When fall comes around each year, I usually go a little hog-wild on the whole pumpkin thing. I will honestly say that this year so far, my dog has probably eaten more pumpkin than I have (puppy digestive problems, ugh).
Luckily, though, it isn’t too late. Our trees here in Charlottesville are still green, which means the fall season has quite a few weeks left before I let all things holiday take over my brain.
This is usually the time of year I start to go into “hibernation mode” and eat to my heart’s content a little more than I would in the summer. Fall is clearly the perfect time for comfort food, creamy soups, pumpkin baked goods, and Halloween candy, and I like to take full advantage of it.
Lately, though, my health has been suffering a bit because I’ve been ignoring some issues for a bit too long, like my intolerance to dairy and my possible intolerance to gluten. So I’ve decided that if I care about my health, I should probably start acting like I do. I talk about all of that a little deeper here.
Because I’m committed to caring for myself a little more than usual this fall, I’ve had to find other ways to celebrate than drinking several PSLs and shoveling in mini Snickers bars while I bake decadent pumpkin bread (okay- I’m never this extreme, but you get the point.) [Read more…]