I love changing seasons… the perfect opportunity to press the reset button and start fresh with healthy habits.
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere like me, you’re saying goodbye to Summer and welcoming back shorter, crispy days and colorful leaves. Here’s my 10 tips to make this your healthiest fall yet.
1- Eat local and seasonal: the earth is wise and Nature provides the perfect nutrients we need in every season. Enjoy the fall produce that makes this season so tasty. Pick local, organic, pumpkins, squashes, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, pomegranates, nuts and seeds... and take in their vitamins and minerals. An abundance of tasty fall vegetables makes it easy and yummy to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet.
2- Cook at home: avoid processed foods and take time to cook at home, from scratch. This includes meals, sweat snacks + cakes… but it doesn’t mean you need to spend endless hours in the kitchen! For easy, quick and delicious recipes, check our Nutrition program Detox to Replenish.
3- Drink warm and hot liquids: as the outside temperature drops, we need stay hydrated and warm up our body with warmer liquids. My current favorite is my own version of “golden milk”: take this easy nut milk recipe and warm it up in the stove. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a touch of agave. Enjoy!
4- Spend time in Nature: the leaves are bright on the trees and the crunchy under your feet is oh-so-awesome! Plus, spending time outdoors increases your vitamin D levels, makes you happier and improves your concentration, according to Harvard Medical School.
5- Practice Meditation in Motion. When you’re outside, shift your focus to the present moment, your slow movements, the crunch under your feet, the fresh air into your lungs, the different Nature sounds, the breeze on your skin and the peaceful, space around you. Want inspiration? Follow this free guided Moving Meditation by Jill Satterfield.
6- Breathe slow and deep. Take a few minutes to sit in silence and practice some deep, slow breathing. It will re-center you, calm down your nervous system and help you stay present and connected.
7- Choose Yin Yoga. When the fall comes, I love to slow down my practice and go deeper… if you want inspiration, try this guided Yin Yoga class and discover a new level of flexibility, openness and clarity.
8- Take a social media vacation: sign out of social media for at least 2 full days. You’ll be amazed at how much more calm, joyful and happy you are!
9- Take probiotics: boost your immune system with yogurt, kefir and fermented foods. I personally take probiotic supplements as well.
10- Give back: be kind to yourself and others, offer your help when you can, take time to connect with people and, if you can, make a donation to your favorite cause.
Would love to hear from you, what are your favorite “fall rituals”? Share in the comments section below.
Happy Fall, yogis!