Autumn has arrived, and as the craziness of back-to-school winds down, the hustle and bustle of the holidays is fast approaching. If you’re anything like me, this last part of the year flies by in a wink. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year. The gorgeous colors, the briskness in the air, jeans and boots and scarves and hoodies and fireplaces… But it does tend to speed by in a flash. And because of that, it can feel like your out-of-control schedule is controlling you. You’re pulled in so many different directions that you just want to sit down for a second to catch a break. Or a breath.
One of the beautiful things about nature is that it knows!
It knows how insane this time of year gets. And it knows exactly what we need from nature to help us become or stay grounded. Grounding is associated with the root chakra and when the root chakra is in balance, we are stronger and more secure, which opens up our trust in the Universe. I always focus on local and seasonal foods and this season in particular provides us with so many grounding foods. I truly believe that it is 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 favorites…
Pumpkin and squash
These two traditional autumn foods are exactly what to eat to ground ourselves. When you want some sweetness in your meal, these are ideal! And a much better alternative to chemical-laden artificially sweetened items. So, save that pumpkin you carved out for Halloween and use it to create a healthy meal the next day. You will feel oh so healthy and grounded while enjoying a delicious pumpkin dish. Or cook up a big pot of spaghetti squash and use it the same way you would a bowl of pasta! And who doesn’t crave a bowl of pasta every now and then?
Vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, garlic, and ginger fall into this category. They add amazing flavors to your meal and help 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. I love to cut up a bunch of root veggies, toss them with EVOO and sea salt, perhaps throw in some Rosemary sprigs and roast it all in the oven until it’s a little crisp around the edges. Yum!
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 help ground you, they also act as probiotics. Probiotics are important because approximately 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract. Did you know that?! Probiotics help your body absorb nutrients and fight infection. Some other naturally fermented foods include kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and pickles, to name a few.
Add on the proteins
Finding healthy, high-quality protein sources will also benefit 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 as the weather cools, due to their grounding effect. Think hearty stews and soups. Are there any new plant-based proteins you’ve been meaning to try? Now is a perfect time to be daring and experiment with something new. As always, with animal proteins, choose grass-fed, free-range, and wild-caught.
Be adventurous this autumn! Don’t pass up these delicious foods that are both enjoyable and beneficial. 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 colorful scenery. If it’s not too cold, walk barefoot – especially on sand or grass. Breathing exercises also help with feeling more grounded. Try focusing on your breath throughout the day and notice if you’re breathing freely or holding your breath often. If you’re holding your breath, take a moment to practice a short breathing exercise.
Do you struggle with feeling grounded on most days? For definitional purposes, being grounded does not mean you’re parents punished you and you can’t go outside. Though that is one meaning… In context to this blog, it means you are energetically in touch with your body – and as a result – with Mother Earth. In other words, you are firmly rooted in reality. You are present and confident. When you are not grounded, you may appear flighty, in-your-head, irritable, and anxious.
So you can see why it’s important to remain grounded!
Root yourself in Mother Earth. Enjoy her bounty. Feel her energy and send her love.