The start of a new season is an ideal time to renew your health goals. The fall is about starting new and jumping into new opportunities. So, before the holiday season arrives, get in your all-time best shape. With a few small tweaks to your fitness routine and diet, you can be on your way to achieving a new fall fitness goal. Here are 6 ways to make this fall season the healthiest one you have ever had.
Incorporate Seasonal Produce Into Your Diet
Local and in-season produce will not only benefit the quality of your daily meals but also your health. In-seasonal produce is often the most affordable produce in the grocery store. Not to mention, produce consumed during it ideal growth period is more nutritious and flavorful. Produce considered in-season during the fall include pumpkin, acorn squash, brussel sprouts and pomegranate.
Consume More Healthy Fats
When fall arrives, comfort foods are typically not far behind. In order to make this fall more healthy, give some extra thought to the ingredients you are cooking and baking with. There is almost always a healthier alternative out there. For example, instead of cooking with olive oil or butter, use coconut oil. Aside from its many health benefits like being high in naturally saturated fats, coconut oil can be heated to a higher temperature before breaking down to free radicals.
Find Time To Unwind
Why does it seem that we only find time to de-stress when our stress levels become unignorable? Instead of waiting until you are near your breaking point, be proactive about unwinding this fall. For example, take a bath with a few drops of lavender and Epsom salts or set aside 10 minutes to meditate. Perhaps the stress of family drama is the culprit? Instead of waiting to address a lingering issue, be proactive and address the issue at hand before the holidays arrive.
Practice The 20 Minute Rule
The holidays are one of the toughest times to manage weight. This fall instead of letting your body slip into hibernation mode, practice mindful eating. A great way to fend off any unnecessary weight gain is to make each meal an activity of its own, meaning don't multitask while eating. By being present during each meal, your body is able to register the amount of food you are consuming and therefore better at indicating the feeling of fullness. It takes roughly 20 minutes for your body to communicate its state of fullness, so wait 20 minutes before going for seconds.
Increase Your Vitamin D Intake
Vitamin D levels get lower during the fall and winter months as the earth tilts further from the sun. Since you won’t be able to rely on the summer sun for a vitamin D boost, incorporate a vitamin D supplement or vitamin D rich foods into your diet. Vitamin D acts as mood support, keeps your immune system strong and can help the skin with issues like acne, psoriasis and even protect your skin from UV rays. Foods rich in vitamin D include egg yolk, shiitake mushrooms, and wild salmon.
Drink More Water
Everyone should always strive to drink more water, however, hydration becomes extra important during the fall as the weather turns dry. Typically our hair, nails, and skin are the first to feel the effects of the dry weather, so hydrating from the inside out is key. Consume AT LEAST eight glasses of water every day! If you struggle to drink water throughout the day, turn to foods high in good fats for hydration, like avocado oils, wild salmon, and coconut oil.
Instead of mourning the end of the summer season, embrace the start of a new season and use this as an opportunity to make positive change. If you are looking to stock up on your fall supplements, visit us at your nearest Max Muscle location today.