How to Best Prepare Yourself for Fall [Episode #817]
This week’s topic is: How to Best Prepare Yourself for Fall
Happy Labor Day! This does mark the official end of summer and the purpose of today’s podcast is really to help support you in what can feel like a bit of a jarring transition from the summer lifestyle, which is more relaxed and tends to have less of a rigid schedule.
And a lot of us have breaks and holidays into fall, which is back to the busyness of the school routine and work deadlines, holidays coming. And we really want to strengthen our resilience against stress, our health, our energy, so that we really continue to feel great in any season.
We’re going to be going through all the different Cornerstones today because with any topic, it’s really important to approach it from our Cornerstone perspective, which is where we really feel our wholeness, the power of living, a holistic lifestyle, aligning and in harmony with nature, with our own nature, the nature of the world around us, which is really the core of Solluna.
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erly: 00:01 Namaste loves and welcome back to our Monday solo cast episode where today we are going to be talking about How to Best Prepare Yourself for Fall. So happy Labor Day. This does Mark in a way, the official end of summer and the purpose of today’s podcast is really to help support you in what can feel like a bit of a jarring transition from the summer lifestyle, which is more relaxed and tends to have less of a rigid schedule. And a lot of us have breaks and holidays into fall, which is back to the busyness of the school routine and work picking up a lot of busyness, deadlines, holidays coming. And so we really want to strengthen our own resilience, our resilience against stress, our health, our energy, so that we really continue to feel great in any season. And I’m actually speaking to you from Hawaii still, if you hear some noises here from the jungle, from the forest.
01:11 And we decided to stay here a bit longer. My son, my older son is going to be starting school. He’s going to be starting second grade next week, so he’s starting a little bit later. But we decided to do that as a family to really enjoy the fullness of summer here, which is, we’ll have been here about 10 weeks. It’s been really amazing. And I’ve written pretty much my whole next book here, at least the first draft. So it’s been this incredible place for us out of time and space in the jungle, in the nature, in the forest. And so I’m grappling with my own attachment a bit in going back into life in la. We’re going to be leaving in a few days, which does include that school run every day. It does include a lot of scheduling. I start to get back into more meetings and just what normal life entails, but I am trying to really approach it with presence and knowing that our sense of happiness and joy and peace really is found inside of us.
02:27 And so as our bodies move around and schedules change, we don’t have to feel so sad or so attached to things being or having to be a certain way. Summer does bring up so many amazing memories and feelings and sensations of water and lakes and oceans and lying in fields and grass. And for us being barefoot pretty much the whole summer. But it is the shifting that we need. We need contrast that wouldn’t be healthy to have necessarily all the time, that type of relaxed schedule. So we need the fall as well. We need the winter, we need the spring. We need all the different seasons in order to really feel this cyclical, sort of like the circadian rhythms to feel our wholeness and to continue to grow and to evolve. So I’m facing that myself. I’m sitting that without myself. I’m reflecting a lot with the family on all the amazing memories and times we had here, but also looking ahead.
03:29 And my son, Emerson, my older son, said, mama, I don’t feel so sad leaving Hawaii because I have so much to look forward to. And we talk about all the wonderful things like getting to see his friends again and he’s really into monopoly. So we ordered a mega monopoly set that is coming to our home in la. Just all these things when we reframe how much there always is to be grateful for and look forward to, we don’t have to lament transitions so much. So we’ll talk about that a bit more when we get to the emotional wellbeing cornerstone in just a minute. We’re going to be going through all the different cornerstones today because with any topic, it’s really important to approach it from our cornerstone perspective, which is where we really feel our wholeness, the power of living, a holistic lifestyle, aligning and in harmony with nature, with our own nature, the nature of the world around us, which is really the core of sauna.
