Recently I watched a show on Netflix, called Happy People, a documentary about the hunters and villagers who live in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. They are so remote and most months of the year, access is via helicopter only. The show was a journey of a hunter’s life through all four seasons. It was amazing to see how they grow, hunt and forage for food. So incredibly different to how most of the world access food today.
The Taiga people knew how to thrive each season and how to prepare for the next. Our ancestors also would have understood these principles of harmonising diet and lifestyle to match the season. Sadly, food these days is engineered to suit for convenience, rather than following the course of nature, making consumers less in tune and resilient to adapt to the change.
As Winter unfolds, we can be grateful for the amazing array of organic fruit and veggies available this time of year. We will start to see cauliflower, parsnip, pumpkin, sweet potato, swede, beetroot, fennel, leafy greens and lots of citrus fruits. Plus, there are the powerful veggies that have been used centuries ago as medicine, such as ginger, turmeric, chilli and garlic.
I am a big believer that preparing a simple healthy meal does not take much time at all. If you are needing some recipe inspiration for this season, then perhaps participate in a fun healthy cooking workshop, or invest in a new cook book. There is also nothing wrong with cooking the same meals each week if you are really wanting simplicity. We went through a stage where each night had a specific meal, like Meatball Monday, Curry Thursday, Slow Cooker Saturday, Soup Sunday. We did this for weeks, until finally we got tired of it!
Meal planning is a game changer. Grab a pad and pen, make your favourite cuppa and create time and space to plan some meals. Blocking out some time on the weekend to cook some meals in advance can make your week flow much easier.
Winter is a time to nurture a little more, stay rested, stay healthy and eat really well. Eating simple high-quality nutrient dense food will help keep your immunity strong to help fight off the winter blues and sickness. It is time to adapt how we eat, and maybe our lifestyle. I am making some changes, what about you?