As we enter a new year, it seemed like the perfect time to re-post Cathy McNease’s column on seasonal eating. She’ll be returning later in January for a monthly health chat on the Live Mic Podcast. – Mark/Editor
By Cathy McNease, Herbalist
Imagine your energy is like that of a tree – if you observe the natural flow of the tree’s energy through the seasons, you get an idea of being in harmony with Nature. In the Winter the energy is deep in the trunk and roots, storing up for seasons to come. In Spring the tree’s energy moves upward and outward to the branches, forming buds. By Summer the energy is at its peak of expression in the leaves, flowers and forming fruits. Late Summer the fruits have formed and are becoming ripened, reflecting the tree’s strongest concentration of life force. Contained in those fruits are the seeds for creating a whole new generation of trees. By Autumn the tree’s energy begins to recede into the large branches and trunk, causing the unsupported leaves to fall.