Autumn Survival Tip #6
Nourish with Slow Food: As yin is about to take charge, it is best to eat nourishing foods with a high concentration of jing (prenatal qi) and qi. Roasted fall vegetables, warm squash soups, roots and other hearty foods help us prepare for the winter. Generally cook with less water and at a lower heat for longer periods of time such as in a crock pot or roasting in an oven or low heat on a flame.
Cooking food quickly creates more rajas, speed and business for our minds and bodies. Allowing things to cook more slowly encourages us to focus more internally, slow down, and receive deep nourishment from foods that are simple to digest and assimilate. The more cooked a food is the less our own bodies (spleens) need to do the cooking and the less energy it takes for us to assimilate the nutrients.