There is a touch of fall in the air where I live at 6300 feet. The days are still warm but there’s a sweetness in the air--it’s fall-like for sure. The night air is extra sweet and cooling as it glides through my bedroom windows, allowing for a deep rest under my down comforter. I have been waking so refreshed and well rested lately!
The early mornings are my favorite. Because it has been so cool lately, I get to wear socks and sweaters! I love the fall, and I know we aren’t quite there yet, but wearing socks and sweaters certainly gives me a taste of what’s to come.
As we make our way towards fall, my daily routine has changed a little. Regardless of the season, I always start my day with a cup of warm lemon water to wake me up and set my digestion. Lately I’ve lingered over more warmth as I refill my cup and settle in to some snuggling with Juno, my delightful dog. I’m naturally slowing down as the seasons change, even slightly
On these cool mornings I’ve continued with green smoothies made fresh from my garden bounty for breakfast, but I’m adding warm water to them. Later in the day, when things heat up a bit, I’ll gather mint, cucumbers or zucchini and make something more cooling and “summer-like.”
The long awaited Palisade Peach makes its way to my table in a variety of forms. If it’s hot outside, I eat the peach straight up letting the juices drip down my chin. Or I make a refreshing peach smoothie.
If it’s cool outside, here's an easy, delicious peach recipe that warms my belly and nurtures my soul.
Simple Warm Peach 'Cobbler'
- Slice peaches and gently warm them in a sauce pan
- Top them with a dollop of ghee and a sprinkle of freshly ground cardamom
- Add some chopped nuts to give it a crunch
- Quick, easy and yummy!
I love having this knowledge of tuning into the seasons and doing that which connects me to what’s happening in nature. It is all about noticing the weather and how I feel, then using opposites to balance. Have warm peaches on a cool day and cooling mint during the heat. That’s the Ayurvedic way in a nutshell. This awareness has enhanced my relationship to my environment and to the food I eat.
It’s evening and raining outside right now. I feel that sweet, cool air sweeping in through my windows. I have a feeling I’ll be reaching for my sweater and socks tomorrow morning. Then I’ll snuggle up with Juno as I greet the day, knowing I’ll be ready for whatever comes my way!