Stepping into a Healthy Fall

Stepping into a Healthy Fall: Jewel Colors

Roslyn Aging Gracefully, Lifestyle Fall, Health

Sometimes a season slips peacefully into its changes, like the Indian summer some of us on the East Coast are experiencing and sometimes a season comes crashing unexpectedly upon us. How can we prepare ourselves for stepping into a healthy fall to make the most of this new season? What some of us may not know is that autumn is the optimal time for cleansing and reflection.

Although Earth and Moon Design is all about handcrafted jewelry inspired by nature, we also know that the same way we adorn ourselves on the outside is the way in which we want to take care of ourselves and our health on the inside. By focusing on our whole selves in this holistic way we can find our balance.

Eating Healthy: The Jewel Colors of Fall

Stepping into Fall: Color me Vegan CookbookA healthy fall prepares us for a balanced winter and as we see our countertops fill with the brightly colored foods that grow this time of year; the orange, yellows, greens, purples, and gold of squashes and other root vegetables, we can start to use these as our kitchen medicine cabinet.

The colors of fresh vegetables contain a plethora of vitamins that help us build our immune system and fortify our health for the months to come. This seems so right with our desire to eat heartier foods as we feel the shift in temperature.

  • Yellow, gold, and orange vegetables provide us with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging vitamins.
  • Greens counteract any heavy metals we ingest from our environment.
  • Purple is a nervous system protector for our gut and brain.
  • Red builds our blood, energy and chi, our life force.

How easy it is to bring all the different colors into our meals. And when I look at our studio areas I smile at the similarity of jewel tone colors in our beads and gemstones to be used in our fall and holiday collections. I love experimenting with color in the studio and the kitchen. Although I am not a vegan, I came across this cookbook which has some amazingly colorful and tasty recipes. You can pick up a copy here.

 

Tips for Staying Healthy

We recently started looking at issues related to “Aging Gracefully”, which you can read HERE.  What we eat and how we take care of our bodies are some of the most important factors in being able to age gracefully. And there are other actions we can take for stepping into a healthy fall. The best protection against colds, flu, and fatigue that we are often susceptible to in the colder months, is to look after ourselves in autumn.

Through healthy living, we can build our fortress of well-being. One idea might be to add a fresh green juice or healthy smoothie to one meal a day. We can boost our immune system by eating leafy greens like kale and blending kale makes it palatable. I’ve recently started using my non-fancy blender and have been pleasantly surprised. If you’re not sure where to get started, why not try a 30-day challenge in October. The guys over at SimpleGreenSmoothies.com have a new one starting October 1st.

 

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Hydration is the biggest antidote to fatigue and a myriad of other health symptoms. The guideline for drinking half your body weight in water each day may be a stretch for many of us, however, think about what you drink now; are you managing to consume eight or sixteen ounces of water? Now up it to one quart (32oz.) a day. We can all do that. Right?

Consider roasting a tray of your favorite vegetables, simply by slicing them thinly, drizzling olive or coconut oil, sea salt and favorite seasonings and bake. These can be used as an alternative snack to chips.

Use root vegetable to make hearty soups. The more we surround ourselves with naturally sweet unprocessed foods; the more we come to reach for them when given a choice. Trade up your ‘whites’- white sugar and flour, with whole food alternatives like spelt or almond flour; honey or maple syrup to make your cooking and baking taste even richer and more delicious.

Preparing for Autumn

The autumnal equinox- a brief period when day and night are basically equal in duration, just passed and now our days will be shorter. Autumn is also associated with internal energy, introspection, and reflection. It is the time to make sure we keep up our daily practices as the shortening of days propels us to get quieter and more focused. Harnessing this time with meditation, breath, and mindfulness practices are the simplest tools we have for cleansing and reinvigorating our body, mind, and spirit. Guided meditation can be super useful and this 30-minute meditation is a good place to start.

It might also just be the time to take some ‘me’ time, read a book, write in a journal or spend snuggle time with loved ones, be they the furry kind or a human.

During the respite that lies between the warm summer months and the cold winter days, is a perfect opportunity to complete projects and get ourselves ready for the busy holidays that come quickly from November on. And we know how fast time passes by us. We don’t want to be caught unprepared.

Stepping into a Healthy Fall

Isn’t fall an amazing time for exercise- it’s “not too hot; it’s not too cold; it’s just right!” It could be a bike ride, nature walk, bird watch, beach walk or even raking the leaves. The key to maintaining consistency with any exercise is to choose one that makes you smile. Even if you have physical limitations, as I do, any movement that involves legs, arms, and stretches is good for the heart and soul. As T.Harv Eker says, “It’s the habit, not the amount.”

A great slogan says, “Build upon what you have until you get to where you want to be“; this applies to our health as well. With the proper actions, we can approach aging in a healthy manner at every phase of life.  As we enter the new season of color, we see how our trees use the cooler weather to evolve into their jewel toned glory and we are inspired. What new colors do you want to bring forth? Fall is our time too!

