With Autumn in full spring, it’s the perfect time to jump start your healthier eating. As we transition into cooler weather, your diet could use a transition as well. Fall and winter are typically seasons of decadence and over-indulgence with the celebration of holidays and family gatherings. But this fall doesn’t have to ruin your health or weight loss goals. If you utilize a few tips throughout this season, you can indulge to your heart and stomach’s desire when the holidays roll around. To learn the best diet hacks, check out these 8 healthy eating tips for fall.
Work on your digestion.
Fall is the perfect time to get your digestion in order. This is because many ingredients in fall foods are great for digestion, like tumeric and celery. Foods like this can easily be incorporated into fall foods like soup and casseroles.
Pour more tea.
Tea is the perfect answer to a cold day, and it’s also great for your health. Drinking tea can help regulate your digestion as well, and assist with weight loss, skin clarity, bloating and inflammation issues.
Identify and avoid hidden sugars.
If you already know you’re going to be loading up on sugar during holiday meals, try avoiding excess sugar during regular eating. Check out your food labels to find foods with high, but hidden sugar content, so you can avoid it as much as possible.
Use metabolism spiking ingredients.
There are several spices and foods that will help increase your metabolism rate while also warming you up internally. Some foods with warming properties include cayenne pepper, chili, crushed red pepper, and ginger. You will burn more calories and stay warm all at the same time.
Meal prep ahead.
The fall is a great time to cook in bulk and meal prep for the day, or even week. This will assist with portion control and help put a stop to overeating on regular meal days. Meal prepping can also help you keep track of what you’re eating, and save you tons of time.
Eat for the season.
There are great foods that you can only find at their best quality and taste during the fall, like eggplant, rhubarb, beetroot, carrots and pumpkin. Use these seasonal foods to give your meal prepping a tasty twist, encouraging you to eat healthier for longer.
Eat more soup.
Eating more soup can help you save time and some potentially added weight during the holiday season. Try making a big pot of soup at the beginning of the week, that you can eat from all week – or even freeze some to utilize later. Try hearty recipes like chili or chunky chicken noodle soup.
Pull out the slow cooker.
Fall is a perfect time to dust off your slow cooker or pressure cooker, or even Instant “Hot” Pot, for some tasty, filling dishes. You can make plenty of long-lasting foods, like soups, chili, slow roasted oatmeal, dips, curries, and even casseroles. The recipes you can make with a slow cooker are endless, and your family will graciously thank you.