I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by! Even though it will soon be time to toss the bikinis and don our jackets, there is no reason to let healthy eating fall by the way side. Every change of season allows us to take a closer look at what is working in our life and what isn’t serving us. It’s the perfect time to get rid of unhealthy ways and set new goals. I not only clean out my closet and make room for new fall-weather finds, but I also love to change what’s in my pantry and refrigerator to make room for healthy fall foods. I stock up on nourishing soups as well as seasonal fruits and veggies. I also make sure to have plenty of organic and all-natural snacks on hand, including nuts, CalNaturale Svelte protein drinks, hard boiled eggs, string cheese, hummus and edamame.
As a matter of fact, fall is the perfect time of year to get organized; you can use the “back to school” mentality to set and achieve healthy goals in all aspects of your life. I don’t know about you, but I used to love the thrill of going back to school! I was one of those kids who thrived on having a schedule, learning new things and being able to buy new school supplies and school clothes. I also really loved how healthy eating and exercise were a natural part of my school days. We always woke up, had a healthy breakfast, and walked to the bus stop. After that, the school day would be filled with recesses and scheduled snack times, followed by another walk home, a healthy snack, and jumping on the trampoline, going to dance class, or playing with friends before doing my homework.
School was really structured in a way to keep us going and feed our little growing bodies and healthy brains. We need to set up a similar schedule in our adult life because when we set ourselves up on a regular sleeping and eating schedule, our bodies really appreciate it! Our metabolisms run faster, our hormones balance themselves out, we feel better, and we’re more productive. In addition to not sleeping well, one of the biggest mistakes we can make is letting ourselves go too long without eating. When our blood sugars dip, our bodies go into starvation mode so we can’t think straight and get cranky. Next thing we know, we are ravenous and eat anything in site—or we eat something based on a starvation-like craving, which spikes our blood sugar, and then we crash and the rest of the day is shot.
We would never send our children to school on an empty stomach or take them to soccer practice before giving them a nutritious snack. It’s important to treat ourselves in the same way and with the same respect. So if you think you’re too busy in the morning to eat breakfast, grab a Cappuccino Svelte protein shake as you head out the door and drink it on your morning commute. If you have just 10 extra minutes, blend the Spiced Chai with 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, ice and a dash of cinnamon. I love to have this with a cup of black tea as I welcome in the fall season. For a mid-morning snack, pack an apple and raw almonds to provide the fiber and protein you need to keep going until lunch, or make a meal of it if you’re stuck working through your lunch hour by adding a French Vanilla Svelte drink. To really bring back that childhood feeling, take a crisp fall walk after lunch for some fresh air and mix a Chocolate Svelte with ice for sweet treat.
I double-dog dare you to welcome the fall with a sweet new appreciation for a wonderful season full of beautiful colors, fun activities, and engaging school or work projects!