Eating with the Seasons: Fall & Winter Dishes

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and ayurvedic medicine both teach using the seasons to guide what you eat.
Air Date: 10/20/17
Duration: 22:05
Host: Lisa Davis
Guest Bio: Erin Macdonald, RDN
Erin-MacdonaldErin Macdonald, RDN, has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for 23 years. She is the co-founder of U Rock Girl!, a health and wellness website for women, providing information, recipes, products, and services to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.

Erin is the co-author of No Excuses! 50 Healthy Ways to ROCK Breakfast! This is the first published cookbook for U Rock Girl, featuring nutritious and delicious breakfast recipes that will prevent the excuse, "I can't eat breakfast because..."

She has been in private practice (Complete Wellness, NOW!) for 15 years, specializing in Adult and Pediatric Weight Management, Sports, Cardiovascular, Wellness, Gut Health, Food Sensitivities, and recipe development.

Erin sits on the Health Advisory Board of Clean Eating Magazine and co-writes a regular column, called “Ask the Dietitians.” In addition she writes for Oxygen Magazine and ACE Fitness. She has also been quoted in numerous magazines and online articles.

Erin has appeared on radio, television, and DVDs discussing various hot topics regarding nutrition, weight, and wellness. She has presented many lectures focusing on weight management, heart-healthy cooking, sports nutrition, blood sugar health, and pediatric nutrition, and writes a blog on health, nutrition, fitness, wellness, and motivation on

Passionate about cooking and recipe development, Erin teaches monthly cooking classes featuring original clean eating recipes. Cooking class information available at

Currently, Erin is a founding member of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, as well as a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), and Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE). She has extensive experience in wellness coaching, fitness training, and cooking.

Erin completed her post-baccalaureate in nutrition sciences from California State University, Los Angeles, and received a BA in psychology from UCLA.

Away from work, this native Los Angelino enjoys spending time with her husband and four sons, running, hiking, boxing, teaching cooking classes, and having fun.
Eating with the Seasons: Fall & Winter Dishes
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and ayurvedic medicine both teach using the seasons to guide what you eat. For example, it's advised to eat hot foods when it's cold out and cold foods when it's hot out. 

This follows the natural tendency for your body to balance itself. 

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As we move through fall into winter, Erin Macdonald, RDN, advises eating root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets and beet greens (which are very versatile), as well as winter squash and Brussels sprouts. 

Erin joins host Lisa Davis to share a few of her favorite fall/winter recipes using seasonal foods. You can also check out three of Erin's pumpkin recipes on her website (Maple Glazed Roast Pumpkin, Spaghetti Squash Marinara, and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds). 

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