As Summer slowly slips away, leading into Fall, the leaves begin changing colors, and Fall fruits and vegetables become more abundant.
Our mind and body also starts shifting.
Our desires may change, our cravings might be different, and we may feel ready for a change.
This is exactly what Fall is all about.
Listening to these subtle messages from your body may be the most important thing you do!
What Does Fall Represent?
As daylight grows shorter and the outer warmth of Summer turns to the coolness of Fall, we turn inwards, towards ourselves and our community for warmth, protection, and strength.
This is the cycle of nature.
However, since we are part of nature, we also have a desire to follow this cycle. You see this by changing the clothes you wear, the foods you eat, the events or weekend adventures you plan.
Embrace the change – embrace Fall – and enjoy the few months we have…
Then be ready for change again…
“Like a leaf or like a feather,
In the windy Autumn weather,
We turn around and whirl around and all fall down together”
– Great Oak School Circle Verse
- Apples – 50% of the Vitamin C is just below the skin, so rinse well and enjoy without peeling
- Pears – Red pears are a natural variation of green pairs so their flavors are similar
- Cranberries – 20% of the total cranberry harvest is consumed on Thanksgiving
- Figs – 55% natural sugar content making them the sweetest of all fruits
- Squash Varieties – A cup cooked delivers 35% of your Daily Recommended Vitamin C
- Pumpkins – Contain 90% water
- Sweet Potatoes – A great source of beta-carotene and are low on the glycemic index
- Carrots – The urban legend that ‘eating large quantities of carrots helps us to see in the dark’ was developed from stories started during World War II
- Turnips – The smaller ones are the sweetest
- Rutabagas – Are often confused with turnips, but are actually part of the cabbage family
- Broccoli – One cup steamed broccoli provides 5 grams of fiber, which is 20% of your Daily Recommended Value
- Brussels Sprouts – A single serving contains 4 times more Vitamin C than an orange
- Cabbage – One cup contains 91% of your Daily Recommended Vitamin K, which supports bone health
- Cauliflower – Most common color is white, but it can also be green, purple, orange, brown, or yellow
- Beets – The biggest beat in the world weighed over 156 pounds
- Radicchio – Aids in digestion, and acts as a purifying diuretic, tonic and laxative, while protecting the liver
- Kale – A cup cooked delivers over 100% of your Daily Recommended Vitamin A
- Swiss Chard – Was discovered by a Swiss botanist, hence its name
- Butter Lettuce – Has a sweet, buttery flavor compared to other lettuce varieties
- Garlic – Over 300 different varieties are grown throughout the world
- Mushrooms – Mushroom DNA is more closely related to humans than to plants, which means this really could happen
‘Tis the season to break out that crock pot, dust off your stew pot, and whip up some roasts, soups, and chilies for the cooler weather.
Are you excited?
With the cooler weather, the festivals, and the Holidays just around the corner, it’s exciting to welcome the external change by also providing an internal change for your body.
The more you become one with your external and internal world, the more peaceful and relaxing life will become.
Here are some great Fall recipes for you to welcome the change and keep your insides warm and toasty as the weather cools off.
What Are You Most Excited About this Fall?
Enjoy the cooler temperatures, family gatherings, social events, and joyous celebrations this season brings.
Be aware and be thankful for all we have in this life, start every day on a positive thought, and go to bed with a smile.
What are you most excited about this Fall?
Do you have great Fall recipes I didn’t mention here?
Comment below and join the conversation.