While I love the start of every season, I think there’s something special to the beginning of fall. The air gets that really crisp feeling, the sun starts shining in an extra golden way, my cup of coffee feels less like fuel and more like a cozy treat, and the holiday mindset starts to set in. The weather actually cooperated this go around, and I’ve been able to brew some hot cups of my Cameron’s Coffee to drink during the day without overheating. Come on, we’ve all been there when we get over-eager for cool weather and wear sweaters and boots even though it’s still 80 degrees out. But not this time. I’ve been waking up to mornings that have a little bite to them when you get out from under the covers and walked around my new neighborhood with a slight breeze accompanying me. Tell me you don’t love fall.
This season, I wanted to put together a list of intentions, goals, ideas, whatever you want to call them, to be more aware of and keep top of mind. Fall is the time of transition and a moment to realize all of the possibilities we have, so I sat down with my journal and spent some self-reflection time trying to figure out what I want to prioritize this month – also, I’ve discovered the joy of cutting out the phrase “I don’t have time” and replaced it with “This isn’t a priority” – it’s been an amazing mindset shift to think about the things I want to be most conscious of and prioritize those versus trying to do so many things and then getting upset when I don’t accomplish them. So, this is that list ::
– Work on my meditation practice.
– Spend less time on my phone.
– Cook new foods.
– Spend more quiet time journaling.
I’ve discovered the joy of journal time on the weekends. I’ve loved setting up camp in my cozy bed (I’m like actually obsessed with my bed and its fluffy white duvet) with my journal, some light listening music, and my cup of coffee. Having finally found my work flow in a new city, I’ve enjoyed working in some self-reflection time and extra self-care time. It’s so important to me to set time aside to spend time with just myself, no distractions, and to just relax. Obviously y’all know coffee is my relaxation treat from this and this post, so putting my favorite tray to work on my bed has been the best. But with the season change, my relaxation time shifts to include more movies, sweeter treats, and hotter beverages (can’t wait to share my favorite bulletproof coffee recipe with y’all next month – it’s such a delicious cold weather beverage to cozy up to!). It’s just such a refreshing time, and I’m so here for it. What’s on y’alls list of fall goals?
*thank you to Cameron’s Coffee for sponsoring this post!
So I’ve already started seeing people posting about the start of fall, and while I love autumn and all of the fresh and crisp seasonal things it brings into my life I gotta tell ya, we’ve still got a ways to go before we hit fall temperatures here in California. As in, it was 100 degrees here this last week and there is absolutely no point in going through my closet storage and digging out those sweaters yet. BUT – that means that cold brew coffee season is here for a little while longer. If y’all saw my instagram post
last week with Cameron’s Coffee
and if you’ve followed along with me for a while, you’ll know that I L O V E cold brew. I love coffee in general, but I love the smooth flavor and richness of cold brew that could have me sipping on a glass all day long. And while I’m focused on incorporating Ayurveda into my life, cold brew coffee fits seamlessly into my everyday.
Cold brewing coffee makes your brew less acidic, as the different oils, molecules, and acids in coffee are usually activated in hot water (around 195 – 200 degrees F). So when you brew coffee without that heat, those molecules aren’t released which makes for the smooth flavor that cold-brew is known for. This doesn’t mean that it’s better for you compared to hot coffee, but if you’re like me (a Pitta dosha type) and drink coffee, this is probably going to be a good go-to method for you. So how do I make my milk-jug of coffee for the week?
This is how I make my cold-brew coffee at home ::
4 cups of filtered water
1. Add the coffee grounds into a nut milk bag and place in a glass container.
2. Pour over the water and cover the container. Let the coffee brew overnight for at least 12 hours.
3. Remove the nut milk bag from the container (easiest coffee clean-up ever!).
4. Pour your coffee into glasses, serve up with your favorite milks, syrups, etc.
I’m a milk gal myself when it comes to coffee mix-ins, and have recently discovered the joy of coconut milk which adds such a yummy sweet flavor that it makes my coffee drink feel like such a treat! Having a jug of cold-brew in the fridge makes it so easy to serve myself up some coffee in the late afternoon when I just want a little something to sip on. BUT the really big deal of having this cold-brew on hand in my fridge is that I’m not running downstairs for coffee. That’s right, I live literally right above one of Sacramento’s local coffee shops and it’s extremely hazardous to my wallet, so I’m saving some serious change by having this in my own fridge. YAY.
How do y’all brew?
