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Five tips for staying healthy and grounded this fall

Fall is one of my favourite times of year. Farmer’s markets are overflowing with the bounty of the autumn harvest. The days start to cool off and become a little shorter. There’s new energy in the air.

It’s a great time to set some goals for the remainder of the year, de-clutter your physical space and simplify your wardrobe too as you switch over to your fall and winter clothes.

The other transition that happens for us in the fall is around food. It’s natural as the seasons change, so do our tastes and what our bodies need. In the fall we shift from the crisp, raw, light and cooling summer foods to the more warming, rich, grounding fall foods.

Energetically we are entering a new cycle in fall and we start to go inward after the social outward summer time. We tend want to get back on track after slackening off our diet and exercise routines over the summer and to lighten our toxic loads to prepare ourselves to be well during the darker colder months of winter.

Here are five tips to help you stay healthy and grounded this fall:

1. Eat a good mix of fruits and veggies that are seasonal and local to your area. Fruits: apples, pears, dates, raisins, grapes, figs, pomegranate and watermelon. Vegetables: dark leafy greens, roots veggies like carrots, onions, winter squash, leeks, ginger, garlic, brussels sprouts, kale, sweet potatoes, collards, cauliflower, broccoli and lettuce.

2. If you eat animal protein, eggs, poultry and fish are good choices. Plant based options would include garbanzo and kidney beans, quinoa and amaranth. Also nuts are good to add in as their fat add in some good moisture for the skin.

3. Focus on cooked foods more than raw. Warm savory buckwheat porridges for breakfast, warming soups for lunch and healthy stews for supper and lots of steamed greens.

4. Use warming mild spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, mint, sage, spearmint and thyme. Add olive oil to dishes after cooking.

5. Avoid cold drinks and switch to warm water and herbal teas. Cinnamon, ginger, licorice teas in the morning. Chamomile or cumin-coriander-fennel tea in the evening, and warm almond milk with cardamom and nutmeg before bed.

Over to you. What are your favourite fall rituals, activities and foods that you look forward to?

* This post was originally published in the Herald Community on October 2, 2013.

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