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words from Mary Ann Parks Fall/Winter Newsletter Warming up for the winter • Keeping the body going strong

We need more sleep in the winter. We can take a lesson from our animal friends that hibernate all winter long. Tribes around the world did all their hunting and gathering during the spring, summer, and fall. With any luck, everything would setup for the winter. Certainly there were chores that still had to be
done, but a lot of handwork was also done, like basket weaving, and tool repair and maintenance.
Winter is rest time for the body

These days we are all go go, go. Of course, we need to make a living. Of course, stuff has to get done. Just try to do the best you can and honor your body with a little downtime and extra sleep.
During winter #3 Nerve Eze, #11 Tuff Bones, #19 Woman Eze help build up the nervous system.Remember that anxiety and stress cause pain. Don’t forget great tasting, comforting #2 Stomach Eze tea.
This is the time of the year when people start feeling their arthritis or any kind of bone pain. Combinations #11 and #16 are a big help. If you are feeling any discomfort in your chest, try a mustard plaster. Learn how to make a mustard plaster beginning on page 394 of Pomo Power.
I am seeing a lot of people with urine tract infections. Why? We don’t know. What we do know is that eating asparagus during the two times of the year when it is in season will help. With the Asparagus Diet, you will be eating only asparagus for one meal a day for three days in a row. Please see The Asparagus Diet starting on page 96 for all the details. Be sure to keep drinking your water and taking #12 Vital Organs. Let’s try to avoid an infection.
 Eat the cold weather foods

Olive oil • all nuts • avocados • cabbage • carrots • potatoes—are for the heart, so don’t let people tell you that you don’t need them • oatmeal • onions • garlic.
If you have outdoor pets, consider adding olive oil to their food to help keep them warm.
You need iron in your diet during winter

Add dried apricots, raisins, dried prunes, and dried black figs to your diet. They are high in iron. Plus they are a great substitute for that old enemy of ours: sugar!
Keep your immune system strong during the winter

We strengthen our immune systems with #4, #9, and #10. I’m 79 years old and I take (4) #4 twice daily. I take (4) #9 once a day. I take (4) #10 twice daily.
 
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Keeps the body warm • High in nutrition • Easy to digest (gives your body a rest)
Use up all your leftovers and make wonderful soups like grandma used to make. The peelings and vegetable tops and bottoms that you would normally throw out can go right into the soup pot.
EAT FOODS IN SEASON. There are a wide variety of tasty vegetables available in the fall and winter months.

Stay safe,
Mary Ann Parks