Summer is behind us and Fall is officially here. We tend to have slower days this season, which is welcomed after a busy summer. Think of moving from an extroverted season to an introverted season. More leisurely days can lead to falling off track with your healthy habits, but not if you stay mindful of the goals you’ve been working on all summer long or for that matter for 2020. Don’t get derailed.
Here are a few of my simple & favorite tweaks to stay on track during this slower season…
“Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forwards, and savoring the journey.”
~ Roy T. Bennett
Spice Up Your Life
A few dashes of your favorite spicy toppings can do wonders for your metabolism. Eat more hot peppers or even sprinkle red pepper flakes from your spice rack onto your foods to help boost your metabolism almost effortlessly. Add it to soups, stir-fry, pasta, or even your salad too.
Skip the Diets
The best thing you can do is actually eat more of the right food. Fiber-rich fruits and veggies can be gobbled down until you feel that satisfied feeling with no guilt involved. Make smart choices when you’re eating, and you’ll be fueling your body with the right stuff and balancing a healthy metabolism. Fad diets rarely work in the long term so keep your focus on clean eating and enjoying the foods you do consume.
Power Up with Protein
Protein powers and maintains lean muscle. You don’t need to be a meat-eater though to get all the protein you need. Plant-based proteins are an ideal solution to helping your muscles maintain and burn off fat in a healthy way.
If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, make sure you get up and move around at least once every hour. If possible, get a standing desk that adjusts so you can work standing up or sitting down, or a DeskCycle that you can use while you’re sitting. Set an alarm on your computer and do mini stretch or strength exercises for bonus points. With many of us working from home still, we may find that we are moving even less. Standing is a good first start. Now stand up to read the rest of this post!!
If money is a factor in your grocery budget, you can choose organic when it comes to things like strawberries, apples, celery, peaches, spinach, other greens, and potatoes. These have the highest pesticide levels. Things you peel like bananas, avocados, or grapefruit, for example, are generally fine if they’re non-organic. Also, consider buying local. Many farmers markets remain open until early November (in the Midwest) and they have adapted so social distancing is practical. Buying local also helps ensure you eat seasonally.
One of my most critical elements to staying on track is to have an accountability partner.
I know what I should be doing. I know what I want and what my priorities are, and yet too often I have little slip-ups. What stops these from becoming major roadblocks or completely quitting is a support structure that has an accountability partner as a primary piece. With some of my more critical goals and habits, I have weekly check-ins and with others monthly. Set up what works best for you. Illicit support from friends, peers, or a health coach. Stay on Track.
Little things like these are all healthy and smart ways to make your body and mind work harder for you without you working harder, which is a great advantage to have in the fall! Enjoy the slower season and see how your body responds. And then take action!
“Never confuse motion with action.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Looking for some accountability and support?
I invite you to call me! Let’s get to know one another and spend a few minutes chatting about accountability and how to stay on track this season.
Learn more about my new group program, Fall Into Health
What if I told you that you could feel infinitely better in 30 days without focusing on food?
There’s so much more to your health journey than food, and focusing on the foundation before perfecting the food choices will give you a secure infrastructure to thrive on. This 4-week program is self-paced and filled with handouts and worksheets that enable you to lay a solid foundation for creating a healthier lifestyle. I will hold weekly live Q&A calls up until Thanksgiving so we can discuss any obstacles and wins. Don’t wait until the New Year to focus on YOU – Start now.
If you read all the way to the end, you are AWESOME!
For more tips, I enjoyed and completely believe in the tips found here: How To Stay On Track For Your Goals
I want you to know that I believe in you. Now go take action and Stay On Track.