Each year I feel so many blessings being here and able to experience an Iowa fall. It truly is an exceptional time. Family members from the coastal regions come visit, and while they insist on bringing coats to “endure” the 60 degree weather, they wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see the splendid colors come alive to be displayed on nature’s canvas.
For me, fall symbolizes life. Just as we witness unequivocal beauty, it also brings about inevitable change, whether good or bad. Whichever change may come into your life, beauty isn’t far behind because with change comes opportunity to grow. Grow in love, grow in discipline, grow in health, etc. Specifically, October is named National Farm to School Month to “demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food” (farmtoschool.org).
Choosing the right foods is half the challenge, knowing what is in your food and from where it came is another. I challenge you this fall: make meal planning educational by learning one fun fact about a food or food group and then incorporate it into your meal.
For example, did you know, every part of a pumpkin is edible? That’s right, you can eat the skin, leaves, flowers, pulp, seeds, and even the stem! Now, top pumpkin seeds to a soup or into a granola mix. It may be completely random, but share your fact and you’ll be helping to form habits of mindful eating.
Take the challenge, make a change, and reap the benefits by seeing the beauty to follow.