Aaaaand just like that, fall is officially here! This means summer is behind us, the holiday season is just around the corner, and the New Year is quickly approaching.
With all this excitement, it's easy to focus on things like "What to wear for Halloween!?" "Who's hosting Thanksgiving this year?" and "When should I start holiday shopping?"
As a registered dietitian and personal trainer, I think people should also ask themselves, "What's a health goal I'd really like to master?" We all have something we'd like to work on: getting more sleep, drinking more water, eating out less, etc. Keep reading to find out 5 reasons why now is the best time to master healthy habits.
1. A fresh start
Sounds kinda cheesy, I know, but I think it's important to note that a new season is the perfect chance to start fresh. We can choose to leave habits that don't serve us, negative thoughts, and self-limiting beliefs in the past as we literally and figuratively step into a new chapter. For example, if this was the summer of one too many drinks, we can use the changing of the seasons to try a new herbal tea after a long day of work, instead.
2. Our schedules have more structure
The relaxed, spontaneous days of summer have left us, and things like school, work, and extracurricular activities are wrangling us back into more of a structured schedule. Although a filled out planner can be intimidating, we can use it as a tool to help identify pockets of time to work on habits that we want to master. For example, if we have a goal to prepare more meals from home, we can look at our schedule and decide that Tuesdays are the best time of the week to buy groceries. Then, we can pencil in, "Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Trader Joes," just like any other appointment, and stick to it.
3. Cold & flu season protection
At some point, we all learn the hard lesson that we are not indestructible...especially when it comes to cold and flu season. The better we take care of ourselves (getting more water, sleep, exercise, nutritious foods, etc) the better we can protect ourselves from catching whatever nasty bug is going around the office or school.
4. Preparing for success during the holiday season
"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" True, but it also happens to the most chaotic time of year. With all the holiday parties, endless to-do lists, and stress from holiday shopping, it's no surprise that many of us feel like we easily "fall of the bandwagon." That's why solidifying a healthy routine is important now, because we can go into the holiday season with a firm foundation that will help us stay focused, in control, and also feeling our best.
5. Healthy flavors & dishes
Yes, summer is full of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, but have you ever thought about all the nutritious options available to us in fall? When I think fall flavors, I think of delicious foods that also pack a nutrient-dense punch: pumpkin, squash, apples, brussels sprouts, beets, and more! These fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals to help us stay healthy going into the new year. There are also so many delicious fall recipes that make cooking both easy, delicious, and nutritious. Think stews, soups, curries, as well as all the dishes you can roast in the oven like one-pan recipes and casseroles. Check out my online membership, The Launchpad, for some delicious fall-inspired recipes and use the code "YEAHGIRLNOMS" for your first month free. What flavor or dish are you most looking forward to?
No matter what your goal is, I hope this post inspires and motivates you to prioritize your health and feel like the champion you are in the last three months of the year. As always, you're more than welcome to email me with any questions or concerns. Here's to our healthiest fall, yet!
Need some more resources? Don't forget to check out some of my other blogs and resources for more ideas and practical advice...
- How to eat healthy in the dining hall
- How to not feel like a crazy person around holiday sweets
- How to maximize nutrition without sacrificing time
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