Leaning into loving fall as much as summer is they key to avoiding the not-so-endless-summer blues and we’ve got some great ideas about how to do just that.
Eat seasonal. Foods picked in season are at the peak of their freshness, will be full of flavour and have a much higher nutritional content than produce that’s out of season. In addition, they don’t need as much assistance to grow. When foods are grown out of their natural season or environment, they often require pesticides, chemicals and preservatives to grow and look appealing to consumers. Eating seasonal also supports your local economy; shopping farmers markets supports small businesses and puts money into your community’s pocket.
A little self-care goes a long way. A summer spent in the sun and in the water can dry out skin and hair. To rehydrate, consider “masking” 1-2 times a week with ingredients you already have in your pantry.
Coconut Oil + Extra Virgin Olive Oil Hair Mask:
2:1 ratio of coconut oil to olive oil.
(Can start with 2 tbsp CO & 1 tbsp EVOO then adjust depending on hair
Mix ingredients and comb through/massage into clean hair focusing on the ends. Wrap your hair into a bun and use a shower cap if you like. You can leave this mask on for a while, overnight for example, then simply shampoo
Hydrating Avo + Honey + Coconut Oil Face Mask
1 tbsp raw or Manuka honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 ripe avocado
If needed melt coconut oil and honey slightly to a consistency where they can be easily stirred to combine. Whisk in avocado to the point where the mixture is smooth. Apply evenly to your face, leave it on for 20-30 minutes, rinse using warm water and moisturize.
If you strayed from your usual workout routine or happily indulged in a few too many glasses of Rosé and jugs of margaritas, sweat it all out with detoxifying power walks. A great way to get your body moving, boost your mood and keep your heart healthy, power walks can have the same calorie burn as slow jogs and they’re easier on your joints. Bonus, you can enjoy the colourful fall landscape as you power stroll, watching the trees changing colours and taking in all the cool, crisp autumn air. Another reason power walking is a great choice is that it ‘feels easier’ than going for a run so you don’t have to psych yourself up for it and a lot of the time we end up walking for longer than we would run as a result.
Stylishly transition your summer wardrobe to fall by layering. We say wear those tanks and bike shorts as long as possible, just tie a sweatshirt around your waist in preparation for cooler temps and don a leather or military
style jacket. When the sun goes down, swap out sandals for sneakers, shine tights for jean shorts and pick up a full length jumpsuit like this one or this one. We promise to stay stocked in all the latest activewear fall and winter
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Lastly, as the days grow shorter, create a relaxing bedtime ritual that makes you want to cozy up indoors. Pick up a few books (here are some of our top reads), treat yourself to a new super soft throw, dig out your favourite fall
spiced tea and curl up nightly for an offline activity that will help you wind down. When it’s almost time to hit the hay, spend 10 minutes in this relaxing yoga pose:
Frog Pose: It’s very relaxing because you’re reclining on the front side of your body side which is vulnerable because it hosts our vital organs and when it’s protected by the floor, it helps ground us.
1. From child’s pose, gently slide forward onto your stomach.
2. Turn your gaze to the right and use your hands as a pillow.
3. Slide your right knee up to your right hip so that it’s lying at a 90- degree angle. (Make sure your ankle is in line with your knee.)
4. Soften your whole body and rest for 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Switch sides.
(To make this pose even juicier, place a pillow or a bolster underneath your
torso and a blanket underneath your knee.)