Nourishing Wisdom for Fall

I don't know about you, but Fall truly nourishes my soul! The gorgeous colors, the falling leaves, the cooler, crisper weather, getting back into jeans and sweaters, embracing new routines and schedules, warming ourselves up with soups, one-pot meals and comforting teas and of coarse enjoying all the delicious foods that are meant to nourish us at this time of year - pears, apples, plums, pomegranates, hearty kale, colorful root vegetables of squash, yam, carrots, beets and pumpkins.

Fall is the time for grounding and earthing but as we leave summer that transition can leave us feeling a little uneasy, scattered, and unsettled. Are you noticing that within yourself right now? The spontaneity and whimsy of summer quickly comes to a halt and just like that, we are forced into routine, structure, scheduling, the rush, the traffic, the start of school and new projects at work. It is common to feel our stress and anxiety levels rise in this change. These feelings can often be triggers for emotional eating, cravings, binge eating, compulsive eating and mindless eating. Have you noticed you are seeking food to try to feel better about the stress and anxiety of the changing season? 

Perhaps in this transition from summer to Fall, we can heed the wisdom of nature and just as the leaves break from the comfort of their branches, they slowly and gracefully find their way to the ground where they settle. Maybe we too just need to breathe, slow down, trust, and settle in.

One of the ways we can help ourselves adjust more easily to the transition of seasons is to change our diet. The cooler, lighter summer diet does not ground us. If we do not warm our food, cook our meals, increase our lubricating and essential fats and take in the foods that balance us at this season, we contribute to the disharmony in our body and mind and to the discomfort of change. We can become colder, more anxious, our skin dry, some tend to constipation and the increase of colds and flus set in. Energetically, food can ground us, calm us and comfort us and that is what we need in this airy, cooler, windy, moving  season.

The start of a season is always a perfect time to come in for a nutrition tune-up, especially if your summer was full of sugar, alcohol, camping and restaurant eating! It is certainly important to come in if you are noticing that your emotions around the changing seasons are affecting your eating and weight. I welcome you to call me (403)245-2611 or email for a Fall Check In. Start this season off right so you feel healthy, balanced and grounded.

Happy Fall everyone!



Amy Bondar

As a certified holistic nutritionist, eating psychologist and Demartini Method(R) Facilitator, I'm passionate about helping people awaken to the power of foods to heal and bringing back the joy of eating.