It may be hard to say goodbye to the sunshine of summer, but it can also be exciting when the weather cools off and we get to bust out our autumn wardrobe and start looking forward to the holiday festivities. However, what’s not so appealing is slipping into some of our unhealthy habits in the fall season. You know…staying in more, munching on a few too many seasonal favorites, letting ourselves get overwhelmed with schedules, etc. but it doesn’t have to be this way.
On a brisk morning, the last thing you may want is a chilled smoothie. You can switch out those ice cubes for hot water to still enjoy your favorite morning blend.
Kitchensanctuary.com has some great recipes like the Oaty Mocha Hot Smoothie or the Apple, Elderflower and Pomegranate Hot Smoothie.
It’s definitely flu season, not to mention all the nasty colds that seem to go around this time of year. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and get some sunlight, which triggers the production of Vitamin D, essential for fighting the flu and various illnesses. You may also want to try some immune-supporting herbs like garlic, echinacea and ginseng.
Besides being a comfort food, beans add flavor and texture to soups, chili, and casseroles. They can also be great as a salad topper. Beans are rich in protein, iron, folic acid, fiber, and potassium. So pick a bean, any bean — lima, black, garbanzo, pinto, or others — and enjoy.
Soup doesn’t usually top the list of favorites for the hotter months but it’s perfectly satisfying when the temperature drops. It’s even better when you make your own from scratch and fill your home with those comforting smells.
There are some wonderful seasonal soup recipes available on Eatingwell.com.
Instead of a cocktail full of sugars, try a room temperature table wine to take the chill off. Go for a red wine, in particular, as has it has heart healthy benefits. Keep in mind that a standard size glass of wine is just 4 ozs and that alcohol consumption should always be in moderation, as well as approved by your doctor or nutritionist.
All of the relaxation from summer can be undone with the back-to-school madness and crazy schedules. Unfortunately, stress can actually affect your health, so try and focus on ways to keep calm and relaxed. There are all kinds of way to fight stress like meditation and yoga but one of the easiest is to get in touch with friends or family. Sometimes just the positive emotions from connecting with loved ones can make you feel good.
Why wait for the beginning of next year to start getting healthier and feeling better? Go for it now! Total Nutrition Technology has personalized programs to fit everyone and offers an array of testing (like metabolic and DNA) to find just the right one for you. Who says you have to wait until January, get started on your best self now.
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