Join Dr. John Douillard for The 3-Season Diet Challenge. It’s free! This challenge takes you through eating seasonally with month-to-month support and guidance.
You can start the challenge anytime.
Nature provides the ideal harvest for each season to keep you strong, healthy, energized, and focused. The 3-Season Diet aligns our desires with the foods that nature has provided in season for thousands of years. In the winter, we naturally crave soups, nuts, warm grains, and other high fat and protein foods, such as meat and fish. In the spring, we want salads, berries, and leafy greens—a naturally low-fat diet. And in the summer, when the days are long and hot, we require cooling and high-energy foods such as fruits and vegetables, which are a naturally available high carbohydrate diet.
New research suggests that our gut microbes are meant to change seasonally by the foods we eat. Seasonal microbes optimize digestion, mood, and immunity: the way nature intended!
What Happened to the Fourth Season?
You’re probably asking yourself, “Three seasons . . . what happened to the fourth?” or “Oooh, that’s a bad typo,” but no, you’re reading that correctly. In nature, there are three growing seasons or harvests—not four.
The earth is dormant or resting during one of the seasons. This leaves three growing seasons from which we eat. The three seasons of Ayurveda are spring, summer, and winter. Fall is the dormant season that is considered a transitional component of summer and winter.
A note about regional climates and eating locally: Our Seasonal Grocery Lists accommodate all the regions on the entire planet, and focus most on those foods that have qualities that balance that particular season. If you want to really go for it, you can eat only local and organic foods, but we realize that is not always possible.
Your winter season (for example) may also start or end earlier or later than November-February, and even that can vary year by year. Just stay tuned to the climate changes in your area and adjust accordingly, day by day. Soon it will become easy and natural for you as you experiment and listen to your body.
FREE: 2-Part Video Tutorial on Eating Seasonally
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3-Season Diet Challenge Partners
Providing all the fantastic seasonal recipes is Emma Frisch, a cook, blogger, freelance food writer, and former farmer. She is Co-Founder and Director of Culinary Experience at Firelight Camps and was a top finalist on Food Network Star, Season 10. Emma’s recipes fall right into place with the rest of our diet and seasonal eating recommendations.
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