Last weekend on Saturday September 22nd marked one my favorite Celestial events the Autumn Equinox. Most of know this as the end of summer and the start of fall. On Saturday we spent equal amount of time in the sunlight and darkness and moving forward the Sun begins to rise later and the nightfall earlier, hence shorter days.
Although we live in a day and age where we mostly avoid the affect of this seasonal shift by simply turning on lights and putting on our Ugg boots and coats, our primal bodies are deeply connected to the path of the Sun.Many of the greatest ancient temples around the world, like Machu Picchu, were created as observatories to track the shift in the Sun and served as clocks and calendars.
In those days and in nature this shift drives eating, migration, hibernation and growth patterns. Trees and plants are ending their year of growth with final blooms and birds and butterflies are migrating south with the Sun. We humans have also created a pattern with the cooler weather coming in there is also a shift in fashion and festivities. Regardless, we’re all preparing to put on our winter coats in someway.
I love seasonal shifts because they provide a depth of knowledge about our beings. If you tune in during these times you notice that the body is not much different than the birds and butterflies. It to is shifting and in doing so sending signals of what works and what doesn’t, especially when it comes to food. Eating with the seasons allows the body to receive the nourishment it needs to survive and thrive in its environment. Recognizing the important messages the body is delivering is vital in providing it with it needs.
One way to “tune in” is with a regular mediation practice of 5-15 minutes where you sit in silence and observe the body and breath, without doing much the intuition will rise.
So, without further ado here’s my top 10 Fall food fashion list, next time you’re at the farmers market pick these up, then check out one of the many amazing paleo cookbooks out there for recipes.
It was hard to narrow this down to 10 but here’s what on the top of my list. For an entire list of seasonal foods click here.
Top 10 Fashionable Fall Foods (why are they fashionable? Because they are all colorful!)
6. Brussels Sprouts
9. Sweet Potatoes
10. Persimmons (my fave!)
As always don’t just take my word for it, try it out for yourself and report back. Post to comments…
About the author
Ritu Riyat MPH|Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor| Yoga Therapist is a San Francisco based Health Counselor promoting universal wellness via Skype consultations, and seminars. Delivering simple techniques to add balance through food, movement, and meditation. She is an avid cyclist, crossfitter and yogini. Her motto “food is a drug, eat responsibly”… Nutritionize now!