Fall can be a busy time of year, as kids head back to school, our beloved Snow Birds return to the area, and we welcome the year's biggest holidays and all the trimmings. Maintaining a regular schedule through the next few months is an important way to feel stable and grounded when things can start to seem a little frantic. As we make our way into Florida's fall, we'll notice more coolness, lightness, and dryness in the atmosphere, and this can be reflected in the body as feeling scattered, experiencing lighter, more restless sleep, and dry lips or skin. Balance these qualities by staying warm, leaving space for some grounding peace and quiet,
and by bringing more oil and moisture to the body and to meals.
Tip One: Make sure to eat regular meals! Packed agendas may leave us feeling like there's little time to eat, but a key to maintaining strong and balanced digestion is regular meals. Not only will this stabilize your appetite and mood, it will also keep your digestive fire working optimally, which will help support everything from your mindset to your immune system
Tip Two: Balance the colder, drier, and lighter qualities of the environment this fall with food and drink options that are warm, creamy, dense and sweet. Thinking of soda and popcorn or chips for an afternoon snack? Instead try warm tea with honey, and dates, nuts, peanut butter, or avocado for a nutrient dense and supportive munch.
Tip Three: Different flavors and spices can help keep us balanced as the season changes. As the temperatures drop, consider using more warming spices in foods, like cinnamon, cumin, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and paprika, and favor tastes that are sweet, sour, and salty.
Tip Four: Mother Nature can help you find balancing foods! If you can shop farmers' markets for your produce, items that are locally in season will be supportive. Look for fresh, seasonal items that are dense and moist, including sweet potatoes, squash, cabbage, cucumbers, sweet corn, sweet apples, ripe bananas, pumpkin and zucchini.
Tip Five: A regular yoga practice can help you with a balanced transition through the seasons. Start to favor a slow, mindful pace and stabilizing, grounding poses in your practice, including Mountain Pose, Warrior I and II, Child's Pose, Crocodile, Cat and Cow, Forward Folds, Legs Up the Wall, and reclined twists.
Tip Six: Moderate Media! We will experience breezier and cooler weather conditions as movement and stimulation in our minds and bodies, and extra hours of activity on our radios, TVs, phones, computers, and tablets can leave us feeling wired, restless, and wound up. Consider setting time limits or curfews on electronics (this is beneficial for kids and adults!), and seek out a few minutes of quiet throughout the day to take a few stilling breaths and to clear the mind.
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