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Transitioning into the Autumn season can be hard for all of us, and especially those of us living in the Pacific Northwest. The rain falls harder, the days get dramatically darker and colder, and the balmy evenings of seductive summer seem like a lifetime away. In many ways, our culture has drifted away from the knowledge that every seasonal change affects the body, mind, and spirit in dramatic ways – and if we don’t respond to these changes by altering our rhythm and lifestyle, we will feel off-kilter. It is not unusual during the transition into Autumn and then Winter for people to experience depression, low energy, and sickness. I see a lot of individuals in my practice who do not know to integrate seasonal changes, and that’s exactly what this post is for! When we listen to the wisdom of our bodies, we struggle less with ill health-mental, emotional or physical.  In Five Element Theory, Autumn is associated with the element of Metal. Metal contracts in from all angles, gathering in. It is associated with the Lung and Large Intestine meridians. When we have balanced and strong Metal Qi we feel organized, courageous, dignified, with inner strength and discernment of what serves our best and highest selves. Out of balance we might feel despondent, sad, overly critical or judgemental of ourselves or others. We might have trouble letting go of old grudges, or literally letting go of bodily waste (ie constipation).

 

Embracing seasonal changes is part of staying healthy and balanced. But what does that really mean?

 

First of all, it means changing your energetic patterns. While summer is all about expansive, assertive energy (think going out, being active every day, waking up early and going to sleep late, maybe partying a bit too much!), Autumn is all about taking that energy, and harvesting it for storage during the coming Winter months. We move into a natural contractive, quiet energy – the opposite of our summer lifestyle. If summer is about being extroverted, winter is all about being introverted. In Traditional Chinese medicine, summer is ruled by Yang (male) energy which represents outward action, and winter is ruled by Yin, (female) energy, representing receiving, contemplation, and calm. Autumn is the transition. Summer harvest is over, and we are making sure we have reserves to get through the dark, cold winter months ahead.

Below you will find a few tips for moving through seasonal transitions gracefully and with vibrant health: food, hydrotherapy, and essential oils.

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Tonic Herbs for Bone Broth

Bone Broth with Tonic Herbs

Bone Broth- Elixir of Health

Food

It may seem obvious that your diet should shift seasonally, but for many people this change is not intuitive. The body needs to stay warm (right around 98.6 degrees) in order to function optimally, and when the temperatures outside drop, we need to make sure we are giving the body enough warmth to stay well. Regarding food, this means avoiding cold food and drinks as much as possible. Raw green juice may be perfect for Summer, but think steamed greens in broth with ginger and garlic now (Recipe HERE). Even the water you drink in winter (which should be plenty, as always!) is best warm or room-temperature, not iced. Or consider getting most of your fluids from broths or herbal teas. My Super Tonic Chia tea has warming spices and immune supporting herbs. Check out my favorite tea drinking vessels HERE and HERE. Eating seasonally is not just about using the plants and animals that naturally are around us in winter, but supporting your immune system. Here are my favorite ideas for warming foods throughout the day:

 

Breakfast: eggs and veggies scrambled, warm oatmeal or porridge, and congee (Chinese chicken and rice porridge)

Lunch: Butternut squash and elk stew, warm quinoa with herbs and mushrooms, hot soups. Slow cooked meats, braised with broth or water. Sweet potato cashew dip with ginger, garlic and turmeric for veggies 

Purple Okinawan Sweet Potato Dip

Purple Okinawan Sweet Potato Dip

Dinner: baked sweet potatoes and grass-fed beef steak, oven-roasted root vegetables with ghee. Plenty of steamed or braised hearty greens such as kale, collards, beet greens.

 

Here are three foundational guidelines for eating in the fall and winter months:

  1. Avoid cold foods.
  2. Incorporate warming (and immune-boosting) herbs: ginger, turmeric, curry, chilies, garlic, mushrooms of all kinds
  3. Broth! Bone broth is ideal for the extra nutrients it provides (collagen, gelatin, calcium, vitamins K, D, and A), but if you are vegan or vegetarian, a veggie broth is fine. Be sure to add extra minerals in the form of seaweed/kelp or mineral salt.(sign up for my newsletter and) Get my SuperCharged Bone Broth Recipe HERE.

 

Hydrotherapy for Autumn

While self-care is vital in every season to keep ourselves healthy, fall and winter are perhaps the most important seasons, during which self-care should be an absolute priority. For most of us this means keeping up immune health and warding off colds and flu. For many individuals as well, the winter months can exacerbate joint pain. We are designed biologically to go to bed when it gets dark! while that may not be realistic in some time zones, aim for early bedtimes and allow your body to sleep a full 8 or 9 hours if you can. Even those patients of mine who are active outdoors all summer we find are often deficient in Vitamin D (which we get from the sun). You might consider supplementing with vitamin D, or Cod Liver Oil (which has a good balance of vitamin D and A) during the darker months of the year.  Colder temperatures mean that our body is working harder to stay warm and to function at full capacity, so it can be easier to become ill since energy in the body is being spent warming rather than fighting infections. Hydrotherapy is one of my favorite forms of self-care year round, in the Autumn season I recommend a routine of alternating hot and cold in the shower!

