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There is so much to love about fall: the changing of the leaves, the opportunity to layer, hot drinks, working hard to break a sweat when exercising, and taking the time to reassess my routine and make sure I’m at my healthiest going into winter.
Every year, I make a few small changes to my daily routine come autumn that make a huge difference in my health and my energy. It’s how I make sure I take the summer glow I adore all the way through to next spring.
Keep reading for my fall survival guide—plus the smoothie bowl recipe I have every morning, once jacket weather arrives.
1. I adjust my diet
I find in fall and winter it’s more important than ever to be strict with my alkaline diet. I always start my day with WelleCo’s Alkalizing Greens. Formulated by our expert Simone Laubscher, PhD, it has 45 key ingredients that are not easily found in your everyday diet, including horsetail, kelp, aloe vera, wheatgrass, and spinach. Their scientific combination is designed to boost energy levels, curb sugar cravings, help with weight loss, and boost immunity, which are all so important as it gets colder and the temptation to eat heartily is there.
2. I revamp my exercise routine
I’m not as hard-core as I used to be with my exercise. These days it’s 45 minutes of something I can do outside where I break a sweat, like running along the beach at home in Miami. During the cooler months I often double my exercise—I do something in the morning and then again at night. Even if it’s an evening walk, I love the smell that comes from everyone’s chimneys on a really chilly night! During the day I love hiking (I was just in Aspen, where they have amazing trails before the snow settles in), and I also immerse myself in yoga. Yoga can be practiced anywhere, plus it warms you from the inside out—just make sure you break a sweat!
3. I add sauna time
If I am spending time in cold places over fall and winter, like New York City or London, I take regular saunas. Staying warm during winter is essential for good immunity, and infrared saunas are especially good. More and more gyms have these available.
4. I opt for hot drinks
Sipping on steaming hot tea is another lovely thing about fall. I tend to drink our Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea all throughout the day, which has a blend of herbs that assist with sleep, anxiety, and stress. I am a big fan of starting my day with hot water and lemon, and as the weather cools down I include it before each meal. I have also been exploring bone broth—either to drink like a coffee or used in soups and stews. It’s great for immunity.
5. I do a mini-cleanse
Before winter begins I find it’s great to do a little cleanse, and after spending a week at The Ranch Malibu I am a fan of going vegan for a week. A vegan week means no fish, eggs, or animal products, but rather than just choosing raw recipes—which I like in summer—I go for warm foods as well, which I think is really important in fall. To start my day, I go with a mini-cleanse smoothie bowl that captures the flavors of fall.
Want to try it out? Scroll down for my fall mini-cleanse smoothie recipe.
Banana, Pear, & Vanilla Smoothie Bowl
Makes 2 servings
2 frozen bananas
1 cup almond milk
1/2 fresh pear
1/2 cup ice
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 scoop Super Elixir Vanilla Nourishing Protein
Place the smoothie ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into a glass or a shallow bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
The perennial “Australian Girl Next Door,” supermodel Elle Macpherson has been a prominent figure in business, fashion, film, and television for the past 30 years. In addition to achieving global fame as a model and actress, Macpherson has won scores of awards for her ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive. Today, she serves as the co-founder and creative director for WelleCo, a premium wellness brand known for its alkalizing Super Elixir organic supplements.
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