Tonight we will see the power of the September equinox, welcoming in the autumn and saying farewell to summer. For me autumn is a season that offers a 'grounding' energy after the fun and frivolity of the summer months. It is an opportunity to re-build and reflect on where we are in our body and our spirit. This is deeply reflected in nature too; the warm colours of the leaves, the softer orange light and the deep richness of the fruits and vegetables are no coincidence. In her wisdom nature provides all we need to keep us strong during these months. Root vegetables are packed with carotenes and fibre, and elderberries and blackberries are rich in vitamin C and anthocyanidins, known phytonutrients for circulation and strengthening our immune system.
As with every change of season this also becomes an excellent time of year to do a restorative cleanse. Many of my clients will tell you of my borderline obsession with eating seasonally and a cleanse is no exception. A cleanse at this time of year should be characterised by warming, root building foods. Pack away the morning juices and bring out warming stewed apples or pears with cinnamon and nutmeg, millet flake porridge with a berry compote. Swap salads for squash or beetroot soups with cumin or ginger and slow cooked meats or pulses for a restorative supper.
So pack away the barbecue with gratitude, welcome back the slow cooker and see this beautiful season as an opportunity to nourish your wellbeing.