Tips for a Healthy Fall 

Summer used to be my favorite season for many reasons, like longer days, fun things to do in the water, the hotter temps felt better since I would feel cold often, and maybe it reminded me of my school years and having summer break.  The past few years summer is now my least favorite time of year. Mostly because my body shifted after menopause and now I run warmer. I’m also living in the Phoenix area where summers are quite brutal. Needless to say, I’m now a big fan of fall.  For us, it’s a combination of more enjoyable summer day temps and cooler mornings.

Although the temps are much warmer than most of the U.S. I’ve noticed that the body still shifts and will experience some physical challenges that others do with cooler temps elsewhere.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the lung energy is dominant during fall. This is why people tend to have more lung issues related illness. You may be experiencing more coughing, allergies, sinus, or asthma conditions.

This is a good time to support your lungs.  Try adding white foods like daikon radish, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, cabbage, almonds, onions, white beans, and yogurt.  In TCM body organs are related to different emotions. Lungs are related to grief. It’s a perfect time to let go of hurts, grudges and attachments.  When the lungs are out of balance you may have more difficulty dealing with loss or change, as well as letting go of things that bring you grief like spending too much time thinking of the past. 

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.

Just like the trees let go of their leaves in the fall, it’s time to let go of negative thoughts, emotions, things, or people that no longer serve you in the highest good.  Some things to help with the process of letting go and healing the lungs would be practicing some deep breathing, slow walking outside around nature, organizing and getting rid of clutter, and let go of hurts.  There is a simple letting go exercise called The Sedona Method that you may find helpful.

If you are living in colder climate places definitely cover up your neck and keep warm.  It’s also important to start slowing down. What you do in the coming months will prepare you for how you feel next year.  People who tend to run around through fall and winter will be most challenged when spring comes around. We are now in a time of rest, replenishing, and rebuilding the body after the long active days of summer.

So as you go into fall remember to include more healthy white foods, practice letting go, slow down, and keep warm.  Happy Fall!

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