Each morning I put our dog, Lollipop, out to do her morning "business." Fall is here. That means, leaves and squirrels and birds, oh my! (Sorry. I couldn't resist.) Leaves and squirrels and birds mean distraction for my furry family member. Distractions are a way of life around my house. I am forever getting distracted thinking about the endless "to do" list that is constantly running in my head. On that list are things like; workout, coffee, shop, coffee, blog, tidy up, school, work, coffee... Get the picture? Pretty soon, I've lost the few precious minutes I try to give myself each morning as a cushion factor. Do you ever do that, Dear Readers? Build in just a few minutes before you become committed to something? Try it. It really does help those of us who become easily distracted.
Now, where was I? I forget. I got, yep, distracted...
This morning, as I was channeling my third eyeball, while doing yoga and trying to stay focused on breathing (but failing) I heard the tell-tale sounds of fall. I heard pop, crackle and creak. The sounds I was hearing were coming from my body, not the outside! My hips pop, my shoulders crackle and my back creaks. Things shift and miraculously go back to where they came from and then the sounds continue as my third eye begins to water. This morning I was struck with how much my body is becoming more like the season of Fall.
When we are young, our bodies are like the Spring, supple and new. When we are old, our bodies are like the Summer, dry and rough. When we are somewhere between young and old, our bodies are like the Fall and Winter, constantly in transition between old and new. Interesting to think about...
This morning, during yoga, I began to think about foods that could help with this old and new thing that is ultimately what aging is all about. Foods that may help keep our joints supple, our minds focused and our bones strong. Sounds pretty good right? There are many but I am going to offer just a few:
Oranges and grape juice for vitamin C and good HDL.
Protein, avocados and water for flexibility, smooth skin and brain health.
Blueberries and ginger for inflammation and flexibility.
Tumeric for circulation.
Add any number of these above foods to your daily diet as a snack such as a smoothie or an easily package treat and share your favorite foods to help prevent your body from sounding like Fall.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor