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Your Fall Menu is here

Oct 14, 2013 | Tags : nutrition, simple strategies, | No Comments

 

As the amount of darkness increases each day, we have the opportunity to align our eating habits and self-care practices with Fall.

Why this is important:

  • Aligning with seasonal foods helps us feel connected to the Earth – a connection many of us ache for
  • Earth provides a local harvest that is balancing for our bodies and minds, supporting our health and immunity
  • We  begin to see and respect our place in the larger cycles of life

 

I’m sharing four simple, nutritional tips to help support you this season (recipes included – not very common for me!)

 

#1. Enjoy and increase these foods:

- plenty of apples (Try this)

- root vegetables (Try this) 

- baked squashes (Try this) 

- seasonal leafy greens (Try this) 

Note: Apples help scrub the digestive tract and purge excess heat out of the body so it doesn’t get overly dry.  Roots and squashes are grounding and delicious baked and are soothing for digestion as well as rich in nutrients.  Leafy greens keep the digestive system “moving” and the blood oxygenated, a powerful mood-enhancer.  Research has shown that a healthy digestive system and microbiome contributes to a strong and healthy immune system.

 

#2. Food Preparation:

- Bake

- Stew

- Boil

- Cook

Note: Eating heated, cooked food is generally more grounding than raw, cold food. Increasing water-based meals, like soups or stews is particularly nice as they are warming and also help pacify the increase of dryness the season can bring.  If you wake up with dry eyes and nasal passages in the morning, this suggestion is for you.

 

#3. Herbs & Supplements:

- Vitamin D3

- Omega-3 fatty acid

- Cinnamon

- Cardamom

- Ginger

- Cumin

 

#4. Practices:

- Spend time outdoors and rest your physical senses

- Name and honor the “essential” each day

- Keep your lymphatic system healthy and moving with yoga, walking, and other physical activities

- Recommit to a helpful rhythm for sleep and mealtimes

 

 

What self-care practices would best support you this season?  What’s it like to be you right now?  

With love and respect,

Laura

 

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