Remember when I talked about focusing on my morning routine? Well somewhere between a cross country move and starting a new job, that goal of becoming a morning person went down the drain. I’m really just trying to be honest with y’all here – something that I set out to do just didn’t work out and that’s okay. To be fair, I was actually getting pretty good at getting up and not being in a completely horrible mood, but I just have to start over from square one. Now that I’m all settled into my new apartment and am starting to get into the swing of a new role, I feel like it’s a great time to revisit my morning routines – and I’m so excited to be partnering with Cameron’s Coffee to make that happen! If you didn’t know, I work from home now and it’s really strange getting up and having my morning commute be walking from the bedroom to the kitchen to my desk. There’s really no cutoff point to where my “office life” and everyday life begin and end, which is making my morning routine feel a bit off. Any of y’all who work from home – do you have tips on how you jump start your day knowing that you’re just going to be in the house all day?
While I peruse through the options of my weekdays, my weekends have taken on an all new persona. I’ve always thought of weekends as a break from work, a chance to focus on my site, and a given few days to go out and explore. But being a new city has me thinking of my weekends as my chance to recharge and take time for myself, something that I didn’t really do before. I mean yes I took weekends to relax, but never to really focus on me. Well, now I am – starting with setting the tone for my day! I’ve always had a romanticized version of what I wish my weekends looked like – waking up when the sunshine starts flowing into the windows, a leisurely breakfast in bed with a tray of foods and flowers, open newspaper pages and a steaming cup of jo. So here I am, making my weekend dreams come true. I started going to sleep on Fridays with the blinds slightly open so that the sunshine could come into the room naturally the next morning, prepping some basic breakfast items the night before like bowls of berries and keeping some toast and avo ready to go, and I even signed up for a NYT subscription to come to my door each weekend. And of course, a weekend breakfast in bed isn’t complete without a hot (or cold, depending on the climate you live in) beverage. I’ve talked about my coffee habits on here and Instagram with y’all before, so you know that for me, coffee is one of those luxurious treats that I give myself through the week. I’ve never been a person who needs coffee to wake up in the morning, instead getting a cup later in the morning to sink into and revel in the taste. So I’m super excited to be working with Cameron’s Coffee to give my coffee treats an upgrade!
I’ve been sipping on cups of Cameron’s brews throughout the last few weeks (the Velvet Moon blend is my favorite) and it’s really made my mornings feel extra special and somewhat put together between all the chaos of a move. I’m so stoked to share some really fun coffee-centered content with y’all in between recipes and posts about my continued Ayurvedic learning in the next few months, so stay tuned! Happy weekend, y’all!
*thank you to Cameron’s Coffee for sponsoring this post!
I’m so stoked with the reactions and questions I’ve gotten about Ayurveda and how many people have expressed interest in the practice since I started talking about it on Instagram. To be clear – I’m still new at this. I’m still learning about how to most effectively incorporate Ayurveda in my life and if you can learn something along the way too, that’s really what I hope to do! Like I mentioned in this last post about the basics of Ayurveda, one of the first things to do is to figure out your dosha type. Once you figure that out, you can determine the types of foods you should be eating to balance your systems out. I’m a pitta-kapha, leaning highly on the pitta side – so for me, that means focusing on cooling and sweet foods, while limiting and avoiding acidic and hot foods.
Ayurveda emphasizes opposites as medicine – so if a pitta type is naturally hot and acidic, you want to balance that out by eating things that pacify that with sweeter and astringent things. I’ll be writing up a post about the different types with a condensed list of foods that help balance those types out – so be on the lookout! So coming back to the whole opposites as medicine thing – being that I have a naturally acidic type – that means I need to limit and avoid foods that increase those qualities, one of those things being coffee. Literally reading that broke my heart. If you’ve followed me around on Instagram, you know that I have an undying love with weekend coffee shop time. There is something so perfect about setting up camp at my favorite shop with my laptop, book, headphones, and a big latte cup – so to find out that coffee wasn’t on the list of things I should be consuming in copious amounts was a bummer. Not that I drank a lot of coffee in the first place – but I definitely had a few cups during the week on busy days, and an extra cup or two on the weekend as a part of my coffee shop routine.
Ayurveda emphasizes balance as a way of life, and what I like most about it is while there are certain foods the practice suggests you avoid entirely based on your dosha, it also says there are certain foods you shouldn’t eat all the time, but a couple times a week is still okay. I would definitely have a problem with completely eliminating all of my favorite things, but really it makes sense. You don’t eat cake and brownies and ice cream everyday right? (I mean if you are – power to you) But of course it comes back to the point of balance and the idea of treating yourself every once in a while. Because I lean highly towards the Pitta type, I shouldn’t be drinking coffee everyday as it increases fiery-like qualities which I already have a lot of. But – when I do have it, practices suggest that I add a sweetener like maple syrup or coconut milk to counteract with coffee’s acidic tendencies. See – balance. If you want to get really specific, you could coordinate the best times for your body to ingest coffee in the day, portion sizes, and different blends.
So there ya go, if you see me posting less coffee on my Instagram feed, this is why. (: I’ve already come up with some alternatives when I want something similar to drink, and can’t wait to share the recipes!