Autumn is known as the time to slow down and prepare for the winter ahead
During the cooler months, it is best to cook food for longer periods of time on a lower heat. How we cook food will affect how the body tolerates it and how the energy is used. For fall, TCM suggests making soups and stews, using a crockpot or slow cooker, roasting and baking foods. These methods create a deeper warmth and supply greater energy from the food.
It is also best to start to reduce the number of 'cooling foods' eaten. These are foods such as watermelon, raw salads and uncooked vegetables.
support the lungs
Foods that are nourishing to the lungs are very important during fall. Since many people get sick during these months, lung-tonifying foods can be very beneficial. This includes foods like ginger, onion, garlic, pears, walnuts, miso, navy beans, almonds, asparagus, broccoli, apricots, bananas, apples, plums and grapes.
When we follow the cues given to us by nature, we can maintain a very healthy existence.