Afternoon mists fall on ripe green. Cool mountain meadows hide in the hemlocks and fir. A quiet brook sings to robins and squirrels as Merri and I shared last weekend at the farm with a Writer’s Camp.
Writer’s Camp delegates parked below the creekside seminar hall.
Now this week we are enjoying a pick and eat program with the cooperation of wild blackberries that have turned luscious and black.
I have been rereading John Douillard’s book, “Three Season Diet” which shows how to lose weight, increase health and vitality by eating different foods at different times of the year.
This book is an excellent health generator on how to beat food cravings and get fit.
John has worked on me and I have studied intensively with him. John is a former professional athlete, who helped train Billy Jean King. She wrote: “Dr. John Douillard’s teachings can change your life as they have for me and thousands of others of all ages!”
He was also Director of Player Development for the NBA basketball team, the New Jersey Nets, and now runs an Ayurvedic and chiropractic sports medicine practice in Boulder, Colorado.
The theme to his book provides a resolution to a lot of conflicting nutritional advice. Much of the advice is correct, but each for only about four months of the year.
The 3 season diet points out that there are three growing seasons, spring, summer and fall and we should eat differently in each season.
We should have three diets we vary through the year, low calorie-low fat in spring, high carbohydrate in summer and high protein in winter. This creates a food supply that fits the body’s requirements as it shifts to adapt to each of these seasons.
Merri and I have benefited greatly from knowing John and find the concept of his book, “Eat the Way Nature Intended” to be an excellent one.
Once you know your body type (readily understood in the chapter, Fine Tuning Your Diet), then you can proceed easily and effortlessly to fitness! These simple yet powerful concepts are derived from a 5000-year-old traditional medical system. We find that once you work along with your natural body type…feeding it what it craves, following the foods that nature provides seasonally and helping the body utilize the food of the season then seemingly magic happens! Weight, mood and energy are all balanced so that we can live and prosper anywhere on earth.
The concept is based partly on Ayurved, the Indian science of life and well being, which views the body as having three essences; vata (essence of motion), pitta (essence of transformation-digestion) and kapha (essence of solidity). These essences are also described as vata-air, pitta- fire and kapha-earth/water. A key in Ayurved is to keep the three in balance.
Ayurved also recognizes differences in seasons, spring, being a moist, fertile time of growth of course is a kapha period. Summer, naturally is a time of heat or pitta when the seeds transform into food. Finally, autumn and winter turn windy and cold. Things become brittle and dried, the time of vata. So the tendency in summer is for the fire in us (pitta) to grow excessively, spring brings kapha problems and winter hosts vata imbalances.
Seeing how delicious the blackberries looked (and tasted) now in the summer reminded me of text from John’s book. He wrote this about blackberries.
Native to Europe, these berries are harvested in late spring and early summer, from April through July, but are out of season in the winter and are too cool for most winter climates. They are sweet, sour and astringent and help cool the body down and to treat diarrhoea, a classic summer condition in which the stool is liquefied by excess heat. Blackberries are also very alkaline, high in iron and are the best blood builders although they have a constipating quality.
So you can see that blackberries (growing practically everywhere in the country) are the perfect food for us in summer!
Wild mountain blackberries we picked on the farm.
John’s book shows some other great summer foods that help blood sugar disorders as well.
Here is what the book says:
“Bitter Melon” Originally harvested throughout China and India, bitter melon is used to treat diabetes in Asia. It has twice as much potassium as bananas and is proven to increase the number of beta cells (which produce insulin) in the pancreas. It is high in iron and has twice the beta-carotene of broccoli and twice the calcium of spinach. It is bitter in taste and cooling to the body, but is too cooling and bitter for winter.
Blueberries are another good blood sugar regulating food as the books says:
“Blueberries, Native to North America, are harvested from May through August and are both sweet and astringent. Traditionally known to help strengthen the pancreas and stabilize blood sugar levels, blueberries serve to offset the high energy demands and sugar content of the summer fruit harvest. They are not cooling as blackberries or raspberries and are okay in the winter also. Recent studies have found blueberries to be a very powerful antioxidant.”
