Summer can feel like a season of excesses. Throughout summer we ask a lot of our bodies so moving into autumn provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down, re-focus on nourishing ourselves and find sustainability in the health choices we make. Use autumn to set up healthy routines that you can carry through winter (when we can tend to go into hibernation) and leave the extremes behind:
- Schedule exercise with a buddy or a group – make it a priority and add it to your phone calendar;
- Join a new club – if exercise is difficult then a bridge club or book club keeps you so social, active and engaged;
- If you have a dog don’t forget they don’t care if it’s cold outside … they want a walk;
- Plan healthy eating (but leave a little wriggle room … try the 90/10 and eat well 90% of the time);
- Design a weekly meal planner and schedule shopping time each week to ensure you have great food in your fridge – this way you won’t rely on processed foods or junk foods when you’re late home from work;
- Visit your local farmers market – buy and eat seasonally;
- Be mindful about alcohol – cut down how much you drink;
- Make meal time social – turn off the television and put down your devices, and eat with family or friends. This helps us slow down our eating, eat less and encourages others to eat well too.
- Maintain good hydration – it’s easy to forget this when the weather is cooler;
Changes that you make now set up for good health for the rest of the year.
Article by Nutritionist and lecturer in nutritional medicine Melinda Overall. Melinda is a popular guest speaker and specialty retreat facilitator at Golden Door.