In Season: Autumn

It’s officially Autumn (what?! where did you go summer?!). This time of year has always been the biggest transition for myself personally.  I thrive off of the warm summer sun, the long days, and the hydrating, cooling summer foods. I am a very active person, and I love being busy, which works well with the energy and vitality that summer brings. Autumn invites us to slow down a bit, and turn inward. Much like animals and how they get ready to hibernate all winter, it’s a time for us to start slowing it down, and focus on ourselves, our homes, and our bodies during the winter. Because I enjoy being active and feed off of warmth and the energy of the sun, I find that the lack of light and warmth from the sun always invites that good ol’ seasonal depression. What I have learned though, is that there are ways to work with this.

One of the biggest things we can do is to eat in season. As I have mentioned in my other In Season posts, the foods that are most readily available to us during the seasons are the foods that best support our bodies and their needs at that particular time of year. These foods are full of Vitamin C (necessary for proper immune function, hello cold and flu season!), tons of fiber, Vitamin A, especially in the form of beta-carotene (those beautiful orangey hues), phytonutrients, and flavonoids. A lot of the foods that are available now are also root vegetables-these foods are very important because root veggies are grounding, which can be key during a time of year that feels otherwise hectic or chaotic. In addition to meditation, and your de-stressing activity, add in root vegetables to your meals for an extra dose of grounding nourishment.  I find that the foods of fall are all great when they are roasted, baked, stewed, and sautéed-adding warmth to your food will warm you, which is key during the cooler months.

These foods are also readily available at most grocery stores and farmer’s markets, they are often cheaper this time of year, so stock up! Here is a handy list of some foods that are in season right now:

  • Apples
  • Squash (butternut, acorn, honey nut)
  • Beets
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Pumpkins
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Mushrooms
  • Pomegranate
  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Leeks
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Tangerines
  • Winter Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Persimmons

Stock up next time you are out, try out new recipes that star these foods! Happy Autumn you guys!

xEm.

 

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