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October 3rd, 2013

Yogi Foods For Fall

By Manduka Ambassador Rosie Acosta

I’ve spent the last couple of years writing about food. Something I feel very lucky to be able to do, I write about how to make healthy treats, different ways to transform traditional recipes to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

I wanted to write this blog about how important it is for us to eat fresh veggies and seasonal fruits during the transitions from summer to Fall and Fall to winter. Instead I felt this forum would be better suited to write about the foods for Fall that tend to fall off the food chain.

I recently relocated from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. I found myself having some serious mal-nourishment and a little over-nourishment {there are way to many great places to eat in Portland…I digress} I felt very overwhelmed and completely ungrounded. My energy was low, I had writers block and I had traded in my sandals for wool socks. Clearly, I was not an image of health. I know that the food we eat is important to how we feel, but there are other food groups that I feel merit a slot on the food pyramid. Here were a few things a yogi should add to the grocery list this fall:

Nourish Your Temple: Fall calls for plenty of root veggies! We can sometimes become severely overwhelmed by the Holiday season approaching, or just life in general. This time of year I notice that some of my students {myself included} become a bit ungrounded. Take this time to stock up on lots of root vegetables like beets, carrots, parsnips and turnips. Eating root vegetables cultivate exactly that…roots. Eat plenty of greens and sprouts and always enjoy foods that come in their most natural state.

Spend Time With You: You are Awesome! In case you didn’t know ☺. It is so important to get some duly deserved “quite-alone-no-social-media-of-any-kind -time”. A friend of mine has a beautiful 2 year old son, when I told her she needed time to herself she rolled her eyes as if I was blind to the little toddler hanging from her neck. She was able to squeeze in some alone time during his newly designated naptime {this has had a 40% success rate, which I think is pretty good}. Giving yourself some alone time to do the things you love is important food for the yogi. Take time for yourself, get cozy and read a book or write in your journal or do 5-10minutes of meditation.

Practice, Breathe, Stretch {Repeat}: Move your body. When seasons begin to change, so do our bodies. What was working for you during the summer, maybe isn’t working so much during the Fall {if it is, carry on}. It is important to stay in motion. This can apply with everything else we do in our lives. I noticed that during the period when I moved I wasn’t practicing yoga, or running or breathing for that matter. It was very easy for me to fall into a rut when I wasn’t tuning into what my body was saying {practice, breathe, stretch and repeat}.

Go There: Go on an Adventure! Go on that camping trip or a road trip you’ve always wanted to go on. Chose a long weekend, or a day and do something out of the norm. A day trip to your local wild life reserve, park, or beach. Its important for us to see and FEEL other environments, this can help inspire and cultivate motion in our lives and get us in touch with Mother Earth.

I Can See The Future: Practice positive thinking. Let negative thoughts and negative people in your life take a back seat. I would say in terms of food, this would definitely be a Super Food. Let yourself think big, and visualize the things/people that make you happy. {Insert Positive Thought}

A yogi knows that practice brings magic. This applies to the food we eat {practicing healthy eating habits} relationships in our lives {having positive people in your life}, our career {doing what you love}. The most important vessel to feed is you, love and nourish your temple, you only get one.

Love, Rosie

Yogi Foods for Fall

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