Chinese medicine suggests that if you eat poorly, you’ll likely feel sluggish (and probably look the part too). Eat well, on the other hand, and you’ll feel energised and alive, and look refreshed and revived.
For centuries, Chinese medicine has recommended that we eat with the seasons; doing so will create balance, provide harmony with nature, boost energy and bring clarity. A 2013 Cambridge University study drew parallel conclusions.
Indian Ayurvedic medicine follows similar principles, proposing that foods grown in spring are detoxifying, summer produce is light and cooling, fruit and veg grown in autumn is grounding, while winter foods are comforting and hearty. In Ayurveda, eating seasonally is called ritucharya.
Makes sense, right? In summer, we’re more likely to crave a big wedge of watermelon, because a) it’s refreshing, but b) watermelon is a summer fruit. It’s harvested in summer, and c) it’s full of water, which provides hydration, and antioxidants that may protect against sun damage. Winter, on the other hand, is when we crave really hearty foods (hello, potatoes), that are high in carbs (again, let’s hear it for potatoes), which are known to stimulate our serotonin production.