Is anyone else feeling the intensity of the energy as the seasons change from summer to winter?
The energy of the harvest calls us to celebrate all we have acquired and achieved. It also encourages us to let go of what is no longer serving us. Letting go seems to be one of the many themes this year.
As we go into the colder months, we are drawn inwards and this gives us the opportunity to go deep within and work with the energies there.
Maybe you have already been presented with habits and energies that are no longer working for you. Those often come up in challenges, the things that frustrate and trigger us. The season change is the perfect time to go inwards when these energies come up.
Questions to ask in these moments are; what is this really about? What is it I need to let go of? What is it in me that is being triggered? What is it I need to know/feel/learn/heal here?
Meditating on these questions or spending time in quiet reflection will allow the space for you to find the answers.
As we move towards winter, it’s also important to apply some self care so that you’re better equipped to deal with the change.
Here are 5 ways that count:
Your body naturally does what it needs to in order to release toxins and even heal itself. However we are exposed to far more chemicals and toxins than ever so it definitely helps when we provide our bodies with foods that aid our bodies in cleansing. Incorporating various foods will gently aid your organs in doing their jobs.
Dark Leafy Greens: I will forever sing their praises! Let’s start off with the fact that they are high in dietary fibre (they help your body to get rid of waste). Not to mention they are filled with nutrients like iron, calcium and magnesium, and heaps of antioxidants. Note: local and/or organic is always best with green leafy veg. They absorb toxins easily making it easy for them to get into our bodies. Also, if you have an irritable tummy, steam your veg or try massaging (which breaks it down) with olive oil and/or lemon. Dark leafy greens include kale, spinach, chard and collard greens to name just a few.
Herbs: Oh how I love herbs! There are so many out there that are delicious AND help our bodies with providing all kinds of goodness! Nettle, dandelion and cilantro are a few of my favourites. Nettle is a powerhouse herb, not only is it high in nutrients like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium and vitamins A, C, D and B complex, but it is high in antioxidants that help your body to protect and heal itself. Cilantro helps the body to rid itself of toxic metals that build up in organ tissue. It has chemical compounds that bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. It’s also high in antioxidants and is a well known natural cleansing agent.
Blue Green Algae: Quite the acquired taste but oh so good for you! Organic blue-green algae is said to be one of the most naturally nutrient dense foods in the world. It is 70% plant protein and really high in nutrients like beta-carotene (which the body converts into vitamin A). Studies have shown that it is high in antioxidants which prevent or stop cells deteriorating by oxidation (good for the body!). Chlorella and spirulina are two of the most common blue green algae out there. Chlorella supports healthy hormone function, promotes heart health, lowers blood pressure, aids in detoxing our body and boosts the immune system. Spirulina supports the body in detoxing heavy metals, can boost weight loss, increase energy, lower blood pressure, cholesterol and chances of stroke. Both are great supplements and even better when taken together, they can easily be added to smoothies.
This post would never end if I kept writing about cleansing foods I love, I’ll get right on a cleansing foods piece for you!
Adaptogens are a very specific group of healing plants that help to balance, restore and protect the body. They do this by recharging your adrenal glands which helps you respond to stressors in your life (stressors possibly caused by change).
Ginseng is one of the most popular adaptogens. Asian ginseng is the most potent. Ginseng is known to improve mental performance, is high in antioxidants and naturally lowers blood pressure and sugar levels.
Holy Basil is another popular one that helps fight off fatigue, it helps the body keep stress at bay and regulates sugar and hormone levels.
My favourite adaptogen is ashwagandha, otherwise known as Indian ginseng. It’s been used in Eastern medicine for 2500 years and eases anxiety, lowers cortisol (stress hormone) and boosts the immune system.
Eat your veg
Now is the time that you’re probably beginning to crave less salads and more stews but we all still need to keep up our vegetable intake. Granted, many salads (specifically colder salads) cool the body but warm salads can be done. Root vegetables offer a variety of benefits and they can be roasted or stewed or added to many warming dishes. My favourites at the moment are the squash family and sweet potatoes. Remember not to forget your greens though! See above if you’ve forgotten why! Making sure you get your nutrients will definitely help your body as the seasons change.
Move your body
With the colder weather drawing in on us, we may feel like crawling into bed and hibernating until the show melts, but moving your body could be exactly what helps you to keep energy levels up and keep your immune system strong as flu and cold season continues. Exercise, from pole dancing to pilates and everything in between can boost your mood, make you less susceptible to disease, improve your sleep and so much more. 30 minutes of brisk walking does wonders and why not get out and see the beauty of the fall leaves? Movement makes us feel better, there’s no doubt about it.
Step up the self care
There are so many ways to love ourselves! Taking a trip to an infrared sauna, getting some extra sleep, having a hot towel scrub or even a bath can increase the heat in your body and give you some down time to relax and recharge. There are benefits to all of the above, plus taking some time to stop and appreciate all of the things that our magical bodies do for us is a beautiful way to spend some time.
Looking after ourselves is one of the best ways to navigate our way through change and times of intensity.
Sending out oodles of love,