No question fall is officially here, both by calendar and weather! The temperatures dropped almost overnight here in Madison, and suddenly, the wind is blowing, leaves are falling and the sweaters are out.
Here come the oranges, the browns, the deep greens and dark yellows, the russets and maroons. In our décor and our kitchens, the colors are deep, rich and autumnal, the natural rhythm of our days changing.
It’s getting colder, darker, quieter. Our natural inclination is to bundle up and gather in. Our bodies want richer, heartier fare. We crave food that will make us feel heavier, warmer from the inside out. It’s completely natural to want more fat, more starch and more heft from our food at this time of year.
However, if you’re dedicated to healthy, whole food choices, it’s easy to use the season’s abundant offerings to get everything you want and need, without resorting to empty calories or poor choices. Hot, hearty soups and stews are great this time of year. Harvests of pumpkin, squash, beets and other root vegetables offer a plethora of yummy choices that pack a healthy wallop yet fulfill our need for heavy, satisfying meals.
Be sure to check out my list of fall foods, and if you’d like even more information on what they are, why they’re good for you, and how to use them, my October class is perfect for you! As great as the autumn harvests are, I find that a lot of people are intimidated by them. So we’ll explore that in my Fall Into Health Class.
Be well and enjoy the season!