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. Great tips on eating healthy Roslyn, and especially the point about hydration and it’s importance. I am not sure about “drinking half your body weight in water per day” as I weigh a little over 260Lbs. I do however try to drink at least 2 litres (around 32oz) per day. Excellent post. 🙂

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    Thanks, Ian Campbell for your contribution. I am doubtful about the amout of water recommended too but the tip I’d take away is, if you drink 32 oz per day now, up it as much as you can. Nice to see you back.

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  3. What a lovely guided meditation, Roslyn! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Hydration is where a lot of us fall flat even though we seem to drink enough coffee, tea and cola during the day but put up resistance when it comes to drinking good old H2O. 🙂 My trick is to carry a 500 ml bottle of water around with me in the house and car and keep taking sips and then do a refill.

    Eating seasonal foods helps us to attune our bodies to the changing seasons. Did you know that Indira Gandhi used to eat seasonal fruits to keep herself active and agile?

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      Thank you so much Vatsala Shukla for this thoughtful comment and added information. So appreciate knowing about Indira Gandhi’s food preference. Makes a lot of sense. My own water intake varies from day to day, however am more present to sipping frequently.

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      Welcome, Nina to our blog. Glad it was timely for you. Often that is the way things happen. I myself got inspired by much of the research as I constantly sip on water. Good luck in your health care.

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  4. I love Fall colors and especially Fall foods! I’ve already made several pumpkin smoothies, butternut squash soup and will be making pumpkin cheesecake this weekend (okay maybe not the healthiest fall food, but it’s sooo good!).

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  5. Thx for sharing the simplegreensmoothie info. I am not big on smoothies but when I am very busy and have a few veggies I just cannot stomach in their natural form, I blend it. I invested in a vitamix blender, I tell you, it makes a very big difference in juicing.

    You made a great point about hydration. When I am out and about busy, the number 1 thing I forget is water. I resolved to driving with a cooler in my car now. A little extreme maybe but love cold water that’s very handy.

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      So glad Webly you found this blog helpful. Who would have thought a creator of jewelry could contribute about healthy eating, but I was searching for inspiration and information for myself. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. What a great post, Roz! I appreciate all the links and advice. I love autumn and am looking forward to its arrival in Tucson! I just started a 28-day detox to help me get healthier. Glad to see that others are doing the same.

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  7. What a lovely post. Just reading it and looking at those amazing pictures made me feel calm. Though we’re opposites when it comes to seasons -enjoying spring in the Land of Oz right now – your advice about healthy eating is welcome and wise. I particularly like the idea of the roasted veggie snacks to replace chips.

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      Tamuria, I just realized you are in Australia & we are opposite seasons. Thanks for your comment. The hardest dietary switch for me was to give up or reduce my obsession with potato chips. Just writing the word, and I want some. We can all profit from healthy and wise eating.

  8. Lots of great information in this post, Roslyn and I appreciate how much time you took to put this all together and how I believe it is a reflection of the things you are putting into place in your own life. Fall is truly a time to add the amazing harvest of vegetable to our diets, including squashes which are one of my favourites. A big key is to eat the foods that are in season locally, and so many people are used to eating whatever they want year round, which is not the healthiest way to “fuel” our bodies. There are a lot of people who do not realize they are dehydrated because they drink beverages other than water, which they think count. A programme that rebalances your system over the course of a 28 days, is a good idea. The idea isn’t to be in a heavy detox state, but to continue adding healthy foods, while eliminating the unhealthy ones. And of course proper nutritional supplementation is very key to support all the vital body processes. I love that you enjoyed seeing how the fall vegetable colours align with your choice of jewelry designs. Great post with lots of substance for us all!

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      Thanks Beverley for always adding great additional information. I hope readers read your comment as well as my blog. Been more mindful of what I’m eating, the amount of water intake. It is being present and declaring my intention to age graciously has given me many partners & support.

  9. What a wonderful blog, Roz. I love how you took people into colors as healing tools – the colors of all the autumn vegetables and fruits and their medicinal properties; the colors of the leaves bringing us into inner quiet and meditation; and the colors of your necklaces to show what love and care we’ve brought in when we nurture our health from the inside out. Thank you for all these tools for health and well being~~

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      Appreciate your comment Hope and love how you picked up on the commonality of Autumn colors and beads. As you know, our work is inspired by nature. Why not also be inspired by the harvest?

  10. Thanks for these wonderful ideas to stay healthy during fall. I used to be someone who “could not”drink enough water, but just like Vatsala now I carry my water bottle with me wherever I go. And I have checks during the day at different times to see how much I’ve had already.

    My brain functions better, my body is lighter, and all in all I feel much better when I drink enough water during the day.

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      So glad to hear that you turned around an action into a health habit by drinking more water than you did in the past. I too, Delia have been making an effort yo drink more water daily.

