Fall is a wonderful time of year…the weather is cooling down, leaves transform into gorgeous colors and those wonderful spices and smells of the season are coming from the kitchen. This season can be beneficial for our health such as when we enjoy harvests from our garden or delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables.
On the other hand, this time of year can be the start of a growing waistline. Temptation seems to find us easier than ever. For most, a little extra willpower is needed to keep a healthy outlook around the holidays.
Halloween appears to mark the beginning of the ‘holiday season’. This means extra baked goods sitting around the office, aisles of temptation at the grocery store and invitations to festive get-togethers. Changing weather outdoors may also mean mixing up the exercise routine.
Weight management can become more difficult during this last quarter of the year. What can you do? Well, it becomes even more necessary to set goals. Plan ahead, and maybe even write down why improving your health through weight loss is important to you. Small steps can help:
1. Use 1 day to plan meals for the entire week and complete your grocery shopping.
2. Take advantage of that Crock-Pot so that a warm, healthy meal is waiting for you when you get home from a long day.
3. Try to keep meals regular to control your appetite so that goodies around the office are less tempting.
If pumpkin spice flavored everything or miniature candy bars have become a part of your routine…remember that tomorrow is a new day. Wake up with a new outlook, and set a small goal to work on over the coming weeks.