EAT RIGHT IN AUTUMN SEASON

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When the autumn season arrives, many people show a natural tendency to stock up the fridge and cupboards with tasty comfort foods in preparation for winter. As the weather starts to get colder there are a number of factors that contribute to this increased need for unhealthy treats and the increased likelihood to stray from healthy dietary habits. These include:

  • less participation in physical activities
  • a busier agenda
  • a tendency to choose readymade meals with less daylight and sunshine to fill you up with feel good hormones instead.

Diet

If you follow the 3 easy tips below you can kit yourself with full body armour as you march into the battle of the autumn bulge.

1.PLAN YOUR MEALS: Take the time to go shopping for fresh and healthy foods and make it your mission to choose as much colour and as much freshness as you can possibly find. Make a list of healthy ingredients to make nutritious meals and snacks and choose vitamin-rich and antioxidant-packed seasonal fruits and vegetables such as oranges, grapes, avocadoes, pomegranates, red peppers and cranberries.

2.DRINK A LOT OF WATER: Even though it is cold outside and you may not feel a great thirst, don’t forget to drink plenty of water or tea (herbal teas, fruit teas, etc.) to cleanse your body, to keep your metabolic clock ticking and to help make you feel at the top of your health. Reduce the amount of coffee you drink to avoid water retention and susceptibility to disturbed metabolic activity.

3.EAT HEALTHY FOODS HEARTILY: When it’s cold outside even though your first instinct may be to reach for the rich, creamy foods or sugary baked goods, make sure you include protein foods* in the meals and snacks that you eat to keep you feeling full for longer and to boost your energy. Try not to go more than 4 hours without eating, and be prepared for hunger attacks, with healthy snacks that you can eat on-the-run like bananas, nuts, yoghurts, turkey ham, carrot and celery sticks, etc.

So instead of letting the onset of the cold season get you down and wreck some of the great dietary habits you may have acquired, TAKE ACTION! Plan your meals; choose well; drink regularly and eat colorfully! For extra support contact our Nutrition Specialists to choose the best mix for autumn for you.

*protein foods include foods from meat, poultry, fish, seafood, beans, dairy foods, nuts, eggs, peas, soy products, etc.


Liz Andrews
Fitness Manager
Holmes Place Iberia

Posted in Nutrition