I love fall because it is the time of year that reminds us of the nature of things.
Things change and everything has its season. During the fall nothing is more noticeable than the leaves changing colors as they cycle off of the trees. There is an ever-changing rhythm to the seasons.
Here are 5 tips to help you eat healthy during the autumn season
1. This Is A Great Time To Reset, Cleanse Or Detox Your Body.
Eating food in season is a wise thing to do. During the Fall try some vegetables and fruits you may not always gravitate to. This helps bring your body to balance in the most holistic way. Buying farm fresh and organic foods makes all the difference and keeps you from ingesting toxins. This is the time to visit a Farmer's Market.
Enjoy fresh pumpkins, parsnips, yams, winter squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, apples, pears, figs, elderberries, pomegranates, Acorn squash and cranberries! This is the time of year I used a lot of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.
Since the season is getting colder, it is a nice time to add in some Autmn recipes using a variety of vegetables.
Check Out This Autumn Soup Recipe
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 3 medium carrots, cut into medium dice
- 1 large yellow onion, cut into medium dice
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups 1/2-inch-cubed peeled butternut squash (about half a 2-lb. squash)
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- Pinch cayenne pepper; more to taste
- Kosher salt
- 1 quart lower-salt chicken broth
- 1 14.5-oz. can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 cups lightly packed, coarsely chopped kale
- 1 cup lower-salt canned chickpeas
Preparation: Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the squash, allspice, cayenne, and 1 tsp. salt and stir to combine. Add the broth, tomatoes with their juice, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the kale and the chickpeas and cook uncovered until the squash is tender and the kale has wilted, about 10 minutes more. Discard the thyme springs before serving. Season to taste with more salt and cayenne.
You can also make a baked apple or have roasted root vegetables, baked sweet potatoes, baked pears or enjoy crisp apple pies. Fall foods are vibrant, colorful and nourishing. Did you know that the more colorful the fruit, the better it is for your health?
2. This Is A Great Time To Walk.
This season is warm, full of earthy colors; think deep greens, dark yellows and brilliant oranges and burgundy.
When you walk in this weather you are absorbing the vibrational energy of the earth. You are also getting much need sunshine that is suggested at least 20 minutes a day.
3. Boost Your Immune System By Drinking Plenty Of Fresh Water, Try To Eat More Alive (living) Raw Foods (if you can tolerate them).
If you are sensitive to raw foods, cook your foods lightly to ensure you get the enzymes. It's also important to work on resetting your digestive track with Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes. BeautyFit has both!
4. Embrace Gentle Movements.
I highly suggest that you take this time not to work out super intensive all the time, but let your energy dictate the degree at which you work. Listen to your body more for cues that it is changing or in need of an adjustment. If you are tired or you need to rest, take that time. Use that time to meditate or reset your mind.
You may start to feel more sluggish. Just like bears who get ready for hibernation in the winter months. You won't be hibernating, but you may notice that you are shifting with nature and there is a need to shed some of your old self. You will want to respect this time to do more yoga or something less intensive. Continue to work out outdoors when and if possible. The weather in most areas is just right and comfortable enough to enjoy.
5. Work on your stress levels and shift into self reflection mode
As the season shifts, notice what you want to shift. Maybe it's time to clear out the clutter in your home or clear some negative friendships. Take time to look at how you can make different choices or some changes in your lifestyle.
This is an ideal time to hibernate and give yourself the gift of time.
Spend time relaxing at home with your chai tea, journal or read a good book.
You will always feel your best when you are in alignment with nature. There are lots of yoga classes that you can find online that share seasonal sequences. You can even look for practices that focus on the elements like earth, fire, water, and air.
There is a rhyme and reason for every season just like there is for everything in life. We have to remind ourselves at times that we are part of a bigger picture and cycle of things regardless of our busy chaotic lives. big goals and our to do lists!
I hope Fall is memorable and unforgettable for you this year!