How to Reboot Your Healthy Lifestyle This Fall
The first day of autumn is officially September 23, and we are ready for it! Summer is blissfully bright, sunny, and full of outdoor gatherings. But we’re welcoming the season of sweaters and pumpkins with open arms. If you’re like us—feeling a little spent from all the summer fun we’ve been having—then we highly recommend making a conscious decision to reboot your healthy lifestyle this fall. Read on for easy ways to make fall the season of health, productivity, and mental balance.
Summer seems like a light, bright, healthy season. But you’ve likely spent more weekends munching on delicious BBQ recipes and sipping (or licking) summer cocktails than you’d care to admit. Instead of going from backyard pool parties straight into tailgating parties, take a breather. Spend some time with yourself. Make your own meals. And cool it on the alcohol, at least for a weekend or two. We recommend swapping your end-of-day vino for a refreshing SodaStream beverage or fresh mint tea.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you can anchor your fall mornings around a superfood-laden meal, your energy levels will soar and stay elevated throughout the day. Try making a chia seed pudding topped with seasonal cranberries, or a flaxseed-rich smoothie.
Try sticking to a strict clean eating plan for the first couple of weeks of fall. It’s good to cut or tone down your sugar intake, nix processed food from your diet, and load up on vegetables and lean protein. Whole9 provides a great nutrition guide for stripping your diet down to basics and getting clean before we get into holiday mode.
Be conscious about what’s in season, and shop for seasonal, local ingredients whenever you can. Even if you can’t make it to a farmers market, educate yourself on what to look for in the produce section. Knowing which ingredients are in season when is a great way to align your body with the time of year. September is a perfect time to cook with apples, artichokes, and eggplant.
We love summer hours more than a lot of things. Sadly, the Fridays when we got to skip out of the office after lunch have come to an end. But as we notice the days getting shorter and shorter, it’s the perfect time to reset our body clocks. Summer nights may have thrown off your sleep pattern, so try readjusting with the season. Go to bed a little earlier and wake up a little earlier to catch every bit of sunlight that you can. And make sure you’re getting your seven hours!
Summer is full of water sports—kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, you name it. But as the temperature starts to drop, what is going to be your fun active outlet for fall? We recommend cycling around your city with friends, hiking, or joining a recreational sports team like your local soccer league.
According to interior design expert Emily Henderson, “It’s best to refresh [your home] every season.” Welcome fall to your home with a few inexpensive additions, like dark throws layered over your light couches or plaid pillows to replace your floral designs. Revamping your space gives your mood a little uptick and helps make you excited for the new season, as opposed to mourning the end of summer. We recommend adding a few scented candles to your abode. Nothing says fall like a warm, spicy scent.
No, we don’t mean it’s time to start whipping up the stuffing. The beginning of a new season, especially one that ends with Thanksgiving, is a wonderful time to be grateful. Step away from your laptop and everything else, and take a moment to reflect on your life and the people for which you are most grateful. Dedicating a moment, or maybe even a weekend, to the theme of gratitude is an excellent way to inspire happiness in yourself and those around you.