Why not “fall” into healthier habits and feel better before entering the holidays?

Make this the season to change and build healthier habits that will last a lifetime! Making changes doesn’t necessarily have to be hard— you just need a goal, something to focus on, and a plan to help you see it through! Make getting healthier fun, interactive, and something to look forward to, rather than something to dread. Take pride and feel good about the positive changes you are making in your life; you will be surprised how your good energy will rub off on others! You will look at yourself and your choices in a whole new light! After all, the trees prepare us to let things go so that we can create a platform for new beginnings!

Betsy’s 8 Tips For Eating Healthy This Fall

#1. Don’t “fall” into old habits

It is much easier to follow old habits than to learn new ones, hence why patterns are created! Sometimes our lives are too busy to take the time and energy to plan, prepare, and focus on something new. The best way to fall into a new habit is to make it an easy change where there is little thought process or time involved. A gradual change, like the changing of the colors of the leaves, will make it easier to adjust. Start with a list of what you would like to change about your health and habits, then place those into 3 categories: Easy, Moderate, and Hard. Start with the easy changes, and once you accomplish each change, move to the next group. Don’t rush the process and take it step by step. Enjoy the beauty of each change, just as you would enjoy the colors of the fall foliage.

#2. “Leaves” the negativity behind

It is often the negative thoughts, self-doubt, and disappointing letdowns that lead people away from following through with change. 
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”—Wayne Dyer. You must focus your mind to look at the situation differently. You can’t just say you are going to eat healthy; you must understand how that choice will impact you. It is one thing to “want” something and another to “embrace” something. If you fill your mind with all the reasons you want the goal to happen, you leave little room for the negative thoughts that often take you away from your intention.

#3. “Gourde” your happiness

We often look at being healthy as work. Going to the gym, packing lunches, avoiding alcohol, eliminating that sugar rush from an afternoon snack. Why would we want to stop something that makes us happy or frees up time? However, does that truly create happiness? Learning balance is the true happiness. When making changes, make sure you don’t completely cut out the things that give you equilibrium in life. Still enjoy time with friends or enjoy the outdoors for exercise instead of the gym. Don’t just think a certain weight or size will make you happy. Happiness is important to our wellbeing and is something that is found in the soul and not on a scale. Be sure to dig deep to find the passion that makes you feel your best. Once you find it, work on it, and know that when you meet your goal you will feel harmony.

#4. “Spice” up your diet

Food ruts are always a sign of a stale diet. The number one reason people get off track with their diets is because of boredom. Each season is the perfect reason to change the diet and the fall calls for the “harvest” of new recipes! Pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, cranberries and cinnamon will spice up your diet. Give some new recipes a try and learn to rotate to new recipes each season to beat the boredom with food. One good trick is to buy fruits and veggies that are in season, even if you have never tried them, and find recipes to try! This will give you a chance to try new foods, and escape the boredom of eating the same things.

#5. “Cool” your hunger

The winter harvest is for filling up with hardy foods before the winter hibernation begins. It is natural for our bodies to crave more food, not because we hibernate, but because we spend less time outside and tend to eat more. Not to mention all the sweets around, which actually make you hungrier! Fill up on fiber-rich foods, don’t skip meals, and keep yourself active to prevent the haunting hunger that can derail your healthy eating goals.

#6. “Warm” your body

And we don’t mean standing in front of a heater! Get active this holiday season! Do you realize you burn more calories shopping in a store than you do online? About 20 miles worth or 1,500 calories! Find ways to move more and don’t give up your exercise routine when you travel either. Most people find excuses why they fall out of exercise during the holidays; instead, why not create new ones? Go on a family walk after the big turkey dinner instead of plopping on the couch, play a game of twister or interactive video game after unwrapping the gifts under the tree, and celebrate the New Year dancing the night away.

#7. “Harvest” the produce

Toss the bread and eat veggies instead! Do you notice how much bread and starchy foods surround the holiday table and holiday parties? Dinner rolls, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cakes, pies and cookies. The starches always outweigh the protein and veggies. Try making at least half of the food items plant-based! Offer more salads, veggie appetizers or plant-based entrees. You will be surprised to see how many people enjoy them and how you will feel better! Keep that in mind the whole holiday season when you are filling your plate, make half of it plant-based to keep food off the waist!

#8. “Change” the way you look at things

Falling into good habits depends on how you prepare yourself mentally. It always starts with inspiration, and that is where you will find your motivation. Finding passion in what you do is what will keep you accountable, and not just going through the moves but finding purpose in all the choices you make. Take pride in the work you put forth because when you “own it,” you live it, and when it becomes part of you, it never goes away. Fall for something you love, and that “something” should be YOU!!!

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