Many moons ago, I managed the summer harvest of a 30-acre local sweet corn operation; 5:30 in the morning, murmuring voices, and the warmth of the sun still quiet as my crew of 15-20 summer students would gather in the farmer's yard. Ours was an impressive endeavour: 14 roadside stands to be manned and stocked with produce by 10 a.m., 7 days a week for the next 8 weeks, rain or shine. The season is short in the Ottawa Valley and 4 varieties of corn had been planted with staggered ripening times to produce the supply.
There are many memories of that summer job - the smell of cornstalks and ripening earth, the sun's slow rise over the crops and the smiles and jokes as we all warmed to our work. Most of all, I remember breakfast. As the wagons trundled out of the field, filled with freshly picked cobs for market, it was time to peel back some husks and bite into the freshest, coolest, crunchiest sweet corn this side of the planet. I realized then the only reason to boil sweet corn was to melt the butter for the salt to stick to it, but the taste of that corn - raw, fresh and bare, was unlike any culinary experience I've ever had before! That uncooked, enzyme rich, breakfast of champions made me feel all was right in the world and I can still get that feeling by shopping at a Farmers Market in summertime so many years later. Real food that's grown locally, fresh and organic, tended by farmers with hats, loose pants and very practical footwear. It's the place to stock up on all the necessary ingredients for your summertime alkaline rich menu items.
Spring detox begins the release of a winter's store of acidity and summertime provides a deeper live-style cleansing process. Fresh raw vegetable juices, sprouted salads, whole, organic foods, outdoor belly breathing, alkaline water, cooling mineral baths, yoga in the park - these holistic protocols are called into action for damage control after a long winter season.
Where is the damage and how you see it?
Live Cell Analysis is a microscopic evaluation of the biology of the blood. It is a holistic science that applies optimal nutritional support and other live-style solutions to counter the degenerative effects of blood pollution. Dietary excesses, toxic overload, nutritional deficiencies, eliminative congestion, evidence of acid tissue waste, free radical damage, deterioration, impaired immunity, parasites or even evidence of fungal and bacterial growth - all take their toll on the internal bio-systems of the body. Radiation, chemical, emotional, and dietary stressors are contributing to the massive toxic overload that tips the body out of balance and into weakened resistance. These internal imbalances reflect as discomforts or conditions that lead to impaired health and vitality.
There are many ways to begin a self-care action plan, but to create lasting change around unhealthy personal habits, one needs to find a compelling enough why. The bloodstream is a vital fluid and proper care of its natural, slightly alkaline state makes repair and healthy longevity possible.
External factors influence one's internal picture, and the first place for change begins with sound nutrition in the form of whole foods - organic, fresh and local. And whether it's snow peas on the vine or fresh herbal cooling teas, alkaline-a-la-carte or sugar-free nutrition, summertime in the Ottawa Valley is here to assist you and your body's natural healing ability!
Written by Ann Gilvary, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Food Psychology Coach, and Live Cell Microscopist for the Natural Food Pantry.