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06:33 All right, let’s get right into our show today, which is how to best prepare yourself for fall. And this includes our four cornerstone. So it includes your body, your diet, how you eat, your food choices, your emotional wellbeing, and your spiritual growth. So let’s start with food, which in many ways is the most tangible. Summer is the time of fruit. It’s the time of eating a lot of raw food. You probably naturally felt this in your body. Lots of salad based meals. I know I was having a lot of salad meals tapped with avocado and sometimes quinoa, lots of sprouts, so on and so forth. And this is really wonderful because we’re cleansing, we’re cleaning out, but we’re also helping to raise the vibration in our bodies in attunement with this lighter energy we feel around us. And then what happens is by the end of summer, the pit dust starts to build up in the body, the fire from the sun and the hotter months.
07:39 And so naturally the coconut water and the fruit also starts to help to cool the body as well. But now that we go into fall, the body starts to cool down and it starts to be more vulnerable and susceptible to the elemental forces, namely the wind that starts to pick up and the colder weather. So this is why we start to bring back in this beautiful, it’s like a symphony, right? Things, the elements shift, they go down, so we heighten up other ones. So this is where we start to bring in more warm and activating, stimulating spices. We also don’t want our digestive system to get sluggish in the fall or our lymphatic system to get sluggish. So it’s a really good idea to bring in these spices to help eliminate more toxicity from our system, which is known as Amma. In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s a Sanskrit word, so spices become a really wonderful thing to focus on.
08:40 They’re easy. You can throw them into your stir fries, you can put them in your soups, you can even put them in your salad dressings. And some of the most important spices to focus on for fall include black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon cloves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg, and turmeric. So let’s start with cummin and turmeric. These are wonderful spices as I mentioned to add into your soups and your stews. You don’t have to come up with a whole new recipe that features cummin. I find it very earthy. It pairs well with black pepper and salt, and it’s something that my kids have gotten used to. And it also, I find that it balances the turmeric as well, which on its own can feel a little bit overly earthy perhaps. You definitely want to find a nice balance. The ginger is so powerful for cleansing and promoting digestion without being overly ssic like garlic or onions can be.
09:53 And so I encourage you to incorporate ginger into your hot water with lemon in the morning. I also, this is early fall. This is still an amazing time or anytime really to try our three day holistic sauna waterfowl cleanse, which I was thinking about because we were recently at the waterfall here, which really inspired the feeling of that cleanse, which was abundance, an abundance of energy and abundance of clarity, just feeling clear and purposeful as you move through your life. There is ginger included in some of the juices, and it features our sauna products, which are really great for revamping your microbiome such as our SS B o probiotics and our detoxy, which is an oxygen based way to cleanse. What happens in fall is we can tighten, we can constrict, we get stressed. Our digestive system shuts down a bit. We want to stay really in flow.
10:51 We do not want to get bloated. So dedicating three days for the smoothies, the juices, the journaling, the meditation, the stretch video to wonderful practice to do and fall. And I will be doing it myself, as will my husband. As soon as we get back, we’re going to be doing it together. So you can check out the information on the waterfall cleanse as well on our website, my sauna.com. Beyond that, the foods you eat can and ideally would switch into including more root vegetables and purple, red, sweet potatoes, all the wonderful colors that are really earthy and grounding and keep us vibrant and feeling rooted as the wind literally starts to pick up the earth. Energy is known as Kapha. It feels centering. It literally feels grounding. So carrots and beets, baked vegetables of any kind really feel really good to add your family meals and nuts are really great.
11:57 So one of the things that I do incorporate more in the fall for my children and myself are the almond butters and the nut butters. Our school doesn’t ban it for school lunches, so it does come into the rotation to have sourdough bread with almond butter and jelly, which bubby ee loves very much. And then my younger son Moses, loves almond butter, classic style with celery, and we use goji berries, which are wonderful and full of antioxidants. So we swap that in. It’s always around in our trail mixes and such. Speaking of which, making your own trail mixes so you can control the ingredients and you can use natural nuts that don’t have seed oils, they’re not roasted and ways that can potentially really denature them or reduce their nutrition quality is very grounding for your children and for yourself. You can bring them to work, you can bring them on hikes, you can bring them on picnics, whatever you’re doing.
