Those long, warm days enjoying crisp salads and succulent fresh fruit are almost behind us. With the arrival of the new season, now is the time to review and reset your wellness plan! Aurora Spa & ASPAR Founder Lyndall Mitchell shares her top tips to help you eat healthy and live a vibrant life this autumn.
- BUY FOOD IN SEASON
Embrace the yummy foods that autumn offers. Enjoy fresh pumpkins, parsnips, yams, winter squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, apples, pears, figs, elderberries and even cranberries!
Some of my favourite fresh, seasonal dishes are creamy pumpkin soup, roasted root vegetables, cranberry chutney, baked sweet potatoes, caramelized pears and crisp apple pies.
2. EAT YOUR AUTUMN COLOURS
Autumn is the season of warm, earthy colours; think deep greens, dark yellows and brilliant oranges. One rule of thumb is that the more colourful the fruit, the better it is for your health and your immune system.
3. BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
With the changing season, now is the perfect time to boost your immune system. Whenever I feel the need for a boost to my immune system, I first look to Mother Nature. Some of my favourite natural immune-boosters are: to drink plenty of fresh water, eat plenty of alive (living) raw foods, garlic, lysine, probiotics, Vitamins B, C and D, reishi mushroom, zinc, propolis and Manuka honey.
4. EMBRACE GENTLE MOVEMENTS
In summertime, it’s so lovely to spend time outside. For many, the sunny weather allows them to move their body naturally, using gentle movements such as walking on the beach. But, don’t let cooler temperatures stop you from moving your body! Far too many people stop exercising and spend more time doing sedentary activities indoors.
One way you can keep moving during the cooler season is to bring your activity inside: bounce on a rebounder, do yoga at home, get a yoga swing, go to an indoor swimming pool, a gym or find a dancing class!
This autumn, get yourself organized so that you are well prepared for the coming winter months. Find an enjoyable way to gently move your body, so that this year you keep yourself fit and healthy. Think about how next summer will be even more enjoyable!
5. LIVE ALIGNED WITH THE SEASON
As the season shifts, give yourself permission to make different choices and changes in your lifestyle.
The shorter days and longer nights are the perfect excuse to take the time to really look after yourself. Use this autumn as an ideal time to hibernate, giving yourself time for you.
Spend time relaxing at home, wrapped up with a hot water bottle, wearing your favourite pyjamas and enjoying early nights. Watch movies, drink chai tea, or start writing that book you’ve always dreamt about writing.
Autumn is a nice time to slow down and enjoy some internal reflection. Allow this season to be a chance to nurture yourself by eating fresh seasonal foods and living in alignment with nature. I hope that these tips help you to stay strong and healthy!