As the trees lose their leaves and the climate becomes cooler, the days become shorter and we know that autumn is here. Autumn is a time for letting go of the abundance of summer and contracting inward.
Our prime organs of elimination, the lungs and large intestine are the focus in autumn. When these organs work well, the body can let go of toxins efficiently giving you the chance to slim down, strengthen and tone your body, targeting those problem areas of bottoms & thighs.
As you regain the contractive function in your large intestine your ability to absorb minerals from your food increases & your mind becomes clear & sharp. When your lung energy is activated, the condition of your skin improves, allergy symptoms reduce & your energy & vitality returns.
One of the best ways to support ourselves at this time of year is to eat seasonal food to nourish our body and soul. Here is my recipe for Miso Soup which can be eaten at any time and is especially good for breakfast. It’s delicious and nutritious!
1tsp seaweed (wakame)
3 shiitake mushrooms
Root vegetables of choice (sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots)
1 tsp sesame oil (not toasted)
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
2 tbsp miso paste
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil.
Use scissors to cut seaweed into small pieces.
Add shiitake mushrooms and seaweed to the pan of boiling water. Allow both to soften. Add root vegetables.
Turn down the heat and simmer the vegetables until soft.
Meanwhile fry the onion in sesame oil in a separate pan until golden brown. Add a pinch of sea salt. Add onions to saucepan.
Peel the ginger then grate and add to the saucepan.
Scoop one cup of stock from the saucepan and dissolve the miso into the stock ( adjust amount to your taste). Return the miso stock to the original saucepan.
Bring to simmer. (Miso should not be boiled)Turn off heat and rest on stove for 20 minutes to allow flavours to mingle.
Serve in a bowl with shallots. For a more hearty meal you can add brown rice, barley or soba noodles.
Enjoy and see you on the mat soon for yoga/Pilates focusing on the metal element.