Outdoor Shower at Rose Cabinet Medicine

Outdoor Shower at Rose Cabinet Medicine

If you have ever visited my clinic, or been on my website, you probably know that hydrotherapy is a foundation of my practice and philosophy. Essentially, hydrotherapy just means therapeutic applications of hot and/or cold water on your body – this can be in a shower, in the office (Constitutional Hydrotherapy Treatment) or using a sauna and cold plunge (my favorite). Alternating hot and cold water on the surface of the body boosts circulation (both blood and lymph) dramatically, which is essential for good health. It infuses your skin (the largest organ in your body!) and organs with fresh blood- increasing your white blood cell (your immune defense)  count and circulation!

 

One of the things I love most about hydrotherapy is that it is always available, and so easy to do.

How-to: One easy way to incorporated hydrotherapy into your daily life is in the shower. I recommend ending your shower by increasing the water temperature to a comfortable hot (without burning yourself, of course) and making sure to get your arms, legs, core, back, and head under the water for about 1 minute. Then, step out of the hot water and turn the temperature as far down as you can (it’s ok to start with a mild contrast- it’s still therapeutic, and you can gradually over time get used to colder and colder), waiting for it to get icy cold. Start by passing your hands, arms, feet, and legs through the cold water, and then jump in! Again, ensure that your core, back, and head all get covered. Stay in the cold for 1 minute, and take deep breaths while you do so. If one minute is too much for you, start with 25-30 seconds and build up to 1 minute. The full minute is ideal for maximum circulation boost. After 1 minute of cold, go back to hot water for 1 minute. Repeat this cycle 3 times, always ending on cold. If you don’t have time to go back and forth a few times, just end your hot shower with 1 minute of icy cold water.

It may seem counterintuitive to end on cold, since staying warm in winter is so important, but you will notice that when you get out of your shower and towel off that you are warmer, due to the increased blood circulation throughout your body. Your body will respond to the brief cold water application by INCREASING circulation to your periphery- believe me you will feel WARMER and MORE ALIVE! Also this has been studied and proven to reduce the number of colds by 50%, and reduce the duration of a cold if you do get sick.

Or come in to Rose Cabinet Medicine for a Sauna and Cold Plunge or the full Nature Cure Spa treatment!

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Sauna, Sweat, Hydrotherapy, Immune Support, Soak, Soothe

Oils

Essential Oil Diffuser

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I love using essential oils on a daily basis to prevent sickness, and to bring emotional balance to the day. A great oil that supports Autumn, the Lungs, and Metal Element is Siberian Fir. Siberian Fir comes from the twig and needles of the tree Abies Siberica of the pine family. It is non-sensitizing to the skin, fabulous smelling (great in the diffuser) and also can be taken internally 2-4 drops/day (only recommended with doTERRA CPTG grade oils). Siberian Fir can be useful for someone with low self confidence, mental or emotional fatigue or burn-out. It can be helpful as a muscle relaxant/analgesic for aches and pains and stiffness which might be getting worse as the cold damp sets in. It supports the Metal Element and can ease our transition into Fall. It warms, dries, and dispels damp from the lungs and from rheumatic/arthritic joints. 

Siberian Fir doterra essential oil

 

Use Siberian Fir in combination with

Lavender for a nervous system restorative and relaxant. Restore good sleep, reduce anxiety.

Roman Chamomile for intestinal spasms, IBS, colic.

Roman Chamomile and Marjoram for muscle pain, cramping, aches.

Cypress for cough, wheezing, sleep apnea, asthma

Ways to use these oils:

In a diffuser 3-6 drops of Siberian Fir or combination

Topically in a carrier oil for ease of application over aching joints

Footbath-4 -6 drops with epsom salt

Gel Cap-2-4 drops daily (great in combination with 2 drops each Frankincense and Copaiba)

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cranberry chia pudding

A little potion for today!

2 cans organic BPA free full fat coconut milk

3 medjool dates

1 ripe banana

Juice of one (large) lemon

Lemon zest or 10 drops doTERRA lemon oil

2 scoops Vital Protein Collagen Peptides

2 T dried cranberry powder

2T dried rosehip powder

1T baobab fruit powder

2T pomegranate powder

Blend on high speed in a blender until well blended, dates and bananas super smooth. Then add

1/2 cup chia seeds

Blend again- if you like the seeds to be broken up blend on high, if you like them whole (more like tapioca pudding) just blend to mix them in.

