Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall into Wellness

Sincerest apologies for the delay in a new post. However, I think now is the perfect time for one, because the seasons are changing (as a cooler weather front moves in today). I've found a handful of articles that I think fit the time of year well... fall allergies pop up as leaves fall and grass fades. Cold weather means... well, colds. And all that cold air does a number on our glowing, sun-kissed skin.

First, I have for you "8 foods and drinks that will sooth fall allergies". Click the link to find the how and why, but here's a cheat sheet for you, too.

1. Turmeric
2. Red Bell Peppers
3. Fish
4. Red Grapes
5. Olives
6. Avocados
7. Kale Smoothies
8. Honey Ginger Tea

Autumn can also mean the return of those nasty, taxing "common colds". Here are "11 surprising immune-system killers". While some of these might seem a little far-fetched, I thought it couldn't hurt to consider them. Additionally, you've seen some of these pop up on other lists, so this is just more reason to avoid them all together!

1. Microwavable Popcorn                                      7. Sugar (duh)
2. Pots and Pans                                                   8. Dehydration
3. Loneliness                                                        9. Antibacterial Soap
4. Lack of Sleep                                                  10. Air Pollution
5. Antibiotics                                                      11. Insecticides
6. Canned Food

Another fall / winter plague is how the weather can impact our skin. Here are "11 fruits and vegetables for better skin". Notice that some are repeated from the first list above! And even better than that, is that many of these are coming in season now or will be in season throughout the winter, which means they'll be plentiful at your super market (and maybe even cheaper)!

1. Red Bell Peppers
2. Avocados (winter)
3. Beets (fall)
4. Spinach
5. Blueberries
6. Pomegranate (winter)
7. Sweet Potatoes (fall)
8. Apples (fall)
9. Tomatoes
10. Carrots
11. Pumpkin (fall)

This is personally my favorite time of year. Even though the days are getting shorter and winter is imminent, when those leaves change, the nights cool off, and the smell of a campfire hits the crisp air, I'm just in heaven. So prepare yourself with some tips above and enjoy these cooler months!