Autumn is here, can you feel it? Now we can look forward to having an excuse to stay in, watch movies, and cook delicious meals. I always think of the autumn months as a time to re-ground and nurture what we have.
Let’s rewind and talk about summer real quick. It’s awesome, right? The weather is just right, the sun bronzes your skin, we wear lighter more colorful clothing, we’re surrounded by an abundance of bright fresh antioxidant-rich foods, the bqqing, the socializing …
Although these are all fun and cool aspects of summer, we also tend to pick up some unhealthy habits that tend to get drawn out over those few months … late night dinners, decreased amounts of sleep, over-stimulating socializing, spontaneous meals, lots of chips and guac, rose, ice cream desserts, and then some. Delicious times, of course but doing so more than usual can cause rise to tummy troubles, weight gain, lethargy, and brain fog.
Typically by the time mid/late September hits, the body is feels how summer indulgences have taken on an energetic weight that is ready to shed off. Tuning in and you’ll notice the body wanting to slow. And if you really tune in, you’ll feel the body wanting to detox to get ready for the colder seasons. Most people think of detoxing from the winter months but I think it’s important to stimulate and cleanse your liver (not only daily) after every season.
The liver is always detoxing, that’s its job 24/7. However, the liver needs support and stimulation from herbs, food, and exercise so that it performs optimally. Here’s what you can do for the next 2-3 weeks to cleanse the body and mind so that you begin the fall season feeling grounded and solid.
If you’re a meat eater reduce intake to 1-2x a week while increasing fish 2-3x a week, and adding more vegetable protein.
Reduce/avoid intake of dairy, including cheese - dairy tends to cause digestive upset, congestion, hormonal imbalances, and weight gain
Reduce/avoid intake of grains - grains can be inflammatory, cause digestive upset, and brain fog. You can opt for gluten-free grains like amaranth, rice, quinoa, and buckwheat.
Warm lemon water with 1 tsp of ginger powder every AM
Seasonal veggies, especially broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, garlic, and onion
Eat warm, cooked meals along with raw fresh greens like dandelion greens
Add spices to your repertoire
Drink herbal teas like dandelion tea with is wonderful for simulating the liver and removing toxins from the body quickly and nettles tea which is tonifying, bone-building, kidney and urinary tract cleansing, and even helps with skin issues like eczema.
Add more brisk walking and cardio. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day. Tip: listening to an engaging podcast can keep you walking for a long time!
The sun sets earlier, so try to eat dinner around the sunset time or at least 3 hours before bedtime. This will help your digestion function optimally and allows your liver to perform best at it’s prime working hour 1-3am.
You receive energy and grounding when you get in touch with nature and it’s life cycles. So, sit at a park and listen to the birds and listen to trees and watch their leaves begin to change their color.
Honor your body’s need for Rest n’ Relaxation… sleep, nap, and decompress...