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Fall wellness tips to start the season off right!

Fall wellness tips to start the season off right!

Fall is the perfect season to continue your weight loss journey.

As the cooler weather approaches, the shift from summer to fall is a great opportunity to reflect on the progress you’ve made this year. Perhaps eating healthy, balanced meals has you feeling more comfortable and confident in your clothes. Or the summer sun has allowed you to be more active and enjoy the great outdoors.

This transition is also the perfect time to think about how you can build on the momentum of a successful summer and continue it through the fall and beyond!

Read why fall is a fabulous season to keep your weight loss journey going, plus which fall foods can help you stay consistent with your healthy lifestyle as the season changes.

Five ways you can lose weight this fall!

1. Get back to your routine

Woman cooking in her kitchen

For most of us, the summer schedule tends to be a bit more relaxed. Between vacations, more daylight hours, and warmer weather, you probably find yourself out and about more often than in the fall and winter months.

The good news is that when fall hits and you have more of a set schedule, it’s easier to get back into a routine. Having a routine allows you to be more diligent about meal planning. It also provides an opportunity to solidify healthy habits like getting enough sleep and penciling in physical activity onto your calendar.

If you have kids, you may find yourself with a much more hectic schedule than in the summer months. It may not be easy, but you could use this to your advantage. For instance, you could go for a walk instead of waiting in the car during their soccer or band practice.

A busier after-school or work schedule could mean less time to cook dinner. If that’s the case, plan ahead with delicious slow cooker recipes so that dinner will be ready to serve when you get home.

2. Seek out fall foliage

One of the best parts about fall is the changing of the leaves. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can see some fantastic fall foliage, get outside and do it! If you live in a warmer climate, you can at least take advantage of the milder temperatures by getting outside and going for a walk or a hike.

No matter where you live, fall is a great time to get outside. It’s not cold enough where you have to wear five different layers to be outdoors for more than 20 minutes and you won’t be stepping out into a sauna.

3. Enjoy fall festivities

Woman holding a pumpkin

Fall isn’t just about seeking out the foliage. There are plenty of fun outdoor activities you can do to get your body moving. Plan a trip to your local farm for pumpkin picking, apple picking, or finding your way through a corn maze with your kids or grandkids.

Of course, not every activity you can do in the fall will be ‘fun’. But raking leaves and getting your house ‘winter ready’ is a great way to stay active while getting necessary chores crossed off your to-do list.

4. Check out fresh TV schedules

We’ve mentioned before how it’s a good habit to sneak exercise into your day while watching TV, and there’s no better time to do that than the fall!

There are plenty of debut shows in the fall, as well as new seasons of your favorite sitcoms and reality shows. Plus, there are lots of sports happening, especially on Sundays. So, take advantage of this time in front of the tube by doing some physical activity.

5. Take advantage of daylight savings

Don’t forget that daylight savings happens on Nov. 6. While it’s not the most exciting thing to have on your calendar, there is a small silver lining.

We know that sleep is crucial to good health and because setting the clocks back means it will be getting darker sooner, you may be inclined to go to bed earlier and get more sleep.

However, 2022 will be the last year the clocks will be ‘falling back’, which means this tip will only be good this year.

Healthy foods to enjoy this fall

Top-down view of various fall vegatables

They don’t call fall harvest season for nothing, and plenty of healthy foods are in season during the fall. Plus, the cooler weather makes it the perfect time to break out the slow cooker or soup pot and start cooking up some delicious, hearty, fall-themed meals.

Seasonal fall fruits and veggies:

  • Fruit: Apples, cranberries, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, and raspberries
  • Root Vegetables: Beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and radishes
  • Leafy greens: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale
  • Squash: Pumpkin, butternut, and acorn
  • Other Vegetables: Cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms, peas, and onions.

One of the foods fall is most known for are apples. Whether you’ve been apple picking or heading to your local farm or grocer to get in-season apples, you can make this delicious, GOLO Apple Baked Oatmeal.

Carving pumpkins for Halloween? Don’t forget to save the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are loaded with fiber and protein and are great for roasting. There are, of course, plenty of healthy recipes you can make with pumpkin.

One thing you’ll almost certainly be inundated with are pumpkin-flavored drinks at your local coffee spot. As a healthy alternative, try making a pumpkin spice chai tea. There are plenty of health benefits to cinnamon and ginger, which can be added to lots of different foods as well as our very own GOLO Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe.

Don’t be scared off by Halloween

Despite all the healthy options available during the fall, one food that casts a large shadow over all of it is Halloween candy.

But you don’t have to be scared of Halloween! GOLO has a great Halloween survival guide available, but our best tip is to be mindful. If you do choose to have a treat, don’t feel guilty. Just be mindful of how many you have. Choose one or two of your absolute favorites then focus on eating healthy for your next meal.

Invest in yourself now so you will be prepared for the holidays

Couple outdoors during enjoying the Fall season

It may seem further off than you think, but one this is for sure: Winter is coming! And with it, the holidays. This can be both a stressful and joyful time for many, and a lot of the stress may come from worrying about keeping your healthy lifestyle on track during big holiday meals.

This is why it’s so important to invest in your health now. By carrying the momentum of a healthy summer straight through fall, your body and mind will be in great shape (literally and figuratively) when the holidays come.

Stick with your healthy lifestyle means you can feel better and look your best for family get-togethers. And when the holidays are over, you’ll be more prepared to get back on track after big holiday meals.

Remember, invest in yourself now means a happier, healthier you in the future. 

 

 

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