Yay! The sun is finally starting to come out and we are ready to shake off the doldrums of winter. We often come out of the winter months feeling a little sluggish and run down, as such it’s a great time to look to foods that will revive and pick up those energy levels! It’s also a great time to focus on foods that aid cleansing, enabling us to grow & move forward. As always, nature has an abundance of fresh, seasonal gems at the ready. When foods are picked at the peak of ripeness, at a time they were meant to be eaten, they taste better and are nutritional powerhouses! The kinds of things that I am thinking about at this time of year are energy boosting breakfast smoothies featuring alkalinising seasonal greens & fruits to help cleanse the system & get us going in the morning…. to raw salads at lunch focused on Spring vegetables & legumes, providing vitamin C and protein, critical for consistent energy throughout the day…. to evening meals featuring healthy takes on classics such as curries and burritos, packed with essential fats, key for boosting our mental well-being and uplifting our mood.
Furthermore, as well as being more nutritious seasonal eating affords a wealth of other benefits. They are often much cheaper; it takes a lot of energy and resources to manage, package and transport foods out of season. Therefore, opting to eat in this way means you are also doing your bit to support the environment. The other major benefit is that seasonal eating helps to add variety to your diet. Believe it or not, despite the wealth of choice on offer when you walk in to your local supermarket, our diets are actually less varied than they were in the Victorian era! Therefore, by eating seasonally you are continuously changing up your food choices and benefiting from a huge array of different vitamins and minerals as a result.
RESET seasonal urban retreat @ East of Eden
If you would like to give seasonal eating a go then why not come and join us for our first ‘Reset’ retreat at East of Eden in Walthamstow, 24th-30th April, which includes a nutritional programme, yoga practice, meditation and intention setting, all tuned in with the cycles of nature. Specifically, the nutritional component includes an intro workshop and a 5 day meal plan, carefully crafted to help you feel energised & uplifted. I also wholeheartedly believe that it is possible to strike a balance that allows you to eat for both health & pleasure, so this isn’t about denial! Rather, it’s about good quality, plant-based whole-foods that your body needs during this time of year.
For more info and to make a booking please go to http://www.edeneast.co.uk/what-we-do/reset/
I hope to see you there!