After seeing clients in Melbourne earlier this month I was beginning to miss living somewhere with such distinctive seasons. Sure the mornings are cold, but when the sun shines on the autumn leaves, it really is beautiful.
On return to Sydney I got my wish. Autumn has finally arrived in the harbour city. I welcomed the new season with a doozy of a cold, which required regular doses of homemade thyme honey, vitamin C and echinacea, and some serous time in bed.
Doesn’t bed feel amazing when you’re sick? Really there is no better place to be. It took a little bit of juggling but the bed rest was worth it. If you “soldier on” when faced with a cold, then take a look at the case for bed rest for the next time you’re fighting a bug. If not just for your own comfort but for the sake of everyone around you.
With the change in temperature, I instinctively eat less muesli and more porridge. Oatmeal, as it’s also known, is a dish that often divides people. Clearly I’m a fan but can understand why some aren’t so excited by a bowl of steaming oats. A good alternative is creamy quinoa, so check out my recipe for this warm start to the day.
Speaking of the temperature, some of us may actually welcome the cooler days! Peri-menopausal hot flushes are one of the most annoying side-effects of hormonal change, and the symptom that I get the most questions about how to treat. In the the second part in my series on menopause I explore natural approaches to reducing hot flushes and other ways to navigate menopause more easily. I’ve had a great response to these articles, so feel free to share – even better help out a friend whose struggling through with these symptoms with a gift voucher for a Wellbeing Plan.
I’ll be heading off to Bali for a few days to co-lead our inaugural Rest, Revitalise and Inspire practitioner. I’m so excited about the retreat and can’t wait to be there to share the goodies. If you’re a practitioner who couldn’t join us this time, let us know what would entice you to come next year.