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Fall is the beginning of many indoor family gatherings as the weather begins to cool and the holidays creep up on us. Fall colors are vibrant and rich as we go from green and the soft colors of spring flowers to a variety of shades in red, yellow and orange.
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Herbs and Spices are also used more as we tend to do more cooking indoors during the cooler months. There are so many options available on the market to help you give that extra "something" to that next dish. Here's a few of our favorites to help you balance out the system.
Fall is officially known as the "harvest" season of nature as we're provided with an abundance of nourishing foods. Our diets will shift to include whole grains and more protein-fat foods as we tend to cook more during the cooler months. For some, this actually means healthier eating, but for others it means an increase in processed and "packaged" foods as we look for quick ways to put a meal on the table. Be cognizant of what you eat and if you notice your diet now includes more fattening foods and deserts, be sure to increase your indoor-focused exercises to account for the extra calories.
Here are some suggestions on foods to incorporate into your diet during the fall months. This will vary, of course, depending on your geographical location, but eating foods that are grown locally helps to ensure you're getting the maximum nutrients available in that food. And when grown in the right conditions it's much easier to control pests without the need for chemically derived pest controls.
Now that we've taken a look at Nutrition, let's talk about the things you'll want to do to prepare your home.
Fall is an important time to prepare the home for the colder months ahead. Like spring, fall is a beautiful time of the year, watching the leaves change color while enjoying the cooler temperatures. Also like spring, you'll want to prepare your home for what's to come - WINTER! Being closed in during the winter month's means you should prepare your home, both inside and out.
Fall tips for keeping your home healthy!
Check your gutters for debris, summer can bring lots of damaging storms and you don't want your gutters to be clogged up as the weather shifts from rain to snow and ice which can lead to leaking and water damage.
Don't forget to drain your outdoor faucet!
Check around your windows and doors for air passing into your home. Make sure you keep warm air in and cold air out. Reseal any cracks to help reduce the loss of warm air escaping the home during the colder months.
Turn your furnace on before winter to ensure it's working properly. A dirty filter will decrease air flow and reduce energy savings.
Filters should also be changed regularly for your purifiers, humidifiers, water filters and refrigerator filters. Look for filters that are specific to your home and environment.
Check your ducts to ensure they're sealed and insulated. A home with central heating can lose quite a bit as air moves through the duct work if they're not properly sealed.
If you have a ceiling fan, change the direction. You want the air to blow clockwise on a low speed during the winter months. This will draw the room air up towards the ceiling and the warm air down and out towards the walls.
This is the opposite of summer where you want the air to blow down giving off a breeze making the area feel cooler.
Check your alarms to ensure they're working properly; this could be a home alarm, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector or any other alarms you're using to keep your family safe.
And, don't forget to prepare your lawn and garden. Clean up debris, prune if needed and weed and feed with a good fall formula. Now is a good time to also apply pest control, especially grubs! Stop them before they dig themselves deep in the ground in preparation for winter.
And no matter what you use to prepare your home, look for products free of harmful chemicals!