10 Healthy Ways to Transition Into Fall
It’s a time of year that encourages us to slow down and gather (fall festival, anyone?), inspires self-reflection and contemplation (over a pumpkin spice latte) while nourishing the body and soul with warm, nutrient-dense foods (and maybe an Oktoberfest beer)…all wrapped up in a cozy blanket beneath golden, quaking aspens.
It’s simply a time to regroup and focus our energy within while appreciating the world around us.
The transition from carefree days of summer to grounding days of autumn is more than a specialty coffee order (although, that’s fun too), and we are embracing it.
Here are 10 healthy ways to consciously transition from summer to fall:
- Detox from Summer. Try intermittent fasting, a daily liver supplement (such as Liver C™ by Mountain Peak Nutritionals), or a daily cup (for 1-2 weeks) of EveryDay Detox® tea by Traditional Medicinals® for a gentle rest and/or cleanse.
- Immerse Yourself in Nature’s Beauty. Have you ever walked in a grove of aspens that are changing color or witnessed elk bugling from a safe distance? It can be magical and fortunately, Colorado has plenty to offer in this area. Pack a picnic and hit the road to embrace the season and all its glory.
- Harvest, Prep, and Freeze. As summer produce begins to dwindle, it can be a good time to gather and store earth’s delicious gifts. Pick from your garden, visit a farmer’s market, or stock up from the store and prep rich, flavorful dishes that can be savored in colder months ahead.
- Gather and Connect. Take time to invest in your relationships. Share a meal, grab a cup of coffee, or hike together to engage with others.
- Consume Warming Foods. With the dip in mercury, our bodies can yearn for more warming foods. Think soups, stews, roasted root vegetables, oats, spices, and teas.
- Enjoy the Scents. Fall is known for many beautiful aromas. From the sweetness of mulled apple cider to the earthy fragrance of fall leaves, take in the natural essences around you. Soy or beeswax candles with a cotton or wood wick are options as well as essential oils that can be placed in a diffuser.
- Give Your Skin Some Love. After all those sunny (and smoky) days, take care of your skin with a homemade exfoliating scrub or book yourself a facial to nourish this important organ.
- Embrace the Festivities. Colorado is not lacking in the fall festivities area! Between apple picking, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, art festivals and the like, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate the season with fun family time.
- Slow Down. Shorter days, longer nights, and cooler temps beg you to sit by the fire with a good book. After the busyness of summer, autumn is a good time of year to slow your schedule and enjoy some reflective, quiet time.
- Reflect. Think about your summer and journal, scrapbook, or share with the family about what you did and what you learned for a distinct transition into fall.
In addition to these ideas, a change in season can be a good reminder and/or marker to get back on track. Scheduling an acupuncture appointment, massage, and/or holistic counseling session as well as adapting supplements (such as adding vitamin D due to shorter days or immune boosting nutrients like mushrooms) can all be helpful in your journey to optimal wellness.
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The CNMA office provides naturopathic care, testing, massage, and holistic counseling to those in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, and the greater Denver metro area. For those outside of these areas, virtual appointments are available.
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