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I just spent the last few days leading the Rockstar Mastermind Retreat upstate where the leaves are changing color and the cool temps definitely confirm it’s full on fall. One thing I love to do for my overall wellness is to sync my body to the season through Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is the science of living in harmony with nature. By applying Ayurvedic principles, we can use food as a way to balance the body and as the temperatures change, Ayurveda encourages us to change our diet and lifestyle habits.
There’s a season for everything in life, and fall is the time to start to slow down. It’s a time of reaping the harvest of everything that grew in the summer months, and preparing for the cold, dark winter to come. Many of us eat the same things day after day, do the same workouts and activities week after week, but Ayurveda asks us to reconsider our habits and routines to be more in alignment with the energy of the season.
You can bring this ancient science into your everyday life in a few ways:
Shop and eat seasonally and locally.
Visit your local farmers market. You can start to apply the principles of Ayurveda simply by shopping seasonally and locally. For me that means seeing what’s available at the farmer’s market, and using the produce from my CSA.
Spices can act as natural warmers for our bodies, which are important to add in as the weather cools down. Try cooking with cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, curry, cayenne to add some heat to your food and balance out the chill in the air.
Eat more cooked foods.
This tip is straightforward – eat more warm foods! You may find that your body is craving more soups, stir fries and roasts already so lean into that.
Slow Down + Chew your Food
More than any specific food or spice, this is a time to slow down and practice more mindful eating. According to Ayurveda, fall is the season of wind which means there’s more wind in our bodies – gas, bloating and constipation are more common this time of year, especially if you’re still eating your summer salads and smoothies.
Breathing, chewing and allowing your body more time to digest are all practices I teach in my books: Go with Your Gut and Thin From Within. If you don’t have either or both of these books, I highly recommend ordering your copy or copies and cozying up with them on one of these cooler, darker nights. In addition to the practices, most of the recipes in the books are designed with Ayurvedic principles in mind.
If you make one of these recipes or try out any of the practices mentioned above, I’d love to hear from you!