The year is slowly moving into the colder months and we are starting to feel the nip in the air. Autumn has arrived! This means we finally get to have all the really yummy warming foods that I miss greatly in the hot summer months. Stews, soups and roasted veggies… whilst curled up on the couch under a blanket… oh, how I love this time of year!  

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a big focus on eating for the seasons. During autumn the flavour is pungent and is balanced with sour. This boost the bodies immunity and ensures the body’s mucosa stays moist and warm.

Some examples of foods to include in your meals this autumn include:

  • Cooked vegetables
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Horseradish
  • Garlic
  • Orange vegetables like winter squashes
  • Onions
  • Olives
  • Vinegar
  • Fermented foods (including yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh)
  • Adzuki beans
  • Navy beans
  • Walnuts
  • Chestnuts
  • Lemons and Limes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Spices: bay leaves, black pepper, chilli, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, rosemary
  • Dark, leafy winter greens such as kale, chard, mustard greens, etc.
  • Warming soups and stews

Foods to minimize are those that create coolness and dampness, such as:

  • Uncultured dairy products like cold milk, cream, etc.
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Cold drinks
  • Raw foods (including salads, instead opt for cooked vegetables)
  • Noodles
  • Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Sugar

By following this simple food guide, you can relax knowing you have created a reserve of strength and health to fight off any sickness this cold and flu season.

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Philippa Dunstan

Philippa Dunstan


Philippa is a qualified acupuncturist that is passionate about women’s health and wellness throughout all stages of life. With a keen focus on holistic health, Philippa works closely with her patients to assess their individual needs and compile a comprehensive treatment plan that enables them to achieve their optimal health outcomes. With a special interest in IVF support, natural fertility, and pregnancy care, Philippa is passionate about supporting women and enabling them to step into their power and achieve their dreams.

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