The arrival of September always brings a natural shift of temperature, and a shortening of the days. It is the time to begin another school year, back to regular work hours, and to re-examine our habits and routine. As we officially enter into the fall season later this month, it is a great time to check in with our body’s natural rhythm and dietary needs.
There is no shortage of information these days on health and wellness, especially what we ‘should’ be eating. Unfortunately, due to this overwhelming amount of advice, we often forget to listen to our greatest advisor…our own bodies! If we are constantly following a specific diet, cleanse, or the latest food trend, we have no chance to befriend our greatest ally in our personal health. Yes, periods of meal planning and cleansing are of great benefit, but it is when we are perpetually nourishing via some sort of plan that we are drowning out our inner voice.
Everybody’s body is unique and brilliant. They will tell us exactly what we need if we listen. Fall is one of the greatest times to tune into this voice because of the distinct change in what is abundant and available. It is my favourite time to visit the local farmer’s market: winter squash, a variety of apples, pears, potatoes, and pumpkins. The harvest gets heartier and denser as the weather cools, and our bodies will be preparing for a warmer nourishment of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. It is a time to prepare more warming foods such as soups, stews, and heartier grains to balance our internal environment with the shifting external.
To eat with the seasons is to tune into the earth’s natural cycle, as well as our own innate cycle. I invite you to take some time this month to observe what your body is saying.
Alison McKenzie is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. You can reach her at email@example.com