Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn in Australia - March, April and May
For a lot of people, this is their favourite season of the year? Why?
- it isn't too cold or too hot
- comfy candies and knitwear
- autumn leaves
- calmer days, less wind
- warmer meals like soups and stews
- great range of seasonal fruit eg avocado, apples, pears, bananas, custard apples, kiwifruit, pineapple, pawpaw
- and veges eg beetroot, asian greens, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, silverbeet, sweet potato
- end of daylight savings.
Well, it is my favourite season, but I would say that given April is my birthday month. Then there's the fun of Easter. Plus, I really ejoy the cooler weather and snuggling up on the couch with Andrew.
The not-so-fun aspects of Autumn, however, include:
the days get shorter
the air is dryer making us susceptible to ills/symptoms with the seasonal changes
sore throats, dry noses, respiratory issues, dry skin, constipation, or even brittle hair during Autumn.
So, to get the most out of Autumn....
Our Ten Tips for Great Health during Autumn
- eat nourishing, hearty, warm foods - duck
meat, fish, nuts, pears, sweet potato and other root vegetables and
- choose easy to digest nutritious
foods - make the most of seasonal fruit and veges
- enjoy comforting meals - eg soups and stews
flavoured with ginger, curry powder and cayenne for good digestion and
- avoid spicy foods and cold foods - fermented foods
are a good idea during Autumn: eg. sauerkraut, kim chi, miso, kombucha,
yogurt, or kefir as they support your immune function.
- drink water - to be done every season
- keep up the fitness - kick start the day with
some sort of “movement” eg walking, Qi Gong or Yoga, focusing on your
breath. Keep the lungs strong and mood stable by exercising during
- go to bed a little earlier - for good
quality sleep, avoid getting run down, tired and more susceptible to colds
- get some vitamin D - enjoy the great
outdoors and get some fresh air to improve your mood and mindset.
Take some happy snaps of the changing Autumn environment – so easy these
days with cameras on our smart phones
- stay warm and dry - adjust what you wear
and your home environment to suit the cooling temperatures of Autumn
- look after your skin during Autumn - keep it moisturized and
change out your skin products for Autumn if necessary – eg using a more
moisturizing soap and oil-based scrubs… go organic and natural!
So, we suggest to slow things down and enjoy some internal reflection. This season nurture yourself by eating the yummy seasonal foods and live in alignment with the natural elements. We hope these tips help you stay strong and healthy this Autumn.
Recipe – Roast Vege Soup
- sweet potato
- olive oil
- Himalayan salt
- cumin powder
- ginger powder or finely chopped ginger
- coriander or parsley
- chicken or vegetable stock 1 litre
- Chop the vegetables
- Season with salt and pepper
- Lightly coat in olive oil
- Place on roasting tray and roast the vegetables
in a moderate oven till cooked note, these can be ‘extra, left-over’
vegetables you roasted with another roast meal
- Heat some ghee in a saucepan
- Add the roasted vegetables to the saucepan
- Add the cumin powder, salt and ginger/ginger
- Cook for a couple of minutes
- Add the chicken or vegetable stock
- Bring to boil then simmer for 10 – 15 minutes
- For a smooth soup, blend in a blender or serve as
Recipe – Baked Pear / Apple
- Apples or Pears for baking
- Saltanas or trail mix
- Honey or raw sugar for extra sweetening
- Core the apple or pear
- Place on baking tray / pyrex dish
- Stuff the fruit with saltanas or trail mix.
For extra flavor, add cinnamon to the saltanas or trail mix before
- If extra sweetening desired, sprinkle a little
raw sugar or honey over the top
- Pour a little water into the fruit, so that the
fruit are sitting in a little amount of water
- Cook in a moderate oven till baked and ready to
- We suggest, serve with coconut milk custard