What to eat in spring to support the immune system?
How to keep kids healthy and prevent illnesses during the spring?
Cooking the food – during the spring try not to overcook the food, instead lightly sauté it and increase your consumption of sprouts.
This is the perfect time to use your wok for a light browning or steaming of veggies. Notice how during the winter we tend to overcook our food, we crave more soups and stews and in general we crave more root vegetables to get more grounding from the earth. Spring is the time of year when vegetation is awakening from a deep sleep, trees and flowers are starting to bloom and therefore we tend to crave lighter food. The trick is to cook vegetables well enough so they stay crispy but not to the point they lose their colour.
What is the perfect food for spring?
During spring we should be adjusting our food and eating habits to nature, so eat more green vegetables and sprouted seeds.
In general we tend to crave less animal food and more vegetarian food such as whole grains, sprouted lentils and legumes, vegetables, light oils and see vegetables.
If you have family members who have allergies, stay away from dairy, eggs, wheat, fish, peanuts, seafood, corn, tropical fruit (avocado, banana, kiwi), soy, sesame seeds and nuts (especially cashew and almonds).
Stay away from cooling foods such as yogurt, cheese and in general anything that you are used to pop straight from the fridge.
Spring is the perfect time of year to cleanse and detox your body and rejuvenate yourself. In the same way nature prepares herself, humans should be attuned to that and act in the same manner.
You’ve probably noticed that I like to organize things in tables, so here is another one I’ve prepared for you:
|Type of food||Examples|
|Animal based protein animal food should be consumed in small quantities as a side but not as the main dish||lamb, eggs|
|Whole grains preferably sprouted grains (sprouting is soaking the grain and consuming the green leaves which grow. They are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, enzymes and fibre)||rye, barley, oats, spelt|
|Legumes and Lentils preferable sprouted||mung beans, faba beans, green peas, tempeh, organic soy, green beans|
|Preferred Vegetables It is better to eat vegetables that grow upwards which have the same energy as the spring||onion, leek, broccoli, artichoke, dill, parsley, coriander, celery, asparagus, fennel, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, cabbage, Shiitake mushrooms, radish, daikon radish, arugula|
|Preferred fruit||berries, strawberries, lemon|
|Nuts, Seeds and oils The best oil to use during spring is cold-pressed olive oil||nuts and seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tahini from sprouted sesame seeds, almonds|
|Spices||dried dill, coriander, parsley, lemon, turmeric, anise, rosemary, apple cider vinegar, seaweed (dulse, kombu, wakame)|
Remember, when you eat according to the season, you are helping your body to get through the spring healthy and vibrant!
Lifestyle Changes in Spring
- Detox – as discussed earlier, the spring is the time of rejuvenation and blossom, this is the perfect time to cleanse your body from accumulated waste. There are many great options for spring cleanses but the ones that I recommend are: 7 day juice fast, green smoothie detox, and colonic cleanse.
- Enjoy the outdoors as much as you can! After the cold winter we had, expose your kids and yourself to nature and outdoors as much as you can
- Chinese medicine instructs us to go to bed early and wake up early in order to strengthen our body
- Spring is the perfect time to start exercising and to work on muscle and joint flexibility
What if you do get sick after all?
First I want you to understand that not every cold is necessary a bad thing that you have to fight against with every measure possible. In fact it is very healthy to train our immune system once-twice a year to fight against the external environment. It is only necessary to work on a cold or infection that lasts over a week or if the illness is recurrent more than once-twice a year. I am here to help if you are struggling with recurrent and stubborn infections, and I do that through looking at your (or kids) food and natural remedies.
Hope this helps you to get through the last months before the summer! Can’t wait to sit in my backyard over a green smoothie and enjoy my vegetable garden!
To your and kids’ health!