Autumn is making another appearance. The world outside is changing, the air feels cool and crisp, the night approaches earlier. We are experiencing a transition from hot summer into a cold, dry winter season. Fall is a beautiful time to make changes. Alike the nature outside, a similar shift can be felt internally. In light of this, it is essential to make adjustments in nutrition and wellness routines. Detoxifying and nourishing will keep the mind and body healthy for the colder days ahead.
Eating local, seasonal foods is best for nutrition. A great example is the abundance of apples and pears as sweet fruits fade. Particularly, apples are filled with fiber and great for baking or eating raw. The fiber aids in cleansing the gut to make way for heavier winter foods. In addition, root vegetables make amazing soups as well as warm the heart with grounded nutrition. Buying organic, clean produce is important. The best way to find what is in season is to take a trip to a farmer’s market. Here you can also find out the process of growing and know exactly where your food comes from!
- Eggplant, figs, okra, and melons are ripe and ready for eating in the early fall.
- Carrots, onions, radishes, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, and root vegetables make lovely meals.
- Apples and pears!
- During this time avoid large beans such as cabbage. They will create excess gas.
- As well, avoid overly sugary treats. (Yes, I am talking about the third slice of apple pie you are eyeing).
In the light of fall, oven baking and crockpots are key to proper nutrition. Moving away from raw foods will give the digestion system proper support. Not to mention, hearty meals help you feel full longer! Coupled with cooking, fall spices are great. These include cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Ayurvedic guides suggest Ghee butter or olive oil for cooking. This suggestion is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Also, you guessed it… digestive enhancing qualities.
Time for Tea
Throughout the day, warm tea is wonderful. Tea is cleansing and keeps the body warm. Namely, ginger, lemongrass, mint, and nettle leaf steeped fresh. Also, adding drops of these food-grade essential oil to warm or room temperature water is fantastic.
- Relieves coughs
- Removes excess mucus
- Stimulates digestion
- Removes overabundant summer heat
- Great fever reducer
- Aids in concentration
- Cleanses vital organs such as the kidneys, liver, and pancreas
- Supports the digestive tract.
- Nettle leaf
- Supports the immune system
- Nervous system
- Respiratory tract
- Digestive system
- Endocrine system.
- Soothes the stomach
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Reduces stored gas.
Physical wellness keeps the body in balance. In the fall, Restorative yoga is recommended. Specifically restorative is a form of yoga is filled with twists and deep stretches. Comparatively, performing a self-massage is intimate and supportive. Massage is a way to stay in balance, increase circulation, and stimulates detoxification. Engaging in destressing activities is equally as important. For example, waking up early with the sunrise. Additionally, you can try peaceful walks in nature, setting a steady routine. Balance comes from anything that makes you feel slow and centered.
Finding time for meditation stimulates tranquility. It reconnects the mind and body. Back to school time can be overwhelming for families. As a result, self-care gets put on the back burner when life gets crazy. Setting aside 10-15 minutes for meditation can be helpful. In this time, stress is lowered, sleep improved, and an overactive brain gets a break. In fact, there are many links to meditation improving chronic pain and lowering the risk of heart disease. With this in mind, try sitting in nature, listening to a guided meditation, or simply tuning into the flow of breath in and out. As a result, you can move about a stressful day with calmness and stability when the mind is feeling clear and refreshed.
Changing seasons and back to school expose us to new allergens and germs. Consequently, we often run into congestion, flu, and burn out. Meals are rushed and immunity declines as back to school stress sets in. Although this may be true, we have defensive tools. Therapeutic oils, balancing emotions, and regularly cleansing the system are great protectors. Frequently, one of my favorite blends to diffuse and use internally is On Gaurd by DoTerra. Adding a few drops to a veggie cap is a great daily immune booster. The diffused scent is magical. It embraces the spicy fall feels and equally protects against environmental and seasonal sickness risks.
Adequate, restful sleep is an immune-boosting must. As days grow shorter, this is the time to catch up routine and deep sleep. Clearer thinking and clean energy come as a result of proper time given to reset and rejuvenate. After a day of work, school activities, and seasonal changes, brain activity remains high. Consequently, falling asleep can be difficult. Diffuse Lavender, Vetiver, or Petitgrain at night. Each are great aids in falling into a slumber and staying there. Equally important, applying the oils directly to your bedding or bottoms of the feet is another useful method and amplifies effectiveness. Additionally, these scents are great when the mind is running throughout the day allowing you to feel calm and recentered.
In short, small seasonal adjustments synchronize the body and mind with nature. Cleansing, detoxifying, and catching up on rest feels good inside. This energy radiates all around you. The fall is a time of releasing, creating and starting new. Aromatherapy, seasonal eating, and warm teas connect you to nature and support healthy function. A digestive system detox leaves the body feeling cleansed as well as ready for winter. Meditation and restful nights protect the mind from racing through the day from task to task. Flourishing and nourishing is the theme for this fall! Are you in?
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