Many of us welcome cooler weather and the slower pace that come with the fall season. We enjoy the abundance of colorful produce at the farmer’s markets, and the aroma of pumpkin-spice latte upon entering coffee shops. As we smell, feel, see, and appreciate the changes, we need to remember that fall is also a valuable time to prepare our bodies and souls for harsher weather, less daylight, and more indoor time spent during the winter months.
Eating is not optional, we humans need to eat daily to survive, and if we do it right, we’ll thrive. There is a lot to consider regarding food: The quality of ingredients, the caloric and nutritional value, the best type of diet for individual needs, and finding recipes to make our meals tasty, satisfying, and easy-to-prepare. As we think about what we should be eating, we might not realize that the behavioral patterns we develop around food have a significant impact on how our bodies are able to digest and assimilate to help us flourish, and not just to survive.
How would you like to get a prescription saying, “Spend time in nature at least three times a week”, when you next see your doctor? For many of us who live in the modern world and are used to medications, treatments, and surgeries, this might sound surprising, or even odd. However, there is a growing body of research showing evidence that connecting with nature may play an important role in healing and preventing chronic conditions, supporting mental health, and slowing down the aging process.
We all agree that we cannot survive without nature; yet, we often take it for granted. We love going on vacations to catch some sunshine at the beach, to explore mountain trails, to experience camping in the forests, or simply find a place where we can breathe fresh air and relax. However, we often forget that this is a privilege and it is our responsibility to take care of our natural environment.
As a young girl in Poland, during the spring and summer months I often heard, “Go outside and walk barefoot on the grass”. At that time, I didn’t quite understand the reasoning for walking barefoot, but I did it anyway because the moist, soft grass felt good as it gently tickled and massaged the soles of my feet.
This year on my birthday I feel inspired to share with you what makes my life meaningful. I hope you can use my reflections as reminders and inspiration to live every day of your life to the fullest potential according to your values and beliefs that come from your heart, your life experiences, and your true desires.