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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Easing Into Fall

Henry has the sniffles and I'm a little fatigued, but we are keeping our spirits up because we really love the Fall.

Our family trips to the farmer's market on saturday mornings are quickly becoming the highlight of my week.  I love to see what new produce is fresh and in season.  Henry has been eating a lot of apple sauce and Butternut Squash puree.

Fall is vata season when air and ether are the dominant elements.  When vata is balanced, we can feel creative and carefree; when it's imbalanced we can feel anxious and spacey.  Our bodies can take on the attributes of the leaves and become crackly in the joints and dry in the skin.  Here's how to stay healthy and balanced this vata season:
  • eat warm, cooked foods.  forget about the salads of summer and cook up hot dishes with warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and clove
  • sip warm drinks throughout the day
  • dress in layers and keep your chest and neck covered
  • slow down your pace and get plenty of rest
  • practice yoga that restores your energy: slow pace, inward gaze, a lot of focus on legs and feet

Here's a delicious, warming oatmeal recipe to begin any perfect Fall day.

Apricot, Cardamom Oatmeal with Coconut and Almonds

a heaping 1/3 c oats
1 Tbsp. shredded, unsweetened coconut
4 dried, organic apricots (diced)
1 pinch cardamom
pinch salt
milk of your choice
sweeten with honey or agave

Cardamom is such a delicious spice.  I feel very special and exotic every time I eat it.  I will warn you that when you add too much cardamom, your oatmeal can taste a little like soap, and when you add too little, you can't taste it.  It may take you a few tries to get it right.  A nice pinch is usually perfect, and any trials are well worth the effort.

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