Six Steps to Feel Great This Fall + A Giveaway

Healthy Fall

Fall is here! The days are getting shorter, the kids are going back to school, the leaves are falling, and we’re pulling out sweaters and boots. But it’s not just an important transition for our wardrobe – in Chinese medicine, the changing of the seasons is an important time to honor our bodies.

Because fall is such a good time to reset your health we’re giving away Cleanse Kits and health coaching to help you get there!  You’ll find all of the details at the end of this post, but first here are six steps everyone can take to feel great this fall:

1. Ground with Yoga

After doing my yoga teacher training in India last fall, I have been practicing nearly every day. Then I took a week off and I was a stiff, achy, moaning, groaning mess! A daily yoga practice is such a good way to bring fluidity to the spine, un-do the issues that creep up from sitting at a computer and typing way too much, stimulate the endocrine system, and generally “work out the kinks” of modern-day life.

No time for yoga class? No problem! Even 6-12 rounds of sun salutations can be a great foundation for a home practice. Throw in a couple inversions such as shoulderstand and you’ll feel like new.

Some good resources to start a home yoga practice are Dharma Mittra Maha Sadhana or

2. Nourish with Food

Summer may have been about green juice and smoothies (or margaritas and tortilla chips), but as you move into fall it’s time to incorporate more seasonal vegetables. I always associate fall with carrots, beets, squash and pumpkin. But don’t forget about other fall finds like crisp apples, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. The more you enjoy the fresh flavors of seasonal fruits and vegetables, the less likely you’ll be to overdose on Halloween candy.

3. Calm with Nature

Now that it’s not too hot and before it gets too cold, step outside to enjoy these “just right” crisp fall days!

“Throughout history, humans have strolled, sat, stood, and slept on the ground – the skin of their bodies touching the skin of the Earth. In developed societies, we have lost our roots. Our bare feet, with their rich network of nerve endings, rarely touch the ground… Although it is not something you have probably ever thought about, you may be suffering needlessly because of this disconnect.” – From Earthing, by Clinton Ober

The cure for this nature deprivation is simple – take a walk in the park, breathe in the fresh air, and get barefoot in the grass for a bit too!

4. Reset with a Cleanse

Fall is a great time to do a gentle detox, especially if you are plagued by allergies. Seasonal allergies are a sure sign that your liver is overloaded and needs some support. A Cleanse which includes an elimination diet, liver nutrients and antimicrobial herbs can help to reduce the toxic load on your liver and tune up your digestion. All of this can help you feel refreshed and ready for the transition into the winter months.

5. Warm with Tea

Drop the pumpkin spice latte! Step away from the Starbucks! Instead of going for caffeinated sugar-bomb drinks that are full of cow’s milk, switch to tea.

The transition away from coffee can be difficult, I know. When you’re making the switch, I recommend yerba mate for a milder pick-me-up without the jitters you get from coffee. Have a cup in the morning, and in the afternoon have caffeine-free herbal teas. (“No caffeine after lunch” is a good rule to follow to protect your sleep.) Tea is less acidic and harsh on your system, and I find my energy to be much smoother when I drink tea instead of coffee.

We also love green tea and rooibos tea from South Africa which is full of antioxidants.

6. Energize with Friends

As Dr. Lipman says, our bodies aren’t made to “go, go, go.” We also need to rest and play. The trick is to make sure that your time to play is actually giving you a boost instead of making you exhausted. This fall, give your social life a gentle cleanse. Instead of meeting your friends for happy hour, look for new ways to connect and energize. Meet a friend for yoga, green juice, a walk in the park, a spinning class, or a cup of rooibos tea.

Want to win one of the Cleanse kits for yourself?  Get your first entry by leaving a comment below telling us how you’ll be getting healthy this fall.  If you really want to win, complete more of the options for entries – the more actions you take, the more chances to win!

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  • Sandra

    Love it! Love the Be Well Team. Am looking forward to new health into fall. Thanks for the chance to get the giveaway!

  • Jennifer

    continuing slow weight loss with yoga and nutritious foods and lots of walks outside.

  • Guest

    I’m rebooting my yoga practice over the last few weeks, I always eat organic and seasonal… now I think a cleanse would be great, I would like to try a healthy cleanse.

