Today I had my first Spiced Pumpkin Latte (now available as vegan) of the ‘season’ and whilst I was drinking it, it got me thinking about Autumn.
I have never really spent much time over the years reflecting on the seasons or settling on a favourite. I have previously found that I just drift between the seasons, until this year that is.
With autumn just around the corner I started thinking about all the things I love about this season. I love the cold crisp mornings perfect for long leisurely walks, I love kicking up the fallen auburn leaves with a warming take out coffee, I love the fashion, big knits and leather boots. My love for Autumn extends beyond the fallen leaves and fashion however, autumn is also best for my Rheumatoid Arthritis.
You might find it surprising that I say Autumn is a good month for my RA. Commonly people associate the cold and damp weather as causing joint stiffness and flares. In fact when people think of arthritis in this way it is often osteoarthritis that they are thinking of, this type of arthritis is often impacted by cold weather, however the opposite is true for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease and in itself does not make you more sensitive to sunlight but medication commonly taken to treat the condition does. I find that during the summer I have to wear factor 50 sunscreen most days and I am more prone to flares in my joints, on top of this summer shoes I find to be a challenge.
My feet have been one of the main casualties of my RA, they often swell, I have a dropped metatarsal and my toes are out of alignment, this makes summer shoes such as sandals, wedges and ballerina pumps pretty uncomfortable. Autumn brings with it leather boots and comfort!!
So, as we say goodbye to Summer and welcome Autumn I will miss the light mornings and evenings but I look forward to the vibrant Autumn colours, the change in wardrobe and being out in the fresh air without the fear of sunburn or joint flares.
I have listed below some of my favourite Autumn places, fashions and food:
1. Charnwood outwoods: this is a 110 acres of ancient woodland. This place is stunning during all seasons but particularly so in the Autumn with the change in the colour of the leaves.
2. Sutton Park: Lovely for an early morning walk, the sunlight through the trees and dew on the grass makes this place delightful if you get up early and head out before the rest of the world wakes up.
1. Leather boots: A favourite of mine, with so many styles on offer from biker boots, knee highs and chunky heels I can always find a pair that goes with every outfit and more importantly that are comfortable.
2. Oversize knits: I love a chunky knit jumper, paired with jeans or leggings, they are warm, comfortable and hide a multitude of sins – especially important if you have a flare which results in you skipping a few gym sessions or having to go on a high dose of steroids (making you eat everything in sight)!
1. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes: Comforting, warming and seasonal. Now available as vegan, enough said.
2. Root vegetables/Squashes: I love root veggies and squashes anyways, but in autumn I find them so versatile, roasted or made into a soup I find myself filling my plates with carrots, parsnips, butternut squash and pumpkin.
What is your favourite season?