8 Tips For Eating Healthy This Fall

8 Tips For Eating Healthy This Fall

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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How To Make Easy Healthy Desserts That Are Nut-Rageous

How To Make Easy Healthy Desserts That Are Nut-Rageous

Growing up, I would always misspell the words ‘desert’ and ‘dessert’. My teachers would tell me to think about the ‘s’ in the word—they would tell me that ‘dessert’ has two ‘s’ because they are super sweet and make us want to eat more; hence the double ‘s’. Deserts are typically very dry and sunny; not something we want more of; hence the single ‘s’. As silly as this is, it is something that has stuck with me into adulthood and has even made its way into the American diet. It is not a secret that most Americans have a sweet tooth and have no problem putting the extra ‘s’ in dessert.

As Americans, I believe we are all born with a natural attraction to desserts. It’s like we have a sweet tooth with a sensor, and once we come across a dessert, the sensor signals the body that it absolutely needs it. So, as many Americans do, we eat the dessert and move on with our lives. However, we often forget about the calories, sugar, and fat content of the sweets we are eating.

We all have this natural sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied every so often. However, there are many other ways to “splurge” into desserts without as many calories, sugar and fat.

Some Ideas For Easy Healthy Dessert Preparation:

Applesauce:

Applesauce—the unsweetened kind—should be a staple item for every baker as you can substitute it for sugar in many recipes. However, when doing so, you will need to reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe (approx. ¼ cup) to counteract the substitution. Using applesauce instead of sugar allows for a more natural sweetness and less calories. Additionally, applesauce can be used to substitute oil or butter in a recipe. There are two ways to do so: Replace half of the total butter or oil with applesauce or replace the whole amount. No matter what the substitution you choose, calories and fat content will be decreased.

Fruit:

Betsy's Best fruit and yogurt parfait features her cinnamon almond butter.Want to indulge in something sweet, without the added calories and fat? Eat fruit for dessert! A Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, with your favorite type of fruit, is the perfect treat at the end of a meal. Or, if you are in the mood for some tasty ice cream, try Dream Cream Fruit and Veggie Ice Cream. This delectable dessert combines fruit and veggies plus double the nutrients! Not to mention, much less fat than the average ice cream.

Betsy’s Best:

Nothing ‘puts the cherry on top’ of the dessert like Betsy’s Best Nut Butter. Try Betsy’s Chocolate Chia Pudding, and blow your ordinary chocolate pudding out of the park. This deliciousToasted Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding is an easy healthy dessert incorporation of the Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter with the chocolate is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Quick & Easy:

Betsy's Best dark chocolate strawberry poppersAre you in need for a quick, healthy dessert? Try Betsy’s Dark Chocolate Strawberry Poppers. This 4-ingredient treat is not only delicious, but very easy to assemble! It will leave you satisfied without the extra calories of ordinary desserts.

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The Best Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The Best Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have received a lot of attention lately for their health benefits – and for a good reason! These polyunsaturated fatty acids have been linked to lowered levels of inflammation, risk for cardiovascular disease and even memory loss.

For the most part, the standard American diet is very deficient in omega-3s. By increasing your intake of omega-3s through food sources, you can drastically improve your overall health. Although this nutrition topic is very complex and expanding constantly, the main thing we know is this: increasing your consumption of the following omega-3 rich foods will increase your body’s omega-3 supply, in turn improving your health and well-being.

Fatty Fish: Albacore tuna, mackerel, anchovies and fresh-caught salmon are the best sources of omega-3s. These types of fish eat a less soluble form of omega-3s (ALA) through seaweed and convert it to the most beneficial forms for our bodies (EPA and DHA). Eating these types of fish, or supplementing with a 1,000-1,500 mg daily dose of fish oil, is an excellent way to improve your health.

Almonds: In addition to being an excellent source of antioxidants, protein, and beneficial vitamins and minerals, almonds are also an excellent source of plant-based omega-3s.

Flax Seeds: These fiber and omega-3-packed seeds can easily be added to your diet by sprinkling them on oatmeal, cereals, salads and smoothies. Just make sure to grind or buy already ground flax seed so your body can fully absorb the amazing nutrients flax has to offer.

Chia Seeds: These seeds may be one of the smallest and most nutritious foods in the world. Chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber in just 2 tablespoons, and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as iron, calcium and magnesium.

We’re crazy about Omega-3 fatty acids which is a big reason why chia seeds are a key ingredient in all of our Betsy’s Best Peanut, Almond and Seed Butters. Each serving contains all of your daily Omega-3 needs!

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Super Core – Tips To Strengthen Your Abs

Super Core – Tips To Strengthen Your Abs

 

You may see a lot of “super” hero’s around the neighborhood this month, but those painted on abs on those Halloween costumes signify a strong body. Every mortal human has a core and it is a shame to neglect the powerhouse of your body. The core is one of the most functional parts of your body. It helps you in everything from golf and sports, to prevent back pain and helping with everyday functions.

Betsy’s Best Tips To Strengthen Your Abs

Here are some quick exercises that you can do 3-4 times a week to help build a better core. Do 2-3 sets of each and hold 15-20 seconds.

Airplane – Stand on one leg and extended other leg behind you with arms to side. Lean chest forward and lift leg off of ground. Pull belly tight and squeeze glut muscle. Keep head, hips, and leg all level. Balance and breathe.

Plank – Start on hands and knees. Place hands shoulder width apart and knees hip width apart. Ground toes into floor and pick up knees and extend legs straight. Hold belly tight and keep back level, don’t let your hips drop to the floor. Hold arms steady and breathe.

Superman – This exercise is done starting on your hands and knees. Pull belly tight and extend right arm and left leg level with body and hold, then switch to other hand and opposite leg and hold. Make sure back remains straight and belly tight.

 

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Fall into Fabulous With Betsy’s Fall Fitness Tips

Fall into Fabulous With Betsy’s Fall Fitness Tips

As Summer becomes a distant memory and Autumn moves into full swing, it is time to research some Fall fitness tips.. The cooler weather brings more cravings for those cozy treats as our bodies prepare for hibernation. Watch out for the fall slow down. Keep your energy and immunity boosted by reducing inflammation. Lastly, don’t indulging in the foods that drag you down.

Regain your motivation to take charge of your health through the crisp months ahead. Make a goal sheet for how you will handle the fall season and, instead of falling behind on your health goals, fall into fabulous by staying fit!

Each month, I try to provide you with information that is not only helpful, but motivational. These are all easy steps that will lead you in the right direction. Sometimes life is not all about the destination. It is about the journey. This is where character, drive, and motivation are built. That experience is what will rebuild you into a stronger, more resilient person.

Health is something that is not given to you. Sure, we are all born healthy, for the most part. It is our lifestyles that wear us down. It is the good choices we make that will rebuild our health or maintain it. With that in mind, here are a few simple suggestions that should be easy to incorporate into your life:

Betsy’s 3 Best Healthy Lifestyle Suggestions for the Fall

Get outside and enjoy the Fall weather:

  • Visit a nearby park with great hiking tails.
  • Start training for a Turkey Trot 5K or 10K.
  • Go on leaf-peeping walks,

Eat the delicious healthy foods offered by the Autumn harvest:

Set attainable fitness goals to reach by Thanksgiving:

  • Lose 10 pounds over the next two months
  • Add 4 pounds of muscle by Turkey day
  • Walk 10,000 steps a day

If you fail to plan, then you have planned to fail. Don’t let another month go by where you don’t make a change that you can keep. Make a goal sheet for how you will handle the fall season. Instead of falling behind on your health goals, fall into fabulous by staying fit!

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