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5 tips for a healthy autumn

With these lifestyle and nutrition tips you can easily master the transition from summer to autumn and nourish your body to stay healthy and happy.

And all of a sudden it's gone: summer. The evenings are slowly getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier and intuitively we'd rather swap our iced latte for a warming chai again. The changing seasons are a great time to start living more in harmony with nature and giving your body more of what it needs to stay healthy and thrive.

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How the body & lifestyle changes in autumn

As the sun sets earlier and the air gets cooler, it's natural to want to be active outdoors at midday and snuggle up on the sofa at night. Most of us prefer to be active in nature in the middle of the day and snuggle up on the sofa in the evening. And shorter days mean we aren't spending as much time outdoors exhausting ourselves with a swim or a long bike ride.

All this makes it more difficult to enjoy extra rays of sunshine or the amount of activity your body experienced in summer.

But it's not just our activity levels that change with the seasons - our eating habits change too! To get in harmony with nature, our hormones adapt to the new environment (pretty clever, isn't it?). However, this also means that you may crave more so-called comfort foods and greasy snacks that promise you a quick satisfaction. So how do you stay fueled and satisfied while still eating healthy this autumn? Well, these 5 tips can help you stay happy and healthy all season long! These 5 nutrition tips will help you get through autumn happy and healthy!

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5 nutrition tips for a healthy autumn

1. Protein for breakfast

To curb cravings for sweets and enjoy a good mood despite the gloomy weather, eat more protein for breakfast and lunch! It will keep you fuller for longer, prevents sugar spikes and crashes and simply tastes great. Just try a protein smoothie or this warming pumpkin pie oatmeal with vegan protein powder.

2. Exercise before 3 pm

The positive stress caused by workouts can make cortisol levels, a.k.a. stress levels rise. And since your body doesn't know if it's really running from a lion or just doing a HIIT session, you should make sure it can relax afterwards. This will ensure that you can fall asleep more peacefully in the evening. Yoga teacher Nina Chin shares some instant relaxation tips for any time of day.

3. Eat seasonally

Treat your body to the wide variety of colourful fruits and vegetables that autumn has to offer. (What do they always say? “Eat the rainbow”!). Summer fruits like mangoes, bananas and pineapples contain a lot of fructose and give you plenty of quick energy for long days outdoors. Autumnal veggies and fruits, on the other hand, have a lower glycaemic index and do not raise sugar levels as high. Apples, pears, grapes and plums are now in season. You can stir them into porridge or bake them into snacks. Vegetables include spinach, chard, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, fennel, leeks and beetroot, which are full of vitamins to prepare your body for the darker months. Try this fruity beetroot and berry smoothie or this delicious sweet potato bowl.
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4. Ayurvedic spices

Ginger, Turmeric, Pepper...These powerful spices warm your body from the inside, boost metabolism, aid digestion and can even help you relax naturally! Best of all, you can add them to anything if you just have the right mix. How does hot cocoa sound for dessert or a warming golden milk after an autumn walk? Try the recipes directly with our superfood mixes! If you're looking for more information on Ayurvedic nutrition, take a look at this article.

5. Chocolate makes you happy

We're not talking about sugary chocolate bars (although they might promise a quick and sweet chocolate high), but raw cacao powder. It contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is part of the happiness hormone serotonin. Cocoa also contains anandamide, a molecule that can behave in the body in a similar way to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Well, if that doesn't cheer you up — don't worry, you don't have to eat powdery baked cocoa now, but you can experience the full benefits of cocoa in our Chocolate Lover and Magic Mushroom Mix!

Both mixes contain cocoa in combination with other superfoods that support the happiness effect of the cocoa powder. So put away those autumn blues and bring on some juicy brownies!

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