Summer to Fall edition!
Fall has officially started! Cooler weather is clearly setting in. The squirrels are super active, leaves are slowly changing color and very soon crunchy leaves will start to cover the ground, and there will be pumpkin and apple treats everywhere soon!
So, how do we transition from the high energy, warmer and longer days of summer to the more cozy, shorter and cooler days of fall? We might still not be dressing warm enough, still adjusting to new routines and demands with school/college/work in full swing, staying up late as we’re still used to the more carefree summer schedule, still enjoying ice creams and sundaes even as the weather gets cooler etc. These things can take a toll on our health with seasonal changes, weakening our immune system (NOT great for flu season coming up!) and causing us added stress. Here are some tips to help you stay balanced with the changes that come from summer to fall.
1. Get out those cozy sweaters! Chillier weather calls for a bit of layering up or wearing some light outerwear. Some of us might already have reorganized our closets putting away summer clothes and bringing out the warmer ones . The cozy feel of sweaters can feel like warm snuggles on a cold day. Preserving our body heat in cooler weather especially in our core is an important energy saver for our bodies believe it or not. It also adds to your trendy fashion flair if that makes ya happy!
2. Start your day with a warming spiced drink- it could be infused waters/herbal teas, matcha lattes, golden turmeric milk, chia tea etc! Swap your cold juices, iced teas, sodas for warming drinks. (If you drink too many smoothies, swap some of them also!) Adding warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom etc will boost your circulation, metabolism and immunity in the colder months.
My favorite thing is to make a warm ginger and lemon tea in the morning. The way I make it actually CONVENIENT for me is by pureeing some ginger with some water in a blender/food processor (I do 2 cups chopped ginger and 2 cups water) and then freezing it in ice cube trays. Then in the morning, I boil some water, throw in one of the ginger ice cubes, squeeze some lemon juice in it and mix in a little honey.
3. Eat more seasonal foods- the harvest of fall is abundant! Reach for the squashes, root vegetables like carrots and beets, apples, pears, etc. These are nature’s comfort foods for this time of the year. Eating more warming soups, stews, breakfast porridges and roasted vegetables in cooler weather will be more nourishing for the body.
4. Go to bed earlier! -As the sun starts to set earlier, the days are getting shorter and nights, longer. Be in tune with the natural rhythms and head to bed a bit earlier getting more restorative rest. The cold forces us to slow down a bit, stay home and cozy up with our loved ones. This slowing down actually promotes optimal health and energy in the colder months.
5. Drink lots of water! – make sure you’re adequately hydrated since colder weather is drying. Dryness can lead to achy stiff joints, dry skin, constipation, headaches and weak digestion. Sipping on water throughout the day preferably room temp or slightly warm is very rehydrating. If you constantly feel dry mouth, add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and squeeze of lime in your water.
6. Take walks outside and soak up all the fall beauty, enjoy the beautiful colors, breathe in the crisp fresh air and listen to the crunchy leaves while you’re walking. Experience with all your senses. This will just bring you into the present moment, bring you into gratitude and have a calming effect on your mood and body.
We should celebrate the good of every season. We definitely have fall-themed activities planned like apple-picking, going to the pumpkin patches, corn mazes, baking fall treats, doing nature themed arts and crafts, etc. Also, October is my birthday month ! I hope your fall goes fantastic!