  • Sharyn Guthrie

    I’m rebooting my yoga practice over the last few weeks, I always eat
    organic and seasonal… now I think a cleanse would be great, I would
    like to try a healthy cleanse. Fall is my favorite time to be outdoors.. hiking, farmer’s markets, and today playing in the dirt to plant some greens :)

  • Sylvia

    Great recommendations for a positive, healthy fall! Now that I am rebooting for the new school year, rebooting myself would make the experience that much more enjoyable!

  • Janice

    I’ve been following the cleanse since early August and never felt better, healthier and fitter.

  • Julie

    After an emotional exhausting summer, I’m looking to start my last year of grad school on a revived and restored level–more yoga, more sleep, more rest.

  • Chris

    Combined with regular massages, I believe healthy cleanses and exercise keep me flushed of toxins and in optimal health!

  • Sara

    I am planning a cleanse (this one, if I win, otherwise a vegan and Ayurvedic cleanse designed by moi), continuing my daily yoga practice, inspiring my holistic wellness clients to also balance and cleanse, loving up on sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin even more than usual, and finding some extra time for rest!

  • Chris

    I am going to embrace the season’s fruits and veggies. i also plan to make time for relaxing strolls on trails lined with colorful leaves.

  • Debra Lee

    I am going gluten free!

  • Vanessa Fisher

    I’m doing an 21 day panchakarma in November and so I’m trying to get as much on track as I can beforehand – juicing here we come!

  • Amanda

    I am eating more fruits & veggies, exercise & enjoying the beautiful fall!

  • Perfecting my sleep! Dark room, 8+ hours, getting in earlier, waking with the dawn, and etc. I’m hoping it will not only make me well rested, but also balance out my life in other areas.

  • tianna cerone

    shortening my daily to-do list, so I’m actually more productive, daily gratitude journals, and getting back to my couch -> 5k program :)

  • Ally

    Continuing to exercise regularly and phasing out wheat from my diet!

  • Caroline

    Losing 12 pounds!

  • Danielle

    I’m going to focus on connecting my mind to the exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather.

  • Sarah

    I am going to continue to focus on what food I put into my body. Staying away from dairy and wheat has been really good.

  • Alison

    Yoga and meditation every day! And some apple and pumpkin picking!

  • Colleen

    Meditation daily and more veggies!

  • Joni

    I just started yoga, and am loving it! But it’s not as easy as I thought it would be!

  • siobhan

    Eliminate toxic emotions, people, places and things! Be as conscientious about the health of who I surround myself as with what I put in my body!

  • I’m planning on taking more walks outside in this lovely fall air and already cleansing my body through mostly plant foods- all
    clean eating!

  • JenC

    Kick start with a cleanse, yoga once a week, apple and pumpkin picking and lots of vegetables. And spend time with friends and people that make me laugh.

  • Erin F

    September always feels like the start of the year to me, and as such, I have started back with my yoga classes. I’m also gonna dust off the slow cooker – Dr. Lipman’s lentil and chick pea stew is first on the agenda!!!!! And afternoon herbal tea in a travel mug while playing in the park with my 3year old and 15 month old sound perfect! Thanks for the motivation!

  • Erin F

    September always feels like the start of the year to me, and as such, I have started back with my yoga classes. I’m also gonna dust off the slow cooker – Dr. Lipman’s lentil and chick pea stew is first on the agenda!!!!! And afternoon herbal tea in a travel mug while playing in the park with my 3year old and 15 month old sound perfect! Thanks for the motivation!

  • Sandy O

    September will be the time I partake in my fall cleanse to reset my body.
    It gives my body a beautiful canvas for the long winter months for staying
    Heathy. It is also the time I cut back on fruit intake and increase my seasonal
    Vegetable intake to keep my body healthy.

  • Amanda Cizek

    I have done this cleanse once and I love it. I have been planning to do a new one soon, so this blog post is perfect in its timing… THANK YOU!

  • jodie

    My plan is to follow a proper cleanse, I have never done one so this will be great.

  • Oberrygirl

    Breath deaper, eat lighter, look around at the world…be present!

  • Oberrygirl

    Breath deaper, eat lighter, look around at the world…be present!

