17 Mar The Autumn Season & Simple Roast Vegetables Recipe
Lately, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how Autumn is their favourite season, and I tend to agree. The combination of warm clear days with cooler mornings and evenings (not to mention all the beautiful changes in foliage) is hard to beat. There are, of course, positives and negatives to every situation, and the health-related negatives of Autumn tend to show up in the form of “summer colds”, allergies, coughs, and skin conditions.
As a Chinese Medicine (CM) practitioner, I tend to trace all these issues back to the Lungs. CM holds that:
- Autumn is the season which aligns most closely to the Lungs (and therefore the time that Lung pathologies are most likely to show up, or become exacerbated)
- Autumn is the driest season
- The Lungs prefer to be moist, and do not react well to dryness.
- The Lungs influence not only respiration, but also the throat, nose, and sinuses, and additionally the skin, pores, and more broadly, immunity.
Considering all this information, it’s no wonder that the conditions mentioned above tend to pop up at this time of year. Luckily, Chinese Medicine has long history of treating these problems, whether by using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, manual therapies, or some combination of these.
So, if you find it hard to enjoy this beautiful weather because you’re congested, itchy, or coughing a lot, perhaps it’s time to book in a session with your friendly CM practitioner, and explore the time-tested, painless, and drug-free solution to your problems.
In the meantime, remember to wear appropriate clothing for the temperatures you’ll be exposed to (basically, take a jacket), get plenty of fluids, avoid excessive air-conditioning or heating, and eat plenty of nourishing and moisturising foods (soups and stews are ideal, along with porridges and cooked fruit).
Autumn seasonal fruit, spices and vegetables include;
- custard apple
- kiwi fruit
- lime, kaffir (leaves)
- asian greens
- brussels sprouts
- onion, spring
- sweet potato
Perfect time to start adding roast vegetables to your family meals. Here is a simple Autumn recipe;
Simple Autumn Roast Vegetables
- 2 cups sweet potatoes cut into 1½-inch thick pieces
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 cup capsicum cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 cups zucchini sliced or cubed into 1 inch pieces
- 1 medium pumpkin seeded, cut into 1 inch slice or cubes
- 1 cup brussels sprouts
- 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees
- Place chopped veggies in an extra large bowl. Pour oil and spices onto veggies. Toss with hands to combine
- Spread vegetables in an even layer on baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time.
Simon is a Chinese Medicine practitioner at Balanced Life Health Centre. He treats a variety of common (and not-so-common) health concerns using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and related therapies. He has a gentle, friendly manner, and employs in-depth questioning to try to get to the root of your health issues, before embarking on a customised treatment plan. To book an Appointment with Simon click Here