Poor fall. It gets so shafted. Winter has twinkly lights and presents, the other two seasons have actual things named after them (hello, Spring Cleaning and Summer Vacation), but fall…it doesn’t even have its own identity. It has to share. With “autumn.” A word that exemplifies why the English language is so hard to master.
All of that’s about to change.
This is your official fall detox. Finally – an event that can be 100% claimed by the most leaf-crunching, pencil-sharpening season. We’re arming you with some simple, achievable steps to reinvigorate your mind and body as the year winds down. Who said resolutions are January’s turf?
The first step in our fall detox is to do a quick inventory of autumn’s most abundant flavors. We’ve become so aware of the benefits gleaned from eating seasonally (think tomatoes in June or pears in December) that it’s only befitting to let nature dictate our detox. So cast those berries aside and load your diet up with apples (great baked or raw), root veggies (such as parsnips and sweet potatoes), squash (ever tried delicata, kabocha, or acorn? ‘Tis the season to get squashy…), pomegranate, and grapefruit. And while spices aren’t seasonal per se, our fall detox comes with very strict instructions* (*and by “strict instructions” we mean “super duper casual ideas”) to embrace the health perks of autumnal flavors in every form. Sprinkle cinnamon in your yogurt, for a nice antioxidant boost. A dash of nutmeg in your tea can brighten up your skin. And if you just can’t resist the PSL (that’s, Pumpkin Spice Latte), try adding some pumpkin pie spice to your cup of joe (don’t worry, it’s sugar free), pouring in some foamed skim milk, and voila – your fall detox beverage is ready: a Pumpkin Spice Not-te.
There’s a word we love to use when talking about a detox, and that’s “reset.” (And both of them sound way better than “cleanse,” in our opinion.) Turns out, fall is a great time to undertake a reset: the leaves are changing, the clocks turn back, and with thousands of kids returning to school, adding a few new routines doesn’t seem so difficult after all. (Hey, anything easier than chemistry.) So the next part of our fall detox is to Try One New Thing. Is it taking that Pilates class you always pass by, but haven’t signed up for? Is it nixing the snooze button for a day (which then becomes two, which then becomes two weeks, which then becomes “When did I ever need the snooze button?”)? Is it taking on a new health ritual, like trying a steam shower session, or committing to a vitamin regimen? Whatever you choose, make it something that’s manageable, that isn’t SO hard that you dread the thought of doing it, and that’s inspiring for your mind, body, or soul. One fall reset…you can totes do that.
Step three in our fall detox sees a shift towards the preventative, specifically looking forward to the colder, drier, more eating-intense months ahead, and the steps we can take now to comfortably round-out the year (skin-wise, pants-wise, and otherwise). Fall is a great time to bump up your moisturizing routine – hair, face, lips, and hands. Slathering cocoa butter all over the day you wake up to a patch of dry skin isn’t nearly as effective as maintaining consistent dermal hydration. And speaking of, even though we’re no longer in the Schvitzy Season, our fall detox says this is the perfect time to bump up your water intake (which will also help as we inch towards Thanksgiving and Holiday Party Time…if drinking water regularly becomes your fall habit, those hangovers will have nowhere to camp out). Cooler temperatures also means you can take your workouts outside. Adding just one additional walking session a week can do wonders to keep those pesky December calories from becoming a January problem.
Well, fall, if you don’t feel a little self-esteem jolt from this Detoxifying Ode to Autumn, well, we really can’t help you. But even if fall’s a lost cause, we hope you’ll walk the walk (and detox the tox…hey now, see what we did there?) to make this harvest season as refreshing as can be. (Not-thinking-about-candy-corn, not-thinking-about-candy-corn…)