The signs are there! The turning leaves and the return of pumpkin spice everything can only mean one thing; fall. The long, bright days of summer are over and that slight chill in the air at night is only going to get chillier.
While the end of summer is a little sad, the fall really is a great season, and for some it’s even their favorite. With the beaches closed, the tank tops packed away and the kids back in school life does change quite a lot though, including the way you eat and stay healthy. With all of this in mind, here are five tips to help you eat healthy and live a vibrant, healthy life this fall
Shop Fresh, Shop in Season
Fall brings a bounty of wonderful foods that simply really aren’t summer eating fare. Head to your local farmer’s market and you’ll find an abundance of yummy Fall produce including fresh pumpkins, yams, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, figs, elderberries and even cranberries. And all of these are very diverse foods that can be used in lots of different ways while also adding an abundance of vitamins and minerals to your everyday diet and buying organic, fresh produce helps ensure you get all of them as well as great taste.
Eat Fall Colors
Fall has a very distinct color palette. Rich oranges, luscious golds, deep greens and radiant reds. In order to help you eat healthy in the fall keep these colors in mind when choosing the foods that end up on your plate. The general rule of thumb is that the more colorful the fruits and veggies you consume are, the better they are for you.
Boost Your Immune System
Colds and flus do tend to begin to flare up in the fall and so now is the time to start giving your immune system an extra boost. In addition to your healthy fall diet things like making sure you get enough sleep, practicing simple stress relief techniques and taking simple infection prevention measures such as washing your hands frequently, keeping the surfaces of your home – and your desk as germ free as possible and cooking meats thoroughly will all help.
We all usually spend the most time outdoors in the summer, simply because the weather is warmer and it’s rather nice to get out into the sun. Once the weather starts to get colder the temptation is to remain indoors and fall into a state of semi hibernation!
It is, however, essential that you keep moving. A walk through the falling leaves is actually a wonderful, once a year experience that really shouldn’t be missed anyway, but that’s not all you can do. If you want to bring your exercise indoors you could try mall walking (most do offer formal walking groups but you can always do it alone) swimming in an indoor pool, yoga at home or take the plunge, join a gym and take a fun, energizing class like Zumba.
Take Extra Care of Yourself
As the temperatures drop old – and new – nagging aches and pains do seem to rear their ugly heads more often. Now is the time to see what can be done about them rather than trying to spend the next several (cold) months trying to ‘deal with’ or ignore them. Take the time to book yourself a consultation with a chiropractor, a health professional who is truly well versed in treating such things gently and naturally and who can help you ensure that you stay as physically healthy all fall – and winter – long and beyond.
We are taking new patients and offering free consultations, and that way we find out if you are someone we can help before going any further. Call us today for a free consultation at (913)-953-5959 or CLICK HERE for more information about our Overland Park chiropractic office.