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People that follow my work know that I’m a stickler for eating local and seasonal foods.

When the internal environment (your bodily organs) become aligned with the external environment (where you are located geographically), the physical body gets grounded and feels more balanced.

That’s why I always suggest people get to know what grows in their environment, and then eat that food. When the body becomes balanced in this way it helps us heal on a deeper level.

Folks sometimes get confused about that, and I often hear, “What do I eat if I go on vacation?”

The answer is exactly the same. Eat the food that grows in the environment where your physical body (and mind) are vacationing. Wherever that is.

Here’s a great example – I live in NYC which is a temperate climate that has four seasons; spring, summer, fall, and winter. For breakfast, during the cold winter months, I alternate between eating oatmeal with gojiberries and cinnamon, pan seared mochi (pounded sweet rice) with miso soup, or cream of buckwheat with an egg on top. All three are hearty dishes that help to keep me warm and functioning optimally where I live.

Recently, I vacationed in Costa Rica. My breakfast options radically shifted to what was available in the tropical climate that I was visiting, so my body could become better acclimated to where it was.

Every morning I began the day eating mangoes, pineapples, papaya, watermelon and a local cheese. It was the perfect food to support my needs for where my body was located. All of that tropical fruit was cooling, refreshing and energizing. It was the best way to start the day in an environment that was ninety-plus degrees in the shade.

When my vacation ended, I came back home to New York City, where it is currently thirty-one frigid degrees in January. My day began with pan-seared mochi, plus aduki bean miso soup with Salmon. It was the perfect food for warming and energizing my body in an icy cold environment.

Local and seasonal eating is not difficult to do. It just takes some practice to get out of your head, and get into your body to hear what it really needs from you to thrive.

So, wherever you are in the world (tropical climate, temperate climate, polar climate, etc.), always remember to make the best food choices and your body will reap the benefits.

Enjoy your breakfast, where ever you are in the world!