Here we are! The fall season is officially underway. And you may be wondering how you’re going to shed those pounds without outdoor exercising. Sure, it’s a lot more fun to exercise in the warmth. But the fall actually presents us with greater incentive to eat a more nutritious diet. Barbeque season is over, ladies and gentlemen. So there is less temptation to dig in to those burgers and hot dogs.
In a special to The Globe and Mail, Leslie Beck writes that the fall is the perfect time to renew your commitment to your health and fitness. And there are a number of ways in which this can be achieved. She lists a number of helpful tidbits of advice that are quite easy to follow. It’s all about setting a tone for each day, she asserts. Sticking to your goals can be easier than you think.
Water. Start drinking water from the moment you wake up, insists Beck. This is the first way to set the tone for each day. Two glasses, in fact, is her recommendation. This will replenish your body and its entire system. By immediately drinking water, you help your digestive system, metabolism and blood circulation. As well, try drinking water before eating a meal so you avoid overeating.
Plan Your Meals. Try to eat five small meals a day instead of the traditional three big ones. Beck suggests having breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack and then dinner. By eating smaller meals, you assist your energy levels and feel a lot less sluggish throughout the day. It also helps to keep your appetite under control. Smaller, more frequent meals are easier for your body to break down as well.
Fruits and Veggies. Don’t skimp on the healthy stuff. Beck insists that fruits and vegetables need to be included in each and every one of your meals and snacks. Don’t fill up on calories, she insists. Instead, be sure to include fruits and vegetables that are rich in fibre. This way, you’ll feel full longer because these foods are digested more slowly than foods lacking fibre.
Want to know what fruits have the highest fibre content? Apples, apricots, blackberries, mango, pears, plums and raspberries all make the list. As far as the veggies go, invest in asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, kale, okra, green peas and sweet potatoes. These foods will do wonders for your body. Clearly not barbeque food, these healthy items will give you that detox from summer eating your body needs.
Go Veggie. Speaking of detoxification, you may want to introduce some vegetarian meals into your daily eating if you haven’t already. Beck notes that red meat and processed meat are popular summer items. But now that the fall is here, it’s time to cut back. Instead, try to include chickpeas, black beans and tofu into your meals as protein alternatives.
Sugar Cutbacks. Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? During the summer, it’s pretty easy to indulge it. But now is the time we start saying no to ice cream and sugary beverages – at least as often as you can. As well, “I advise women to limit their intake of alcoholic beverages to a maximum of one per day or seven per week and men, maximum nine drinks per week,” writes Beck.
Here’s hoping that the fall gets you falling back into your healthy routine!