Farmers Almanac
The Farmers Almanac
Order your copy today!

Mindful Eating During the Harvest Season

Mindful Eating During the Harvest Season

We are entering a season of abundance: the fields and trees are full of nourishment, ripe for the picking.And the fields and trees are indeed where we should be seeking our nourishment.

Eating has become a complex exercise in our society. We are constantly bombarded by health claims and organizations telling us to “Eat this! Not that!” Contradictory information is everywhere.
Truly it is not so complex. When we seek nourishment from the fields and the trees, we are getting exactly what we need: locally grown whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans, with perhaps an occasional bit of meat from a grass-fed animal. Add in some fish from the right source and we will have a menu of well-rounded food choices.

We need only eat mindfully in order to thrive.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (and in most healing practices the world over), seasonal eating is the key to good health. This time of year we are meant to be eating things that are slightly heavier than summer fare, but not yet as dense as winter foods. These foods, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM for short) are thought to strengthen the stomach, spleen and pancreas. Such foods may include yellow or orange foods such as squash and carrots.

Food preparation is considered just as important as food choice in TCM and other healing traditions. Warm, cooked foods are much easier to digest than cold, raw foods. Ice water is particularly challenging for the body. Raw food proponents have created their own means of “cooking” food without heat (using methods such as dehydration) in order to make it more digestible.

Nourishment goes beyond the physical, of course. The fields and trees can offer us much in the way of emotional and spiritual sustenance as well. It is important to get outside during this lovely early autumn season and take advantage of the the multi-sensory adventure that awaits us. A trip to the local farmers’ market or apple orchard is one way of “feeding” ourselves from many different angles.

There is no better time than the present to begin eating mindfully. Nourishment is–literally–within our grasp.

Shop for Related Products on Amazon

Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Previous / Next Posts

  • Ms Mariette says:

    Thank you we are conscientious of the reason for the season and appreciate this article

  • If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

    Reading Farmers' Almanac on Tablet with Doggie

    Don't Miss A Thing!

    Subscribe to Our Newsletter and Get a FREE Download!