Healthy Tips for the Harvest Season

On a beautiful day today (it’s sunny and gorgeous out!) I’m reminded that Fall is my favourite season.  Maybe it’s the beautiful colours, or the “everything pumpkin” craze, regardless though I love the fall and am happy to share some tips to make what ever is left of the Fall season to be fantastic!

ROOT VEGGIES
When it comes to the fall season, it’s best to cook and eat root vegetables.  Not only are they in season, they are full of iron, vitamins A and C, and fiber (hence their colourful nature).  Examples include: sweet potatoe, turnip, parsnip, radish, and squashes
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Spices are a great inexpensive and tasty way to improve the nutritional quality of your meals.  They can be anti-inflammatory (turmeric), blood sugar balancing (cinnamon), and digestive aids (rosemary and thyme). Break out the chai tea and pumpkin spice!

JOIN THE PUMPKIN CRAZE!

Before pumpkin spice was fashionable, pumpkin puree and seeds have been used for it’s taste and health benefits.  Pumpkin is high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamin A.  Pumpkin seeds are a wonderful non-meat source of iron and protein, as well as vitamin A, C, E, magnesium and zinc.  The seeds also have potent anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.  Seeds taken straight from the pumkin should be washed, shelled and lightly roasted before consumed (safety precaution to avoid E. coli consumption)
A wonderful array of root veggies – radish, beets, rutabaga, etc.
WARM FOODS FOR COLD DAYS
Food preparation should change from cold and raw foods to warm and slow-cooked meals in the fall. Warm foods are easier to digest and help boost metabolism as the weather cools. Meal examples include soups, casseroles, crock-pot meals, roasts, and stews
GET CREATIVE!
Crafting is a great way to reduce stress, as it elevates endorphins and dopamine (happy mood hormones). Nature provides us with the best crafting material – leaves!  Collect them and use them to create gifts  (like a mason jar candle holder).
TAKE A HIKE…. NATURE HIKE THAT IS!

The fall season is one of the best times to go for a nature walk.  There is much to see and the weather is perfect for leisure activity.  Walking in nature is a great way to reduce stress, boost your metabolism, and increase your circulation.  Make it a family or personal day – go for a walk among the trees and collect some foliage to create some wonderful crafts!

Still Looking For Some Healthy Harvest Tips?
Come to our “Harvest Your Health” Open House!

We are having a harvest open house celebration at:
Back to Basics Health and Wellness
9983 Keele St. Suite #104, Maple ON
Saturday October 24th from 11am-3pm

There will be free loot bags, crafts and treats for kids, herbal tea and pumpkin treats, and much more.  Hope to see you there!

For More Info, Contact Dr. Nicole at (416) 624-4819 or nd.nicoledaniels@gmail.com

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About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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One Response to Healthy Tips for the Harvest Season

  1. Cultivate Wellness says:

    Great tips!

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