By the Tournesol Team & Friends
How was your summer? I can’t believe I’m already asking you that question and I feel a little twinge at the idea that beach weather is behind us. As much as my heart aches about summer coming to an end, I am looking forward to a few key autumn gifts coming my way. I’m excited to tell you what I’m happily anticipating and asked a few of my friends to share with us as well.
First, I'm excited to try out my new fabulous sweaters from Katherine Barclay, thanks to our good friend Gary. Second, for those of you who have enjoyed our lush and uncharacteristically natural views, you’ll appreciate how happy I am about watching the brilliant color changes in the trees around us from almost every room at Tournesol. Third, I get to spend Thanksgiving with all three of my kids and fourth, it's scarf weather!
~Carey Davidson, Founder & CEO of Tournesol Wellness
"I'm getting really excited to "soup" this fall - and have been super inspired by this book. I've never been able to get behind juice cleanses, but a soup cleanse sounds so nourishing and soothing to me!"
~Ruby Warrington, Friend of Tournesol & Founder of The Numinous
"I try to incorporate apple cider vinegar (ACV) into my diet year-round, but fall is the perfect season for homemade Switchel! There's many versions out there, but I keep mine simple with a shot of ACV, a tablespoon of pure maple syrup, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of Ceylon cinnamon, all mixed in a tall glass of water. It's SO refreshing, and ACV is all sorts of good for you."
~Tess Rafferty, Guest Experience Manager at Tournesol
"When the fall chill hits the air, I like to add warming spices to my food and drinks that work double-time with healing properties. My favorite is turmeric, an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. I add this to soup, chili, simple vegetable dishes, and even scrambled eggs or egg salad for a quick burst of flavor. Ginger is another kitchen staple in the fall for me. I chop it up and saute it with my stir fries, boil it with lemon to make a great warming beverage, and also add it to my green juice. Ginger is a natural antioxidant and antiseptic and helps fight those cold germs that I will meet on the crowded subway every day. And then there's the old classic cinnamon. Already synonymous with fall, cinnamon is a go-to for many. Apart from being delicious, it is also considered a superfood with anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Most noteworthy, in my opinion, is its ability to help reduce insulin resistance, which is extremely helpful in the wake of our diabetes 2 epidemic."
~Nikki Hirsch, President of the Tournesol Advisory Board
"In the fall the nights get longer, so take this cue from nature - it's time to rest and repair from summer fun by getting more sleep. My favorite way to embrace chilly autumn evenings and encourage a night of productive rest is to soak in a therapeutic bath. The warm water itself will open your blood vessels and promote healing in your body's tissues but try adding Epsom salt and a lavender based bath oil, like Deep Relax by Aromatherapy Associates. The magnesium in Epsom salt reminds your muscle fibers to relax and lengthen and lavender oil will effortlessly transition your body's operating system from 'active' to 'restorative' mode. Following the rhythm of nature and making sleep a priority optimizes the longer nights and keeps you healthy and productive during the days."
-Courtney Yates, Body Mechanic