Since the autumn equinox, there has been a definite change in the seasons in this part of the world. With the shorter, cooler and damper days, I’ve adjusted my routine and diet. Instead of a twilight stroll after dinner, the end of daylight saving wakes me with the birds at 6am so I head out for an early walk most mornings.
The seasons have nudged a change in diet, with less raw salads and more blanched, baked or steamed vegetables. I hanker for porridge again and pies – knocking up three apple pies over Easter! It’s the perfect time to clean up the pantry and restock for the cooler months.
Knowing what you have on hand as well as a plan for meals is a great way to get back into the swing of cooking and reduce food waste. In the newsletter this month there’s a handy checklist to help you stock up on pantry staples to make cooking meals easier. There’s also a recipe for a simple Middle Eastern tagine or stew, packed with warming spices.
Over the last couple of months I’ve been tending the soil in my new community plot. There are so many parallels between the caring for a garden and the body. To grow healthy plants the soil needs to be feed and built up. If you skip the foundations in self-care, you pay for it later. After all the organic manure and compost has settled and cooled, it’s been the right time to start planting a winter crop of leafy greens and root vegetables. Now I need patience to watch them grow.
Thanks for your questions for Health Q & A Monday. In the past month I’ve covered the truth about middle-aged weight gain, growing strong bones, heart health and a topical question from a sun lover needing to find their autumn mojo. All the videos are archived in the resources section of my site, along with recipes, books reviews and a more.
If you’ve got a question for Health Q & A Monday, please drop me a line. For those who have more than a quick question and would like a bespoke health plan you can book a consultation for your Wellbeing Plan online.
Finally, I was deeply honoured and surprised to recently be awarded fellowship of the National Herbalists Association of Australia. As this is bestowed on merit to only a handful of members who’ve distinguished themselves within the profession I feel both proud and humbled.
I hope you have a fruitful and enjoyable month.
In good health,