I believe the highest purpose of nutrition is to encourage each of us to journey withIN.

Listening to your body, your own inner wisdom and reclaiming your sovereignty and power by living, eating and nurturing your Self in a way that maintains your unique, BeUtiful balance.  This facilitates the manifestation of your highest potential and hearts desire.  So you can BeU, literally, connected to your true essence which is expressed in a way that only you can.

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I love all sorts of tools that have helped me, and my clients, to go withIN and tap into this stream of wisdom, rather than following external information, diets and whatever the latest detox is.

The body is crying out to be heard, literally, in the form of all sorts of health issues, from subtle bloating to full on dis-ease and discomfort.  All of it though, is an invitation to dive withIN, to familiarize yourself with who-you-really-are.

There are many tools to begin tailoring your approach to nutrition, your blood and constitution type, for example, are popular ways to decipher the foods that will help create balance within your body.

Ayurveda exclusively seeks to do this, balancing all the elements and helping you to eat in a way that achieves a harmonious state, facilitating your thriving.

Eating by colour, understanding foods impact on your energy centers and vibration, eating in light of your emotions to create emotional stability and pendulum energy testing.  All of these tools I share in my book, Your BeUtiful Body.

One of my favorites however, is to look at your star sign.  Over 200 studies have found a correlation between the season of your birth and the health issues you are likely to encounter.  One of the most fascinating was a Spanish study where “significant associations were found between the month of birth and several chronic diseases.” Read the full study here.

The rationale behind such findings is in line with the latest quantum understanding of biology and physics, that we are an intrinsic part of the universe, directly effected by our environment.

Astrologically speaking, star signs also indicate typical health challenges specific to each sun sign.  Whilst this isn’t an exact science, anything that invites you withIN, connecting to your own body wisdom, so you can be inspired by this for your nutrition and self-care, I welcome.  After all, Hippocrates once said, “a physician without knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

So, take a look at my medical astrology inspired nutrition, and I invite you to use it as inspiration to dive even deeper withIN…

Earth Signs

The earth element rules the skeletal and eliminatory systems. The earth element is essential for growth, reproduction and repair of tissue. Overeating and a diet of heavy foods create excess earth, which is aggravated by lack of exercise and sedentary habits. The earth signs have strong sense impressions and thrive on contact with the earth.

For all earth signs:

 

CAPRICORN

Structure and bones of the body, specifically the knees.

Nutrition & Self-Care: foods that strengthen the bones and promote structural integrity like celery, broccoli, dark leafy greens and nuts.  Take care to balance the earth element, spirulina and other sea greens and algae are excellent for this whilst providing essential mineral support, along with regular movement and activity.

TAURUS

Throat, and insulin production.

Nutrition & Self-Care: thyroid supporting iodine and selenium within seaweeds like kelp and nori and brazil nuts.  Regular eating patterns, high antioxidant foods like blueberries and eating foods that discourage congestion like ginger and cinnamon.

VIRGO

Stomach and intestines.

Nutrition & Self-Care: digestion enhancing and soothing foods like ginger, cinnamon, spices, cumin and fennel.  Taking care to eat slowly and regularly to assist digestion, avoiding dairy and wheat that are common digestive irritants.

Air Signs

The element of air rules the nervous and circulatory systems, including the function of movement, peristalsis, urination and breathing. Air people are easily stimulated, with quick and extremely sensitive minds that are easily thrown off balance and overwhelmed.

For all air signs:

 

AQUARIUS

Arms and legs and one’s ability to move about in general, circulation and nerve impulses.

Nutrition & Self-Care: grounding foods that balance the air element, like root vegetables, and foods that support circulation like ginger, ginkgo biloba, garlic, turmeric, cayenne pepper and dark chocolate.

GEMINI

Dual body parts (arms, legs, and so on) and the respiratory system.

Nutrition & Self-Care: immune supporting high antioxidant fruits like goji berries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  Particularly elderberries for their potent cold and flu fighting abilities, along with apple cider vinegar for cleansing the respiratory system.

LIBRA

Kidney and bladder functions.

Nutrition & Self-Care: finding the balance within pleasure so as not to overload the system with food that is too rich.  Choosing foods that enhance the excretory organs like cranberry, nettle tea, dandelion tea and plenty of fresh water.  Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, gently cooked perhaps is better for Librans, will also support body cleansing and assist the kidneys.

WATER SIGNS

The water element rules the reproductive and lymphatic systems and body liquids, including blood, mucus and lymph. Water lubricates, flushes and cools the body. Water signs are exceptionally sensitive to their environment, particularly to fungi, bacteria and viruses.

For all water signs:

 

PISCES

Pisces governs the nervous system and therefore also the reflexes.

Nutrition & Self-Care: calming foods that are warm and are without too much of a water element.  Quinoa, oats, rice and buckwheat for example, to soothe the central nervous system, along with omega 3 rich nuts and seeds.

CANCER

Stomach and digestive system.

Nutrition & Self-Care: foods that are gentle on digestion, avoiding heavy foods like cheese and deli meats which create acidity and put a lot of stress and pressure on the digestive organs.  Choosing gluten free whole grains, gently cooked soups, steamed veggies with added spices or cumin for better digestion and soothing fennel are all helpful.

SCORPIO

Reproductive systems and hormones.

Nutrition & Self-Care: hormonal support through omega 3’s like hemp, chia and flaxseeds, nourishing avocados, and superfoods like maca and spirulina are excellent aids for Scorpio.  Taking care to drink plenty of fresh water for the system to remain clear and give hormones the best chance of balancing.

FIRE SIGNS

Fire rules digestion, the digestive fires of transformation, the burning up or absorption of food. The element of fire is also a great purifier, literally burning toxins, viruses, bacteria and fungus. Fire signs easily fight disease because their constitution naturally tends toward high temperatures.

For all fire signs:

 

ARIES

Aries governs the head and brain and their ailments.

Nutrition & Self-Care: oily fish, walnuts and dark leafy greens keep Aries strong and focused.  With essential fatty acids for brain health, and a consideration of excessive spice so as not to create too much fire.

LEO

Leo governs the heart and the blood.

Nutrition & Self-Care: heart care is essential for Leo, cacao, goji berries and leafy greens full of magnesium that alkalize and relax the heart are good choices.  Spirulina, chlorophyll and beetroot are powerful blood builders whilst avocados and green smoothies cool the system.

SAGITTARIUS

Thighs, hips, liver, and eyesight.

Nutrition & Self-Care: liver supporting olive oil, grapefruit, carrot juice, celery juice, raw veggie salads and dandelion tea are powerful tonics for Sagittarius.  Green juices are perfect for the liver, whilst avoiding excessive alcohol and red meat will help take the burden off their vulnerable spots. 

 

 

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