you will make better decisions and have the skill to know when act and when to be still.
3. Deeper, more restorative sleep. Qigong will help you find the deep relaxation and mental quiet necessary for sleep.
4. Increased energy, including sexual vitality and fertility. Qigong people have more energy; it can reverse energy and restore youthfulness.
5. Comfortable warmth. Qigong is great for cold hands and feet. Circulation improves, and the body generates more internal warmth when it is cold.
6. Clear skin. The skin, like the intestines, is an organ of elimination. According to Chinese medicine, as your qigong improves, your body eliminates toxins, and the skin becomes clear.
7. Happy attitude. There is an old Tibetan saying, “You can tell a Yogi by his or her laugh.” Correct and moderate qigong practice usually creates an optimistic and joyous disposition.
8. More efficient metabolism. Digestion improves, and hair and nails grow more quickly.
9. Greater physiological control. This means that aspects of the body that were imbalanced or out of control begin to normalize, for example, breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, and states of chronic inflammation or depletion.
10. Bright eyes. The qigong master’s eyes are said to glow in the dark, like a cat’s. The eyes also appear bright because the spirit and soul are luminous and the heart is open.
11. Intuition and creativity. Intuition and creativity generate each other and come from the same source, an awakened brain and being, an ability to think with the gut, to feel with the mind.
12. Spiritual effects. Advancement in qigong is often accompanied by a variety of spiritual experiences. For example, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, become more common. When the qi is abundant, clear, and flowing, the senses perceive and are permeated by a sweetness.
Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Ken Cohen. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005).
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