It's been chilly all week in NYC, and frankly I'm loving the opportunity to rock the chunky knits and nerdy socks. Whether you're hanging out in the cold or enjoying more temperate weather, I hope fall is treating you well so far.
Something to have on your radar: fall, in all its persimmon-pomegranate-apple red-leafy glory is an amazing time to bring joy and love back into the kitchen.
It's a time when we turn inward, replenish, and nourish.
It's an especially key time since the holidays are just around the corner. (I know some of you aren't ready to talk holidays yet judging by the #tooearly action on Insta. But it's just the reality!)
[For those who don't get the "#tooearly" reference: there's been a flurry of Instagrammers irritated that stores are busting out the holiday goods so early... #tooearly.]
During the holidays, our relationships with food and our bodies fall under a microscope. With such an abundance of food around -- especially sugar and carbs -- we feel tested on every level.
Plus, during the holidays our all-or-nothing mindset tends to come into play. We either severely restrict, which is no way to live, or we head to the complete opposite end of the spectrum...which feels awful and anxiety-producing.
I remember standing in my grandma's house one Thanksgiving and breaking down in tears because it'd taken so much energy and willpower to resist eating her pumpkin pie (!).
Maybe that's an extreme example, but the point stands.
If you start putting the pieces in place early -- as in, like, now -- you just may have an awesome fall with food. Even if you've struggled with food and your body for awhile.
It's all about gaining knowledge and taking action.
That's why today, I'm sharing 3 easy tips to help you have a more joyful relationship with food and your body.
- Pick a fall ingredient and design a nourishing, healthy meal around it. See above -- persimmons, pomegranate, apples, pumpkin, sweet potato, squash...take your pick. There's something so lovely about noticing what's in season and celebrating it. I'll be making Zenbelly's Pan-Roasted Chicken with Bacon and Apples this week!
- Make your cooking scene warm and loving. Wear comfy clothes to putter around in, pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on some awesome music. You'll reconnect with the fact that food isn't just fuel or something that either makes you fat or skinny. Food is love.
- Set a beautiful dinner table, whether you're eating alone or with friends and family. It doesn't have to be fancy or time-consuming, but add a little extra oomph! Flowers, placemats, a candle or two. When you put some care into your eating space, you'll feel more nourished on every level.
Choose at least one of these tips and set it into motion this week!
If these tips resonated, I have something on the way that you'll love. Keep your eyes peeled this week here -- or on Instagram @valeriebisharat -- for the news.
Talk to you soon!