The weather is changing, can you smell it in the air? The leaves begin to fall, the air grows a little bit crisper, you can smell the fresh and biting snow around the corner. Fall is one of my favourite times of year, and not necessarily because of the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Fall accompanies a sense of calm, quiet and peacefulness. We begin to slow down….naturally. The nights are colder and come upon us sooner, so we have more time in our warm houses with our loved ones by our side. Fall reminds us of the completion of another successful year. Here are my top 5 tips for enjoying this wonderful time of year.
Stew and Soup Season
Bring out the crockpot or the giant soup pot stored on the upper shelf of your pantry, fall is here! Fall offers a wonderful opportunity to indulge in all of the delicious soups and stews that wouldn’t even cross your mind in the summer. Making a giant, warming pot of soup is a very easy and delightful way to take advantage of all of the flavours of fall. Beets, cabbage, parsnip, squash, ginger, garlic, sweet potatoes… the list of abundant fall foods is plentiful. Need a little inspiration? Click here.
Fill Your Home With the Smells of Fall
This is another wonderful trick for maximizing your fall experience. A pot of water with cinnamon, cloves, cardanmom and orange slices will warm you from your nose in! Alternatively, creating your own pomander by pinning cloves in an orange makes for a delightful and crafty way to revel in the scents of fall. Sounds like too much work? You can use essential oils. Fall scents include: cinnamon, sweet orange, pine, spice trail and many more. Naturmend carries local and Canadian oils from Pure Potent Wow.
Don’t Forget to Play Outside
The days in between the scorching hot summer and the -40 Calgary winters we all know are ahead are really, if you think about it, the perfect time to go outside! The weather is temperate, the scenery is beautiful and you can play around in the leaves! Research gorgeous biking or hiking trails around you (Kanakasis, anyone?) or find a local farm where you can pick some apples or pumpkins yourself. Going outside is so important for regulating your circadian rhythm and for combating the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Make sure that you layer properly and be safe – it gets darker earlier and you always want to remain aware and viligent of your surroundings.
Stay Grounded In Your Roots
Fall is a season of transition, of change. For many of us, this step into stillness can accompany feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness or grief. It’s important to deal with these feelings and embrace them wholeheartedly. Is it any wonder that when the nights become longer and the daylight fades away, we turn more towards grounding foods like soups and stews, teas and elixir? Grounding yourself through nourishing meals, embracing nature and the gorgeous beauty that is fall, stepping on damp leaves with wet feet and touching or interacting nature are vital. Too cold to go outside? Cultivate a gentle meditation or yin yoga practice.
Use that Extra Hour of Sleep for Good Use
What would you do with an extra hour of day? As the temperatures get colder and the mornings get darker, you can feel a pull to stay in bed and ignore the world. Word of advice: don’t. Treat this extra hour as a blessing. Get up and do something for your heart. Read a few chapters of the book you’ve been coveting. Light a candle and say hello to the budding sun. Put on your hat and jacket and go for a dawn walk. Take a bath and luxuriate in the feeling. Consider this your extra hour – enjoy it as you wish.
I love fall and I hope that I’ve inspired to you to embrace the season as well. Want more food-focused tips? Join me on October 26th for my free talk on Eating for the Season. In the spirit of the thankfulness, we will be collecting donations for the food bank. Click here for details.
As your Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant at Naturmend, I am committed to creating healthy communities. I believe in honouring the unique biochemical individuality of each person who walks through my door and in the amazing benefits of a whole food diet. A healthy body and balanced mind are the cornerstones of a happy existence.