Eating with the seasons by Nutritionist Carissa Anne

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As the seasons change, so do we. So we thought it would be extra exciting and insightful to hear from one of our favourite Nutritionists, Carissa Anne, about how we can adapt our ways and eat with the seasons. Read below for her top five changes as we transition into the warmer months.

Nature is smart and we need to understand and respect that. Traditionally humans have always eaten seasonally, hunting for various meats and foraging for nuts, seeds, fruits and wild vegetables dates back as far as 100 000 years ago. Things have changed dramatically over the recent decades and we now live in a time of abundance. This places massive pressure on our agricultural industries to meet increased demand and demand and supply produce all year round.

When we choose to build a lifestyle around seasonal food, we not only support local and sustainable farming practices, we enhance our bodies natural ability to be able to heal itself. We are bio-chemically and psychologically designed to eat seasonally. Think about it, in winter we crave heavier meals like hearty soups, casseroles and stews. Winter is a time to ‘slow down’ and fill our bellies with lots of nourishing foods, the days are shorter and we tend to spend more time catching up on relaxation and sleep. Winter is a time where citrus is in abundance providing us with loads of vitamin C to look after our immune system. Then as the days begin to get longer and we come into spring we begin to crave lighter, more energising foods such as fruits and salads packed with leafy greens. 

Eating seasonally also forces us to be creative, cook more and eat a wider variety of foods. This not only exposes our body to a multitude of vitamins and minerals, it also ensures the microbial environment inside our gut flourishes. If our gut is healthy, we are healthy.

What are the 5 things I change about my diet leading into summer?

Green it up.

Summer is my favourite time of year and a great time to allow your body to naturally detoxify. Including lots of ‘greens’ in your diet is a great way to assist this process. Leafy greens, broccoli, celery, cucumber, dandelion, rocket, sprouts and herbs all have one thing in common, Chlorophyll. This is the green pigment in plants that helps us detoxify pesticides, environmental toxins and heavy metals. In summer I love big salads and green smoothies

Liven it up

Whilst I love winter for comfort food, I could not eat like this all year round. In summer I tend to be drawn towards lighter, more vibrant meals. I eat less grains and less meat and instead and opt more for more raw foods and typically eat more fish and seafood. I try to make sure each meal I eat has an abundance of colour.

Drink tea.

This is a year round staple for me, but in summer I always have some home brewed iced tea of some description in my fridge. Tea offers so many health benefits, it’s jam packed with polyphenols and phytochemicals which help look after our bodies own natural antioxidant defences. My absolute favourite iced tea combo is green and peppermint with fresh lemon, mint and ginger.

Eat more fruit.

Like seriously, a lot more. It’s not that I don’t eat fruit in winter, I do, I’m just not that drawn to it. Summer arrives and I can not get enough into me! Mango’s, cherries, nectarines, plums.. you name it, I’m into it.

Change your protein.

This is not something I do intentionally, again this is just what I’m innately drawn to do based on how my body feels. In winter I tend towards beef, lamb and pork and legumes as my protein sources. As the weather warms this does an entire 180.  I want seafood, chicken, nuts and seeds and usually breakfast and lunch meals are usually vegetarian or vegan.

Carissa Anne Nutritionist
By Carissa Anne.

Nutritionist {BHSc} – The JCN Clinic.

Carissa is an accredited and practicing nutritionist at the JCN Clinic in Brisbane. The JCN Clinic is renowned for their focus on Digestive Health and an individualised, balanced approach to eating and nutrition.  Carissa is available for Nutritional Consultations in person or via Skype or phone. To find out more contact the Clinic via email  or you book online here.

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