  11. Hi Roslyn,

    Great info… I have a Tower Garden and grow lots of curly kale in it and it isn’t bitter and I’ve come to like it but aside from that this article was great and helpful and I really liked how you talked about the fall colors for the vegetables. Until now, I never really thought of fall vegetables as colorful. I enjoy root vegetables but never considered them colorful like I think of summer veggies. I could really be a vegetarian! Here’s to health fall, winter, spring, and summer!

    As for exercising in the fall – it is the perfect time, besides spring; the temperature is perfect. Winter is icy and you have to watch not to slip and fall, summer is so hot and humid it almost makes me sick (really), but the crispness and beauty of fall makes being outside a breath of fresh air (except for this week in Ohio it has rained every day! I’m a race walker and training for a half marathon and my best times for races are when the weather is cooler and not humid!

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      Appreciate your thoughtful comment Coleen. Sounds like you are well on your way to your race. I myself need to add more veggies to my diet.Personally, love the brisk Fall weather best of all.

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  12. Very good post. I am enjoying fall more this year than ever. I really think I appreciate it more than I have in some years’ past because I am taking the time to appreciate everything in life more. 🙂 I already get plenty of water so no problem there but I do have some other health goals I need to work on.

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      So glad to hear Lisa Mason that you are appreciating the daily aspects of life. Sometimes that is all it takes to be in the moment and be grateful to achieve a sense of happiness. Hope your health issues resolve quickly.

  13. Roz, I can’t love this post enough! As you know, I am all about eating healthfully and the more colorful your plate, the healthier it is 😉
    Additionally I have added this meditation video to my playlist because I really liked how relaxing it is, and how much it really fits my October mood, haha!
    You are right, that we should use nature’s bounty as our medicine – not just as we age, but throughout life, to help prevent disease and just plain feel good.
    Plus, I am glad you mentioned the benefits of good ol’ H2O!
    Thanks so much for posting this, definitely sharing!

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      Appreciate your comment Coach Natalie Palombi. I do know how aware you are of healthy eating. So glad you enjoyed the meditation. Appreciate your support and you are an inspiration.

  14. Hi Roslyn,
    Great ideas for helping us think of ways to use the autumn colors to incorporate into a healthier lifestyle. This is imperative as winter is upon us and healthier lifestyles can offset seasonal depression. Thank you for sharing!

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      How nicely Sharise Hemby Nance this information fit with the information you covered about seasonal depression. We can all benefit from as much information given to us.

  15. I must confess, I am SUCH a picky eater.. no seafood as you now know… no coffee or tea and well, not a big veggie eater so naturally, losing weight was fun. I HAVE incorporated blueberry, banana, spinach, oatmeal, flax, chia protein shakes into my morning ritual and I love them.

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      Krsten Wilson, that is great that you are getting your veggies & supplements in your morning shake. I just started doing that as well and love my smoothies.

  16. hi Roslyn,
    What a delightful post. Fall is one of my favorite times of year and you have done a wonderful job of incorporating a healthy lifestyle and autumn colors. I love how the fall colors also align with jewelry. I appreciate all the work you put into this!

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      Thanks Robin. Every time I research it is for my own benefit as well. I tapped into a wealth of knowledge with a good friend who is an integrative coach and she got me started on green smoothies.

  17. Hi Roslyn,
    this post was amazing; and in line with my thoughts about the fall harvest. I am changing habits, adding exercise, more veggies, etc. and the biggest thing I can’t wait to use is the Guided Meditation you included in this post. Fall has some amazing colors and aromas; from pumpkin patches and apple cider to the fall leaves and crisp air. Thank you for the reminder to take care of ourselves and to reap the harvest of our health.

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  18. Nicely said, Roz! The only thing we can do is start where we are…the trick is to begin. Some things I’ve learned about water: (1) Often when you think you’re hungry, you need water. (2) Our brains are 75% water. Isn’t that a good enough reason to drink? (3) It’s especially important to drink water first thing in the morning. Most of us are mouth-breathers and during sleep we become even more dehydrated than through normal daily routines. I drink 8 ounces of water even before I hit the coffee machine. It’s made a positive impact on my life. And speaking of which… 😉 P.S. Drinking lots of water also keeps your pipes working well.

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      I too am a mouth breather in my sleep and started drinking water upon awakening. Jackie, I always seem to apply something from my research or from a comment left by a reader. Just one of the reasons I blog.

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  19. You’ve got some great motivation tips going on here, Roslyn. AND those cherries are mouth-watering! 🙂 I really want to begin taking better care of myself so this information is great timing. Thanks my friend! x0x

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  20. Roz, I am crazy in love with Fall colors and this blog post made me want to jump through the screen to embrace them. All of what you said is so interesting. I fight with myself every day to drink enough water. Even though I know how important it is for all bodily functions, I still don’t drink enough. Maybe today will be the last day I say that. 🙂 Great post as always.

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      Thanks Julie, so glad you got to read it. Fortunately, I tend to drink lots of water daily, but my hubby Herb, never drank any. He just started to and noticed he has more energy and he blames it on drinking water.

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