Autumn, now the sun is setting sooner, and the getting up later, what are you doing to maintain healthy, supportive habits? For many, the hibernation feeling starts to kick in with the change of season, and this can be counter productive for most of us. The shorter days takes away opportunity to play outside, and as it getting cooler, the chill can certainly hinder our instincts as well. Like all things, we need time to adapt and to stay on target.
Have you noticed the change in produce in the supermarket or the farmer's market? Many of the root vegetables are starting to increase in number as they are the plant's storage compartment of energy and nutrients for the next season's crop. The change also heralds produce that is becoming higher in Vit C and various immune supporting phyto-nutrients (colour) and minerals, again to help the produce reproduce and sustain the next generation. Fortunately, we benefit as well from nature's nurture by boosting our immune system and encouraging us to rest more.
In preparation for the coming winter, (which is only 6 weeks away), it invaluable to assess and create supportive strategies now, so when the chill really sits in, you can give yourself a list of positive things to work with.
Who are you and what is it you want to experience this winter.
How are you going to do things differently to help you achieve this.
Who, if anyone, do you need to talk with to promote doing things differently.
What could be researched - activities, locations, adventures, tools, resources, to keep you moving and access to foods that give comfort, with out the loaded Kjs/Cals
Looking for ideas? Consider brainstorming with your friends and see what is going on in your community. Put it in the diary and move towards the things you have said you wanted to achieve.
Autumn, the time of year when Mother Nature, in the Southern hemisphere is starting to slow down and prepare for nesting, hibernating and storing its energy. We see it i more so in the Colder regions in the mountains than around Newcastle, but we are all aware of the transition in place. Plants start to slow their growth, the day time is reduced, the air feels different with a different element in it - coolness. There is a tranquility to the energy, one of going ahhhh.
Our body, being an ancient creature is very much in tune with the earth cycles. We respond to the change in the moon, solar flares, amount of sunlight to name a few. We inherently know our food choices change in response to the environment, and this too is important to respect.
Eating to the season's produce when the produce is holding its maximum nutrients is vital. The plants and animals have been working hard to do their thing and build the nutrients - vitamins, minerals, proteins, starches/fibre/sugars etc for their maximum potential and we benefit by eating them. Choosing wisely what we eat, drink, do is all part of our well being lifestyle and allowing our environment to support us through the various phases of the cycles we live through. To see what produce is in season check in with your local farmer's market or in Australia, the Sydney or Melbourne produce market it the ideal place to go
Cycles are not limited to food and mood, but to all parts of our life. The saying there is a season to sow, and a season to reap also applies to our emotional and mental health. Knowing too the astrological cycle has an even longer, in years we are heading into a new era with a new 9 year cycle. This can be seen as is new beginnings are abound, the removal of the old, allowing the new, closing of doors and opening of new ones. It is a time of opportunities and the options for you to take them with two hands and make them your own.
A few questions for you...
What would you like to have or be different if you could?
What changes are in fact needed to give you a different life?
What are the character traits you need to develop to become the person you want to be to do, have and be the person who has what you are looking towards?
Change is not always easy, I can attest to that, however, nothing changes until we choose to be and do different. To think differently and let go of the beliefs, views, ideals that are stopping us from being and doing what we would rather be and do.
These questions and points can be focused on each area of your life. Go back and review the wheel of life seriously consider what needs to change to get your life back on track.
While the older we get it can seem harder to change - we have family, friends, the status quo, expectations, greater risks etc. We can all name them! What if though, by not following through you loose your heart and soul for living and giving? What if you get to the end and you have regrets of not doing this or that, or at least having a damn good shot at it. After all, we are only as limited as our beliefs. This is exactly what I have been doing over the past few months. Re-evaluating my life, my choices, my ideals, beliefs, attitudes and actions. The result? I have made huge change decisions I wouldn't normally do, such as saying yes to adventure more - Two over seas trips this year. Allowing friendships in - reaching out to people in the car park, literally and getting to know them. Catching up with more friends more regularly. Changing the business model from the traditional clinic setting to online, Actually finishing the online program that was written 2 years ago.
This process wasn't done alone, and I encourage each to reach out to practitioners who can help you with deeply anchored emotional issues and let them go. The books I have been recommending over the past emails all help to identify our thoughts so one can choose to keep or let it go. Food choices also either support the chemical/physical body or not, creating health or undermining it.
All these things take awareness, courage, choice, and then action with out them we continue to get what we have been creating, the reflection of who we think we are.
Take the leap of faith, you might be very pleased where it takes you :) d where it takes you :)
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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