Fall brings so much change…
…in fact I find that amongst all season changes that fall and spring make people the most uncomfortable and require us to make the most adaptation. Honestly, it’s a good thing but it can be challenging for us who struggle with adapting to new season and new beginnings.
Of the many things that change about our schedules and routines there’s a lot of other change that goes on that affects our bodies in different, but impactful ways.
Firstly with change in temperature, our bodies change their metabolic rates, as heat moves metabolism in a different way than cold does (there’s pros to both but living in the experience requires some change). Different energy, different digestion speed, changes in metabolism for the liver and digestive system.
Second, change in environmental factors- like increase in ragweed – which for many of us can be a serious allergy trigger. So many of us with ragweed allergies may also be cross reactive to foods that are relatives of ragweed too (melon, zucchini, bananas- and more). For those of us who don’t suffer from ragweed allergies, there’s also mold. MANY clients (including myself) suffer from mold allergies – and like ragweed there are foods that contain more mold- like nuts and particularly peanuts; additionally, cheeses, vinegars, fermented foods like yogurt (and more- stay tuned for a histamine Foods blog post!).
Thirdly and for the rest of us, light exposure change! Gosh our brains need the light we get in summer so we have to work extra hard in the winter to soak it up.
My suggestion? To really work to adjust your schedule to get the most sunlight you can.
Here’s a few recommendations I have to help you (and your body) adjust to fall:
1. Adjust your outside timing- more time outside in light hours, do your best here
2. Adjust your workouts as we get into cooler temps. Warmer, hotter workouts can help your body push through allergies and sweat out the garbage we tend to contain more in winter months.
3. Start to incorporate more cooked foods- they’re easier on your body and digestion
4. Start your morning with a hot water with lemon or mint to prompt digestion- first thing
5. Drink more water- it will help with allergies and digestion
6. More vitamin c – and other nutrients like quercetin and bromelain. Send us a message for recommendations they’re key.
7. If you suffer from allergies stay tuned for our allergy posts coming up- and in the meantime avoid moldy foods (above) and fermented foods (vinegars) — it’s helpful.
8. Incorporate some mediation or yoga as we move through the seasons, it helps to ground us as we can feel less than grounded with this change
9. Create a really sold bedtime routine to help adjust to different sleep as temperature and light change- sleep is perhaps the most key component of health (yep, more than exercise!)
Be patient and kind to yourself- this seasonal change can be TOUGH. It’ll move and so will you.
Stay tuned for more fall posts!