This past month has been super busy for me. Productive, for sure...but super busy. As you can tell, this newsletter is a bit late for that reason. As an entrepreneur, I know how important it is to get things done, get them automated, take deep breaths and keep walking. Hmmm.
The weather is changing, but not fast enough for me. It's still WAY too green here (had lots of rain recently too), an I'm ready for the beautiful fall colors. You?
Autumn. It's not a word I use much. Fall tends to be my word of choice, but this time, using autumn made me feel more...fallish. It made me remember my childhood days, when going back to school in Illinois where we had FOUR seasons (hear my volume turn up just a bit), was always a time of cooler temperatures, leaves on the ground, and sweaters. Here in Texas, I've been wearing sweaters all right, but mostly because every establishment has their air conditioners still blasting! LOL But I digress.
I'm ready to move on to cooler walks with a hoodie on, jogging with leggings on, and crunching the leaves beneath my feet as I approach one of my bridges. Yeah. That's an analogy. What could that mean for you?
With back to school and cooler temperatures (finally!), fall is always the time of year when focusing on your health seems to either be put on the back burner, or it’s at the forefront because the holidays, they are uh-comin!. Oh! Either way, you don’t have to let this busy time of year take you down the Trail of Fail or the Trail of Overdoing. There are certain things you can do to have a healthier fall for you and your family. Simple Step Solutions, yes?
Make the most of seasonal foods
We always think about apples and pumpkins in fall because it’s prime season for them. Sure, pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes aren’t so good for us, but roasted pumpkin, pumpkin soup, or even mashed pumpkin is delicious and nutritious. Yum!
Apples don’t need to go in pies to be tasty either. Slice them up with your favorite nut butter smeared on top. Personally, I LOVE to have them as a side with my homemade chicken soup or chili. Tasty.
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. Boom! No brainer, right?
Don’t forget good rest and a proper, healthy diet of a variety of foods will help you with prevention, too. By taking care of yourself, even if everyone else gets sick, you’ll be less likely to succumb to the germs. And if you do…it shouldn’t last as long.
Stay out of the candy trap
Admit it. One of your favorite things about fall is either Halloween or the Fall Festivals. Both can be a blast to decorate for and see all the kids in costume, but the most significant health problem we all face for this holiday is the surplus of candy. Tempting as it is to buy that big bag and stash it away for when the trick-or-treaters come around, don’t do it. If you can’t resist it, don’t buy it until just before Halloween (last minute, on sale) and choose something you wouldn’t eat yourself, or even better, keep the neighborhood happy and healthy by buying small sticker packs instead. There are numerous healthy and non-food Halloween and Fall Festival options to choose from!
Personal side note: I do tend to buy candy corn for the house, and put some in a 2-section dish. What's on the other side? Raw nuts of some kind! Yep. If I'm going to eat it...it's going to be "a better version" for sure. If you do something like this, be careful not to grab handfuls as you walk by! I make it a part of my "plan," and eat it intentionally. Yep. I'm human. Just being transparent here. Okay..moving on...
Get into the great outdoors
With the colder weather, it’s nice to get outdoors and enjoy the crispness on your cheeks. Ahh. It’s my favorite time! It’s nice for walking, jogging, hiking, biking, or just enjoying the change in the seasons.
I love getting out and making note (and taking pictures!) of the leaves changing, falling, blowing. It's just SO beautiful!
Staying active during the fall is an excellent practice in self-care and a simple way to keep your health in exceptional condition.
Make wise celebration choices
With fall comes football parties and then the holiday season where it’s an endless buffet 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 and socializing.
At parties, fill your plate up with veggies first before sampling sweets, so you’re too full to eat more than a bite or two. (Yes, you are.) By doing that, you’ll avoid gaining weight by Christmas. (Yeah, I went there.)
Personal side note: I always say, "It's in my plan," because it is! I know when things are coming up, and I want to enjoy them, so...I make celebrations a part of my plan, AND make my best choices.
Don’t forget that fall should be fun, but if you fall into any of these fall pitfalls, take care and take steps to get back on track! That was a lot of falls! Don't let it keep you down tho. ;)
You may be saying, "Deni...really. This wasn't anything new! I know all of this stuff!" And to that I say, "Yes, you probably do. You may have even heard it from me before." BUT...have you done it? Can you do it? Will you do it? That's what matters! Knowing is one thing, $ LASTNAME$. And doing is what it takes to stay healthy this fall.
I love giving friendly and purposeful reminders that are simply, "checkins" to encourage you.
With the cooler temperatures, I’ve already had my first fall batch of homemade chicken soup, and last weekend I prepared my first batch of homemade chili. These will be the first of many, in fact, chili was on my list to make yesterday! Actually, turned it on at 11:15p.m. last night. Why? Because my hubby and I LOVE to eat like this (we do have more choices!) for months to come. I love to make ahead and freeze some so we always have these available.
I’d enjoy hearing how you’re preparing to keep fall healthy for you and your family! Please hit "reply" and let me know!
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