September 22nd marks the Fall Equinox, a transition point into those introspective Catskills months. Just as the leaves begin to change so do our bodies, so adjusting to the new temperatures, foods and overall atmosphere can be hard. We invite you to join our virtual Fall Equinox cleanse to help your body go with the flow and transition into the cooler months.
We teamed up with Nutrition and Wellness Coach, Amina Altai to come up with a simple fall cleanse to help detoxify the body with warming seasonal vegetables. This will be a plant based cleanse only incorporating vegetables and whole nourishing grains. The food will be warm to help the body adjust for upcoming cold. It is important to drink lots of water during the cleanse and get rid of any unwanted habits like smoking.
“Even though the temperatures are still soaring, we are officially headed towards fall. And with the cooler fall months, a shift towards more warming foods is highly recommended. Autumn harvest foods that are full of warming spices and seasonings like peppercorns, ginger and mustard seeds help your body acclimate to the shifting weather,” said Almina Altai who also provided us with a list of this seasons vegetables.
Popular fall harvests include:
Apples, Arugula, Asian pears, Beet Greens, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Burdock, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard Greens, Corn, Cranberries, Cucumbers, Daikon, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Horseradish, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mesclun, Mustard Greens, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions (red, yellow), Parsnips, Peas (snap, snow), Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Quince, Radishes, Raspberries, Rutabagas, Scallions, Shallots, Spinach, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnip Greens and Turnips.
Some cleansing meal suggestions:
Morning: Warm quinoa porridge with nuts and cranberries.
Lunch: A colorful fall salad with warmed root vegetables
Dinner: A pureed ginger carrot soup
While doing the cleanses you can opt to switch out any meals for pureed soups or smoothies. It is recommended to eat your largest meal for Lunch. Also, you can swap your usual morning coffee with a detoxifying tea. A great detox tea for this season would be dandelion , parsley , ginger and lemon. You can make a large pot and drink it through out the day.
The Ayurvedic perspective:
In Ayurveda, its important to practice mindful eating. This means eating slowly and deliberately. This way you can pay attention to what you are eating and not being distracted. This means not eating lunch at your desk, or in front of the TV. But instead practice Mouna while you eat. Mouna is a practice of silence. Not talking, no listening to music or communicating with others but rather a time of living in the present moment and paying attention to the inner self.
It would also be beneficial to do exercise during this time. It can be running, the gym or yoga. Try to incorporate at least 20 mins of your favorite work out into your day. For Yoga practitioners it is a great time to develop your pranayama techniques. Some of the best for a detox cleanse are Kapalabhati Breath, Uddiyana Bandha and Nadi Shodden.
To help the mind as well as the body detoxify it is great to incorporate mindfulness and meditation. Try to incorporate at 3-5 min mindful sit in the morning. Or a longer meditation may help detoxify the mind. If meditation is not your thing you can try journaling, doing art or reading to help the body relax and unwind.
Cleansing in the Catskills
Sometimes it’s hard to do a cleanse at home where you have responsibilities, other family members or just the full refrigerator tempting you. If you need extra support around your seasonal cleanse, Sanivan Holistic Retreat might be a beneficial resource for you. With their own peace garden, they have a harvest of organic fruits and vegetables to ensure a healing experience. Not to mention the sauna and detoxifying spa treatments, plus the benefit of a one-on-one retreat with the owners.
Need a lil’ inspo? Join our virtual fall cleanse so we can support each other
The cleanse will begin on Thursday September 22 and continue until Monday September 26. You can join us on Facebook and Instagram by posting pictures of how your cleanse is going and using #catskillswellnesscleanse. We will be reposting pictures all week. It will be a great way to bring the community together to work on a common wellness goal!
Leading up to the cleanse we recommend prepping your body by slowly eating less sugar, dairy and meats. We will be posting recipes, tips and inspiration to help you stay focused!
This is a great way to kick off the cool season. We invite you all to join and give it a try. When the cleanse is over try to not to celebrate with pizza but instead slowly reincorporating heavier foods back into the diet. The shock on your system can counteract the cleanse.
And remember to tag us #catskillswellnesscleanse. And look out for the upcoming posts!