For so many people, autumn can be the most enjoyable time of the year, especially when it comes to the fall holidays. The leaves begin to turn colors, the nights get a little bit cooler and longer, and the holidays allow us to gather together with family and friends to celebrate the year. However, all of this activity and eating can often lead to unhealthy decisions, which can impact us for the rest of the year. Luckily, there are some simple steps that you can take to make sure that you stay healthy during this season and into the next one.
One of the best things about the fall holidays is, of course, the food. This year, don’t settle for fatty, sugary, unhealthy choices when there are so many great and wholesome options for you to choose from. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those that are seasonally grown. These include apples, pears, and winter squash such as pumpkins and gourds. Use spices without additives to make the perfect pies without adding unnecessary chemicals to your diet. Look for naturally sweetened beverages like cider to help you get the most out of the season’s choices.
Now that your diet is in good shape, think about how you can move your body more during this season. Cooler weather means that it’s often easier to get outside to work out, especially if you are a runner. Take advantage of the weather to go on hikes in your area and check out the changes in nature. Play games like football and basketball outside with your friends or family. There’s no need for you to sit inside when the weather is cool; just add another layer and get out there!
Finally, take time this holiday season to check in on your mental and emotional health. The fall can be stressful, especially if you have kids that are going back to school right now. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by all of the decisions that you need to make. You deserve to be healthy every season.