Fitness, Nutrition & Holistic Health Coach

Autumn Foods That Naturally Ground You

Autumn has arrived, and the busy back-to-school season that’s quickly met with the hustle and bustle of the holidays is among us.  If you’re anything like me, this last part of the year flies by in a wink.  Because of this, it can feel like a time where you’re out of control schedule is controlling you.  You’re pulled in many different directions, and you just want to sit down for a second to catch a break.

One of the beautiful things about nature is that it knows.  It knows how insane this time of year gets and exactly what we need to find our way back to what we need from nature.  So many grounding foods become available this season, and it’s of our highest benefit to take advantage of them.  These foods can ground us and help us to re-balance when we are feeling out of control. 

Here are a few of my favourites…

Pumpkin and squash

These are two traditional autumn foods, but they’re also exactly what we should be eating to ground ourselves. When you want some sweetness in your meal, these are the ideal way to achieve that and a much better alternative to chemical-laden artificially sweetened items. So, use that pumpkin you carved out for Halloween to create a healthy meal with the next day, you will feel oh so healthy and grounded while enjoying a delicious pumpkin dish.

Root vegetables

Vegetables that fall into this category are sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, garlic, and ginger. They add some great flavour to your meal and will make you feel rooted and grounded.  Interesting how that works, right?  Foods that grow as roots in the ground are naturally rooting and grounding to us. Nature is amazing.  

Naturally Fermented Foods

Raw sauerkraut is perfect to add some sourness to your autumn meals, while also strengthening your gut health. Fermented foods don’t only make your meals taste great and assist with grounding you, but they also act as prebiotics and feed all the good bacteria in your gut. Some other naturally fermented food items include kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and pickles, to name a few.

Add on the proteins

Finding healthy, high-quality protein sources will be of benefit to you this time of year.  Proteins that come from high-quality foods give you the nutrients you need to build strong muscle while also feeling more grounded. We tend to crave more substantial meals this time of year due to their grounding effect.  Hearty stews and soups are among the most popular food items this season, and that’s exactly why.  Are there any plant-based proteins you have meant to experiment with in the kitchen?  Now is a perfect time to be adventurous and try something new. 

Don’t pass up these delicious autumn foods that are not only enjoyable but beneficial to us in many ways. Aside from eating foods that naturally ground you, there are other ways you can enjoy feeling grounded. Being in nature has a natural grounding effect — so take a walk outside as often as possible to breathe in the crisp air and enjoy the colourful scenery. Breathing exercises help with feeling more grounded, so focus on your breathing throughout the day and take note on if you’re breathing freely or holding your breath often. When you notice you’re holding your breath, take a moment to practice a short breathing exercise. 

Do you struggle with feeling grounded on most days?  I used to experience a lot of anxiety which naturally made me feel like I was out of control. It was an uncomfortable experience that I thought would never end. While I believe in conventional medicine for emergency and surgery, I feel that taking care of our gut health and nutrition should be our number one priority. Our gut is our second brain and produces more serotonin (“feel good” neurotransmitter) than our brain does. Once I adjusted my diet, cut out foods that I was sensitive to (gluten, dairy, artificial ingredients, etc.) everything changed dramatically. I felt more calm and balanced. Of course, there is more to healing than just our nutrition but it is one very important piece of the puzzle!

Feel free to share with me your experiences, send me an email I’d love to chat!

 

With peace & love,

Jessica Ann
Hom., CHN



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