I am in love with asparagus right now. I just cannot get enough.
Yet it was not always my favorite vegetable. I kind of frowned upon it and thought it was a bland, boring food. And of course I did because I was usually served over cooked, out of season asparagus. BLECK! But when you learn what season foods are at their peak your insides want to blossom just like the seeds we sow in the garden.
So here’s how I learned to love asparagus. I went to a gardening class with the intension of getting more connected to my food and food source. I was so inspired by what I learned. Asparagus is at its peak right about now, early spring and is a perennial, which means if you plant it in the garden it will reproduce every year. How cool is that! I love when the earth works for you!! And that’s what happened. During the class I got my hands in the earth, planted the seeds, watered them and watched this amazing transformation happen before my eyes. (Well I did need to return to see the results. It takes a few months to bloom and in one area of the garden a whole year) but truth is I watched a miracle. The growth of food. One of the main components to nourish our bodies and souls.
I always find spring a wonderful time to re-establish our enthusiasm for food and health. The sun is shining, trees are blooming, the weather is getting warmer and many people smile a lot more.
With all those elements on our side it’s easy to get (re) inspired.
This month I wanted to give you a few ideas to focus on to help you get more connected to your food.
Here they are:
- I am writing this on earth day, which is inspiring for this New York gal who honestly has ruined every window box of flowers and herbs. And even though I am no garden guru I do have a small one in my back yard and am deeply appreciative of all the earth has to offer us. I want to treat it well. So my invitation for you this month is get your hands dirty. Take a field trip. Go to a farm or garden and see where your food comes from. Get connected to the source. Once connected start to make a commitment to honor the people and efforts that have been involved to get the food to your table every day.
- Plant something. If you have a yard you can section off a part of it and grow some of your own vegetables. And if you live in a city or with limited yard space get some indoor herb baskets to keep in a window. This will remind you that your food is alive and needs care, just like you.
- Think green. Springtime is the season to work with the element wood/tree according to Chinese medicine. It’s the season to put some love and attention on your liver and gallbladder. And those organs love greens. (Others do too but we are focusing on spring,) To enhance the healing and replenishing of the liver and gallbladder you can support them through eating greens. Choose among collards, kale, arugula, dandelion, parsley, cilantro and chard.
- Do shots. I’m serious…Oh wait I mean of wheat grass juice! Wheat grass will help boost your immune system, help with mental clarity and detox your blood and springtime organs.
- Add spirulina, chlorella or blue green algae to smoothies or other beverages.
- Aim for 3-4 servings of greens a day at this time of year. It makes a huge difference to my mental and physical health.
OK I think these tips will keep you busy, but not overwhelmed. Each tip is doable and supported by spring itself.
And remember the more connected you are to your food, the more connected you will be to yourself.
In health and service
PS Asparagus is also super easy to make. Just steam it for about 5 minutes and done. It doesn’t even need anything on it to taste great, but you could add something simple like butter and salt. And parents, watch your kids devour it as well.
Darshana Weill, Mindfulness Teacher and Counselor and Yoga Teacher has counseled over 1100 women worldwide. Her main aim is to support her students to learn to feed their souls and nourish their bodies through individual sessions, group work, tele-classes, webinars and home-study programs. A guest teacher at the 2011 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco you can also find Darshana teaching LIVE between Sonoma and Santa Cruz CA or via tele-classes and webinars.
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