13:06 So in our family, we like to use goji berries and we love pecans and walnuts and cashews, natural cashews. Those are some of our favorites. And then sometimes I’ll throw in some dark chocolate and sometimes golden raisins we use as well. But there’s trail mixes are a wonderful way to cut back on the costs of packaged food, and it’s a wonderful way to bring creativity. And when your kids get to choose the ingredients and the family gets to mix the trail mix together, it can be a wonderful way to bond with the family and nourish, help to nourish and support each other and the families. It’s really wonderful. So more healthy oils starts to come into the mix as well. Our Aveda believe that the oils help to prevent dryness, which starts to come into the fall, dryness in your skin, dryness in your digestive system, which can lead to constipation.
14:04 And I B s, so I’m a huge fan of coconut oil. It’s the main oil that I cook with. I also like the raw udo’s oils, which are to be kept refrigerated, which are wonderful mix of e p a and d h A rich fats. And I pour that on my salads. I pour it on the kids’ lentil pasta and red sauce if that’s what they’re eating or on their soup. And a little bit goes a long way. It is quite flavor dominant, but in small amounts. This is a wonderful deeply nourishing oil that I recommend. We’ll also link to my interview with Udo Erasmus, one of the world’s leading fat experts in the show notes who designed this incredible oil, which you can order online or you can pick it up in health stores. I love it. It’s always in our fridge. So you can also check out our show notes for lots of different wonderful fall recipes that are easy and delicious and warming as well as elixirs that favor and feature some of these wonderful spices like cardamom and cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg.
15:18 Again, these are warming, these are stimulating, these are nourishing. These just feel it feels great like putting on a new wardrobe for fall to switch your spices. It’s inexpensive, it’s accessible. And then as a very powerful form of self-care that you are doing something amazing for yourself and your amazing energy for your unique true self. The world needs you to be in your highest energy, your highest light. And so all these simple daily lifestyle practices really do support you. So the next cornerstone we’re going to focus on is your body. And what we want to really focus on in terms of preparing for fall is creating or sustaining leaning into a regular daily routine. Summer is amazing, but it does include a lot of travel for some of us and relaxing of our normal schedule. And that’s okay because it very much does. It’s cyclical and we get back on schedule.
16:25 But now is the time to start really regulating your body, which will help you stay resilient to stress. It will help you sleep better, it will help you digest your food better because the body thrives in routine. Just like your children thrive with a regular bedtime routine, your children thrive with a regular eating schedule, and that becomes really important for the adult body as well. So please check out our many resources. We have lots of articles and blogs for you on establishing a morning practice. You want to start the day off, right? You want to start the day off correctly. You want to end the day with a really wonderful evening ritual that will help you to get back on track as well for restful sleep, leave the day behind, leave the thoughts behind and during the day as well. It’s important to eat lunch at a regular time, to exercise as possible, as much as possible at a regular time.
17:31 So I want to call out a couple things. We’re not going to go into the full detail for this podcast, but I want to call out a couple parts of these routines, which I find really helpful. One of the things that keeps us up at night or makes us wake up is if there’s something our mind, something unresolved, whether it’s, oh, I have to remember to do this tomorrow. It could be as practical as parts of your to-do list. It could be something that you want to say to someone, an unresolved conversation, something that didn’t feel good to you, so you want to process it before you go to sleep. That could mean talking it out with your partner or friend at least an hour or two before bed. It also really helps to journal and to write things down. And that for me has been the most practical way.
