As Summer begins to come to an end and Fall begins, this time of year tends to be a time of wanting to get back on track but then...Holidays. While we all have our seasons for motivation, motivation simply does not last. Finding consistency in your day-to-day routine despite the shorter days and cooler weather is key to finding lasting health.
Here are 5 ways to stay consistent and healthy this Fall.
Boost your Immune system- Consume produce that is in season. Buying in-season produce is more cost-effective and is in season for a REASON. It's not by happenstance that Fall fruits and vegetables are providing the adequate vitamins and minerals we need for optimal health in the cooler months.
2. Drink Plenty of Water- Listen, I know you want to drink all the pumpkin spice lattes, coffee, and warm drinks but be mindful! Hydration is just as important in the Winter as it is in the Summer. Drink 1/2 your body weight in oz of water. How do you figure this out? Take your weight 160lbs/2= 80oz of water. If you need additional electrolytes- see my electrolyte recipe here; you can even do this with warm water or tea.
3. MOVE YOUR BODY- Yes, you still need to move your body in the winter. I know getting outside gets harder as the cooler weather comes in but it's so important to maintain body movement during the holidays. If you can't get outside, find a YouTube workout or walking video you like and try to do that each day. If you want more, I love Beach Body workouts, and get on my Peloton to stay active. Don't feel like you don't have options, during covid I was doing 75 hard and some days did a "walking tape" video on YouTube and honestly found it to be one of my favorite ways to keep moving. If that doesn't appeal, shut off the TV and rake some leaves with your family or clean up the yard for a minimum of 30 minutes. There are great benefits to connecting with nature while moving your body.
4. Check your sugar- I'm not saying to kick sugar completely, we all need the comfort of pumpkin bread or banana bread in the winter months but start paying attention and getting informed about how much you consume most days. When you start paying attention you begin to consciously reduce the amount of sugar you consume because you are aware. You are more likely to say no and feel informed about it than restricting and binging. Don't forget, that sugar feeds viruses. So If you find yourself getting sick more often in the cooler months, check your sugar by reading your labels!
5. Rethink your plate- Before you decide to sit at the snack table during football games, thanksgiving dinner, or the many festivities to come. Think about making a plate! Go to the table and make a plate that has protein, fiber-rich carbs, and healthy fats. SURE add in your favorite treat or chips but eat the macronutrients FIRST and then see if you still want those foods after.
I hope this helps you feel more confident and informed when you step into your fun filled holiday season!