Fall is a transition period. According to the Taoist Five Element Theory, mid-August to the equinox of September 21st is associated with the Earth element. It is the most stable of the five elements and governs the stomach and spleen. It is a beautiful time of balance before we move into the dormant cycle. As autumn comes, the days grow shorter, energy contracts, and we begin to go within.
This Fall period, through the winter solstice of December 21st, is associated with the element Metal. Metal is the energetic force that governs the health and functionality of your large intestines and the lungs. The large intestines are about elimination or letting go, and the lungs are about taking in fresh air (and life force).
In the Fall, it’s time to enjoy warming foods – nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. Add some of these power foods to your menu:
- Onion – rich in sulfer-containing compounds, chromium, flavonoids and inflammation-fighting quercitin
- Squash – cancer-fighting delight packed with fiber, vitamin B, C and potassium
- Pumpkin – loaded with minerals and antioxidant carotenoids, as well as vitamins A, C, K, and E
- Apples – cholesterol-fighting, bone-strengthening favorite that may also prevent cancer
- Beets – fiber-packed wonder rich in iron, calcium, phosperous, magnesium, viatmin A, C and folic acid
One of the best Fall treats is a plate of home-made Natural Applesauce. You can use any kind of apple except Red Delicious or summer-harvested apples such as Lodi, Tydeman Red, and Puritan. Blending several types gives the best flavor.
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA. Part of the Power Living® Empowerment Series.
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