And just like that it’s autumn, but what a summer we have had – it’s certainly the best we can remember in a long while. But the beauty of our country is the changing seasons, so let’s embrace autumn and make it a positive season as we hurtle towards Christmas.
For a lot of us, the darker colder months can manifest as a low mood, craving really carb heavy and stodgy meals and as desire to just want to hibernate. Exercising and eating well can become much more difficult, and of course all of these things can really have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.
Super healthy seasonal eating
When it comes to food, the temptation can be to go for really stodgy, carby meals and not eat very many fruits and vegetables. If you look at eating seasonally, soups and stews can be very comforting, but they can also be full of seasonal vegetables which will boost our health. There are some great fruit and vegetables in season at this time of year such as kale, swede, brussels sprouts, carrots and beetroot, squashes. Roasting, steaming or stir-frying your vegetables offer subtle yet super tasty ways to enjoy your vegetables, make sure you season well and obviously use a low fat spray.
We love butternut squash and pumpkin, those naturally sweet root veggies and squashes in some of your meals will provide a source of complex carbohydrates that have been proven to support a better mood.
Soups, stews and even curries can be easy to make and will offer you that comfort factor in a healthier package than pastry laden pies, pasta dishes or other heavy meals. Eating seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables can be a great way to support your immune system and general health and wellbeing from the inside out so dust off the slow cooker and mix up those veg and try a new recipe each week. All that blended goodness, staving away the cold. For the best seasonal veg and grass fed organic meat, check out our friends at Riverford, all delivered free to your door!
Take a walk, in the park, in the woods or just down your street. Chances are, wherever you walk you’ll have an opportunity to soak up the beauty of autumn, it is such a pretty time of year with the most incredible colours provided by nature, with the mountains of leaves falling around us, to the frost on the ground, breathe deep during those pretty misty mornings…oh and take your camera, we can all become brilliant amateur photographers with all that content! Why not plan some family weekend walks, The National Trust has great suggestions up and down the country for all abilities.