Fall has arrived and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The trees are changing into colorful spectacles and the fresh autumn air is crisp and comforting. It comes with relief as our summer clothes are packed away and cozy sweaters are brought back to life. We begin to fall back into a routine and surprisingly it feels good. There are countless treasures to enjoy during these months. Weekends are spent watching your favorite football teams, drinking pumpkin lattes, and picking out pumpkins. It’s the season we impatiently look forward to all year long, and wish would stay just a little bit longer. Thankfully it’s here, and because it is we thought it would be the perfect time to share its health benefits. Consider it the calm before the storm, and by storm we mean the holidays (although we are looking forward to that too!).
Let’s begin by focusing on the main purpose of fall, the autumn harvest! Take advantage of fresh produce grown directly by your local farmer. Use local produce to prepare your favorite fall recipes. You’ll find simple fall dishes right here, like our Healthy Butternut Squash Soup.
When you aren’t enjoying the delicious foods of fall, take a moment to stop and soak in the beauty around you. It’s gorgeous! Mix in an outdoor workout, walk with your family, go on a hike, or try some outdoor yoga.
Create a relaxing cooking space. Start your experience by washing your hands with your favorite fall scented hand soap (all-natural). Light a seasonal soy candle and turn on some relaxing music. Consider making this a family affair. Grab the kiddos or your significant other and have some fun while putting dinner together.
We eat healthy food to nourish our bodies, prevent disease, and other illnesses. Find ways to incorporate healthy eating into everyday living. Remember, it’s a way of life. Try swapping your favorite dishes into healthier alternatives. After a period of time you’ll notice your cravings will change. Fruit treats like our "Candy Corn" parfait will become sweeter, and our skinny veggie pizza will be beyond satisfying. Be patient; it doesn’t happen overnight. Trust the process!
"Candy Corn" Parfait
1/2 cup mango or pineapple cubed
1 tangerine peeled and sliced
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1. In a small glass or jar begin layering fruit starting with mango or pineapple.
2. Add tangerine slices and yogurt of choice.
3. Top with coconut shreds or bee pollen (optional).
Life can get busy and we often forget there’s no better time to find balance than in the fall. Incorporate healthy food, physical activity and joy. Why not be the best that we can be? Leave unhealthy habits behind, and fall into good health.
Best in Health,
Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach