Healthy Eating Habits in the Fall

By October 18, 2013Archives

 In the summer, many people find it a lot easier to fill their diets with fresh produce and follow a healthy eating regimen. However, once fall rolls around, a lot of those healthy habits quickly fall by the wayside. This is especially true of the fall holidays, particularly Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Halloween may be one night of trick or treating for children, but it can be easy for many older adults to take advantage of that plethora of candy which somehow finds its way to the kitchen table. The following month, you have to deal with a Thanksgiving feast that is notorious for packing on the pounds.

The good news is that fall doesn’t have to ruin your healthy eating habits! Here are some smart warm-weather eating tips that you should stick with all fall.

Eat Seasonally

Once the colder months roll around, it’s harder to find many of the fresh and healthy foods of summer in abundance. One of the smartest things you can do is to eat what’s locally available in your area. For example, try adding pumpkin, acorn squash and late corn to your diet.

If you can’t seem to locate any fresh local veggies, you can always supplement the nutrients in your healthy diet. Do that by choosing frozen vegetables from your local grocer’s freezer. You’ll get a better (and healthier) product when you choose frozen instead of canned.

Eat Breakfast Each Morning

Summer is often a time of laid back schedules, making it easier to schedule the time for breakfast each morning. In the fall, you should stick with that routine.

Start each morning out right by eating a balanced and nutritious breakfast. Remember that you need to add 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber to your breakfast each time you prepare a meal. Opting for bran muffins or whole-wheat toast is a great way to get healthy. In addition, eating breakfast will help to jump-start your metabolism and give you energy to last through the afternoon.

Drink More Water

Dehydration is a condition that many older adults find themselves struggling with. Making sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day will prevent the problems associated with dehydration. Plus,
drinking more water can actually help you lose weight!

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