Tricks and Treats: Five Ways to Enjoy a Healthy Fall
We’ve all seen the epic, picturesque Halloween trick-or-treat scenes in our favorite movies…kids dressed in their favorite costumes, dragging pillowcases overflowing with candy, leaves rustling in the brisk fall breeze and ultimately, the impending sugar high (and crash) that will follow over the next few weeks as the tasty loot is consumed for a long night’s work.
And then there are the 30 days prior to that where we are treating ourselves to sweets because, well, tis the season and it seems as though candy is never as available as it is in October.
But you can enjoy and indulge! Here are the top five ways you can plan to help you and your family enjoy a healthy fall season!
- Beware the Tricks
It’s just one little piece of candy, right? But while we know that once piece is enough, who ever eats one piece of candy? Seriously, they’re called bite-sized for a reason! And those bites add up! Before you know it, you’ve eaten more Snickers bites than if you had just splurged on the whole candy bar!
On average, five bite-sized pieces of candy adds up to 200 calories, which for a 2,000-calorie diet is 10%! If you eat three meals and two snacks, this would count as half of one of your meals.
Solve: take those five pieces of candy and spread them out over the course of the day. Or choose your favorite fun-sized piece, which is usually a little bigger, and see if you can make it last a few bites. See if the taste of you favorite treat brings back memories of your own Halloween adventures and savor the thoughts. Remember, the stores will still have candy any time you want it.
- Enjoy the Treats
There is so much in this spooky time of year to enjoy that doesn’t require eating! Focus on the feeling in the air that flips on when the calendar hits October and indulge in the atmosphere that is ever so fleeting before winter comes. Slow down and try one of these activities that will give your body and mind a seasonal treat:
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Visit an apple orchard
- Plan a picnic
- Take a walk at a local park and enjoy the colors
- Burn a candle with your favorite pumpkin, apple, cinnamon or clove scent
- Pull on your favorite sweatshirt or sweater and bask in the comfort
- Watch football with friends and cheer your team to victory
- Like a good scare? Find a haunted house or watch your ultimate horror flick in the dark
- Mother Nature is adjusting herself for the season, you should too! Go visit your chiropractor to insure a smooth transition!
Mother Nature is cleaning house, and so should you! You’ve heard of spring-cleaning, but why not fall cleaning? While the weather is cooler, but before it is freezing, take the time to go through closets, basements and pantries and purge, purge, purge!
And don’t forget your heart! (What?) Often, the change in seasons spurs inner thought and reflection, so take advantage. Are there areas of your life that could use some cleaning up? Are there people in your world with whom you should make amends? Spend some time meditating, practicing yoga or breathwork (YouTube has some great videos!) and see what your heart reveals. You may be surprised
- Move, Move, Move!
Think of the words of the season…fall, harvest, reap…these are all actions! With the cooler weather, now is the perfect time to start or spice up your exercise routine.
With all the indulgence that is coming your way, why not burn some of those calories in advance? Don’t take on more than you’re comfortable with, and always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen, but here are a few ways you can shake a leg this month:
- Take a walk outside, or for more of a challenge, a run, and feel the (good) burn of the cool air in your lungs
- Sign up for a local race, which usually has awesome t-shirts and maybe even a festival to attend after
- Explore something different—Tai Chi is offered in many places and can often be practiced outside
- Twist things up—Yoga is a cleansing, calming and renewing experience. Check for local classes that match your current skill level.
- Wheels Up!—Biking can be a great way to exercise and take in the beauty of fall. Make sure to wear your helmet!
- Give Thanks
Yes, of course, there is one day that we are supposed to reflect upon all of our blessings, but as they say, God doesn’t only hear prayers on Sunday.
Try this…each morning—before you get out of bed or with your coffee—write down at least five things for which you are truly grateful. It could be broad—health, home, family—but try to be specific, if you can. When you are done writing your list, close your eyes and try to actually feel the feeling of thankfulness. Let it fill your heart and resonate through your body.
Then, in the evening, either reflect upon that list again or add to it those things you experienced throughout the day that brought about that same feeling. And again, close your eyes for a few moments to relive that feeling of gratitude.
You will come to find that this simple practice opens up a world of positivity that can help uplift your spirit throughout the year!
We’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite fall rituals and ways that you experience the season?