18:20 I always have a journal with me. I said to my son, do you notice how much I write in my journal mama? And he says, yes, I noticed you did it at Temple. We go to the meditation temple here every day. I noticed that you did it after dinner. So for me, journaling is getting it out of my head. A lot of times I’m writing down ideas for the new book, which definitely keep me up at night if I don’t want these ideas to be fleeting for me to forget them. But I’ll also write down thoughts and things that help me work things out. And in that way, I have found that I sleep so much better. And we all know that sleep is really important for feeling good, for resilience against stress and many other things. So it’s so important to use these practical practices in the morning.
19:12 I really encourage you to take your Ss b o probiotics every day as you drink your hot water with lemon. It’s these little things that keep us on track. And if we get away from the morning, sometimes we forget, and then the body can benefit from the probiotics being released into your system in the morning in a regular way. And so I can’t encourage you enough how much a regular routine benefits you, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. My routine only takes a few steps in the morning, in the evening, very simple skincare routine and which you can learn about on our site. Very simple supplement routine. I don’t take a lot of supplements, but I take our soluna ones, very simple eating. I drink our glow and green smoothie. I have hot water with lemon. I make very simple meals, but I do try to eat at regular times, and I do try to get to bed early and a regular time, which here in Hawaii has been nine o’clock.
20:20 There’ll be some adjusting when we get back to LA because there is a three hour time difference. So that means midnight in la, so I’ll have to work back earlier, but I encourage you to just create this regularity. It’s not about perfection, right? There’s going to be times where you stay out, you go out late to a dinner, whatever it is. It’s not about having the most perfect diet, but regularity is very supportive to your energy and your health and all your bodily systems functioning at their best. So our next cornerstone is emotional wellbeing. And this is where the biggest thing I would say to focus on for your emotional wellbeing, your mental health is to slow down and to be intentional across your life. What this means is fall starts to kick in, and then we tend to go into these automated responses including the automated response of rushing and hurrying, and we notice that everyone around us is rushing and hurrying and trying to get more done.
21:23 And rushing and hurrying is an unnatural pace. It’s a pace of fight or flight, chronic elevated stress levels. It doesn’t feel good because it’s jarring our system to move forward in a way that is not it’s natural pace. So we want to slow down and be deliberate. We want to notice how we’re breathing and bring it back to normal deep breathing. When we feel our breath getting fast, we want to slow down how we’re speaking and talking. If we notice that we’re speaking really fast, because that usually means that the pace of our life has gotten faster, we want to notice if we’re walking really fast, we want to notice how we’re moving our bodies through the room, how we’re picking up inanimate objects like our coffee cup or putting the dishes away, or how we’re putting our skincare on our faces and touching our precious skin.
22:21 When we rush, when we tend to hurry, we go into a kind of a panic mode again, that fight or flight. And most of the time we don’t actually get more done. It just means that we are moving in a more frenzied pace. This imbalances our nervous system. This destroys our immunity, this lowers our digestive efficiency. And many other disabling things start to happen inside of our body. So I really encourage you to slow down, slow down how you react, slow down before you speak. So we don’t go into anger or frustration or these reactions, which then create more havoc in our body. We just want to try to slow down. The world will tell you, oh, you have to move so much faster and fall traffic and things feel more rushed. But you set your own pace. You can create your own clock. You can set the pace of your body, of your life.
23:24 And if you become your own internal anchor, I promise you, you will feel more energy. You will feel less stressed, you will feel more empowered and more energetic as you move through the day. You’ll be more effective at work. You will still have more access to intuition and higher solutions. When you are not moving in a frenzied, you’ll be more magnetic to your friends and to people around you. You’ll be an anchor. And so the more you set the pace of your life, the more not only you but the world around you will benefit. So set your own pace, find your own quiet time. Try to not be on screens as much because screens encourage that faster pace. They go into ads, they go into activating your senses with sounds and music and all the colors. So it’s not that you can’t watch screens sometimes, but notice the pace, right?
