It’s finally Fall, and while I love me some pool weather, I have to admit, Fall is my favorite season. Here in the Midwest, Fall is the prettiest change in season. The trees are vibrant with yellow and red leaves. The air is crisp and there is an energy that only Fall can bring. But for some, fall means expanding waistlines and big baggy clothes, jackets and sweats to hide in. Are you one that feels a bit overwhelmed keeping up with kids' activities/school or are you the type that goes into hibernation as the weather turns? Either way, it is very easy to slip into less activity and unhealthy food choices for ourselves. Our bodies begin to crave the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and comfort foods higher in calories and fat. There is no doubt that avoiding weight gain during this season is challenging, but it IS possible, because this year you are going to be mindful of the challenges this lovely season brings, embrace them, and be ahead of the game!
7 WAYS TO BEAT THE FALL WEIGHT GAIN
Incorporate Seasonal Foods – Most cities still offer farmer’s markets with a whole new selection of foods. Take advantage of these delicious foods and vegetables to switch things up.
Take it outside – Move your workout outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Walking, biking, running, weights…whatever your preferred exercise, take it outside.
Be accountable – Track your food even for just a week or two to reel yourself in to reality. This could simply be done with pen/paper or using an app like MyFitnessPal or Lose It.
Crock pots – Yes, you can eat healthy utilizing a crock pot. Soups are wonderful this time of year and are typically low in calories while packing in the nutrition.
Avoid temptation – Find ways to avoid temptations such as the heavier foods like “mac and cheese.” Those “mini” snack candies add up and before you know it, the bag is gone.
Apples and Pumpkins – These are great foods to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try a new recipe that will help you stay "on plan" such as PUMPKIN PIE PROTEIN NO-BAKE BITES.
Because I'm Happy... – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically affects people over the cooler months, and may cause sufferers to eat more when it’s cold and dark. As the days get shorter, be mindful not to use food as a means to make yourself feel better. Help your happy thoughts by making sure you are getting enough Vitamin D3 through a dose of daily sunlight or using a supplement. Also staying connected with friends and family and keeping a positive mindset will help keep you on track.
Now for those of you that can’t or don’t want to do it alone this Fall, I am so excited to announce my online group coaching program – Fit, Fueled and Fired UPP. This new program is 11 weeks to boosting body confidence and fitting into your favorite clothes again. In this supportive online group, I’ll be explaining step-by-step exactly what to do to feel healthier and better about yourself, not just now, but for the rest of your life. Fit, Fueled and Fired UPP starts October 6th, so sign up now and feel amazing by the New Year! LEARN MORE