• Maggie @ The Guest Bungalow

Eating with the Seasons | Autumn & Winter Styles

Updated: Oct 2, 2020


Our ancestors didn't have access to the level of convenience we do today. They ate off the land and with the seasons. This past Summer 2020, for the very first time, I set 100% of my intention to eating with the seasons! My inspiration came from Ayurvedic Medicine; the science of life and the in-depth study of nature itself.

I figured if our grocery stores ever collapsed I'd have to determine what my autumn/winter harvest would look like sooner or later! I like to be proactive and keep on the safer side of life! Jajaja (laughing in Spanish)!

Check out my Autumn & Winter shopping list if you'd like to join in on the fun! 49% of the groceries provided are based on BEST practices for the seasons! 51% represent GOOD options to increase variety within specified categories!

I will publish my Spring Shopping List when the season is present! Desire to reminisce about summertime? You can do so here!

The equinox usually begins around September 23rd and the season extends to approximately December 21st. The rulers of autumn are Venus, Pluto, and Jupiter. The elements of this season are air, water, and fire. Life in autumn moves at a faster and more survival oriented pace. High energy meal plans are preferred by all beings and as autumn wears on life becomes more difficult.

The solstice is traditionally set in motion around the 21st of December and this season expands to the 21st of March. The rulers of winter are Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The elements of the wintertime are earth, air, and water. This is the season of stillness and waiting. Nature may seem dead but this is a superficial viewpoint. Deep within our planet profound forces are going through metamorphosis, the results of which will be crystal clear to the naked eye come spring. Nothing truly dies but rather is transformed into a different state. Life moves inside and underground. Foods have been stashed for this season.

Autumn & Winter Shopping


best options: bananas, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, limes, mangos, oranges, papayas, persimmons, and tangerines

good options: apples (cooked), apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe (with lemon), cherries, coconuts (ripe), cranberries, guava, nectarines, peaches, pears (ripe), pineapple, plums, and strawberries


best options: avocados, beets, brussels sprouts, carrots, chilies, garlic, tomatoes

good options: artichokes (hearts), bell peppers (cooked), broccoli (cooked), celery (cooked), eggplant (cooked), fennel, ginger, green beans (cooked), hot peppers, jicama (cooked), kale (cooked), leaks, mustard greens (cooked), okra, onions, parsley, seaweed (cooked), turnips, and zucchini (cooked)


best options: winter squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes

good options: corn, peas (cooked), potatoes (mashed), and acorn squash


best options: oats, brown rice, quinoa

good option: rice


best options: none - lo siento (sorry)

good option: mung beans


best options: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, flax, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts

good options: coconuts, lotus seeds, and sunflower seeds


best option: ghee

good option: rice milk


best options: crab, fresh water fish, lobster, ocean fish, oysters, and shrimp


best options: almond, avocado, canola, coconut, flax, mustard, olive, safflower, and sesame

good options: corn and sunflower


best options: maple syrup, molasses, and rice syrup

good options: honey and raw sugar


best options: none - lo siento (sorry)

good options: carob, chocolate, mayonnaise, pickles, and vinegar

Herbal Teas

best options: cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and orange peel

good option: mint


best options: anise, asafoetida, basil, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, ginger, saffron, and turmeric

good options: bay leaf, chamomile, caraway, cayenne, clove, coriander, dill, fenugreek, garlic, horseradish, marjoram, mustard, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, poppy seed, rosemary, sage, spearmint, and thyme

We change so very much in our lives seasonally why not the foods on our grocery shopping list? If there is something on the list above that you don't like, simply don't buy and don't eat, problem solved!

I took our shopping list to Kroger and Kindred Market this was my first take and spin on Autumn & Winter!

May you feel a level of satisfaction in your bones that would be understood by your ancestors, whom never failed to eat without inspiration from the seasons!

Happy Shopping!

Peace, Love, & Everlasting Protection!



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