As we move into cooler weather, we know to wear warmer clothes. But what about the other aspects of our life? They need a tune-up for fall also.
GET IN SYNC WITH THE SEASON
Fall is an earthy season with cooler, crispy, windy weather. And while this helps to clear your mind and boost your memory, it also ungrounds us. So we need to connect with nature. It’s a perfect time to walk more – no more heat and humidity dragging us down.
You can also get more grounded by meditating. I’m not talking about sitting cross legged on the floor for hours. But just sitting still with your feet on the ground for a few minutes daily. This will help to restore your connection to the earth.
And, of course, there is the dreaded time change for many of us in the States. This can really play havoc with our body systems. But all you can do is go with it. And one of the best ways is to go to bed earlier. Not to read, watch TV or play on the computer, but to get more sleep. We always need a good night’s sleep but it’s even more important as the weather cools to help us stay healthy.
EAT WARMER FOODS
We still need our salads but fall is a time for more nutritious warm, cooked foods and drinks. Minimizing dry, cold, raw foods will help to balance our system.
The earthy root vegetables, winter squash, pumpkin, apples, sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens will help to keep our bodies healthy during this time.
Soups, stews, warming teas provide the nourishment needed – especially if they are home made. It’s a good time to get out that crock pot!
(There’s a recipe below for a tasty, warming Pasta Bean Soup.)
Using warming spices like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom will add additional benefits.
Now is not the time to do a raw cleanse. But you could do a detox cleanse with soups and tea.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
We’re heading into the cold and flu season, so now is the time to start boosting your immunity so you don’t get sick.
As always, try to eat fresh, organic foods so you get the most benefits from their nutrition. Processed and canned foods provide little to no nutrition and are not going to keep you healthy.
Eat foods rich in zinc which is a great immunity booster. Foods such as chickpeas, flax and pumpkin seeds, pinto beans, spinach, cooked greens, miso, cashews, clams, oysters, beef are all high in zinc.
Garlic is another food which boosts immunity. Fresh is best but some people do not like the taste so a supplement might be the way to go if that’s the case.
Reishi and Shitake mushrooms have been shown to help with immune defense. You can add them to soups, stews, vegetables, salads, smoothies, omelets. There are also mushroom supplements available.
Fermented foods are another way to help with boosting your immunity. Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, yogurt, kefir, beets or almost any vegetable can be fermented.
Getting out in the sun also will boost your Vitamin D which is so important to keep you healthy.
Exercising regularly is also important to keeping your immune system healthy.
START A FALL GARDEN
There’s no better way to connect with the earth than by gardening.
This is the perfect time to plant some carrots, kale, lettuce, spinach and swiss chard. They are fast growing plus you can freeze them after cooking. That way you will have their nourishment during the cold months.
Also, start an herb garden in the house. Basil, oregano, thyme, parsley will grow all year.
TUNE-UP FOR WARDROBE FOR FALL
Wear more colors that go with the earthy season. Reds, dark yellow, deep green, bright orange are great for this time of year.
Although some of us in the warmer climates, tend to wear sandals all year, it’s still important to keep your feet warm. There are so many styles of boots that even if you don’t live where there is snow, you can still wear boots.
If you use essential oils as a perfume or to diffuse, some great ones for the fall are: vetiver, geranium, orange, cinnamon, patchouli.
ACCESSORIZE YOUR HOME
Change your candles to the deeper, robust shades.
If you use tablecloths or placemats, change them to more fall colors.
Decorate your home with fall flowers like mums, tiger lily, dahlias, orange gerbera.
You could even re-arrange your furniture to change things up a bit.
Tuning up a few things in your life for fall, is one of the easiest ways to stay balanced and protect your well-being.
And who doesn’t want to be healthy!
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