With fall, days get shorter. This can result in people spending more time indoors. Longer evenings spent indoors can result in increased caloric consumption. Instead of succumbing to eating more and exercising less, consider exploring one or more of the following tips to stay active and make healthier eating choices.
Eat carbohydrates in moderation. Instead of consuming many carbohydrates, including starch-rich foods, limit the number of carbohydrates consumed. White flour, white rice, and refined sugar are all examples of bad carbs; instead of eating these, choose whole wheat bread, make sandwiches that replace bread with lettuce leaves, or and replace traditional pasta with whole grain pasta.
- Go for a walk. With fall bringing cooler temperatures, make it a point to go for a walk. Try to add a quick walk into the start of one’s day or after dinner in the evenings. This can provide one with exposure to the sunlight, which may prevent seasonal affective disorder.
- Eat healthy fresh foods. Fall brings an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits, including sweet potatoes, apples, pumpkins, butternut squash, and greens. Try out a new recipe and enjoy the nutrients that can be found in these fresh fall foods that are packed with vitamin C, fiber, protein, and beta-carotene.
- Enjoy soups and stews in moderation. Consider making soups and stews that do not include cheese or cream. These entrees may actually be healthier than many foods consumed during the spring and summer months, so enjoy their hearty taste. Be mindful of serving sizes.
- Limit eating while watching TV. Many people love to eat while they watch a football game or a primetime show. Instead of unconsciously eating from bags or large containers, pre-measure snacks before sitting down on the couch.
- Rethink pie ingredients. When making pies, rethink some traditional ingredients. Consider using egg whites and low-fat milk to decrease caloric intake while having a slice of apple or pumpkin pie.
- Be active while watching TV. Take advantage of commercials by using breaks from your favorite show as built-in exercise times. Complete sit-ups, run in place or do jumping jacks while you wait for your favorite show to return. This will likely get some positive endorphins going!