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5 Tips for a Healthier Transition into Autumn

by Stacey Whittle, RDN, MNT

As we gradually move into autumn, the days become shorter and the temperature turns cool. It is the time of year that we go from the relaxed and carefree attitudes of summer to shifting gears and coming back into a more structured routine.

For many, the change in weather and fewer daylight hours affects our choice in food, what time we eat, as well as our motivation to exercise. If you have children it also means going back to school where the cold and flu season is always lurking around the corner.

Follow the tips below to help your body make this transition gracefully. 

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Autumn is associated with dryness. It is important to hydrate by drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of filtered room temperature or warm water daily. Water will help promote healthier bowel movements.
  • Sit quietly before eating and express gratitude; it is a powerful way to align yourself with the life giving energy of food. Take your time as you eat, chewing each mouthful at least 30 times, until the food becomes liquefied. This practice prevents overeating and aids the digestive process.
  • Visit your local farmers market and choose dark green and golden orange vegetables, they offer protection because of their rich beta-carotene content which bolsters the immune systems. Kale, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, winter squash, carrots, yams and pumpkin are healthy choices.
  • Prepare more warm cooked foods and reduce the amount of cold raw foods in your diet. Try using cooking techniques like baking, braising, roasting and stewing to improve nutrient absorption in the cold weather months. Choose soup or broth to support the digestive system. Using a slow cooker is a convenient and easy way to nourish your body when time is a factor.
  • The transition between summer and fall is a great time of year to do the Akasha Cleanse. Seasonal cleansing rids our bodies of toxins, pollutants, harsh chemicals, pesticides, and other toxic residue that our physical body has accumulated over the summer. Cleanses will help to purify and tone the internal organs, cells, and tissues of the body, flushing out impurities that aren’t serving us.