I am sooo excited for all things FALL! Temps are cooling off substantially here – 60s during the day and low 40s in the mornings for runs. It’s perfection. I am going a little bit crazy with all the fall flavors, but hey, it’s the best time of year right?!
To celebrate, I’ve been loving all things pumpkin, pumpkin spice, butternut squash and SO.MANY.SOUPS. Honestly, I’ve just been combining vegetables, homemade chicken bone broth and usually curry powder in the instant pot, let it do its thing and add some coconut milk at the end! They’ve all turned out really well, I just need to remember to write down a recipe I can share 😉
#1 Gelatin/ Apple Pie Gummies
I have been recently really into gelatin! Yes, the stuff you make jello out of! But it is stay with me here, the health benefits are through the roof!
Gelatin is full of protein and amino-acids that are essential for building blocks in the body. Generally derived from either animal bones or connective tissue (generally from cows) this tasteless powder gives structure and gelatinous texture, similar to an adhesive! Why might you want to consume this? Because the same thing that gives gelatin its texture, makes it extremely beneficial to when we consume it! Gelatin helps to form strong cartilage and connective tissue in our bodes and can help to give us elasticity.
In addition, gelatin can help to repair the intestinal gut lining and also improve digestion. Glycine is an amino acid that is very prevalent in gelatin and can help to restore a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach and balance digestive enzymes.
Since gelatin helps us build up collagen in our bodies, it can also reduce joint inflammation and pain. As we get older, our collagen stores naturally deplete but taking gelatin or collagen daily can help to mitigate this!
Gelatin is different from collagen because it is a form of hydrolyzed collagen, or in other words – it’s a form of broken-down collagen. Collagen can dissolve in hot and cold liquids while gelatin can only dissolve in hot liquids and creates a gel-like substance when cooled.
I found this recipe by Christina Rice and am in love! It combines gut healing benefits from gelatin and digestive benefits from apple cider vinegar. And they taste like apple pie!! No sugar added and totally beneficial for your gut. YES PLEASE.
#2 Pumpkin Spice Matcha Latte
I had a random thought the other day that I was a bit sad to be missing out on pumpkin spice lattes! Not the Starbucks kind, but one I could make at home with coffee + pumpkin + maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice! But since I’m not drinking coffee right now, I wondered if I could just add pumpkin to my morning matcha latte.
Turns out it works pretty well! I usually add a tsp. matcha to 16 oz. hot water in the morning. Then I add 2 scoops collage protein (or gelatin lately!), 1 tsp. ghee, pumpkin pie spice, ashwaghanda and a splash of coconut milk. I added in about a tablespoon of pumpkin purée and it turned out delish! Highly recommended if you are needing a seasonal upgrade.
#3 Chiropractic Care
I have been really searching out options to help heal my back pain from my car accident in December and going to the chiropractor was the next logical step for me! I am excited to be working with a chiropractor with a sports background so that I can hopefully get back to climbing and working out pain free.
I will also be adding in massages in hopes of loosening up some tightened muscles. Fingers crossed for this! I already have noticed some relief after the gentle adjustments and hopefully with consistent sessions I can keep improving.
#4 Enneagram Personality Test
If you haven’t caught on by now… I am pretty obsessed with taking personality tests and learning more about myself and how I operate. I think personality tests can be a really good way to get to yourself better.
I think as I get older I have stopped wondering if I should do something a certain way and now I just accept how I do things and try to understand why I do things the way I do. Gaining a better understanding of your inner workings can be eye opening.
For example, I am a type 8, also known as the Challenger. Super accurate to me and I am really not surprised to have this result. The Enenagram website says: “Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self- mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.”
Phew. That’s a lot to take in but really very accurate as to why I make a lot of the decisions that I do. Control is a constant theme in my life and I can usually more at ease the more control I feel I have. While I did kind of know this, it really helps to read it and to learn how other Eights might deal with this issue.
“We have named personality type Eight The Challenger because, of all the types, Eights enjoy taking on challenges themselves as well as giving others opportunities that challenge them to exceed themselves in some way. Eights are charismatic and have the physical and psychological capacities to persuade others to follow them into all kinds of endeavors—from starting a company, to rebuilding a city, to running a household, to waging war, to making peace.
Eights are the true “rugged individualists” of the Enneagram. More than any other type, they stand alone. They want to be independent, and resist being indebted to anyone. They often refuse to “give in” to social convention, and they can defy fear, shame, and concern about the consequences of their actions. Although they are usually aware of what people think of them, they do not let the opinions of others sway them. They go about their business with a steely determination that can be awe inspiring, even intimidating to others.
I would say this is scarily accurate. I’ve known these things about myself but sometimes it is hard to put into words. Having words around the topics creates an awareness of behaviors that I believe to be really helpful.
You can take a shortened test version here but the amount of information you get from the real test is SO worth it. The whole test is $12 and has 144 questions that really get you thinking! The link is here. If you know your type let me know what you are!! It’s so fascinating!