It All Happened So Quickly

If you missed the first post, go back and read it.

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in late September. Just as I did nearly every Saturday for the past several years, I went horseback riding.

While I don’t currently own a horse, I’m lucky to ride with a trainer who needs someone crazy enough to hop on pretty much any horse she’s training. I’ve been riding since childhood so I’m confident on a horse, sometimes more so than I am on foot.

That week, I had been in Austin, TX on business and almost skipped riding because my flight home landed so late. But tired or not, I decided I couldn’t miss horse time as the smell of the barn, jumping, and even brushing horses have always been a source of peace for me.

My ride that day was one of my trainer’s young prospects, a four-year-old off-the-track-thoroughbred bay mare named Smokin (hey, I didn’t pick the name). Though she had only been under saddle for a few months, she proved to be a responsive, fun, and slightly frisky horse while we warmed up and jumped.

Walking to the ring (that’s me on the bay horse in front).
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Autumn Eating Tips (and a Pumpkin Stew Recipe)

Fall recipes are nourishing and counteract the heat and dryness of the season.

Fall recipes are nourishing and counteract the heat and dryness of the season. Even Mr. Cookie Jar wants a bite!

Our bodies reflect the changing seasons outside, essentially mirror what is happening in nature. In fall, dryness is abundant as leaves change color and fall off trees and grass turns brown. Our bodies tend to get dry, too, (as vata increases). There’s also heat left over from summer, so pitta is fired up.

To counteract the hot and dry properties, fall is the time to focus on kapha-promoting foods which means a sweeter, more nourishing, and slightly heavier diet than we had in summer. This gets us ready for winter, too.

So support your body this time of year, forgo dry and carbonated stuff (goodbye, beer, chips, raw salads, and popcorn) and cut back on heating food while you’re at it (chiles, eggs, red meat, garlic, red wine, raw onion, eggplant, and fish).

In fact, looking up what fruits and veggies are in season where you live is another way to ensure you’re eating what’s appropriate for the time of year. If you live in California, specifically the Bay Area, this chart from CUESA has a list of what you can get when. Continue reading