Gotta run now, it’s summer and the blackberries are ripening down by the creek. Until next message, I hope that your good health is no secret!
Horse gate in autumn by our farm pond.
We would enjoy meeting you at our September 21-22-23 Super Thinking + Spanish Camp to be conducted at the farm. See the farm at http://www.littlehorsecreek.com/
Everyone who visits the farm wants to come back and we’ll have stored up some blackberries so we can treat you to some homemade blackberry pie!
Learn Spanish in the Amazon or Blue Ridge
We have added a 3 Day Super Thinking + Spanish Camp to be conducted September 21, 22 and 23 at our North Carolina farm on Little Horse Creek.
In these busy times the farm is a peaceful quiet place to learn.
Here is Little Horse Creek.
The creek starts on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house where guests meet and flows past our deep woods seminar hall where we learn together.
Creek below the seminar hall.
The leaf change will have begun…(Saturday, Sept. 22 is the first day of Fall)…enjoy the beauty of golden leaves.
Enjoy sunrise views.
and crisp mountain morns… maybe even a little frost.
Yet afternoons are sunny so we can visit the views from the woods and even…
take a little relaxation in the sun… since we use relaxation techniques in the teaching of Spanish.
We’ll have picked plenty of mountain blackberries by then so I expect Merri will have a pie or two (maybe four) cooked up for us when we…
come up to our house for afternoon tea.
The Super Thinking + Spanish course is the same as always but seriously limited to the number of delegates due to the nature of our seminar hall.
Here is the inside of our seminar hall.
A recent group at the camp.
We hope you join us for this Blue Ridge experience where you’ll enjoy nature and learn Super Thinking + Spanish.
Or if you prefer the Amazon! October 8 to 12 Glenn Sterling with conduct a Super Thinking + Spanish course in the Amazon.
Glenn Sterling sent us this report about the first Amazon Spanish Camp he organized and conducted.
Here is a picture of lodge from the canoe on the lake.
One great way to get paid to travel to places you desire is as a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher. Spiro Michas enjoyed conducting a Super Spanish course when he visited Uruguay. Glenn Sterling always wanted to visit the Amazon so he organized course there.
See below the schedule for Glenn’s next Amazon Spanish camp.
Here is a report from Glenn on the first Amazon Spanish Camp he conducted.
Getting There – To the Amazon or Bust
By Glenn Sterling
Arriving was 99% of the adventure. We’d flown from Quito, Ecuador.
Quito at night taken from Stubel Suites and Cafe.
We flew next morning for a half hour flight to Coca (named after a local Indian Community ) a city of about 60,000.
This was our Aerogal flight to Coca.
This bus was waiting for us at the Coca Airport.
The bus took us to Coca and once there we loaded onto a boat and donned life jackets.
Our seatbacks were slid into place and we began the 2.5 hour journey down the broad, shallow, silt-laden Napo River.
The weather is never chilly here but is frequently blessed with warmish showers. Our ride was no exception, so we were wet but warm and our rears comforted by the deep foam seat bottoms.
There were lots of odd boats on the Napo, a tributary of the Amazon River. One had been a jet!
In the Amazon, the river IS the highway.
Our guide, leader and naturalist, Rodrigo, showed us how to open a unique local fruit we’d found in our yummy, bagged lunches. Bottled water accompanied our snack.
We sped downriver dodging islands of debris, tree stumps, clumps of floating grass and other items.
The river was widening as its banks collapsed from swollen waters and frequent rains. Daunesh said “Hey, it’s a rain forest.” It was.
Napo River bank.
We were never alone on the river.
The ponchos kept us dry.
Finally we felt alone in the jungle when we were led to a 15 minute walk down a boardwalk trail into the Amazon jungle.
Daunesh was among the first to arrive at our canoes and soon our Armada struck off through a narrow waterway.
The water way led to the open waters of Lake Garcocha (Heron lake in Quicha).
In another 10 minutes we arrived at the lodge on the edge of the lake.
They had refreshing drinks and mouth watering snacks awaiting us and after the travel adventure our appetites were ready.
For more details contact Glenn Sterling @ email@example.com)
John Douillard’s books are available at lifespa.com