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Four Simple Health Habits for Fall

09/23/2013 12:30 EDT | Updated 11/23/2013 05:12 EST

It's getting chilly out there, friends. This time of year is always bittersweet -- we hate saying goodbye to the sunshine, but we love saying hello to warm soups, cuddles by the fireplace and crunchy leaves under our feet.

Autumn Eating

When the seasons change, it's a great opportunity for us to take stock of where we're at and where we're going. Maybe you feel amazing after weeks of raw foods, sunshine and playing outside, and you're a teensy bit nervous about carrying those habits into the cooler months.

Fear not. As the weather changes, so should our routines -- your autumn healthy lifestyle may look a bit different than your summer one, but that's to be expected. Staying in tune with the seasons is key to being happy and healthy all year round.

Transition tip #1: Heat up your smoothies

Autumn Latte

You know it's getting chilly out when you wake up in the morning, take one look at your blender and realize the last thing you want is an ice-cold smoothie. But by swapping your ice cubes for hot water, you can turn a summer staple into an autumn favourite.

Swap your smoothies for these hot blender drinks:

Transition tip #2: Serve up some soup

If your soup-making routine fell by the wayside this summer, now's the perfect time to get back on the wagon. There's nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of soup, especially one made from scratch in your own kitchen.

Try these comforting soups on for size:

Transition tip #3: Boost your immune system

Superfood power broth

Noticed some sneezing and coughing around the office? Now's the time to start boosting your immune system so you stay healthy all season.

Cook up these immune-boosting recipes:

For more information on the immune system, check out my immune system health MP3 lecture.

Transition tip #4: Focus on the exhale

There's nothing like that back-to-school energy to turn your relaxed summer attitude upside down, but staying calm is key to staying healthy. Incorporate relaxation techniques into your routine now before the holiday season stress starts.

Here's an idea for a relaxing afternoon: Try sipping on a Deluxe Stress Busting Latte while reading about Fighting September Stress... then top it off by following my guided meditation. Om.

What health habits for fall are you adding this year?

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