5 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy This Fall
With the kids back in school and cooler temperatures beginning, Autumn is that time of the year when our eyes turn from their typical health, and weight focus – towards holidays, celebrations, and eating. But this hectic time of the year doesn’t HAVE to completely derail all your hard-won efforts. You can create a healthy fall for you and your family.
Here are my top 5 tips:
- Make the most of seasonal foods.
We always think about apples and pumpkins in fall because it’s prime season for them. But sugar-laden pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes can reek havoc on our health (by spiking out blood sugar) and our waistlines. But that doesn’t mean you have to forego these fall treat completely. Roasted pumpkin, pumpkin soup, or even mashed pumpkin is delicious and nutritious. Apples aren’t only good for pies; slice them up with your favorite unsweetened or stevia sweetened nut butter smeared on top. Look for other seasonal foods that will do your health good, and you’ll find you can easily fill your plate with seasonal foods that you’ll love.
- Prepare and protect from colds.
Ideally, you should do this before you notice everyone around you sniffling and sneezing. Keep your hands off your face and keep them clean. Don’t forget good rest and a proper, healthy diet will help you, too. By taking care of yourself, even if everyone else gets sick, you’ll be less likely to succumb to the germs.
- Step away from the candy.
Admit it. One of your favorite things about fall is Halloween. It’s a blast to decorate for and see all the kids in costume, but the most significant health problems we all face is the temptations of candy. Instead of buying that big bag early and stashing it away for when the trick or treaters come around, wait until just before Halloween, choose something you wouldn’t eat yourself. For even healthier options consider buying small sticker packs, pencils, erasers, or other creative items instead. There are numerous healthy Halloween options to choose from!
- Step into fall.
With the colder weather, it can be nice to get outdoors and enjoy the crispness on your cheeks. Not only will it keep you cool while hiking, or biking, but you’ll also get to enjoy the change in the seasons. Staying active during the fall is an excellent way to keep your health in exceptional condition.
- Make wise celebration choices.
Halloween is just the beginning. With fall comes football parties and then the holiday season where there’s an endless array of food, sweets, and ever-flowing libations. You don’t need to miss out on all the fun but do choose wisely when you’re eating. At parties, consider eating before you go to cut down on those “off the wagon” adventures. While there, fill your plate up with meats and veggies or even high-sating items like olives and cheese first before sampling sweets, so you’re already sated and too full to eat more than a bite or two. By doing that, you’ll avoid gaining weight by Christmas.
Don’t forget that Autumn should be fun, but if you stumble into any of these “Fall pitfalls”, take care and take steps to get back on track! If you need assistance, let me know!