Hello, Winter! Oh my, I hope you’re enjoying this wintery season that's upon us.
Seasonal eating is a return to our roots, or if you shall, our wild. When we’re more aligned to the current season and energies of the earth, we get in sync with the natural rhythm of life. And so, we connect not only to the earth, but also to ourselves.
Eating in season means your food is often fresher, tastes better, it’s more nutritious, better for the environment, more sustainable, and you can usually support your local community by purchasing what's being grown locally. While fresh is often best, you can opt for freshly frozen or canned foods, which are also picked and preserved in season.
Eating in season is a practice that I strongly believe needs to be brought back into the rhythm of our lives by fully embracing the current season and the earth’s offerings during that time. Simply put, eating in season means eating the fruits and vegetables that organically grow in abundance during specific times of the year.
So, how do you eat what’s in season?
The above is a general list. Eating seasonally in the winter can be quite different compared to the spring, summer, and fall, depending on where you live. In milder climates, you may be able to grow fresh food all year round!
For a narrower list tailored to your region, this is a great resource. I built my list more or less based on the Pacific Northwest and Treasure Valley surroundings.
Hello, and welcome, friends! I’m Amanda Johnson, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP)-aka a Holistic Nutritionist-and I’m NOW seeing clients at The Vervain Collective!
I studied nutrition through The Nutritional Therapy Association, where I became a certified FNTP. I also began studying herbalism last year through The Science & Art of Herbalism with The Vervain Collective (which is kicking off again next month!).
I help empower people who are struggling with various chronic health challenges, people who want to change their diets and lifestyles to feel more vibrant on a day-to-day basis, and people who just want to spruce up their joy of cooking and eating. The goals and intentions are to seek long term relief and homeostasis within the body by balancing the foundations of health and addressing the root cause, all while supporting the bio-individuality of each person. I do this through utilizing nutrient dense, whole foods, mindful movement, education, and lifestyle tips. Nutritional Therapy is a way of approaching nutrition to help you uncover the root cause of symptoms that are creating discomfort and leading to a lack of vitality in your life.
A little bit about myself, I’m a Washington native and relocated to Idaho three years ago with my husband. I’m a nutrition nerd, a lover of all things food, animals, plants, and the outdoors. I’m an athlete who loves running crazy long distances–when my life allows. I also love gardening.
My personal struggles with my health, diet and life have created a passion within me about how nutritional wellness fits into my life, as well as into the lives of others. I’ve recovered from a long battle with an eating disorder, followed by adrenal fatigue, chronic digestive issues, and autoimmune issues. My mission as a Nutritionist is to support you in restoring your body’s functioning through nutrient dense, whole foods, and holistically balancing your mind, body, and spirit. We look beyond only food.
In addition to being a practitioner at Vervain, I also work in the apothecary as a shop steward. I’m there a few times a week, so pop by and say hi!!
Let’s work together!
If you’re interested in learning more about what I do and how we can work together, I invite you to schedule a free consultation with me.
Wildly Nourishing, Amanda
To learn more about Amanda, view recipes, read her blog, and more, visit Outdoor Foodie & Wellness!