2011-11-01 Finding Balance in Autumn

When we think of fall, our mind turns to leaves changing color, cooler days, heartier foods and heavier clothing to keep us warm. There is a reason for this – just like nature knows exactly what to do to balance itself so do our bodies.

The body is amazing and has an innate way of knowing exactly what it needs. The problem lies with the fact that somehow we have lost the ability to listen to what our bodies are telling us. Most of us have very active, fast paced lives. We work all day and then go home to our second job; taking care of our families and home life. Time is limited so we turn to a quick fix for dinner which is usually some type of fast food that may come from a restaurant, frozen box, or delivery. Poor food choices eventually pay a heavy toll on our well being due to chemical additives and lack of nutrients that can cause added stress, sleep disturbances, hormone imbalance, lack of energy and increased cravings. These are all cries of help from a body fighting to create balance. Did you expect to be shoveling snow and losing power before Halloween? Yikes! I caught myself going to the fridge and eating a little extra fearing it would spoil, not knowing how long I would be without power. I even found Ben and Jerry in my freezer, which my husband bought. I invited them out for a few minutes. Thankfully this time I was able to snap out of it. In the past I have invited them out of the freezer for a few tastes. It started out the three of us and then I found myself with an empty container ):

We only have one body and it is your home for life. Treating it kindly, or poorly, will have a direct result on what it will return to you. Creating balance is essential to good health. Some ways to accomplish that are:

Eating Seasonally – Fall brings a harvest of root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, beets and onions, and when added to our diet help ground us and bring balance at this time of year. Other seasonal foods to include are squash, kale, nuts and of course apples from all of the wonderful local orchards. When cooking, make more stews, sautés, and soups that add warmth and comfort. Steer clear of raw foods and colder dishes during the fall season. The raw foods are for cooling our bodies perfect for Spring and Summer.

Prioritize – With a little planning you can make health your number one priority. Plan a week’s worth of healthy dinners for your family. There are many fall recipes that take less than 30 minutes to prepare. This is less time than it would take to drive to your favorite fast food restaurant and back. Making a list of all the ingredients needed for the week and grocery shopping will cut down on wasted time. Also, in the summer we tend to push projects off until the fall which can leave us feeling overwhelmed. Delegating responsibilities to other family members enables you to break tasks down into smaller chunks making them more manageable. Learn to say “no” to things that are not a priority. Taking on unnecessary commitments can create stress and drain energy. I admit I have trouble using my “NO muscle” but I am getting better.

Slow down – Take time to slow your pace. When you are feeling stressed take a few deep breaths. Deep breathing techniques supply oxygen to the brain, soothe your nervous system and leave you feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated. The crisp fall air is perfect for getting outside for a long walk to help clear your mind. Enjoying the fall foliage bonds you with nature and has a grounding affect, too. I have to admit I enjoyed looking out the window and the winter wonderland this weekend and took a little walk around the block. Take the time to breath. Before you turn on the key to start your car close your eyes, breath through your nose to a count of 4-6 and hold it for about 6 seconds and breath out through your mouth for about 8 seconds. Repeat this at least 5 times. It really helps you to feel grounded and ready to start your day. You can also do this as needed anytime throughout the day that you feel stressed.

Relaxation time – To create balance the body must be nurtured. Set aside time that is totally devoted to something that brings enjoyment to your life. Whether it’s a forgotten hobby that you once loved, raking a pile of leaves and then jumping in with your kids, apple picking, fall hikes through a nearby park, hay rides with a loved one, or catching up with friends. Whatever it is that soothes your soul, make it a priority. Schedule it into your appointment book the way you would all of your other commitments that way you have no excuses for not following through. Make an appointment with yourself for yourself. It was kind of a blessing in disguise to lose power. I could work on my computer, watch TV, wash clothes or even talk on my house phone and I had to conserve my battery for my cell phone so I caught up on reading a book. That was great!

Your Environment- Your environment is every place you are. Your car, bedroom, kitchen, office, pantry, etc. When you are hungry, stressed or bored the first thing you see is what you will eat or drink. Take inventory. What is in your environment that is nurturing to your body? What is in your environment that shouldn’t be there because it is contributing to your extra weight, poor health and imbalance?

Listen to your body – It is a fine-tuned machine that knows what it needs to stay healthy. Feed it healthy foods when it’s hungry, give it water to quench its thirst, the right amount of exercise, and self care techniques to get you on the road to achieving your optimal health. I am here to help you or someone you know that can use my help. Contact me at www.metamorphosisbodymindspirit.com to fill out a health history form or email me at or call me at 203-929-9414

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Reminder: If you already registered for the Hormone-Nutrition/Yoga/Lunch Classes, the dates are: Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 11:00 – 1:30 and Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10:00 – 12:30

It’s In Your Hormones Not In Your Head! Still a few spots left for these dates.

Last Saturday, October 29th was the first of the 3 classes. It was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed being treated special! The cost for the 2 1/2 hours is $40.00 per person. Call or email me if you are interested and have not registered. 203-929-9414

 

Ingredients:

1 Acorn Squash Peeled, cubed

1 Butternut Squash, Peeled, cubed

3 large organic carrots, peeled

1 large onion, peeled, quartered

1 Box Organic chicken or vegetable broth

1 Tbsp grape seed oil

1 Granny Smith and 1 Honey Crisp Apple, peeled and cored

Optional:

Fresh Ginger (about 1″ pureed with all ingredients)

Cinnamon or Nutmeg

Raw honey

 

Preheat oven to 375. On a large baking sheet spread out all of the vegetables (not the apples yet). Drizzle the grapeseed oil over them and shake the pan a bit. Roast the vegetables for about 45 minutes. Then add the peeled and cored apples and bake another 15 minutes. Puree all of the ingredients from the pan in a food processor, magic bullet or blender. (You can add about 1 Cup of the broth if it seems too thick to blend. Put all ingredients in a large pot, add the box of broth and heat. When ready to serve add to bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. You can also add upto a tsp of honey when you sprinkle the cinnamon or nutmeg. You can also blend in the ginger when you are pureeing the vegetables and apples.