Are you tired of being tired?
I can't believe how often I hear this. I get it. I'm 48 and may women (and men) in my age bracket just don't sleep as well as they used to.
This post is for you if..
Eat for the season.
I so appreciate how Ayurveda, the healing tradition from India that I am so found of, offers guidance for living in sync with the seasons of the year and suggests adjustments for diet and daily activities to stay healthy and balanced.
If we don’t live in alignment with the seasons, we can easily fall into imbalance and dis-ease. When we understand the nature of the season and how to adapt, we can weather the changes and thrive.
Ayurveda calls autumn a “vata” season. Vata is characterized by the elements of air and either. Autumn weather is changeable, varied, cool, windy at times, and rainy at times. Just like this week. Some of the qualities of this season are: light, dry, cold, rough, mobile, subtle and clear.
In the summer, when it was hot, you probably enjoyed your food and drinks on the cooler side and favored lighter foods like salads, cucumbers, and melons to stay cool and light. But, now that the weather is cool, dry and light, it’s time to enjoy the opposite.
In the fall season, favor warmer, slightly heavier, mushier, and even oilier foods and warm drinks that will nourish you and keep you feeling grounded in this season of change.
On Sundays, I do a kitchen practice I call Kitchen Sadhana, the practice of nourishment. For my Kitchen Sadhana Sunday, I organize my kitchen, shop for the week ahead, make a weekly meal plan and do food prep.
What’s in season is what you should be eating.
Think apples, pears, cranberries, fresh brussel sprouts, cauliflower, delicata squash, romanesco broccoli, rutabaga, rainbow carrots, leeks and beets. Look to your farmer's market and local grocer to see what's in season.
Here are some recipes to try this fall:
Need some seasonal recipe ideas? Check out the recipes page on my website, a collection of curated recipes for healthy eating.
Need reminders for what to do to stay healthy in Autumn? Check out How to Live Vibrantly in Autumn Tip Sheet.
Happy Autumn Eating!
Getting Healthy in the Kitchen
Do you fancy yourself a cook? A foodie? A health enthusiast? A locovore? According to habit change expert, James Clear, every action you take casts a vote for the person you believe you are. Do you go for burgers or go for beets? Do you opt for pop tarts or for parnsips? Do you meal plan or do you default to frozen entrees? When you change your habits, you change your identity. The actions you take daily, weekly, and seasonally in your kitchen cast big votes for the type of body you have now and the kind of body you are going to have in 3 months and in 3 years.
I call myself a cook, a foodie, a health enthusiast and a locovore. It probably started in my teens when I would turn my mom's kitchen upside down experimenting with recipes and food ideas. This identity was solidified in my college years when I worked at the vegetarian collective restaurant name the Che Cafe on the campus of UC San Diego. I made the weekly Indian lunch special, I worked the early AM sandwich shift, and I served food for the Wednesday night All You Can Eat special. People who know me know I love to cook and prepare healthy, local food.
If you want to be a healthy person, start to ask yourself, what would a healthy person do in the kitchen?
In this post, I share with you a lot of habits and ideas about how to make the most out of your time in the kitchen each day, each week and each season. I call this Kitchen Sadhana. Sadhana is a word from the yoga tradition that translates as a practice aimed at evolution. The habits I do in my kitchen cast votes for my future health and well-being. What I put into my body eventually becomes my tissues, my thoughts and my actions.
I define Kitchen Sadhana as:
A weekly Kitchen Sadhana will help you:
Seasonal Kitchen Tasks
These are tasks to do about every three months.
Weekly Kitchen Tasks
These are weekly tasks to prepare for good nourishment for the week ahead. These can be customized depending on the season and what you like to eat.
Kitchen Tasks for the Evening
More suggestions for Kitchen Sadhana Success:
Want to learn more about healthy habits and how to get implement them? Check out the Vibrant Living Habits course.
Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach, educator and yoga instructor.