Balance from Within
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Diet and Nutrition are often connected to both the bodies unique needs to restore and retain balance and a diet factoring in seasonal and local produce. As the seasons change, what we need to adapt to the
changing conditions is frequently related to what is growing locally and in season. By adjusting our menus to the season, the body is able to make the most of what we take in energetically. This has a positive impact on digestion as well as being able to maintain a healthy, nutrient dense menu on a budget without spending extra on imported produce. Many seasonal foods will also be appropriate for helping the body stay in harmony with the effects of seasonal changes.
While the temperatures in Southern California have been remaining warm (and even hot on some days) and dry throughout fall, the days are shorter and the nights are getting cooler. However, since it is fall and we are officially moving into the holiday season, here are some ideas for making the most out of the seasonal squashes currently available at most local grocery stores and farmers markets. A few of my favorites include: Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash and my newest discovery Delicata Squash. Happy Cooking!
(all recipes link to there original posting site and are also shared via Facebook each Monday) photo: Delicata Sqaush
Roasted Delicate Squash with Tumeric by Gina Homolka
Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie by Nava Atlas
Coconut Curry Soup with Sweet Potato Noodles by Taylor Kiser
Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli by Jenn
A key value that I was raised with is the importance of being of service in the community through the support of local organizations and education. Through initially working in social services after moving to the Los Angeles area, I have had an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of organizations, and actively volunteer when able to. To provide information on both how to get involved, as well as resources that may be of assistance, I will be sharing information at www.facebook.com/balancefromwithin every Saturday and include a monthly blog post with more in depth information on the organizations. Remember, even if you are reading this and unable to contribute financially, time is always an appreciated gift and there are organizations to help and support many causes and connect with the community. In gratitude and service
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. " Albert Schweitzer