October Challenge: Healthy Habits for a Healthy Fall

October 11th, 2020

Pumpkin in field in Fall

By: Katie Talarico

Fall is upon us, and soon will come the days of crisper temperatures, falling leaves, shorter amounts of daylight, and those familiar promptings to make baked goods, eat comfort food, stay in bed longer, and not exercise. When fall comes, we can frequently grow lax in our healthy habits. Instead of succumbing to these temptations, here are healthy habit ideas for a healthy fall:

  • Take runs, bike rides or hikes and relish the glorious scenery. It will make you forget you are exercising!
  • Go on a mindful walk.
  • Try a different squash every week (e.g. spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, yellow squash, pumpkin).
  • Make roasted root veggies a part of your daily diet (e.g. carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips)
  • Start your mornings centered with a fall meditation.
  • Try pumpkin seeds for a snack, and while you’re at it, consider adding more pumpkin to your diet. Add pumpkins to risotto, chili, side dishes, and even soups to add more creaminess.
  • Eat more sweet potatoes- they are packed with fiber and vitamins.
  • Get active with family football games on the weekend.
  • Make cheap fall healthy dinners such as chili with ground turkey, eggplant parmesan, and roasted chicken or turkey with veggies.
  • Go apple picking… and eat the fruits of your labor.
  • Warm up your morning with oatmeal, an egg, or whole grain toast.
  • Do yoga or stretch outside underneath the colorful trees.
  • End your day with a warm cup of cinnamon or orange spiced herbal tea instead of a sweet treat.
  • Avoiding buying candy before Halloween!
  • Get your flu shot

These are simple, low-cost ways to stay healthy and enjoy the goodness of the autumn season — the scenery, the flavors, the foods that are in season, and the cooler temperatures that invite warmth.

Fall is coming… may it be a healthy fall for you and for all!