Autumn Is Good For You
It’s that time of year – the sun comes up a little later; goes down a little earlier and you need a jacket or sweater to combat the slight nip in the air. Fall brings with it the promise of rain and cooler temperatures. Its rhythms remind us that it’s time to turn inside, ruminate and care for ourselves. Take advantage of the change of season to make some changes to your routine; following the rhythm of the seasons, makes us less likely to get sick.
At the beginning of fall, temperatures are finally starting to drop, making it the perfect opportunity to go outdoors. Take advantage of autumn activities and chores — like apple and pumpkin picking, and raking the fall leaves. Not only will you burn a few calories, but the activities will help you get into the spirit of the fall season.
During the fall, fresh fruits and vegetables are in great supply. Say goodbye to tomatoes and embrace fall produce like sweet potatoes, acorn and butternut squash and, of course, chilies! Fresh fruit available in the fall includes raspberries, pears and apples. Consider purchasing organic apples, as conventionally raised apples tend to be exposed to a high level of pesticides.
In Ayurveda, fall is the season of vata. The qualities of vata include cold, light, dry and rough. To counter these qualities, incorporate warmth, oiliness, deep nourishment, loving relationships, and a sense of stability, routine, and groundedness. Enjoy a warm drink like green tea or coffee, get a massage, reconnect with friends or loved ones to achieve balance this fall.
Coming back indoors makes the possibility of colds and flu much more likely. Remember to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly to make your fall a happy healthy one!