I love the changing seasons, the beauty of each and every season and I love Autumn in particular.
-I love the cooler temperature after a hot summer
-Taking long walks
-Seeing the stunning colors of fall leaves
-Spending time in my back yard raking leaves and making bonfires
-Planting spring bulbs
-Bringing my indoor plants back inside and replanting some of them
For me fall has a lot to do with connecting with nature which I absolutely love.
One of the things that I teach my clients is how to change our food choices with each season. Eating seasonally is very good for our health. It brings our body into harmony with nature which means that we feel more balanced physically, mentally and emotionally. It means that our immune system is stronger so we get less sick during the colder seasons. We have more energy when we eat seasonally and locally.
In the fall, that means creating a balance between cooked foods and raw foods. You can still have salads but make sure you’re also eating steamed vegetables and roasted vegetables. I love green smoothies and green juices and I enjoy them during the summer every single day and sometimes more than once a day. In the fall I scale it down to 3-4 times a week.
During the fall season I have a lot of broths. You can find different recipes on my website like this Bone Broth. One of my favorite is vegetables broth which I make with fall’s seasonal vegetables. Just chop the veggies up, put them in a big pot, cover them with water and cook them for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until all the nutrients are in the broth. Then drink the broth. You can season it after the vegetables are cooked with salt, pepper and any seasoning you like. I also like to add a piece of seaweed to the broth because they are loaded with minerals. Adding them will make your broths more digestible, more nutritious and they’ll taste better. Two seaweeds to try are wakeme or kombu.
I invite you to try these recommendations to get into more harmony with nature and embrace a healthier body.
Here is a list of produce that is in season during Autumn.
Greens like arugula, escarole, broccoli rabe, chard, kale
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Healthy foods and nutrition is so important, thanks for sharing the list of foods.
You are very welcome Heather, I am glad you found the list of fall foods helpful.
Always fun to read your blog posts and this time it was the reminder about bone broth. Last week I took some to a friend who ha just returned from the hospital. I have also starting sipping on miso soup in the mornings. Do you use miso?
The colors of vegetables at this autumnal time are glorious! Besides store decorations, they’re the only thing that makes me feel like the season has changed– it’s still an oppressive 92 here in St. Pete.
Oh my, life if Florida 🙂 I do use miso, it is wonderful for the digestion, just make sure not to boil it so the health benefits are not destroyed.
I love me some carrots, apples, sweet potatoes …
Thank you for sharing this very healthy list Rachel.
The weather is changing here in India as well after a record breaking heatwave Summer and heavy rains during our Monsoon season. In fact we had mushroom soup yesterday because one could feel the chill in the evening air.
I make it a point to eat seasonal fruits and vegetables. They help build the Immune System, Rachel.
I’ve already started laying in a supply of “soup” veggies to make stock and freeze for later. I also love this time of year because the autumn and winter squashes are available.
Hi Rachel, This is a great post. I love the idea of eating with the seasons. Veg broths as well as tons of root veggies have been creeping in to almost every meal! We have a local CSA and the root veggies coming in feel so nourishing!!
You’re an inspiration, Rachel. I love the hearty foods available at the farmer’s markets in the autumn months; squashes, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, brussel sprouts and etc. And, I wholeheartedly agree, eating the “seasonal” foods does bring our body into harmony with nature.