How to Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy for Fall
1. Trust mother nature; eat fruits and veggies that are in season
Choose local food; it’s fresher and it’s picked when it’s fully developed. It’s grown with less pesticides and it contains higher level of antioxidants because the plant has been exposed to the sun longer and picked when it’s ripe. Food that is not local has to be shipped through long distances and it’s picked very early so that it can arrive well to the destination. Locally grown food supports local economy and reconnects us with nature’s cycles which are designed to support our health.
Some fall foods are: cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, apples, kale, pumpkin seeds, pears, pomegranates, winter squash, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. We tend to crave warm foods during the fall. Soups, sautéed greens and squashes and stews are all great options that are comforting and filling.
During the fall days are shorter and it gets dark sooner. Use the morning sunlight to get active. Do something fun that you enjoy like a dancing, swimming or go for a run. The endorphins will keep you happy throughout the day!
3. Be smart about your cravings
Our ancestors were predisposed to gain weight during the fall to survive the winter; It’s important to eat when we are hungry to prevent weight gain during the fall. Just eat slowly and enjoy your food.
When you have a craving, recognize if it’s emotional or physical. If it’s physical, drink a glass of water first and wait 15 minutes. If the craving is still present then it’s your body telling you what it needs. If not, your body just needed water. If it’s an emotional craving, be curious about it and receive support from a friend or family. We tend to crave creamy foods when we need a hug or crunchy foods when they haven’t been able to express anger, for example.
4. Avoid Seasonal Blues
There is a correlation between depression and sunlight, which is the reason why some people get the seasonal blues and tend to eat more. Go for a walk on the afternoon to get some sunlight and Vitamin D. It’s good for you!
5. Make your life awesome
You are the artist. You design your life. Consider for a moment what is out of balance in your life? What can you do to make your life a great place to be instead of waiting for the next vacation?
You can write down how satisfied you are from 1 to 10 with your relationships, career, work, education, spirituality, physical exercise, creativity, finances, home environment, health, confidence, social life and space for yourself. Look what needs balance and make little changes each day. Take your time and have the best fall ever!
And Check out my recipe for Butternut Squash Soup!
Salome is a natural healer who helps others improve their life in an enjoyable way. She is a health coach and a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner and currently resides in CA.
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