Meeting the autumn
Let us recall the basic tips on how to welcome the autumn days.
- Re-establish a healthy routine that you will respect every day. Practice yoga every day at the same time. Eat your meals at the same time each day. Go to bed and rise at the same time. This will help you regain your control over small things, and small things are where it all starts.
- Now it’s time to eat more cooked food than raw. In this case, stews and soups are ideal, as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables. The time for pumpkins and pears is coming, so use them, like all other seasonal sensations.
- The time of flu is approaching. Strengthen your immune system.
Foods to include on your menu that will help you in this include:
Broccoli, rich in ingredients that improve the immune system: vitamin A, C, and glutathione
Garlic, rich in antioxidants.
Green and black tea, which contain polyphenols and flavonoids – antioxidants that destroy free radicals that damage our body cells.
Cabbage, full of vitamin C and glutamine.
Almonds, ¼ cup a day, which provides 50% of the daily requirement for vitamin E.
Wheat germ which contains zinc, antioxidants, and vitamin B, with a good combination of plant fibres and proteins.
- Remember an apple a day, of course.
- Ginger tea is good to warm the body and improve the circulation and digestion.
- Be good to yourself, make sure you get enough sleep.
- Find time for physical activity that involves the outside: run, walk, ride a bicycle, roller-skate.
- Take care of your lungs. As we approach winter, the lungs are most affected and at their most sensitive because they get tightened as the weather changes and becomes dry and cold. Balance your breathing, breathe out from your stomach. Repeat this technique several times a day (link this to Pranayama breathing in the yoga section).
- The days become shorter, it will seem as if there is less and less time, but the amount of stress is the same. So take out your calendars and find time to concentrate on your network of friends or family. A coffee, a walk or a picnic in the countryside as it takes on more and more beautiful colours will be enough to remember what is really important in life.