Pour into mason jars (this recipe made 7 1/2 pint portions). Let sit in the fridge for several hours to set up. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid.

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This group detox is closed. If you would like to be informed the next time I start a group- get on my mailing list and you will be the first to know~

 

Would you like to clear away the sluggish fog of too much “summer fun”? The grey bloat of too many happy hours? Looking to lighten the load a little? Clean out the junk drawer? Are you experiencing any symptoms like:

  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • joint pain
  • depression, irritability, anxiety, mood swings
  • insomnia
  • bad breath
  • itchy skin
  • poor focus or memory
  • sinus congestion, allergies
  • constipation, gas, bloating

These can all be related to inefficient elimination of toxins!

We live in an ever increasing toxic environment.  Causes of impaired detoxification can include:

  • Overwhelming load (exogenous-from outside the body, and endogenous-toxins generated by dysbiosis and leaky gut)
  • Impaired excretion (liver, bowel, kidney, lymph)
  • Inefficient fuels (improper macronutrient balance)
  • Deficiencies in micronutrients (antioxidants, cofactors for detox pathways)

You are in luck! Fall Detox Group Starts October 22!

Here’s the what’s and the how’s: 21 days of 2 shakes a day with some liver cleansing herbs and digestive enzymes. Plenty of protein(in the shakes- it’s non GMO pea protein, Quality Whey, OR Collagen from pastured cows) to support proper phase one and phase two detox. Modified, individualized elimination diet. Learn how to properly support your organs of elimination to avoid “detox symptoms.” People do very well on this program and generally feel energetic and clear headed. Videos, email support, and live Q &A weekly.  There will also be a private Facebook group for members to share ideas, recipes, and ask questions.

The 21 day detox costs only $247. When consider the cost remember that you will be replacing 30 meals with the shakes, so think of all the money you will save on groceries!

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Turmeric Ginger Switchel

Turmeric Ginger Switchel

 

Excited to share my new favorite summer drink! Why Turmeric? In botanical medicine it goes by it’s Latin name, Curcuma Longa. It is a member of the ginger family and is a rhizome that looks like ginger, but is bright orange/yellow. The orange color is the carotenoid called ‘curcumin’ which is responsible for the amazing health benefits including high antioxidant power. Turmeric is wonderful for soothing and quenching all sorts of inflammation. We now understand that inflammation is at the root of many common chronic illnesses. It has anti-cancer as well as brain protective benefits. With dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases on the rise, I am definitely looking for prevention strategies, especially ones that taste so good! If you are looking for a way to add delicious supercharged nutrition to your life, you can’t go wrong with Turmeric!

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric

It is also slightly bitter, and a warming, stimulating herb which helps with bile production, and can support healthy cholesterol levels. We know it is absorbed best when in the presence of black pepper. In this recipe I use doTERRA black pepper essential oil which is really mild and adds a great balance to the flavor.

IMG_2319If you want to purchase black pepper oil you can do that here. 

 

IMG_2311Ginger is a natural companion to turmeric. Very anti-inflammatory itself, it also helps with digestion, has anticancer benefits too. Ginger has been shown to reduce migraine pain and menstrual cramps. This is powerful kitchen medicine! A switchel is an old fashioned beverage using apple cider vinegar with some sort of sweetener- commonly honey, maple syrup, or molasses. I will be experimenting with using a xylitol simple syrup to reduce the glycemic impact of the switchel. However, the amount of honey used in this recipe is relatively small, and the switchel is diluted with still or sparkling water, so the sugar content is much lower than most commercially available sodas and drinks.

Here is the recipe:

Equal parts fresh turmeric and ginger juice. I juiced them in my champion juicer, however if you do not have a juicer you can grate them on a fine, microplane grater, and then add the freshly grated roots to the apple cider vinegar mixture. When you serve it you will just want to strain it first. So you can scale this recipe as you want, but for this example let’s say we have 1/4 cup combined turmeric and ginger juices. fresh turmeric and ginger juice

To this you will add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon, lime or a combo of juice.

lemons

Then add 3/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Then stir in your sweetener. I used honey in mine and I used 1/2 cup. You may like it more or less sweet and you can adjust to your taste. honey

4 drops black pepper essential oil

Stir all together. This makes the base of your switchel drink. It is very strong by itself. To serve, add 2-3 Tablespoons to a 12 oz glass filled with ice and either still or sparkling water. It is also delicious added to summer cocktails! Be aware that the Turmeric can stain anything it comes in contact with!

Enjoy!

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