Fall into Healthy Eating
This month I want to start off with some tips for how to transition into the cooler weather, which brings us the glory of football and lots of delicious comfort foods (casseroles anyone?!)
5 Tips for a successful transition:
Get your vitamin D levels checked! Low vitamin D going into the cooler weather is linked to seasonal affective disorder, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, alzheimer's, dementia, obesity, certain cancers, eczema, alopecia, hair loss, autoimmune conditions, and essentially every negative health consequence you want to avoid. If you are deficient, supplement with vitamin D3 which is the active form of this vitamin. Make sure you check with your doctor about the appropriate levels for you.
Choose warming foods. Cold foods and liquids can slow down the digestive system, especially during the cooler weather. Warm liquids stimulate digestive juices and make you feel more satisfied. Consume more root vegetables, such as beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Add warming spices to your weekly meals, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and garlic.
Wake up with the sun. The longer you spend exposed to sunlight, the happier you will be and the better you will sleep! Now is a great time to create a sleep routine, so try to get to bed around the same time every evening. Take a bath or shower before bed, read your favorite book, or enjoy a cozy cup of chamomile tea to help you wind down.
Get grounded. Cultivate some stillness into your daily life. Meditation and journaling are a great way to do this. My favorite apps for this are Calm and Headspace. Change up your exercise regime and include less vigorous activities such as yoga, stretching, or walking.
Load up on foods that fight congestion. Take preventative measures to ward off illness during this time of the year. Ginger, garlic, onion, broccoli, cabbage, celery, and horseradish are great for clearing out mucus in the lungs and intestines.
In great health,
“Sometimes you just need a new and fresh start. Ready or not every season has its change. Sometimes just when you are feeling safe in your current routine, the winds of change sweep through and throw you a curveball. Embrace these opportunities as seasons of new chapters of growth. “