Wild animals eat what nature provides while domesticated animals eat what humans give them. For example, horses are meant to eat grass however, if you give them grain they'll eat it. Same thing with cows. What happens to cows (and horses) that are fed grain instead of hay? They get sick and require loads of antibiotics to keep them alive.
Now, consider what a squirrel needs to survive the winter ... nuts ... and what does nature just happen to provide a lot of in the fall ... nuts. I once heard someone say that if you gave a squirrel broccoli in the fall it would probably eat it, which would be unfortunate because it would subsequently freeze to death in the winter.
The point I'm trying to make here is that nature provides certain foods, at specific times of year, that animals need in order to be healthy. Could it be that nature does the same thing for humans? And have we, with the convenience of supermarkets, totally forgot that. Are we, in a sense, like an animal being fed grain when we really need grass?
So, how do we human beings, begin to eat in alignment with what nature is providing? By eating with the seasons, that's how. I want you to answer this question. If I had to grow all my own food, what would I eat at different times of the year? For many of us, this is a difficult question to answer as we've never had to grow our own food.
But fear not, there is a really easy way to eat seasonally ... buy local food. Hit up a farmers market in your area or join a CSA. By doing this you will automatically align yourself with nature. I happen to live on a farm so I can tell you that spring is the time of florescent leafy greens, berries galore, and baby beets, carrots, onions, & radishes plus certain roots like dandelion & turmeric.
All of those foods strengthen the liver and clear the lymphatic system; two systems we want to make sure are working optimally. Spring is a time for renewal and rebirth. It shouldn't surprise us (but often does) that the foods most readily available during this time of year support this reboot.
So, head on over to your farmers market this weekend and load up on the bounty of spring. Your body will thank you!