Tips to Keep You Feeling Fabulous this Fall
Unfortunately, fall also means shorter days and the dreaded cold and flu season! And if you have kids, hectic school and athletic activities seem to tax your energy when you need it the most. Add to that the hustle and bustle of multiple back-to-back holidays and the stress that comes with it all, and it seems almost impossible to stay healthy.
Fortunately, there are some simple yet extremely effective strategies you can implement now that will help you get through it all feeling fabulous. After all, who wants to be sick with a houseful of family in town?! I know I don’t! So I want to share a few tips and recipes that will get you started on the right track this fall. Sound good?
The first thing we’re going to focus on is “crowding out” the junk. We’re not saying it’s off-limits, we’re just focusing on filling up on more goodness so you have less room for the not-so-goodness. 😉 So next time you’re reaching for a bag of chips, first grab an apple. You might find that you were just craving something crunchy! This can be applied to any situation ~ think of what a healthy substitution might be for what you’re craving and give it a try. Is ice cream calling your name? Grab a sweet fruit like canteloupe! Even if you still want the ice cream, you’ll have filled up a bit and will likely eat much less.
Speaking of cravings, if it’s not in the house, you’ve removed the temptation! Even if you want ice cream, if it’s not there, you’ll have to find something else to satisfy you. Sure you can go out and treat yourself to some ice cream every now and again, but to do this you have to make a conscious choice. Out of sight really does help keep it out of mind.
So what should we fill our kitchen with to keep our energy high and our immune systems strong?
Produce, produce and more produce! People think it costs a lot of money to eat real food, but I promise, I can fill a cart with fruits and veggies for about half of what I used to spend buying “healthy” boxed and frozen foods. I always recommend trying to choose seasonal produce whenever possible. Purchasing produce at its peak not only guarantees the fullest flavor and taste and the greatest nutritional value, but it’s definitely easier on your wallet!
So we say goodbye to the succulent peaches and nectarines, the juicy watermelons and plums and the bounty of berries that nourish us all summer….and we say hello to pears of all varieties and apples galore! Cool weather greens like kale, chard and butter lettuce are a plenty! Tis the season for squash, pumpkins, pomegranates and persimmons!
I don’t know about you, buy my mouth is watering already. 🙂
Now’s the time to head of to the farmer’s market in search of all the goodness that Fall produce has to offer. Here’s a link to a comprehensive list of what all is in season in the Fall: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-fall
As you can see, there is so much to celebrate about fall! Let’s face it, life is challenging. Giving our bodies optimal nourishment really does make handling it all that much easier and enjoyable.
I’d like to leave you with a few recipes to help you feel your absolute best this Fall.
Fabulous Fall Salad:
- 4 cups Butter Lettuce
- 1/2 cup pomegranates
- 1/2 cup chopped Pears or Apples (I LOVE Asian Pears this time of year! They’re like a mix between an apple and a pear. Best of both worlds!)
- 1/2 cup fennel (bulb, thinly sliced or diced)
- about 6 radishes, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing:
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 clove minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Making my own dressings was one of the things I held off on the longest when I started really eating clean. I thought it was going to be time-consuming and complicated, but turns out it’s neither! In about 5 minutes, I can whip up delicious dressings without any of the crap that unfortunately plagues even organic dressings! Seriously, try this. 🙂 I always share 3-5 delicious new dressings in every one of my seasonal Reboots, but I wanted to share this Dijon Vinaigrette with you because it’s is my go to. My whole family LOVES it!
I like to serve this salad with baked sweet potatoes topped with coconut oil, sea salt and cinnamon. Other spices to try ~ curry, black pepper, cayenne, smoked paprika or turmeric. Add any combination you desire, to taste, and enjoy!
And here’s a great immune boosting juice I love to make at the first sign of being remotely under the weather. If you don’t have a juicer and want to reap the benefits of this healing juice, you can use a high speed blender and pour through a cheesecloth or sieve.
Makes 1 to 2 servings
1 clove of garlic
Juice of 2 lemons
¼ inch piece of ginger
Place all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy!
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