As the fall season approaches, you might be thinking about those sugary treats and more time spent indoors with no physical exercise. However, while these can be fun activities, fall should not be about isolating yourself or loading up on the unhealthy foods. It is all about balance, where you can enjoy the season, while also maintaining your physical and emotional health.
Jesus replied to them, I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. John 6:35
A good way to start taking care of your health in the fall season is to switch to vegetables that are currently in season. This is when you can enjoy fall produce like pumpkin, butternut squash, apples, carrots, tomatoes, and many others. Seasonal produce is going to be less expensive, so it is great for your budget, plus it encourages you to try new recipes when you switch it up a little. You will also have the opportunity to sneak in more superfoods into your diet.
If you want to bake for the fall season and holidays in general, it might seem like it won’t help you be healthier, but that’s not true at all. You can still make smarter choices in the kitchen when baking pies, cookies, and brownies for the fall season, without going overboard. Make simple changes, such as using healthier substitutes for some of your classic ingredients, like Greek yogurt or bananas, adding more baked goods with healthier ingredients like pumpkin and fruit, and always paying close attention to portion sizes.
Exercise can be wonderful for self-care and your physical health. It is good for your heart, boosts your energy levels, and can help you feel like you are doing something really great for yourself. Try physical activities that allow you to practice self-care at the same time, such as a relaxing stretches in the morning, a nice evening walk with your dog, or heading to a local lake or beach to take in the sights while you walk.
Don’t forget about illnesses that tend to creep up in the fall, including the common cold! To prevent the cold, boost your immune, wash your hands regularly throughout the day, stay away from others who have the sniffles, and always dress appropriately when outside on cooler days. Take your vitamin C, drink plenty of fluids, and pay attention to your health – these are all going to work great at reducing your risk for catching a cold.