I use Ayurvedic eating guidelines (food choices) to help address this type of seasonality. Ayurveda is a traditional medicine of India and includes food/eating recommendations based on an individual’s body type and environment (one of the first resources I read on how to incorporate an Ayurvedic principles into your diet was Dr. John Douillard’s book, "Body, Mind and Sport").
|Salmon w/ Organic Green Beans, Sweet Potato and Squash|
- CurryThai/Mexican dishes
- Salmon (cooked and raw)
- Raw milk/cottage cheese
|Raw Milk is your friend|
|Green Curry w/ Tofu and Rice|
Throughout the Spring into early Fall (my off-season), to combat the warmer, moist/humid environment, I need to incorporate more cooling, drying (mainly in Spring though we’re very humid here in the Summer) and light foods. Here are a few examples that are my ‘warm’ season staples:
- Raw Vegetables
o Cucumber, Broccoli, Celery, Kale, Spinach
- Blue Agave
|Lightly Sautéed Chinese Green Veggies|
As a clarification, I eat these foods year-round, but increase or decrease the frequency of eating them depending on the season. So just because it’s summer doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a great Thai dinner; just not every day. Don't mistake these guidelines for not being able to eat 'fun' foods either, just check out this meal I had at a breakfast meeting from last week:
|Coconut Pancakes w/ a Fried Egg|
With this type of seasonality I need to combat the environment’s effect on my body and it’s systems. I actually enjoy making the seasonal changes as it matches my views on eating from local (and organic) food sources. By efforting to eat local, I have many of my seasonal diet changes made for me.
If you have any questions about the last 4 posts on nutrition or you’re interested in getting help with your nutritional plan, send me an email. Don’t let a diet that doesn’t match your seasons or less-than-stellar eating habits keep you from reaching your goals and becoming a true Mountain Athlete.
|Seven Springs 24 Hour Race|