Hello Friday and Welcome to Fall season!
It seems like we had a gradual and smooth transition from Summer to Fall this week…. I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel the need for warmer clothes in the morning, although the weather here in North California is pretty warm during the day.
On the food side, I also feel a change and a need for different foods than during the Summer months. It’s time to indulge in warm drinks and warming foods. It’s quite normal and part of the seasonal change. Fall season is not just about a change in the calendar, the weather or the foods, but it’s also an energetic change.
In Ayurveda, the Fall season is more connected with the energies of Vata, meaning that the weather becomes cool and dry and the elements of air and space (ether) are more present in our lives. This is always exciting times, because Vata brings us mental alertness and creativity – when Vata is out of balance we might discover we have a restless mind, anxiety or worry.
So how can we balance the change of season? The answer is quite clear: through diet and lifestyle! I am starting to change my own foods and lifestyle routines and really making an effort to get in sync with the changes of nature. I love inspiring others to do the same, so they can maintain high energy levels, avoid common colds and even the flu, feel inspired, nourished and happy 🙂
Fall is a great season to start an intensive and deep detox. YES! This is the best time of the year to clean the colon and start nurturing yourself at a deeper level. You want to detox your body, mind and spirit and get rid of the build-up toxins, stress, travel stress, bad lifestyle choices and even weight gain.
Fall is the perfect time to get back into more hard core exercise and focus on your life goals. It’s also the time, where you need to add in special medicinal herbs and supplements, that helps stimulate your immune system, and make it as efficient as possible in destroying harmful fungi, bacteria and viruses.
A slow detox is a great way for many people, as it won’t send your body into a healing crisis (shock cleansing) due to toxic substances that are expelled faster than your organs can remove them. This can actually lead to toxicity in the blood and lymph. You want to nourish and support the body while doing the detox and strengthen your digestion. Fall detox is different than a Summer detox.
For the body, Fall is associated with the large intestine, lungs and the skin. From a mind perspective, it’s a time to reflect on the past year and “let go” on all levels in preparation for the Winter season – this should be your time to retreat and consolidate. Eating seasonal foods before the Winter is key!
So what can you can do to get started?
Here are some recommendations:
In general it’s good with grounding and warmer foods (it doesn’t always mean cooked, it could be warming herbs and spices added to your un-cooked foods) or it could be slightly heated or steamed foods and elixir drinks.
Fruits: avocado, coconuts, figs, grapes, mango, melon, olives, papaya, , olives
Vegetables: sweet potatoes, peas, beets, carrots, eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, peppers, artichokes, green beans, yams.
All nuts and seeds are good.
Warming spices such as ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, horseradish, cloves and garlic. Celtic sea salt is also good.
Drink warm liquids like warm coconut or almond mylk (or milk alternatives) with raw cacao, maca and medicinal herbs, herbal teas, spice teas, warm water with lemon
Protein sources such as leafy green vegetables, chick peas, lentils, quinoa
Fall is a great time to get back to daily self-massage with a warm oil, especially around your joints is beneficial. Dry brushing (at least twice a week) is the best things to do in the morning before a shower. Use nourishing oils such as sesame, coconut, olive, almond, and Castor oil.
Yoga, stretching, breathing exercises and meditation are the perfect physical activities for this time of the year. It keeps you balanced and mentally focused.
Hiking, walking, cycling, are all great ways to move. I personally like to get in better shape with my running, rowing and weight training during this time of the year, but I guess we all have our own things we are passionate about! 🙂
Dry brushing method
- Start with your feet, moving in soft circular movements (always move toward the heart).
- Work up each leg (one at a time) and start at the back and go up thorugh the buttock and the front of the legs.
- Then you move on to the fingertips of one arm, move up the arm and towards the heart. Repeat on other arm.
- Move to the back (you can use a brush if you can’t reach or have a morning buddy :)).
- Move toward the stomach, starting and finishing with one side of the back and then the other.
- In the stomach area start at the lower abdomen and work your way up (stay clear of the more delicate areas) and end at your chest in an upward stroke.
- Rinse off, shower and put oil on your skin
Be well and enjoy Fall and the weekend! 🙂
“Life is entertaining when we do not take it too seriously. A good laugh is an excellent remedy for human ills.”