Do You Need a Spring Cleaning for Your Diet?

Anne Woodhouse, CHN

Welcome spring! With longer and warmer days we are drawn outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful blossoms of spring.

Spring is the beginning of the creation cycle in nature. The trees and plants wake up from their winter dormancy full of energy and potential for the year ahead. Just like our gardens, spring should be a time of creation and new growth for us. A spring clean for
the diet, letting go of the heavy foods that sustained us though the cold months of winter, and bringing in the vibrant fresh sprouts of the spring is a great way to bring new energy and creativity into our lives.

Nature provides us the foods that support us best in each season. Spring’s bounty is new sprouts and the beautiful early greens: kale, chard, spinach, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion, broccoli rabe, peas, and asparagus. These greens, packed with
chlorophyll, clean our systems, aid in healing any lingering wounds, and provide energy for a fresh start. Greens have a moderate amount of protein and are packed with vitamins A, C, some B vitamins, as well as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Add some greens to all your meals.

Clearing out the old is often needed to make room for the new spring growth. Consider taking at least one of these steps to improve your vitality through nutrition.

  • Give your pantry a spring clean: clear out foods that were purchased eons ago perhaps for some special recipe you can’t even find, add in new foods for optimal nutrition and taste.
  • Take a cooking class. Learn new techniques or recipes utilizing the freshest foods of the season.
  • Treat yourself to a nutritional consultation to set a plan just right for you.
  • Head to the farmers market for the freshest new greens. Supporting our local farmers ensures your produce is not losing nutrients in storage and transportation while also reducing the use of fossil fuels in our food supply.

Recipe

Enjoy Braised Chard w/ Shitake Mushrooms!