The Autumn Diet

The leaves are beginning to change color, apple picking season is in its prime and soon pumpkins will be arriving by the truckload. The air is crisp, light, and clear and the autumn winds stir up the landscape, signaling the coming of cooler weather. The cooler weather generally inspires a new level of busyness with changing schedules and our diet is naturally affected. Here are some ideas to make the transition into fall a little sweeter and more grounded.

Transitioning into autumn involves clearing excess heat accumulated during the summer and nourishing the body for the upcoming colder months. We can align our diets with the season by incorporating bitter, astringent foods, and sweet tastes.

Bitter and astringent foods cleanse the body from summer, while sweet foods nourish our deep tissue layers preparing the body for late fall and winter. Include coconut oil, figs, brown rice, oats, avocado, eggs, goats milk, nut butters, raw nuts, spinach and other dark, leafy greens, beets, maple syrup and cacao in your recipes. Drink herbal teas and warm water. Try to avoid excessive caffeinated drinks and dry foods like crackers and chips. With proper nourishment our bodies can stay supple with a balanced amount of moisture and energy.

Cooked pears and apples are a delicious addition for your fall menu. Their natural sweetness is enhanced with a sweet spice mix, creating a comforting and wholesome breakfast. Will and Prema recently made a video of cooked pears with a sweet spice to enjoy  on its own, with a sprinkle of granola, or with a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal. It will be posted on social media soon 🙂

In the meantime, here’s the recipe:

1 pear, 1 c of water, pinch of cardamom, cinnamon and ginger powder, coconut oil. Put a bit of coconut oil and toast the spices for 30 seconds, once you can smell the ginger powder, add the sliced pears and water. Bring to a boil and then turn on medium heat for about 5 -7 minutes. Once the pears are soft, the water should be mostly absorbed. They are delicious with a bit of honey on top, enjoy! 🍐