Energetics of Spring
Spring energy is about rising upwards and expanding outwards. All around you, nature is growing green shoots and plants are blossoming. The body naturally becomes more active at this time; it is the time of year to rise early with the sun and take brisk walks, this gently activates the body’s energy and is in harmony with the ascending and expanding energy of the season.
Spring is a new beginning; a time to see things in a new way. Spring is the time to contact your true nature and give attention to your own self-awareness and self-expression.
Food habits for Spring
Spring is the time of year that we naturally eat less, and this can even be a time for fasting, in order to cleanse the body of the heavier and fatty foods eaten during winter. The foods eaten during spring should reflect the ascending and expansive qualities of the season – fresh greens, young plants and sprouts, plus wheatgrass or other cereal grasses – which can be a way to create a little personal spring within the body. One way of producing this effect is to combine a little concentrated sweetener with pungent herbs (eg. mint tea with a dash of honey).
Shredded Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad
Spring is the time to cleanse the body fats and heavy foods of winter and attend to your Liver and Gallbladder, which have been busy working overtime during winter processing the heavy sodium rich foods you were enjoying.
Your diet should become lighter with sweet*, pungent** foods emphasizing the Yang, ascending and expansive qualities of Spring, with young plants, fresh greens and sprouts. This shredded Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad combines these properties with some Liver stimulating*** ingredients to really benefit the Liver and Gallbladder. Raw garlic also assists to reduce catarrh(inflammation of mucous membranes) which is beneficial in reducing hayfever symptoms in Spring.