24:29 Scrolling on Instagram, being on YouTube and all these ads coming up. Whatever it is, there’s a faster pace. So just make sure that you regulate yourself. And it’s also great idea to listen to music that aligns to the pace in which you want to live. So sometimes we love to be amped up and there’s some really fun pop music and we have dance parties as a family, and it’s really fun. But other times when you’re working to get back to that balance, some more calmer music, whatever kind of music you like, it could be jazz, it could be pop music still or whatever, but a little bit more of a slower tempo can really help to align you. Music is a very powerful tool for aligning your energy. So I like to listen to slower music when I’m cooking, when my kids are getting frenzied, I put on the slower music and we start to play at a more calm pace.
25:28 So calm music can really set the rhythm of yourself and your family. So our fourth cornerstone is spiritual growth. And here some of the things that we want to talk about is aligning and anchoring to the center inside of us. This is connected to what we were just speaking about with emotional wellbeing. But some of the really common feelings in fall because there is such a harsh transition and because it can feel quite abrupt, is to really find that center inside of you. We don’t want to go into the overwhelm. We don’t want to go into the fear, fear that we’re not going to get enough done. Fear of what we’re seeing in the collective and the news and fear of just deadlines in life starting to feel quite heavy. We can still continue to feel light when we feel the light inside of us. So I encourage you again to take that time to be still, to shut out the world as Paramahansa Yogananda encouraged for at least part of your time. We don’t want to give the world all our time, which means we give the world all our power. We want to take time to relax. We want to take time to be still. We want to
Kimberly: 26:42 Take time to breathe. We want to take time to meditate. We want to take time to journal, to listen to ourselves, to listen to our own intuition. So I encourage you, even though fall feels busier, I had this question come up a few days ago on my social media saying, Kimberly, how do you take the time to do your yoga? I do the Crea meditation practice, which is incorporated in all our practical enlightenment and our heart aligned meditations, which we will be publishing soon as a section on our website. It’s very exciting. We just ran a heart aligned meditation study in Los Angeles with 30 people, and we’ll be sharing more about that as it comes forward. But it’s very important to stay regular in your practices because even though it’s easy to think, oh, I can cut this out, it’ll be easy to cut this out first, I promise you, if you stay regular in your practices, everything else in your life will work more efficiently.
27:46 So in the morning, we pray together as a family. I say them out loud, my kids are around. Sometimes I say them to myself, sometimes my husband is there as well. Sometimes my husband and I say them out loud together. It’s really beautiful. We set the intention for the day. We say grace at meals, and then I have my meditation time in the morning and the evening sometimes here in Hawaii, I have a separate space, my writing cabin, which is also our altar, our shrine, our family shrine, where I meditate in the morning. Sometimes I meditate right in bed with my kids because I know if I get up, it wakes them up. So it becomes very practical in the ways in which we fit in our unique ways to connect to the true self inside of us. But the more we connect, the more we are the anchor to ourselves, and we do not have to feel frenzied in life, which can be busy.
28:43 We don’t want to get swept up in it all. So there’s lots more information in this, in actually my latest book. You Are More Than You Think You Are, and the meditations on our website. And if you’re interested in learning more about our four cornerstones in general, we actually have a free download that you can check out on our website. So I hope some of this or all of it really helped to inspire you for preparing your amazing, unique body for Fall. We extend all this information, as I mentioned, into recipes and meditations and more on the website. But remember that each season is unique. Each moment is unique. So we can stay in our highest vibration each and every moment. We don’t have to go too far into the future. We don’t have to lament leaving the past behind. We can be right here in our fullest of energy, in our fullest of self-love, love for others, which really does grow. The more we connect to our own bodies, to ourselves, and then it flows out into the world around us. So I look forward to connecting with you more. Please keep your questions coming. Please keep reaching out to me. I’m so grateful we are connected. I’m so grateful for our amazing feel good community here, sauna Community. And I send you so much love wherever you happen to be in the world. We’ll be back here Thursday for our next q and a show. Till then, sending you so much love. Namaste