  • Michele

    I’m cutting out coffee and switching to green tea. Also adding more fiber to my diet.

  • loiruca

    I love Dr. Lipman’s products. I plan to reset the button this fall by eating healthier, practicing Yoga and sleeping better. Thanks Dr. Lipman team for giving away this amazing package. I hope I am the lucky winner.

  • Kim

    I’m incorporating daily meditation into my schedule

  • mara

    Seeing an acupuncturist and continuing to eat healthy and eating less unhealthy and feeling the difference in that I feel lighter in my mind and body

  • Wendi

    I am planning to reset on all levels – physically, mentally and spirtually!!

  • Jill

    I plan to Cleanse and re-start doing yoga. I also want to get everything at home and at work organized so that I can feel more calm and less distracted.

  • Angie Wendt Pope

    I would love to cleanse at least once a year. I did my first one this past July and loved it! I felt full of energy and lighter, and as a bonus I lost 9.5 pounds!

  • Susan Garland

    I’ve gotten away from my yoga routine lately and this will be the push I need to get back. Thanks Dr. Lipman for yet another great post!

  • Lois

    I’m going to walk everyday. Either to work or around the golf course by my home. To relieve stress and lose some weight.

  • Katherine

    I have a lot of respect for Dr. Lipman-and I love the posts and recipes.

  • Sue

    I love fall. To me it’s a time of renewal. Yoga, tea, cleanse!

  • Shari

    I’ve done the Clean protocol a couple of times and it was great. It would be fun to try it with the kit and direct support!

  • Laura S.

    Thank you, Dr Lipman, for speaking truth about wellness. I enjoy following you by Facebook and email. Hope to try your cleanse after becoming a Virgin Diet convert.

  • Helena

    Dr Dr Lipman, I have read your book Spent many times and it is my favorite go to when I feel Spent. Your email are wonderful. H. Adams

  • Megan

    I second these sentiments! Living in a village of 130 people in Alaska makes living healthfully very difficult, but the Be Well Team takes some of the challenge out!

  • Sandi

    I need help so ready to start with a cleanse!

  • Cooper

    Great tips! I am going to try to have more green juice this fall. :)

  • Heidi Frey

    end of summer detox/cleanse, increase reps in workout and add local cool weather veggies cauliflower, kale and cabbage to the menu

  • Christine

    coffee coffee coffee no more. Everything else I’m pretty good on, but could get a bit better.

  • Lara

    Juicing more!

  • Elaine Springer

    I will eat lots of organic pears, apples and sweet potatoes !

  • Robin

    Reset eating by cleansing! Drink more tea than coffee!

  • May King

    Looking forward to doing all these!

  • Alex Walker

    only the yoga would be something new for me. I should try it out to improve my flexibility

  • Andrea

    I plan to have a more regular yoga practice and cut out dairy.

  • Baltina

    Reset with more Yin yoga to balance, hydrate and stay warm with herbal tea. It’s rainy season in the PNW so anything to continue the calm, keep up the energy, and stay active.

  • Kathy

    I would love to win these products, what a great way to start the new Season. I already do Yoga most days of the week, and love being outdoors and cooking healthy meals for my family.

  • Briana

    Curbing my sugar intake is top on my priority lst!

  • MrsPete

    I’m getting serious about going gluten free. Two days down so far :). Taking a break from coffee and alcohol also, while my husband is doing Dr. Lipman’s cleanse. I plan to do the cleanse again soon as well. My results were so impressive my husband wanted to give it a try himself!

  • PdxSuze

    I’ll do my usual fall cleanse (the be well cleanse of course!) and add a daily meditation and more mindfulness to every day.

  • marcia

    I am looking forward to re-starting my daily habits this fall

  • Laurie

    First, thank you for the awesome the Be Well team. I would love to do another cleanse as I love how it reset my body and had me focused on a clean diet. One thing I want to add is taking advantage of the “dance breaks”! I want more joy and laughter in my life!

  • Mairin

    I’ll still be doing my daily green drink (yum!), but I’ll also be incorporating more seasonal vegetables into my diet as we transition into fall. I’ll also be doing more yoga and meditation.

  • mindy

    Mediation practice. First thing in the morning, sit in quiet and breath deeply.