As we transition into post summer and pre-fall here in New York, you’ll notice a change in how you feel. Take a few minutes to think about that. Changes typically happen in a subtle way so pay attention as the weather and sun shifts so does your body temperature and mindset. How is your body feeling after summer? Are you gearing up for the change in seasons? Yes, I’ve noticed pumpkin spice everything has already come out in stores. The weather has been really nice, so definitely soak up all the sun and dining outside that you still can! I…LOVE the fall season like no other so this girl is ready! ;)
Most likely you’re starting to crave different foods that are heavier and more warming to the body. Less salads and smoothies…hopefully. Fall is the season of death (not trying to be morbid here…lol) to bring us into Winter which is the season of rest. It is also a season of balance where there is equal light and darkness everyday. We are starting to slow down, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment. We are actually meant to start slowing down our lifestyle and mindset too. Think about how nature takes its course and remember that we are meant to move right along with it. Staying in and eating more grounding foods is very natural this time of year. During transitions like these, it’s helpful to craft a new routine that helps you to adapt. To keep your body and mind in tune with the environment, you should create a new seasonal practice that help maintain a sense of balance. Below are some ways to make that shift feel a little more natural for your body.
5 ways to get ready for Fall:
Nurture yourself. Self-care will always be at the forefront of my advice since it’s the most important thing you can do for yourself everyday. Take even more time for yourself as the days get shorter and the weather gets chilly. Try not to skip meals and be sure to eat breakfast. Find ways to really focus on yourself this time of year before the holiday madness! Fall is a powerful time to rebalance, restore and refocus your energy for many things including healing. Prepare for winter by paying attention to what your body is telling you.
Eat seasonally. Have you noticed the kinds of produce being sold this time of year changes? Try to stick to those fruits and vegetables in particular. Obviously you’ll make exceptions which is totally ok, but think about how tomatoes taste in winter as opposed to when they are meant to be consumed (summer). Your body has a stronger digestion in colder seasons to digest heavier foods like soups and stews. We are gearing up to start eating foods like butternut squash, pumpkin (everything apparently), sweet potatoes and fruits like apples. Since we are meant to be eating foods that provide the opposite effect as the season we are in; think warm, cooked and heavy foods to balance the light, airy and cold nature of Fall. Shop at the farmer’s markets to get the best and freshest for the season!
Moisturize. Going into a windy and colder season, we tend to also get dryer in and on our body. Even though you should moisturize all year long, it’s especially helpful this time of year as we get internally dry. Doing a daily self body massage with oil specific to your Ayurvedic body type (vata, pitta, kapha) will be very relaxing and provide stability and warmth to your routine. Oil helps mobilize toxins from the tissues and reduces stress on the nervous system.
Keep a routine. On that note, sticking to a schedule that fits your lifestyle is key. Developing a routine helps bring balance to your body. It also helps to bring balance to a person's biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, and happiness.
Stay warm + dress accordingly. I know that makes me sound like a mom, but there’s nothing worse than running around without a jacket and being cold. The notion that ‘being cold will make you sick’ is sort of false, but if your core temperature does reduce too much it can negatively effect your immune system which is what makes you sick. So carry that scarf and jacket and prepare for all the weather that New York has to offer with the change of seasons.
*Side note: In preparation for Fall, I started a book club with a bunch of friends. I couldn’t think of a better way to stay cozy yet spend time with people in my life.