However many years it might be since you graduated, September still has a back-to-school vibe that makes it a great time to get into new routines. And eating well is one of the best new habits to pick up. Not only that, the change in seasons is actually a particularly important time for focusing on your health.
“Putting aside the fact that the conventions of office small-talk would crumble if we weren’t able to default to a running commentary on the weather, seasonal changes can really affect our mental health in a meaningful way,” says Lily Simpson, founder of the Detox Kitchen. “The mind and body are intrinsically linked and taking a slightly more considered approach to your diet as the leaves change from green to brown can give a truly holistic boost. The cornerstone of a good detox diet is its ability to provide exactly that: by enhancing your energy levels, optimising your digestion and maintaining a healthy weight, you’ll see a marked difference in both your physical and mental wellbeing.”
Here, Simpson shares three autumnal recipes in easy, video format, as well as her tips on optimising your health through food for the new season.
Sticky Noodles With Crispy Aubergine
Eating seasonally is something of a no-brainer, but also a very easy thing to let fall by the wayside when supermarkets insist on trying to offer uniform produce all year round, regardless of quality (or carbon footprint). Put simply: in-season food is fresher, riper and contains far more nutrients. This also mean it will taste better while generally costing less, in case you needed any further convincing.
Butternut Squash And Avocado Salad
In the colder months, a warm meal is about more than that comforting feeling you’re able to bask in immediately afterwards – though maybe that stems from the health benefits being imparted. Warm food not only aids proper digestion due to the time it takes to consume it, it helps generate/store energy while regulating body temperature and weight.
Broccoli Bread Bagels And Homemade Hummus
Switch It Up
Maybe you’ve had a nagging concern that your digestive system hasn’t quite been at its best recently – if so, a change in the season is the perfect time to address this. An elimination diet will help determine whether there’s any specific food group causing you discomfort, while the introduction of fermented foods will help support your system. Both of these things should leave you feeling more energised throughout the darker, colder days.